Icon Internship: Ceramics Conservation (Liverpool, UK)

  • 6-month Internship starting April 2018
  • Location: Little Crosby Village, Liverpool, L23 4TS
  • Supervisor: Lynne Edge ACR
  • Educational Stipend: GBP8,500

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the internship forms part of the joint project, Galkoff’s and the Secret Life of Pembroke Place, between Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Museum of Liverpool (MoL) which began in July 2016.

EDGE Conservation-Restoration Services is private sector conservation workshop, working with Cunningham Brown Ltd., to conserve and re-display tiles from the shop facade of the Galkoff’s Family Butchers in Liverpool. This internship will provide a unique opportunity to gain practical experience in the conservation of faience tiles and the mounting and presentation of these tiles for display in the Museum of Liverpool of the National Museums Liverpool.

The building that housed the shop facade is a Grade II listed Georgian building, principally listed for the survival of a nationally unique Jewish butcher’s shop front: the explicit display of Hebrew lettering of the facade in such a context is very unusual and is an expressive reflection of Jewish identity in Liverpool at this time. This is an exciting tile conservation project that will preserve an iconic legacy of Liverpool’s Jewish history.

The tileworks started December 2017 with their removal from the shop front by EDGE Conservation-Restoration Services. From March – September 2018 these tiles will be conserved, missing tiles replicated, and the tiles mounted to mimic the original shop frontage, forming a major element of the Secret Life of Pembroke Place display at the Museum of Liverpool due to open in October 2018.

Under the guidance of Lynne Edge ACR, the successful intern will be involved with all elements of related conservation work and will learn about historic and contemporary conservation techniques and approaches. There is also the opportunity to work alongside professional mount makers and engineers to gain experience in the display of tiles in a museum context. An important element of the project is outreach and as such, the intern will be asked to record their experiences to produce a report and write a blog for the Museum of Liverpool.

Requirements: Applicants should be able to demonstrate a clear interest and experience that is relevant to this opportunity. There isn’t a set requirement however it would be expected that this may be an undergraduate or post graduate qualification in Conservation or related experience and training in a relevant subject such as Ceramic Design.

Please apply using the application form on the Icon website only. https://icon.org.uk/what-is-conservation/internships.

  • Closing date: February 15, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Interviews will be held on: March 1, 2018
  • Internship will commence: April 3, 2018

Questions: pwhife@icon.org.uk.