Lead Conservator (Books, Paper and Photographs)
Expiry date: 23:59, 27 October 2021
Location: South Kensington
Salary: £39,546 Per Annum
Benefits: Group Personal Pension, Life Assurance Scheme, and other great benefits
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, housing a collection of over 2.3 million objects that document 5,000 years of human creativity from across six continents. The Museum holds many of UK’s designated National Collections, including sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles and furniture, including extensive collections of prints, drawings, posters, photographs and portrait miniatures. It is also home to the National Art Library, which holds the UK’s most comprehensive public reference library for the fine and decorative arts, as well as special collections on the art of the book ranging from the Middle ages to the present day. The Archive of Art and Design holds extensive archives of over 1,000 individuals, associations and companies involved in the art and design process. The two photography galleries display a broad range of contemporary and historic photographs with a further four galleries and library, housing the Royal Photographic Society collection, currently being developed.
As Lead Conservator (Books, Paper and Photographs) you will provide technical leadership to a highly skilled team of conservators and senior conservators with specialisms in paper, books, and photographs. You will support the delivery of the museum’s Public Programme and strategic objectives, particularly towards collections care.
The post holder will oversee high and consistent standards of conservation treatments in specialist areas and mentor their team by providing guidance, support and nurturing their professional development. Alongside this, preparation of objects for display in the V&A’s galleries, for exhibitions and loans, ensuring their stability and suitability for safe display is integral to this role. The Lead Conservation will supervise conservation treatments and advise on the best handling, storage and safe display of objects to their department and other stakeholders such as Technical Services, Curators and external borrowers.
The post holder will manage multi-site studio facilities, ensuring operational effectiveness, best use of space, equipment, materials and resources. The Lead Conservator will work closely with the Conservation Operations team, the Preventive Conservation team, the Senior Conservation Scientist, and other stakeholders such as Technical Services, Curators and external borrowers.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 27 October at 23.59