Preventive Conservation (Musselburgh, UK)

  • Icon Internship, Preventive Conservation
  • National Trust for Scotland supported by the Bute Memorial Fund
  • 12 month internship starting October 2018
  • Location: Newhailes House, Musselburgh, EH21 6RY
  • Supervisor: Julie Bon ACR Conservator East
  • Educational Stipend: GBP17,000, plus dedicated study visit fund

This internship is hosted by the National Trust for Scotland, supported by the Trust’s Bute Memorial Fund and managed in partnership with Icon.

The Bute/Icon internship is an exceptional opportunity for an emerging professional.  The Trust is Scotland’s leading conservation charity, with an extensive portfolio of built heritage sites, from castles and country houses to cottages, working historic environments and modern museum facilities.   Material culture collections are on open display at more than 50 of these properties, and their care is the responsibility of the Trust’s Curatorial & Conservation Service.   Our emphasis is on a collaborative approach rooted in strategy, preventive conservation principles and practice.

The intern will be supervised by the Trust’s Conservator East and will be based at the East Regional Office at Newhailes House.   The focus of the internship will be assisting with a number of projects due to happen at Newhailes over the next year, including a large-scale moth eradication project and the development of a plan for the conservation, display and interpretation of the house and its collections.

Alongside this the intern will have the opportunity to be involved with the delivery of preventive conservation activities (environmental monitoring and control, light management, IPM and housekeeping) to further embed and raise standards at this and other Trust properties. An important and stimulating part of the internship will be to help deliver conservation training events for Trust staff and volunteers.

The intern will also get to experience and contribute to conservation projects and activities throughout the Trust according to a mutually agreed work plan.   Overnight stays in various parts of Scotland should be anticipated, and will be funded separately by the Trust.

The successful applicant will have a recognized conservation qualification and will actively be seeking a career in preventive conservation.   S/he will relish working in Scotland, and be a highly-motivated, reliable and resourceful individual with outstanding interpersonal skills.   Strong IT and organisational skills are essential, as well as an ability to work at heights. A full UK / EU driving licence and a willingness to drive are essential.

Please apply using the application form on the Icon website only.

  • Closing date: Midday on July 23, 2018
  • Interviews will be held on August 22, 2018 starting in early October 2018