Artefact Conservator

Artefact Conservator
Employer: National Museums Scotland
Salary: £28,292 - £30,766 per annum
Location: Edinburgh

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe. With one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world, we are responsible for the acquisition, preservation and display of a substantial part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and national heritage.

Millions of local and international visitors enjoy our four museums each year, and we also introduce our collections to a much wider audience than can physically visit our museums through, touring exhibitions, loans, community engagement, digital programmes and research.

Over the past decade, we have invested over £110 million in our collections, our museums and the experiences we provide for our visitors. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. This year, the continuing implementation of our Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland has seen the opening of ten inspiring galleries of fashion, applied art and design and of science and technology. At the National Museum of Flight further investment has enabled us to make a step change in the visitor experience through the restoration of two historic hangers and creation of new displays.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Artefact Conservator to join our busy and dynamic conservation team. This unique role will coordinate and lead the conservation of the newly acquired Galloway Hoard.

As the successful candidate you will be an experienced artefact conservator, holding a recognised conservation degree and have a particular interest and expertise in the conservation of archaeological material.

You will possess strong planning skills with the ability to work to tight deadlines and prioritise and risk assess your work programme. You will work independently on the examination and treatment of artefacts and will advise on their safe display and storage. You will have strong IT skills to document the condition of items and related conservation treatments.

You will also work effectively alongside the broader artefact conservation team supporting other areas of the team’s conservation programme for exhibitions, displays and loans. Your strong communication skills mean you will be able to impart your passion for conservation to our audiences and assist with the training of student interns and placements.

This is a fixed term post for 3 years.

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