Archaeological Conservator

Archaeological Conservator
English Heritage

UKP25,618, Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth Temporary contract for nine-months (maternity cover)

Archaeological conservation is key to our research efforts at English Heritage.  Your passion for British archaeology and investigative conservation will make all the difference when you’re part of the team.

English Heritage protects and provides advice on this country’s unique legacy of historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. We also manage over 400 sites and welcome in excess of 11 million visitors to these each year.

Our Archaeological Conservation and Technology Team has a central role in providing a holistic approach to the study of artefacts and associated residues, from creation through use, modification, burial and recovery, to subsequent investigative analysis.

Your brief will be to handle the investigative conservation of materials from terrestrial and marine environments on the archaeological projects we support. In addition, you’ll guide, advise and train others in archaeological conservation, and carry out research.

The work will involve site visits, assessments, analysis and dissemination, and using equipment such as microscopy,
X-Radiography, XRF, XRD and FTIR. The variety continues, as you’ll be initiating and taking on research to maintain best practice, and making sure the results reach the relevant publications. Advice and professional training form another strand of the work, which will see you training regional curators, consultants and archaeologists.

Ideally an accredited Conservator in ICON or someone who’s working towards accredited status, you will certainly have a relevant degree or equivalent in Archaeological Conservation. Experience in investigative conservation and in conserving a wide range of archaeological materials will be essential, and you should be keen to deliver training.

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Closing date: 29 April 2010.
Interview date: 7 May 2010.

Angela Karsten
Archaeological Conservator
English Heritage
Fort Cumberland
Fort Cumberland Road
Portsmouth PO4 9LD
Switchboard: +44 2392 856700
Direct Line: +44 2392 856787