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Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books at University of Cambridge

Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books at University of Cambridge:

Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books
University of Cambridge - Fitzwilliam Museum
Location: Cambridge
Salary: £34,233 to £45,954
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Placed on: 16th September 2014
Closes: 20th October 2014
Job Ref: DA04313
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The Fitzwilliam Museum houses the principal collections of art and antiquities of the University of Cambridge, and holds over half a million objects in its care. The Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books (MSSPB) preserves the finest museum collection of illuminated manuscripts in the world outside the Vatican Museum, one of the most important collections of manuscript and printed music in this country, fine printed books, literary autographs and correspondence. It is also responsible for the Museum's archives. The collections total upwards of 132,500 objects: 1,000 illuminated manuscripts and leaves; 1,500 music volumes; 20,000 rare printed books, over 80,000 literary autographs and correspondence. There are over 30,000 items in the Museum's archives. The Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books participates in the Museum wide Collections Care Programme. This post is part of the Conservation Division, led by the Assistant Director, Conservation.

There is a special link with Trinity College library and the college provides funding for the Museum to undertake work for Trinity Library.

The successful candidate would undertake the technical examination, analysis, research, interventive and preventive conservation of works on parchment and paper, for the Department of MSSPB, including medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, fine printed books dating from 15th to the 21st century, manuscript and printed music, literary autographs and archival material.

Management of the conservation studio will be part of this role as will be preparation of and contribution to applications for funding and other projects. The ability to deal with people at all levels in a professional manner is critical as is a mutually flexible, supportive and collaborative team working style

Candidates should have a relevant qualification in paper and parchment conservation as well as a demonstrable track record of work experience with similar collections.

The ability to manage work flow to deadlines, initiate and manage conservation programmes and a sound grasp of conservation ethics are essential. 

Accredited status in the profession through ICON is preferred.

Planned interview date: 29 October 2014                              

Offers of employment will be conditional upon the satisfactory outcome of a Security check. Whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Any queries should be directed to or Tel: 01223 764840.

Please quote reference DA04313 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK."

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