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Senior Conservator (Fixed Term)

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Cambridge University Library (CUL) is currently seeking a highly motivated and experienced Book and Paper Conservator to work as Senior Project Conservator for the Charles Darwin Archive.

The post-holder will be part of a dedicated team of two conservators and will support the activities of the Darwin Correspondence Project over the next 2.5 years.

The Darwin Correspondence Project (DCP) was founded in 1974, has since worked to locate all correspondence written to and by Charles Darwin and to publish complete transcripts in chronological order. The DCP is scheduled to complete the final edition of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin in 2022, which will coincide with a major international exhibition.

This post offers a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on the archive of one of the most influential figures in modern science. Over the past 70 years, the Darwin Archive has been subject to several phases of conservation treatment but still contains large quantities of material awaiting care or needing re-treatment. The archive includes the majority of Darwin's vast correspondence, his experimental portfolios and notebooks, drafts of his major works, papers relating to his publications, documents on the zoology and geology of the Beagle voyage, research notes and abstracts, as well as documents relating to the Darwin family. The archive also includes notebooks, scrapbooks, botanical materials and photographs.

Please apply here.

For more information, please contact Jim Bloxam on +44 (0)1223 747410