Paper Conservator Fixed Term

Organisation: National Galleries of Scotland

Salary: £29,816 - £32,645 per annum

Location: Edinburgh


This is a specialist conservator role, delivering paper conservation across the collection. It is based within the Collections Care Directorate, reporting to the Lead Paper Conservator. It sits alongside and complements the other conservation specialisms of paintings, frames and time-based media.

The Paper Team has traditionally focussed on the artworks within the NGS collection, but while that remains the largest area of work, there is an increasing requirement for the team to be involved with the care of the library and archive.

Paper conservation and other main duties:

• Assist colleagues with the planning and programming of the paper conservation work required to deliver the loans, displays, exhibitions, acquisitions, and collections care activities which are scheduled.

• Keep records of work undertaken over the course of the year and liaise with colleagues to flag up any anticipated issues with the delivery of the work programme and to advise on whether additional requests can be accommodated.

• Undertake the conservation work required for exhibitions and displays of works on paper and library and archive material, both within NGS and at non-NGS sites, including advising on the suitability of works of art for transport and display, condition checking, conservation treatments and application of preventive conservation measures.

• Undertake paper conservation work required to improve standards of collections care, such as condition surveys of targeted parts of the collection and remedial treatments of objects in poor condition.

• Carry out a range of written and electronic documentation, including requesting photography, communicating findings, and providing data for entry onto the NGS collections management database (Multi Mimsy) and NGS website.

• With colleagues, respond to any incident reports which relate to works on paper or library and archive material.

• Liaise with Conservation Technicians and Art Handling Technicians to ensure that works are safely packed and installed, which may involve designing specialist storage and display cases.

• Where appropriate, undertake art historical research relating to parts of the NGS works on paper collection and the NGS library and archive collection, and conservation research relating to modes of deterioration and conservation materials and techniques.

Application Deadline: Sunday 27/02/2022