Project Paper Conservator

University of Glasgow - Library

Job Purpose

Using specialist skills and expertise to undertake interventive conservation work in a 6 month project to repair and prepare a range of paper documents (including correspondence, drawings and plates) from the 18th century collection of William Hunter for the major international Tercentenary exhibition dedicated to Hunter and his life (opening in September 2018 at The Hunterian and travelling onwards to Yale, 2019).

Main Duties and Responsibilities

To undertake the full range of specialist and complex interventive work in conserving unique and valuable manuscript and archival paper documents within the time restrictions of the project, under the direction of the Head of Conservation and Preservation. This includes work with IGI (e.g. ink testing and treatment), paper repair and cleaning, and treatments such as humidification, as well as assisting the Project Book Conservator in treatments for paper in bound volumes.

To implement best practice in collection care by providing advice, full documentation, recording photos pre, during and post treatment, and reports. To oversee input of relevant data into the collections management system (including condition reports and conservation treatment reports), compiling statistics for internal reporting and ensuring accessibility following project completion.

To allow the safe display and future preservation of items from the Hunterian Library by using expertise to assess and prepare archival material for exhibition, making recommendations for safe display and exercising creativity in providing solutions for display issues. To prepare items (e.g. removal from fascicules and mounting) and to assist in exhibition installation.

To contribute expert knowledge in the development and management of all ASC collections care-related policies, and programmes. Keep abreast of current developments within the field of paper conservation and maintain CPD.

To oversee and supervise the work of conservation volunteers and work placement students, as directed by the Head of Conservation and Preservation.

To promote the teaching and research value of the Hunterian Library and encourage scholarly use of the collection, within the University and in the wider academic and public community, by contributing to various student engagement and public outreach activities (such as talks, production of blogs and other social media).

Any other duties appropriate with the grade of the post, as required.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Management, Professional and Administrative Grade, level 6, £28,098 - £31,604 per annum.

This is a full time and 6 month fixed term post from 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018.

Hours are 35 per week: Mon - Fri 09.00 – 17.00.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

Vacancy reference: 019895, closing date: 4 February 2018.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

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