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Conservation of Photographic Materials


Conservation of Photographic Materials

A group for all those interested in the conservation of photographic materials.  

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Comment by Nicholas John Burnett on November 24, 2012 at 20:03

Nice job, shame about the salary.


National Media Museum, Bradford

Conservator of Photographs

Salary: £21,302 per annum


Job reference: PL/NMEM/NOV12


Award winning, visionary and truly unique, the National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. Part of the Science Museum Group of museums, it aims to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.


The National Media Museum is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic Conservator of Photographs to provide high quality interventive conservation. The post holder will be based at the National Media Museum in Bradford and will support our busy exhibition programme.


Your recognised conservation qualification or similar experience will be supported by demonstrable skills in interventive and preventive museum conservation on a wide range of photographic materials, with an understanding of conservation and collections care for 3-d mixed media objects; including condition checking and documentation.


You will be able to supervise volunteers and conservation interns and provide advice and support to colleagues working within the Curatorial, Corporate & Collections Information (Registration & Documentation) and Exhibitions teams. The role will also participate in the safe management of hazards within the collections, complying with current H&S regulations and in-house policies and safe working practices.


You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be confident communicating with a wide range of people.  You will have demonstrable skills in problem solving and prioritising, which will be supported by your previous experience within a museum or cultural heritage environment.


You will be able to demonstrate the ability to plan and execute your own work programmes, provide statistics and promote high conservation and collections care standards. The ability to use Collections databases (Mimsy XG) and practical expertise in object handling.


For further information about the National Media Museum, a full job description and details of how to apply, please visit


Closing date: 30 November 2012


Interviews: week commencing 10 December 2012


All shortlisted applicants will be asked to bring a portfolio of their conservation work with them to their interview. The portfolio should mainly focus on photographic conservation and collections care.


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