This 18-month (starting October 2019) conservation internship has been made possible through the generous support of the Clothworkers’ Foundation.
The Pitt Rivers has over 200 display drawers accessible to the public within its historic display cases. The drawers contain objects which mirror the entire collections held at the museum, from spoons to amulets, hairpins to axes. The drawers are currently over-full and objects are being damaged due to the poor storage conditions within them. Access and visibility of the collections to the public is poor.
In a transformational project, the intern will, under the supervision of the Head of Conservation:
• work with the collections department to curate the contents of the drawers;
• carry out basic conservation treatments on the objects selected to remain in the drawers, and pack the remaining objects to move to the museums off-site store;
• use the museums’ laser cutter to create cut-outs in Plastazote foam to house selected objects safely within the drawers;
• be involved in all aspects of the work of the small, close-knit conservation team, including Integrated Pest Management and environmental control;
• be expected to promote their work and that of the conservation department to the public and at conferences if appropriate.
The successful applicant will have a degree in object conservation, and need to be able to work in the UK. A demonstrable interest in ethnographic conservation would be an advantage. Strong IT and organisational skills are essential.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 23 August 2019.