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Posted: Wednesday, January 29th 2020
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Job Title:     Assistant Paintings Conservator
Organisation:     National Museums Liverpool
Salary:     £21,534 p.a.
Type:     Full-Time Position
 Contract: 12 Months
Location:     Liverpool, England
Closing Date:     Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Job Ref No:     2016
Other Benefits:   Company Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Travel Loan Scheme, Employee Discount Benefits
Job Description:
Collections Care - Paintings Conservation
Salary: £21,534
Hours: 37 hours per week
Basis: Fixed term (12 months)

Interviews to be held on 4th & 5th March 2020.

This is an exciting time to join National Museums Liverpool. Attracting more than three million visitors a year, we are eight exceptional museums and galleries, sharing important stories from ancient times to today through our four million objects. An organisation with a strong educational purpose, we also strive to be the most inclusive museums service in the country, offering memorable experiences that are for everyone, challenging expectations.

Working with Paintings Conservation staff, you will assist with the care, conservation and treatment of paintings and related items from National Museums Liverpool collections. NML is currently undertaking a project to refurbish four key galleries at the Walker Art Gallery, with contents decanted for the period of work. This offers a rare opportunity for examination and treatment of paintings on canvas and panel from the 14th to 17th Centuries. You will be expected to assist with all aspects of this project to enable the collection to be returned to display.

Suitable candidates will possess an appropriate postgraduate qualification in paintings conservation, plus some experience gained following completion of your formal conservation training. This should include conservation treatments on a variety of works on different supports. You will also be able to show suitable ability to deal with a variety of surface integration problems, along with excellent report writing and documentation skills.

With a good working knowledge of a wide range of relevant techniques and materials, you will apply your practical and documentation skills along with excellent time management and problem solving ability to support the department in caring for our collections and delivering this project.

Purpose of the Job

To contribute to the care and conservation of National Museums Liverpool’s paintings collections.

To advise on the delivery of display and storage improvements for the collections.

To contribute to and support special projects including exhibitions, redisplays and capital developments.

Main activities
• Provide conservation care for the paintings collections including condition checks, survey work, treatment, documentation, and monitoring of condition and display environments.
• Contribute to the documentation of the collections on the NML database (Mimsy XG) and in the object history files relating to condition assessments and treatments.
• Contribute to display projects relating to the permanent collection galleries.
• Support the delivery of exhibition programmes carrying out condition checks of works, advising on display methods and supervising the installation of works when necessary.
• Answer public enquiries, including giving opinions on paintings and providing access to relevant archive material.
• Liaise over collections movement, display and storage with Curators, Estates, and Conservation colleagues.
• Make the paintings collections accessible through photography, interpretation, web resources, guides and other formats developed in conjunction with curators.
• Develop and disseminate knowledge of the collections through research and publication.
• Advise on the condition status, long term care and storage implications of potential acquisitions.
• Advise on paintings loans and support their administration working with curators and NML’s Registrars
• Use analytical and recording equipment, including digital Infra Red camera equipment
• Work with colleagues across NML to contribute to NML’s access and audience development targets through display, interpretation and educational projects.
• Contribute to public programmes, including providing talks/lectures and information for resources.
• Liaise with and provide information to colleagues in Marketing and Communications for publicity and press.
• Represent the department at press calls and other media opportunities.
• Represent the department at both internal and external meetings as required.
• Contribute as required to other NML special projects.
• Assist with sponsorship and fundraising initiatives and ensure that we maximise income generation opportunities.
• A commitment to adhere to the standards expected of all public services as defined by the HM Treasury publication “Managing Public Money”. Those standards are honesty, impartiality, accountability, openness, accuracy, reliability, transparency, objectivity, integrity and fairness. These standards should be carried out in the spirit of, as well as the letter of, the law; in the public interest; to high ethical standards and achieving value for money
• Supervise volunteers and work placement students, undertaking periodic appraisal and facilitating training in association with colleagues in Art Galleries and NML’s HR Department.
• Develop NML’s commitment to Equality and Diversity and promote non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of work undertaken.
• Adhere to National Museums Liverpool’s Health and Safety Policies and Procedures, National Museums Liverpool’s access policy as well as other appropriate practices and guidelines.
• Undertake additional duties, as required, from time to time.
• Undertake training and development courses and programmes, as required.
• Show the highest integrity and confidentiality in the pursuance of these duties.
Application Instructions:
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Contact Name:     HR Enquiries
Contact Tel:     0151 478 4696
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Address:     127 Dale St, Liverpool, .  
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