Conservator: Works on Paper Vacancy at the National Portrait Gallery


ational Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or who are making British history and culture.  The Gallery attracts 2 million visits a year and is among London’s most popular museums, it reaches and engages these, and further UK and global audiences, with its extensive display, exhibition, research, learning, outreach, publishing, digital and national programmes.


Conservator: Works on Paper

£12,362 per annum i.e. pro-rated to the full time equivalent of £30,906 per annum.

Part-time, 16 hours (2 days) per week

Fixed Term Contract for 22 months


The National Portrait Gallery is looking to appoint a Conservator: Works on Paper that will be responsible, as part of a team, for the conservation and preservation of works on paper and photographs held in the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection.

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who have a MA degree in Conservation or previous experience in the Conservation of Works of Art on paper within a gallery or museum setting.  A detailed understanding of Art on Paper, their requirements and conservation treatments is therefore essential. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate strong and effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to produce clear and accurate documentation. It is fundamental that the post-holder has good working knowledge and application of COSHH and of digital photography and image management databases.


Given the nature of this role, it is vital that the post-holder is able to work under pressure and organise their workload in order to meet key deadlines. You will need to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues within Conservation and across the Gallery. The post-holder will have line management responsibility, so candidates will need to have the ability to supervise, motivate and develop the Assistant Conservator: Works on Paper to achieve collective and individual goals.

To apply please access our online application form via our website: 

Closing date for returned applications is 9:00am on Monday 28 September

 First round interviews will take place on w/c Monday 5 October. Please indicate on your form if you will be unable to make these dates.

*Due to the nature of the role, interviews may be held at the Gallery, where strict COVID-19 protocols are followed. Further details will be provided closer to the time.

We are committed to the employment and development of disabled people. We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for this post. To be invited to interview/assessment, you must show in your supporting statement that you meet the minimum criteria for the role, across all essential criteria. If you tell us that you have a disability we can make reasonable adjustments at interview, and, if you join us, to your work arrangements.