Job posting: Wellcome Library paper conservator

Wellcome Library
Paper Conservator
Fixed term contract 18 months

The Wellcome Library is one of the world’s major resources for the study of medical history. We also offer a growing collection of material relating to contemporary medicine and biomedical science in society.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Paper Conservator to join our Conservation and Collections Care team, which is responsible for ensuring the provision of a high level of professional care across our extensive collections.

In this role, you will perform a wide range of preservation and conservation procedures on books, paper and related objects and support our digitisation activities by carrying out assessments and pre- and post-digitisation work on the collections. You will also advise staff, users and contractors on handling items during digitisation, in the Rare Materials Reading room, and in exhibitions and events.

You must therefore be able to demonstrate:

  • a recognised qualification in paper conservation
  • significant experience in paper and book conservation using a range of different materials
  • experience of digitisation projects, including surveys and pre- and post-digitisation preparation
  • ability to prioritise and work to deadlines with good attention to detail
  • good communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to work both independently and as part of a small team and with a wide range of people.

In addition, PACR accreditation, familiarity with disaster plans and a knowledge of parchment conservation and photographic preservation would be desirable.

We offer a salary of £28,000 – £32,000 per annum (depending on experience) plus excellent benefits. The appointment is for 18 months initially.

To apply, submit a CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria for this post. For more information and to apply online, visit:

Application deadline: 21 November 2014

Interviews: 8 December 2014

The Wellcome Library is part of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in health by supporting bright minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities.

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