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Lead Preventive Conservator

Reference: JUL20219430
Expiry date: 09:00, 03 August 2021
Location: South Kensington
Salary: £39,546.00 - £47,534.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Group Personal Pension, Life Assurance Scheme, and other great benefits
Attachments: LeadPreventiveConservator.pdf

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, and the custodian of an extraordinary and extensive collection spanning decorative and applied arts. Working with and for our visitors, we are changing how our extensive Collections are cared for, seen, understood and enjoyed. The mission of the Collections Care and Access division is to manage, preserve, and provide access to the V&A’s collection in both physical and digital format, working across multiple V&A sites, at South Kensington, Bethnal Green and in Stratford. The division is made up of the following departments: Conservation, Technical Services, Collections Management, Photography and Digitisation and Collections Access. The Conservation department brings excellence and innovation to the long-term care of the V&A’s collections, supporting access to the collections, the V&A’s public programme, and care of collections research initiatives.

The V&A holds a collection of over 2.3 million objects that document 5,000 years of human creativity from across six continents. It 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 Preventive Conservator you will provide leadership to our new preventive conservation team. You will support preventive conservation services across our multiple sites, with a primary focus on IPM and mould control, environmental monitoring, rotations and maintenance of gallery displays, and good housekeeping. You will actively promote a culture of preventive conservation by liaising with, advising, supporting, influencing, and training stakeholders. The post holder will have graduated from a recognised training program, have extensive experience in Preventive Conservation, and a sound knowledge of scientific analysis and techniques. The post holder will contribute to and provide support to the V&A’s Sustainability agenda and increased energy efficiency targets.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 3rd August at 09:00.