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Conservator: Chinese paintings

  • Organisation:The British Museum
  • Location:Bloomsbury, London
  • Salary:£33,592 per annum
  • Contract type:Full time, Permanent

The Conservator: Chinese Paintings is an important role within the Collection Care department at The British Museum. This role is an exciting opportunity to join a world renowned institution and contribute towards maintaining and developing a world class collection.

The successful candidate will have a recognised professional conservation qualification to at least degree level or equivalent experience with this specialism, with demonstrable practical skills in conservation. You will have excellent theoretical and practical knowledge of traditional Chinese scroll mounting and Chinese paintings conservation as well as contemporary principles and practice in preventive conservation and ethical standards. As our expert in Chinese Paintings Conservation, you will act as conservation exhibition and loan liaison. You will participate in the care of Chinese paintings through a combination of interventive and preventative measures that support the Museums overall operating plan and will proactively engage with public outreach activities.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • To conserve and mount Chinese paintings and related material
  • To advise on conditions and prepare objects for loans, exhibitions and display
  • To motivate and develop other staff
  • To advise others regarding specialism
  • To act as conservation exhibition and loan liaison and member of the core project teams as necessary, contributing to exhibition delivery and providing conservation expertise, ensuring effective delivery to time and budget.
  • To care for the collection through documentation, surveys, data collection, analysis and support at public events.

About the Hirayama Studio:

The British Museum Hirayama Studio is the leading facility dedicated to the conservation of East Asian painting in Europe. Its work is rooted in the traditional East Asian techniques and best practice, informed by current methods and practices developed in paper and paintings conservation.

About the British Museum:

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Membership of the civil service pension scheme
  • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
  • Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Professional & personal development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

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