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Job Title:    Digitisation Conservator (The Hardman’s House)
Organisation:    National Trust
Salary:    £27,735 p.a.
Type:    Full-Time Position
 Contract: Fixed term - 2 years
Location:    Liverpool, England
Closing Date:    Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
Job Ref No:    IRC84248
 
Job Description:
Digitisation Conservator (The Hardman’s House)
Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 24 mo)
Liverpool

Summary
We're looking for a Digitisation Conservator to join our team on a two-year fixed-term basis at The Hardman's House, if you have experience in photographic and paper-based conservation we'd love to hear from you.

Please include your conservation portfolio as part of the application. This should include a brief description of relevant projects and practical examples which demonstrate your knowledge, skills and experience.

The interviews for this role will take place on Wednesday 16th October. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted on 9th October.

What it's like to work here
Visiting the Hardman’s House it’s quite easy to see the contrasting sides of this special place: the neat, professional, spacious business rooms and the cluttered, cramped living quarters of the renowned portrait photographer Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife Margaret Hardman. They lived and worked here for 40 years, keeping everything and changing nothing.

The business focused on professional studio portraits, but their real love was for vivid landscape images. Some of their huge collection of photographs is on display in the house, along with the equipment they used to take and develop the iconic images.

What you'll be doing
To examine, prepare, conserve and digitise the Edward Chambré Hardman Photographic Collection housed at Liverpool Records Office to make it more accessible, both digitally and physically, for researchers and members of the public. Work as part of a team, in particular with the Archivist, to recruit, train and supervise on a day to day basis, a team of volunteers to support the delivery of the project.

You will play a key role and work as part of wider team of National Trust staff and volunteers in the Liverpool Portfolio, including working alongside the National Photography Conservator, the Senior House Steward, General Manager, Regional Conservator and Curator. You will be based at the Liverpool Records Office, giving you an exciting opportunity to work alongside the Liverpool Central Library team. Working as part of a dedicated team, in particular with the Archivist, you will recruit, train and supervise on a day to day basis, a team of volunteers to support the delivery of the project.

However, occasionally other situations may arise that require the post holder to perform other duties or tasks as may be reasonably requested by the Trust.

Who we're looking for
To be successful in this role you'll need to be able to have;
• A professional qualification and/or equivalent professional experience in cultural heritage conservation, demonstrating a sound and up-to-date knowledge of preventive and remedial conservation of paper and photographic materials.
• Knowledge of Museum Accreditation standards and relevant legislative requirements relating to role, including health and safety, compliance and emergency procedures.
• Strong practical, technical skills in the conservation of photographic materials and paper-based items.
• The ability to analyse issues holistically and apply reasoned judgement.
• The ability to interpret and respond to internal and external research, intelligence and analysis.
• Good communication and interpersonal skills at all levels and with a wide range of people, including negotiation, persuasion, diplomacy and influencing.
• Experience in keeping clear, detailed and accurate records and documentation of treatments undertaken and materials used.
• Experience in planning and managing projects, including estimating the resources needed for a project or item of work.

Benefits
Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan, a loan towards rental deposits and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!
 
Application Instructions:
To find out more and apply for this role, please follow:

https://careers.nationaltrust.org.uk/OA_HTML/a/#/vacancy-detail/84248

Closing date: October 1st 2019
 
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