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Collections & House Officer

Basingstoke, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, £ £ 19928.00-19928.00 Annual Annual, Permanent

Description:

Summary

Are you excited by the prospect of caring for one of the Trust's most significant houses and collections? Do you pride yourself on high standards of collections management and visitor welcome? We need someone who can champion fantastic collections care and lead for preventive conservation in the house through the day-to-day supervision of conservation staff and volunteers, to deliver excellent standards of collections management.

What it's like to work here

The Anglesey Abbey estate includes a Jacobean-style house, surrounded by diverse gardens and a working watermill, and has a history that can be traced back 800 years. Anglesey Abbey is one of the National Trust's 28 Treasure Houses, including an internationally significant collection, at one of the National Trust's most successful and dynamic properties.

What you'll be doing

As the Collections and House Officer at Anglesey Abbey, you'll supervise a team of staff and volunteers to implement preventive conservation and cleaning programmes in the house and mill. You will ensure excellent standards of care and support with the delivery of strategies to improve conservation. You will line manage a large team of conservation volunteers that extend across both the house and mill, leading for excellent standards of collections care, in line with the National Trust's values. You will report to the Senior Collections and House Officer.

You'll support with the planning and implementation of collections care and conservation within the house and mill. You will work alongside the Programming and Partnerships Officer to maintain the mill, working with internal and external consultants and contractors where appropriate.

You'll be responsible for environmental monitoring within the house; using data from current measures to identify issues and inform better practices. You will ensure that the excellent standard of conservation and collections care is upheld in the house by supporting with routine conservation practices and adapting cleaning programmes. You will be responsible for managing the inventory control and collections movements on the Collections Database.

Leading by example, you'll ensure a culture of excellent customer care, engaging our visitors with conservation and the values of the National Trust.

Who we're looking for

We'd like you to have:

  • Experience of collections management and preventive conservation in a historic house setting with an awareness of Museum Accreditation standards
  • Experience of supervising the Collection Assistants and volunteers supporting them to work at their best whilst balancing their needs with operational requirements.
  • Trained in the use of tower scaffold, confident at working from height and able to demonstrate best practice for the safe movement of major works of art using equipment
  • Advocate of great conservation and engagement with a keen interest in history, historic properties, and conservation of their collections
  • Great team player with excellent people skills and able to build and maintain strong relationships.
  • Experience of working with and supervising contractors.
  • Understanding of relevant compliance, health and safety and emergency procedures.
  • Able to use own initiative by taking a positive and flexible approach to resolve operational issues
  • Duty Management experience
  • A working knowledge of fire and security alarms.
  • Confident in working without supervision and leading a team
  • Able to work one weekend day as part of the weekly rota pattern with a flexible approach to covering staff shortages and events

The package

Benefits for working at the National Trust:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Discounts in high street stores, cinemas, National Trust properties and cafes.
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Generous annual leave
  • Subsidised health cash plan
  • Free 24-hour support service
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Training & Development tailored to you
  • Up to 5 days of paid volunteering for you.

Job Details

1184484693
Full Time
Basingstoke, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Permanent
£ £ 19928.00-19928.00 Annual Annual