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Preventive Conservation Voluntary Placement

The Conservation department at the British Library is pleased to announce that they will be offering a Preventive Conservation Voluntary Placement for three months starting in spring 2018.

The placement is aimed at people working within the cultural heritage sector outside the UK with responsibility for collection care with limited opportunity to do work-based training in their own country and/or region.

The placement has been funded to promote key skills and techniques in preventive conservation. This includes developing best practice to ensure responsible stewardship through handling and use, environmental monitoring, disaster preparedness and integrated pest management. Through this volunteers will gain the knowledge to identify and manage risks to collections.

The successful individual will be given a unique learning opportunity in a working national library with a view to applying the skills and knowledge obtained in their own field of work. Based with the Preventive Conservation Team they will also work alongside colleagues in Conservation, Conservation Science, curatorial departments, reading rooms and imaging services during their placement.

The volunteer will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses with a stipend of £8,000. Reasonable expenses will include reimbursement for flights, obtaining a visa, accommodation, and subsistence whilst in London.

Before registering your interest, please read the criteria form. Only those who meet all the criteria will be considered.

Once you have read the criteria and wish to apply, please send the following by the closing date so we can consider your application:

  1. A current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. A written statement (maximum of 1000 words) to include the following:
    - Your specific interest in a the voluntary work opportunity in Preventive Conservation at the British Library
    - What you feel you would gain from the opportunity
    - How you feel this opportunity will benefit you and your employer in the future and the British Library
    - How you feel your skills knowledge and experience meets the criteria for the opportunity, giving examples to support your answers
  3. Contact details of one professional reference from your current employer
  4. A letter of support from your current employer, agreeing to release you from your employment to carry out the placement should you be successful

You can either send the above information by email to or by post at the following address:

Sarah Hamlyn
Lead Preventive Conservator
the British Library
96 Euston Road
United Kingdom

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 January 2018.

Note to overseas applicants: Please be aware that you will be required to obtain a Charity Workers Tier 5 Visa in order to gain entry to the UK. It will be the responsibility of the successful applicant to obtain this visa. Any costs incurred will be covered as part of the stipend. For further information please visit the following websites:

Home Office Website Charity Workers (Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange) visa - GOV.UK) and Visa application form (Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Charity Worker) visa: Apply - GOV.UK)


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