Topic ID #34362 - posted 1/6/2015 8:18 AM

Project Conservator x 5 (The National Archives UK)


Closing Date: 20th January 2015 at midnight

Salary: £21,495 - £25,000

Job Purpose

Working in the Digitisation Project Conservation Team within the Commercial and Business Delivery Department, the Project Conservator needs to work efficiently within a dedicated team of conservators who are responsible for assessing and preparing records for digitisation.

Digitisation projects are a key part of The National Archives' business, access and preservation strategies. They involve multiple departments working interdependently to bring a project together, and allow us to build valuable partnerships with external clients and companies. The role has an impact on the ability of the organisation to deliver large scale digitization projects many of which have a strong commercial benefit. Maintaining the balance between the preservation needs of the collection and the commercial aspects of the project is crucial. The Project Conservator plays a vital part in facilitating the smooth running of these projects to ensure timely delivery while upholding the professional reputation of The National Archives.

The Project Conservator ensures that all information on the document can be captured and that damage to documents during scanning is minimised through appropriate preparation. They must be able to meet strict targets and deadlines so an ability to work under pressure is vital.

The role requires a recognised professional qualification in conservation with a specialism book, paper or archives conservation at degree level or higher, or equivalent experience.

Reports to:
Digitisation Support Conservator

Role and Responsibilities

* Prepare original documents for imaging

* Assess the condition of documents and estimate treatment times
* Make decisions regarding treatments and materials, selecting the most appropriate available or adapting existing processes while adhering to the ICON code of ethics and professional standards
* Carry out treatments and re-housing where necessary
* Work with fragile documents under pressure while maintaining a high level of manual dexterity
* Manage own workload to meet targets and deadlines
* Keep organised records and maintain project documentation as required
* Provide on-going practical assistance to the scanning team where required
* Work closely with other teams involved in digitization to communicate technical information regarding document condition, document handling, and workflow to internal colleagues and external commercial partners

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