Conservator: Organics

The British Museum is seeking a Conservator: Organics

The British Museum


City of London, England

Job type

Full-time, Permanent 


£28,138 per annum

Posted on

End date




The British Museum has an exciting opportunity for a Conservator: Organics to join the Collection Care department and contribute towards maintaining and developing a world class collection. The main purpose of this role is to to care for the collection through a combination of interventive and preventive measures in support of the museum's operating plan, and contribute to the loan, exhibition and public outreach activities of the Department of Collection Care. This role requires the post holder to have specialist knowledge and experience in the conservation of a range of organic materials, with an interest in bone, ivory, and archaeological materials.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • To contribute to the conservation of collections made of a wide range of organic materials.
  • To contribute to the preparation of objects for loan, exhibition, and permanent display.
  • To contribute to the care of the collection through dedicated projects on collections in store.
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues within the department and across the museum.
  • To contribute to the department's outreach activities through public speaking, writing for social media, publishing, etc.
  • To contribute to the development of new preventive or interventive measures.
  • To ensure best practice and compliance with latest health and safety legislation.
  • To contribute to the conservation of materials / object types outside of own specialism as necessary.
  • To assist with the development of potential funding bids.
  • To assist with the care of the collection through documentation, surveys, data collection and analysis.
  • To act as an advocate for the museum.
  • To work flexibly in line with museum priorities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Person Specification:

  • Educated to undergraduate degree level in relevant field or equivalent experience.
  • Passed a colour vision test.
  • Demonstrable practical skills in the conservation of a range of objects made of organic materials, with a focus on archaeological organic materials desirable.
  • Understanding of mechanisms involved in material deterioration; knowledge of contemporary principles and practices, conservation theory and ethical decision making.
  • Experience of working in the museum or heritage sector and some involvement in display related activities.
  • Knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation and guidance; and good IT skills;
  • Able to: undertake detailed tasks whilst under pressure, work to set objectives on time and budget, and work independently.
  • An effective communicator, both verbally and written, who can work collaboratively as part of a team.

To apply, please visit British Museum's website.