The Archives and Special Collections at Palace Green Library comprise exceptionally rich and varied material, dating from early medieval to modern, and including manuscripts, archives, rare and open access books, maps, prints, photographs, born-digital and digitised material and some objects.
The successful candidate will join the Conservation team working to preserve books and associated materials through preventive and supervised remedial measures. The post holder will support the day to day running of the Conservation Unit assisting with environmental and pest monitoring. They will take part in condition surveys and make custom packaging for vulnerable collection items. The post holder will have the opportunity to build key skills in book conservation including practical conservation treatments.
Core and Role Responsibilities:
- The post holder will undertake a range of activities and gain experience in some of the following:
- Survey and assessment of the physical condition of collections, Identifying causes of deterioration in book and archive collections
- Assist with a wide range of preservation activities within an historic library setting
- Application of preservation measures including construction of custom boxes and enclosures
- Undertake supervised remedial treatments of books and associated items
- Providing support where necessary to public-facing activities including exhibition development and delivery and other gallery-based activities.
- Using systems, such as the Library Management System, enquiry management tools, museum collections management systems, content management systems supporting websites and the digital repository; in support of user services and collections management
- Participating in short-term working groups and project work,
- Contributing to communications, social media activity, user-experience-related work and user engagement
- Contributing to schools education, wider public engagement and related activities
- Administrative activities in support of work areas described above
They will also actively engage in staff development activities, including formal training sessions, reflection and self-directed learning, to develop skills and knowledge appropriate to the role and context of the internship.
How to apply
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