Conservator (Textiles)

Conservator (Textiles)
Employer: Imperial War Museums
Salary: £24,356
Location: London

You will support the Transforming Imperial War Museum London Stage II project at Lambeth Road, which will create a new Second World War Gallery and Holocaust Gallery by spring 2021.

You will be responsible for the assessment, preventive and interventive conservation treatment of textile-based objects. You will also advise and prepare conservation mounting for objects and undertake the display of some textiles for the galleries, including mounting costumes onto mannequins.

The Museum has five branches and the role is based in the new IWM Conservation Studios in Duxford, Cambridgeshire. However it is expected that you will spend 1 day a month in London to attend meetings related to the project and to meet with stakeholders. This will be supported by the TIWML II project.

In addition, your duties will include:

To assess, identify and evaluate the condition of items chosen for the TIWML II exhibitions on the Holocaust and Second World War. To assess them for potential hazards and risks relating to display.
To implement preventive or remedial conservation treatments that enable the objects to be displayed. These will be based on the survey results and exploration of treatment options, ensuring that measures are commensurate with conservation ethics, the desired use (display and storage), resource and risk management.
To develop conservation grade display options for textile based objects, working with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that appropriate measures are agreed and implemented.
Demonstrate an understanding of hazards relating to your work and ensure that your work practices comply with relevant Health & Safety regulations and guidelines, minimising risk to yourself and others.
To identify the required materials for treatment in a timely fashion with your Conservation Manager and to assist with procurement.
This vacancy is open to external and internal candidates. For new internal candidates (this includes staff employed directly by IWM and agency workers temping with IWM) to be eligible for vacancies you must have successfully completed your probation period or have been working with us for 6 months.

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