Paintings Conservation Fellowship

Organizing institution(s): National Gallery
Location of fellowship: London
The role is responsible for the physical care of the collection including cleaning, restoring, and carrying out structural repairs. The job will allow continuing professional development after the completion of a recognised post-graduate training in conservation, within the context of the National Gallery's ongoing conservation and research activity

The jobholder will undertake closely supervised work in the cleaning and restoration and the structural repair of paintings; and to have a role in the documentation and examination of loans to and from the Gallery. There will also be the opportunity to become involved in research on paintings in the collection, working in collaboration with the Scientific and Curatorial Departments; and assist colleagues on treatments of painting where necessary.

•The cleaning, restoration, and structural repair of paintings in the collection
•To play a role in the preventive conservation of the collection
•To participate in research into paintings undergoing treatment and in the technical examination of other works, including those being catalogued by curators
•Participate in the maintenance of the department's records
•Examination on the condition of both National Gallery paintings and external loans as they arrive and depart the Gallery
•Produce clear, well-constructed and comprehensive reports and to record and document conservation treatments and produce condition reports for loans
•To undertake courier duties escorting loans of paintings from the collection to and from exhibitions. (In accordance with current government guidelines for Covid)

•Cleaning, restoring and structural repairs of paintings
•Maintaining department records and documenting treatments
•Examining and reporting on National Gallery Paintings


The role has no managerial responsibility but requires working closely with members of the Conservation, Curatorial and Scientific Departments and will also have frequent contact with the Registrars, Art Handling, Framing and Photographic Departments as well as occasional contact with the Director and Trustees, Education and Development Departments.

•First degree, or equivalent, in a science or arts/humanities subject followed by a post-graduate qualification in the practice-based conservation of easel paintings
•Basic Demonstrable experience in the interpretation of X-radiographs, infrared reflectograms and other forms of technical photography
•A well-developed visual and intellectual sensibility to paintings and a strong interest in their technique and conservation
•Ability to synthesize technical, historical, and aesthetic information in the formulation of treatment strategies or approaches
•Knowledge of pigment identification, interpretation of cross sections and analysis of organic natural products
•Demonstrable attention to detail; for restoring and conserving paintings
•Self-motivated and understands the importance of maintaining focus appropriately to ensure high quality conservation
•Flexible approach to changes in working priorities
•Demonstrable ability to engage with members of different departments


Conservation Fellow- 22 month FTC
22 month FTC, working full time hours of 35 per week.
This post is on the Gallery's Band C. The salary is £26,910 per annum.
Happy To Talk Flexible Working
Pay Review
Pay increases are dependent upon government public sector pay policy and affordability, and the Gallery's pay settlement arrangements.

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Employment & Academic History
Due to the value of our collection the Gallery undertakes extensive pre-employment screening, including a criminal record check. As part of our security screening process we need to account for all of your time over the past 3/5* years and will verify the information provided. However we are interested in all of your relevant work experience so please provide us with your career history.

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