Preventive Conservation Volunteer Placement (London, UK)

The Conservation Department of the British Library is pleased to announce that they will be offering a Preventive Conservation Voluntary Placement for three months starting in spring 2018.

The placement is aimed at people working within the cultural heritage sector outside the UK with responsibility for collection care with limited opportunity to do work-based training in their own country and/or region.

The placement has been funded to promote key skills and techniques in preventive conservation. This includes developing best practice to ensure responsible stewardship through handling and use, environmental monitoring, disaster preparedness and integrated pest management. Through this, volunteers will gain the knowledge to identify and manage risks to collections.

The successful individual will be given a unique learning opportunity in a working national library with a view to applying the skills and knowledge obtained in their own field of work. Based with the Preventive Conservation Team they will also work alongside colleagues in Conservation, Conservation Science, curatorial departments, reading rooms and imaging services during their placement.

The volunteer will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses with a stipend of GBP8,000. Reasonable expenses will include reimbursement for flights, obtaining a visa, accommodation, and subsistence whilst in London.

Closing date for applications: Friday, January 12, 2018.

For further details of how you can apply please visit our website at: Preventive Conservation Voluntary Placement, or contact Sarah Hamlyn, Lead Preventive Conservator,