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Funded internships

We are pleased to be able to offer one funded internship, concentrating on book and paper conservation and preventive conservation. The internship is jointly funded by the Radcliffe Trust, the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the British Library patrons. It will run between November 2013 and October 2014.

Conservation internship

The British Library is pleased to offer one funded internship, concentrating on book and paper conservation and preventive conservation. The internship is jointly funded by the Radcliffe Trust, the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the British Library patrons. It will run between November 2013 and October 2014. The internship is available to conservators who have limited work experience in conservation and who wish to develop their practical, hands-on conservation skills in one of the greatest research libraries in the world. The successful candidates will have a book or paper conservation qualification(s) (an MA in conservation would be desirable) and will be selected on the basis of conservation knowledge in relation to the projects available. The internship has a bursary of £18,000. The bursary will be paid on a monthly basis and is subject to tax. The internships are open to those who have the right to live and work in the UK.

During the period of the internship the interns will work on one or two main conservation treatment projects, which will involve developing a range of treatment options for a collection item or a small collection of items. Additionally the intern will work on other supplementary items in conservation. Treatment reports will be written at the end of each treatment project. Projects will be based on material that has been scheduled into the 2013–14 work programme. Up to one quarter of the internship will involve working with preventive conservators to give a rounded view of Collection Care activities within a large institution. Activities may include collection surveys, pest monitoring, environmental monitoring, digitisation assessments and disaster planning. The interns will be expected to use a project management framework and monitor their progress against their work plan. At the end of the internship, a presentation of their work completed will be delivered. Projects for treatment and for consultations may include the conservation of items from different cultures, for example, Armenian, Ethiopic, Syriac, Arabic and modern and/or early western material and outsized albums.

Please note that the intern will be supervised by a British Library conservator throughout their internship and work will be monitored on a regular basis.

How to apply

For further information please contact 

Catherine Atkinson
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

E: catherine.atkinson@bl.uk
T: +44 (0) 20 7412 7109

The closing date for applications is Friday 20 September 2013. Interviews will be held during the week beginning 14 October.

Funded internships

The British Library recognises the growing need for specialised training in conservation by organising an internship programme aimed at developing practical skills. The internship programme started in 2006 and takes place in the Centre for Conservation at the British Library's flagship site in London.

The aim of the internships is to provide an educational opportunity for students who have graduated with a degree in conservation and who are seeking further training to develop their skills. Interns focus on conservation problems in a research library context and work on developing and carrying out conservation treatments on a range of materials in the collections.

A variety of conservation treatments are undertaken by the intern depending upon his/her current level of expertise. Because of the size and scope of the Library's collection, a range of material may be available for treatment depending on Conservation’s priorities in a given year.  Interns will master written documentation formats including condition assessments and treatment records.  Interns are required to complete projects by providing housing for the objects that they treat, and will be expected to use appropriate housing forms, including boxing, matting and encapsulation.

Interns will experience at first hand the dynamics of working in open plan studios with a large professional staff. Interns are expected to participate in regular conservation studio maintenance with the rest of conservation staff, to ensure their working space is kept clean, and that all items are properly secured using British Library Collection Security guidelines.

Interns are given the opportunity to participate in visitor activities such as public and professional conservation tours and workshops. Interns are expected to give a presentation on their work at the end of the internship to Conservation and Collection Care staff, and two representatives from funding institutions as required.

The British Library gratefully acknowledges the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Ernest Cook Trust, the Headley Trust, the Radcliffe Trust, the Peck Stacpoole Foundation, the Stockman Family Foundation, the American Trust for the British Library, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the National Association for Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS), and the Patrons of the British Library for their support for the 2007-13 Internships.

 

          

 
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