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Preventive conservation voluntary placement

The Collection Care department at the British Library is pleased to announce that they will be offering a Preventive Conservation Voluntary Placement for three months starting in September 2013.

This opportunity has been created to further the aim of the British Library in the field of Preventive Conservation via the dissemination of key skills and techniques in this area. 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. The volunteer will have the chance to learn and understand one of the core purposes of the British Library by working alongside Library employees and to gain knowledge, identify and manage risks to collections; identify best practice for handling material, disaster preparedness, integrated pest management, and creating and storing surrogate copies. 

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 while in London.

Before registering your interest, please read the criteria document in the right-hand margin.

The closing date for applications is Friday 24 May 2013.
Please note that the closing date for applications has been extended to Monday 3 June 2013.

How to apply

Please send expressions of interest to:

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

T: +44 (0)20 7412 7109

Note to overseas applicants: Once you are offered a placement, please be aware that you will be required to obtain a Charity Workers Tier 5 Visa in order to gain entry to the UK. The Library will send you a formal Charity Worker Visa number, and it will be the responsibility of the successful applicant to obtain this visa. Any costs incurred will be covered as part of the stipend.

Home Office Website Charity Workers 

Funded by the Friends of the British Library


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