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Collections Care Trainee

The House of Lords are seeking a Collections Care Trainee


This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with a demonstrable interest in a career as a library and archive conservator. This post is an opportunity for a self-motivated individual with some practical experience in arts and crafts. Do you enjoy lots of practical work, and like the idea of working on different archive collections? Can you communicate your enthusiasm about your work to encourage people to take an interest in conservation and heritage? If yes, this could be the right opportunity for you! 

The Role 
The role requires a broad interest in developing cultural heritage, conservation and preservation skills. This position will challenge your creative skills alongside developing your scientific and historic knowledge. The successful applicant, whilst maintaining and developing our archive services in a stimulating environment, will focus on gaining valuable work experience that will help you to develop as a heritage professional. You will be involved in a range of technical and professional work and be provided with excellent developmental opportunities.  

The job is offered as a training post and will be on a fixed-term basis running from 2nd September 2019 – 31st August 2020. The post will report to the Book Conservator and you will be supervised and mentored by colleagues with the aim of preparing you for a career in Collections Care. 

The post holder will be supported in their career developments and will be mentored through future job or university applications.

Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously held significant paid employment in museums, galleries, archives or libraries, and who have no existing undergraduate/postgraduate conservation training.  The post is not designed for students already enrolled in full or part-time conservation courses, including distance learning further education courses, or graduates of the same.

The Person 
The successful candidate will have the following skills/experience: 

  • A passion for cultural heritage
  • Demonstrable practical ability in arts/crafts-based materials
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong team-working skills
  • Time-management skills

For further information and to apply, please visit the House of Lords website