Textile Conservation Intern (Norfolk, UK)


  • Salary for the role is GBP 23,375 per year for this 2 year internship

The National Trust is Europe’s leading conservation charity. Its textile collections, located in over 300 historic houses open to the public in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, are of outstanding importance. Textiles are an enormously valuable asset in the presentation of historic properties and the Trust’s collections amount to over 100,000 items which includes 650 tapestries, 20 state beds and 31,000 pieces of costume.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, we work with our colleagues to utilise and adapt current research and new techniques in imaginative ways. We have completed some challenging projects over the years, ranging from large scale textiles such as tapestries and state beds, to costume. We are committed to training through internships and student placements. Textile conservation also offers great opportunities to engage the public, through interpretation of our work at our properties. We have a committed, enthusiastic and dedicated team we’d like you to be a part of.

What you’ll be doing
You’ll be a recent conservation graduate looking to build on your practical skills in the specialist area of textile conservation. Under supervision, you’ll undertake practical treatments both in the studio and on site. You’ll assist and support studio staff with the organisation and maintenance of equipment and undertake environmental and pest monitoring within the studio.

You’ll be passionate about conservation, and will bring drive, commitment and a willingness to learn to this role. To facilitate this, you will have the opportunity to attend specialist training courses and conferences as well as choosing to undertake a placement in another studio, institution or historic property.  It is a great place to develop your career.

Who we’re looking for

  • To be successful in this role, you’ll need to have:
  • A recognized conservation qualification at degree level or higher
  • Excellent needlework skills and an understanding of textile techniques
  • Understanding of conservation science
  • Demonstrable knowledge and interest in textile history, historic properties and the care of their collections
  • Good team working with a flexible approach
  • Ability to multi-task and work in collaboration with other teams
  • Work experience within in the conservation field
  • Ability to organize own time, plan ahead and meet deadlines
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, including public presentations
  • Good IT skills
  • Ability to work at height from scaffolds and ladders (training will be given)
  • Driving licence and access to your own vehicle, due to the location of the Studio

How to Apply

  • Applications Open: April 12, 2018. To apply for these vacancies to go www.ntjobs.org.uk.
  • Closing Date: May 3, 2018
  • Interviews: June 19, 2018

For an informal discussion about this post, you are welcome to contact Maria Jordan at maria.jordan@nationaltrust.org.uk, and on +44 (0)1263-735-878.

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