Time-Based Media Conservator

Organisation: National Galleries of Scotland

Salary: £29,816 - £32,645 pro rata

Location: Edinburgh

This is a specialist conservator role, delivering time-based media conservation across the collection. As a newly created role, it is likely that it will develop over time and that the post-holder will help to shape it.

The Time-based media conservator role is based within the Collections Care Directorate, reporting to the Senior Projects Conservator. It sits alongside and complements the other conservation specialisms of paper, paintings, frames and sculpture. The time-based media conservator works primarily with artworks but may also be asked to advise on the care of time-based media within the archive.

Key responsibilities:

• Assist colleagues with the planning and programming of the time-based media conservation work required to deliver the acquisitions, displays, exhibitions, loans 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 time-based media works, 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. Additionally, where appropriate assist with the installation of time-based media works.

• Undertake the conservation work required for acquisitions of time-based media works including ingest into the current digital preservation system and all relevant documentation.

• Undertake time-based media conservation work required to improve standards of collections care, such as condition surveys of targeted parts of the collection and relevant remedial treatments of objects in poor condition. This includes working with the CIDAM and IT departments to manage and maintain the TiBM digital repository.

• 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 time-based media works.

• 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 equipment.

• Work with colleagues to ensure that the equipment required for or included within the TiBM collections is fit for purpose and adequately maintained, and where appropriate research options for new equipment purchases. Work with the Senior Projects Conservator to maintain and implement the TiBM equipment asset register

• Where appropriate, undertake art historical research relating to parts of the NGS time-based media collection, and conservation research relating to relevant conservation issues, materials and techniques.

Application Deadline: Thursday 24/03/2022