Kickstart - Conservation Assistant

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Posting date: 23 September 2021
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 20 November 2021
Location: Edinburgh, EH11LG
Company: DWP Kickstart Scheme
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: V0000307228

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University of Edinburgh

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC), through the Musical Instrument Museum at St Cecilia’s Hall, is offering a Conservation Assistant position focused on learning and extending core skills relating to the conservation of, and research about, musical instruments.

This placement will be based primarily in the Dunard Conservation Studio at St Cecilia’s Hall (50 Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG), though sporadic offsite work in storage facilities is also expected.

The Conservation Assistant will work with a wide variety of objects from the Musical Instrument Collection of the University of Edinburgh. The key responsibilities of this placement include (but are not limited to) preventive conservation, interventive treatments, collections management, documentation, outreach and engagement.

Activities expected to be accomplished during this placement (all of which will take place after training and under supervision) include (but are not limited to): writing-up condition reports of recently acquired items; undertaking basic interventive treatment and maintenance of collection items; record keeping; photographic documentation; integrated pest management inspection and reporting; and assisting with research projects and enquiries.

The Conservation Assistant will participate in the outreach and engagement activities of the Museums and Special Collections & Archives sections of the University of Edinburgh, including social media posting, live presentations, and blog writing.

This placement will provide the successful candidate with valuable work experience in the heritage sector, enhancing future employability.

This placement is intended for those who are interested in pursuing a career in the cultural heritage sector. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for cultural heritage, in particular the history of music, musical instruments, and/or musical instrument making.

The role is ideally suited for those currently enrolled in (or have recently completed) a relevant professional program (e.g. objects conservation/preservation, musical instrument making, museums studies etc.). A professional qualification is desirable rather than essential.

The successful candidate must be committed to learning more about the field of collections care and, as they will be expected to handle historical objects, an awareness of cultural heritage issues and a basic understanding of object handling would be helpful.

Training and supervision will be provided, however in order to undertake interventive and preventive treatments the applicant should have good manual dexterity, and a high level of attention to detail. Good time management skills and the ability to work independently are also essential.

Good photographic skills including photo-editing software knowledge will be advantageous for the documentation requirements of this placement.

25 hours per week: Monday to Wednesday 9:00 - 17:00, Thursday 13:00 - 17:00 (some flexibility with the days and hours can be accommodated)

£9.53 (UE01 standard pay scale)

A range of experiences (primarily in the Dunard Conservation Studio within St Cecilia’s Hall; Concert Room and Music Museum) will provide an introduction to interventive and preventive approaches to the preservation of musical instruments as well as collections care and management.

The Centre for Research will provide training in key, basic, aspects of the conservation and maintenance of musical instruments,
interventive treatment methods for musical instruments, overview of the principles and practices of preventive conservation, experience of material analysis, conservation in the wider cultural heritage and higher education sectors, of social media as an advocacy tool for conservation,
exposure to the allied specialisms of book and archives conservation, to the allied professions in the Centre for Research Collections including archivists, librarians, curators and collection managers, to the wider functions of the Musical Instrument Collection and St Cecilia’s Hall Concert Room and Music Museum including customer service, teaching and research support, outreach and engagement.

Historic England is managing an external organisation to deliver mandetory Wrap Around Skills and Development Training. Intuitive Thinking Skills will provide face to face and e-learning modules to complement employees learning styles. Employees will also have access to a range of wellbeing support to aid them in achieving their placements whilst developing their skills with this training body.

Post placement all employees will be signed up to the Good Youth Charter. This will provide young people further access to personal skills developments and careers advise if required.

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