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Advert Date:   Thursday, 7th October 2021
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Job Title:   Conservator: Ceramic, Glass and Metals
Organisation:   The British Museum
Salary:   £28,138 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Maternity Cover: 6 Months Fixed-Term
Location:   London, England
Closing Date:   Monday, 1st November 2021
Job Ref No:   7136
  Job Description
The British Museum is seeking a Conservator: Ceramic, Glass and Metals to join the Collection Care department. The main purpose of this role is to contribute to the care of the collection through a combination of interventive and preventive measures in support of the museum's operating plan, and to proactively engage with the Public Programme activities of the Department of Collection Care. The role requires the post holder to have good general knowledge in the care and conservation of objects, with an emphasis on working in the area of ceramic and glass conservation. Specialist knowledge or strong interest in the conservation of cuneiform or porcelain is desirable.

Key Areas of Responsibility:
• Practical Conservation of ceramics, glass and metals
• To advise on conditions and prepare objects for loans, exhibitions, and permanent display.
• To devise and undertake projects for the care of the collections in store.
• To care for the collection through research, documentation, surveys, data collection, analysis, and support at public events.
• To contribute to t he conservation of materials / object types outside own area of expertise as necessary.
• To work collaboratively with colleagues within the department and across the museum.
• To develop new preventive or interventive measures as appropriate.
• To proactively engage with the department's outreach activities through public speaking and publication
• To assist with the day to day running of the department.
• To collaborate with other institutions or groups, and to develop or ensure good relations with relevant stakeholders.
• To act as an advocate for the museum.
• To change the focus of work in line with museum priorities.
• Other duties as assigned.

Person Specification:
• Education: recognised professional conservation qualification to degree level or equivalent experience with the conservation of the material relevant to the specialism of the role.
• Other qualifications: pass a colour vision test.
• Specific technical/professional skills & experience: recognised professional conservation qualification to degree level or equivalent, with emphasis on the conservation of Ceramic, Glass and Metal conservation; understanding of mechanisms involved in material deterioration; knowledge of contemporary principles and practice in preventive conservation; understanding of conservation theory and ethical decision making; relevant knowledge of health and safety; good computing skills and proficiency with a range of IT systems, including documentation including digital imaging/scanning etc.
• Work experience: practical museum or heritage sector employment (public or private sector) during training placements or courses.
• Specific managerial skills: able to undertake detailed tasks while working under pressure; experience of planning own work to deliver set objectives on time and to budge; able to work independently.
• Specific interpersonal skills: open and effective communicator with good spoken and written English; able to demonstrate collaborative team working and communication skills.
  Application Instructions
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