Paper Conservator

National Museums NI

Applications by: 30 July 2024

National Museums NI are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and skilled conservator with a specialism in the conservation of historical and contemporary works of art on paper as well as paper ephemera and archival collections.

The successful applicant will have demonstrable theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in paper conservation along with excellent attention to detail, manual dexterity and problem-solving skills.

They will work as part of a small team of conservation professionals who have responsibility for the care and conservation of the 1.4 million objects we hold within the National Collection. This role offers an exciting opportunity to work with a diverse range of objects and to contribute to the preservation of Northern Ireland's rich cultural and artistic heritage.

National Museums NI
is a leading cultural institution and is responsible for ensuring that its significant collection is developed, cared for and accessible to the widest possible audience. Almost one million people enjoy our four museums each year, and through loans, research, community activity and digital programmes we engage a much wider audience than those who physically visit our museums.

Our mission
- Developing, managing and caring for the collections
- Playing a leading role in the economic and social wellbeing of this place
- Making collections accessible to the widest possible audience
- Building an organisation where people feel valued

The role

The post holder will be expected to carry out conservation treatments and care for paper objects, including documents, manuscripts, artworks, prints, photographs and other historical or culturally significant materials. They will utilize their expertise in paper conservation to ensure the safety and stability of paper objects in support of long-term preservation while facilitating access to the collections to benefit current and future generations.

The post holder will focus on remedial conservation and will be responsible for implementing preventive procedures to reduce the risk of deterioration and damage: while works are on display as part of an exhibition or loan; are in storage as part of our reserve collections; are in transit between sites and to other venues.

The post holder will be involved in current and planned collection storage projects, the redevelopment of existing stores and conservation work areas, exhibition planning, conservation treatment, mounting and installation of objects for display, the identification and management of hazards in collections, the customization and use of the new Collections Management System, emergency planning, promoting sustainability, supporting skills development and delivering training to staff and partners.

The post holder will also be expected to work collaboratively with colleagues across all collections areas and other parts of the organisation. This will involve collaborating on an individual basis and as part of wider project teams to ensure delivery of exhibitions, events, loans, outreach activities and research and to support National Museums NI’s corporate objectives of increasing participation and delivering key outcomes for a wide range of audiences and users.

Salary range: £34,524 - £35,712 per annum.

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