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IMS Project Conservator

Industrial Museums Scotland (IMS; aka Go Industrial) is seeking an IMS Project Conservator


  • Work with IMS Coordinator, IMS Collections Group and project partners, as needed, to take forward project.
  • Plan and undertake/oversee conservation work on artefacts from across  our members, in a variety of locations
  • Plan and deliver shadowing for collections & curatorial staff/volunteers
  • Produce webinars, piece-to-cameras and blogs based on the project
  • Manage Industrial Conservation Intern
  • Plan and deliver Training


  • During the early assessment stage of the project, visit each member museum for (at least) one working day to meet staff and discuss needs
  • Conservation assessment of artefacts – including those for exhibition and a wider selection from across our members – to an agreed schedule
  • Based on the above, produce recommendations for conservation work to be carried out by:
  1. Self
  2. A trainee or assistant AND/OR another freelancer AND/OR a contractor
  • Assess suitability of work spaces at member museums, both public and behind-the-scenes spaces
  • Carry out agreed conservation work, across various venues, both in public and behind-the-scenes spaces, to an agreed schedule
  • Photography of artefacts to an agreed schedule
  • Produce detailed reports and documentation of conservation work completed to an agreed schedule
  • Work with IMS Coordinator to develop and complete a programme of shadowing between self and members’ collections/curatorial staff
  • Public engagement
  • Complete an agreed number of short webinars aimed at the sector
  • Complete an agreed number of short piece-to-cameras aimed at the public
  • Write at least four blogs a year aimed at the public
  • Regular contributor to social media
  • Manage Industrial Conservation Intern

Please see the attached Job Description for requirements and further details. 

How to apply

Our recruitment and selection process aims to select the applicant whose skills, knowledge and experience best match those set out in the person specification and whose attitude and character fit our culture based on our organisational values. We are happy to discuss a range of options in terms of splitting out tasks and fees, to find a solution that suits this broad project and the unique conservation solution we require.

To apply for this post please send us:

  • a copy of your CV(s) (no more than two sides of A4)
  • with a covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) which demonstrates how you think you meet the requirements of the role.
  • please include the names and contact details of two professional referees.

In addition, please include details of:

  • how you envisage running this project, including any members of your team
  • a breakdown of tasks
  • a breakdown of fees
  • a breakdown of where you intend to work and how you will manage working on site at our member museums.

Please return these to by 5pm on, 29th May 2020. We will contact you to arrange to meet to discuss the project during w/c 27th April 2020.

Any informal queries about the role may be directed to the IMS Coordinator Emma Halford-Forbes on or 07751238872.


We have a budget of up to £100,000 to employ a conservator for a period of not less than 1.5 years during 2020-2022, based on an approximate salary of £35,000 per annum pro rata. In addition to fee/wage paid to the conservator, this must include the cost of: additional staff and/or freelancers and/or outsourcing, all materials, use of own workshop, set up of workshops on site at our venues, expenses etc.


Examples of how the post might work include:

Full-time for up to 1.5 years (employed)
Or part-time for two years (freelance)
Or more than one conservator, part-time for 1.5 years (freelance)


Our preference would be for someone who is able and willing to work in central Scotland so that they have good access to the majority of our member museums. Working on site, with public access, at our member museums must be part of the work plan.

Workshop space in one (or multiple) of our member museums will be possible during the contract. We would also be willing to discuss use of your own workshop for periods of the contract.

Job Description