Textile Conservation Intern (Hampton Court, UK)

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  • Closing date: July 31, 2019
  • Interviews: August 8, 2019
  • Salary: GBP 23,843 per annum
  • Fixed term - 12 months
  • Full time, based at Hampton Court Palace

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. We bring six extraordinary palaces and their stories to life and we exist to stir every sprit in order to inspire.

Historic Royal Palaces, with the generous support of The Clothworkers' Foundation, is offering three, one-year textile conservation internships from 2019-2022. These are offered to recent textile conservation graduates who are passionate about embarking on a career in the sector and looking to build on their practical skills in the specialist area of textile conservation.

The first placement is due to start in September 2019, with interviews held in early August at Hampton Court Palace.

Based at Hampton Court Palace, the Intern will obtain critical insights and hone their skills as they work alongside some of the country's leading specialists in HRP's long established conservation studio. Working in this unique environment, the interns will also gain experience in hands-on work, preventive conservation and conservation science as well as business disciplines including project management common to a busy conservation studio. Successful applicants will be expected to be proactive in contributing to HRP's communication activities that explain and promote our conservation work.

The placement will be managed through a framework based on conservation professional standards. Interns will benefit from guidance and supervision from PACR-accredited studio supervisors and regular mentoring from the Treatment Conservation Manager who will monitor progress and measure achievement during their learning experience.

A 12-month Intern will have one six-month placement on tapestry conservation and choose another six-month placement in either the Furnishings or Costume and General Textiles team.

Applicants must have an in-depth understanding of the techniques involve in textile conservation and the ability to take on hands-on treatment. You must be passionate about conservation and keen to develop your experience in this specialism. Good team-working is essential, and you must be able to work at heights. Based at Hampton Court Palace you may be required to travel to our other palaces on occasion.

Historic Royal Palaces is committed to building an organization that truly values the differences in people, whatever that difference may be: creed, color, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religion or similar belief, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, connections with a national minority, property, birth or other status, family connections, membership or non-membership of a trade union or disability.

As indicated above, we particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as these groups are currently under-represented in our work force.

So, whatever your background, if you have the skills, knowledge and attitude we are looking for we would love to hear from you.

Find out more and apply by visiting www.hrp.org.uk/recruitment.

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