Conservator (Urban Land Transport & Engineering)

Posted: 10/03/2017 09:27
Salary: £25,034
Location: Juniper Street 2
Level: Specialist
Deadline: 31/03/2017 12:00
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: Company Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Travel Loan and Childcare Voucher Scheme
Job Type: Established [A]


Purpose and Objectives

  • To undertake, as part of a multi-skilled team and under the supervision of the Senior Conservator of Shipkeeping and Engineering, the care, conservation and restoration of industrial, urban land transport, vessels and other maritime technology collections and related tasks.
  • To provide technical expertise in the replication and repair of steel components from across NML’s collections and to be proficient in the design, fabrication and welding of structural steel mounts for heavier museum objects.
  • To provide advice and to lead in the planning and execution of larger object movements from within the collections. To include manual and mechanical handling expertise in rigging, slinging, overhead crane and fork truck operation.
  • To provide support within other areas of Shipkeeping and Engineering and to undertake the care, conservation and restoration of the industrial and urban land transport collections.
  • To liaise with specialist contractors and professional consultants where necessary and to ensure quality and standard of work is maintained.
  • To record methods and sequences of treatments to the collections and to build up historical data, including photographic records and the results of treatments undertaken.
  • To undertake the training and supervision of staff, voluntary helpers, students and apprentices as required.
  • To develop expertise and knowledge in the treatment of industrial, engineering, maritime and urban land transport collections with an overall knowledge of their historical, technological and cultural importance.

Main Duties

Reporting to the Senior Conservator of Shipkeeping and Engineering, and working closely with curatorial colleagues across the waterfront museums division and especially in Urban History at the Museum of Liverpool, you will:

  • Undertake the care, conservation and restoration of the industrial and urban land transport collections, related components and other objects. With particular emphasis on fabrication and welding.
  • Give advice and opinions to colleagues, curatorial staff and members of the public on the care and conservation of industrial, transport and maritime technology objects.
  • Take part in events for the Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum, both on and off-site to promote interest in NML’s collections and their stories.
  • Attend meetings, conferences and seminars to gather and give information relating to the care and treatment of industrial and urban land transport and related objects.
  • Attend appropriate workshops and training courses to further develop knowledge and expertise.
  • Record on MIMSY XG methods, sequences and results of treatments of the above collections, related components and other objects, including work records, condition reports, record photography and the results of scientific analyses. Ensure any detailed reports are sent to the curatorial teams in Urban History, and when relevant to Maritime History, for adding to the object history files.
  • Use analytical and recording equipment, including IT software (especially MIMSY XG) and cameras.
  • Read and research papers and publications on methods of treatment and sources of suitable materials.
  • Develop a working knowledge of historical, technological and cultural importance of the industrial, engineering and urban land transport and maritime collections.
  • Plan and supervise the work of staff, students and voluntary helpers (where applicable). Monitor this work and supply materials, tools and relevant Health and Safety information and equipment as required.
  • Plan, manage and participate in the presentation of courses and seminars related to the team’s broad range of core engineering and conservation skills as required.
  • Ensure that your personal work and the supervised work of staff, volunteers and students (where applicable) as well as work areas, including the operation of equipment and machinery, conforms to statutory regulations and safe working practices.
  • Liaise with the senior conservator staff to ensure that new developments are fully recorded, researched and adopted when appropriate for the use within NML.
  • Manage and supervise the work of junior staff.
  • Place purchase orders for goods and services within agreed processes and in line with NML Financial Guidance.
  • Develop NML’s commitment to Equality and Diversity and promote non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of work undertaken.
  • Adhere to National Museums Liverpool’s Health and Safety Policies and Procedures, National Museums Liverpool’s access policy as well as other appropriate practices and guidelines.
  • A commitment to adhere to the standards expected of all public services as defined by the HM Treasury publication “Managing Public Money”. Those standards are honesty, impartiality, accountability, openness, accuracy, reliability, transparency, objectivity, integrity and fairness. These standards should be carried out in the spirit of, as well as the letter of, the law; in the public interest; to high ethical standards and achieving value for money
  • Undertake additional duties, as required, from time to time.
  • Undertake training and development courses and programmes, as required.
  • Show the highest integrity and confidentiality in the pursuance of these dutiesThe details contained in this job description reflect the content of this job at the date of being prepared.  It is however possible that over time the nature of the job will change.  Consequently National Museums Liverpool will expect to revise this job description from time to time and will consult with the post holder at the appropriate time.