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Head of Conservation

The British Museum is seeking a Head of Conservation (Collection Care)

The British Museum is recruiting for a dynamic and forward-looking Head of Conservation to develop and deliver Conservation’s contribution to the Collection Care strategy for the preservation, conservation and study of the collections and the annual plan for the British Museum. The new Head of Conservation will join the British Museum at a time of opportunity and change, with the planning and implementation of new storage facilities, major gallery refurbishment and the development of increasingly diverse national and international exhibitions programmes which are attracting new audiences. 

Key areas of responsibility:

The post-holder will deliver Conservation’s contribution to the Collection Care and Operational Plan. They will develop overarching strategies for preventive and interventive conservation. Working with various stakeholders across the Museum and beyond they will ensure efficiency and effectiveness of object focused activities and processes. They will lead, manage, motivate and develop a staff team with a wide range of specialisms, maintaining and developing the skills and behaviours held by staff to meet current and future requirements. They will ensure that the quality and standards of conservation work conducted is maintained and that high-quality outputs are produced.

Person specification:

You will have a recognised qualification in conservation to degree level or equivalent, post-graduate training in conservation leading to specialism in a field relevant to the Museum’s collections and professional management training. With membership of relevant professional organisations, you will be a recognised expert in a field relevant to conservation, both nationally and internationally. You will have substantial relevant practical, research and managerial experience. You will be an existing manager of conservation with experience of working in a large and complex organisation in the heritage sector.

For further information and to apply, please visit the British Museum website