Museum of Childhood Project Conservator, Objects

Museum of Childhood Project Conservator, Objects
Employer: V&A Museum of Childhood
Salary: £32,594.00 - £39,178.00
Location: London

The Conservation Department is part of the Conservation and Collections Management Division. The Department is responsible for the care and preservation of the V&A’s collections, prepares them for display, loan and storage and investigates their materials and technology.

The V&A Museum of Childhood (MoC) in Bethnal Green is undertaking a transformative redevelopment project which will re-shape the institution into a world-leading museum of design and creativity for children, families and young people. Three new interactive galleries showcasing pioneering child-centred design will maximise the number of objects on display from the V&A’s world-leading collections of art, design, performance and childhood.

As part of this transformative project, the museum is also preparing a major move of the UK's national collection of childhood-related objects. All 30,000 objects which are displayed and stored on site in Bethnal Green will be moved to a temporary location, before the stored collections are moved to a new Collections and Research Centre, alongside the wider V&A archival and 3D collections.

Working with the Lead Project Conservator, the Project Conservator will join our Conservation Department for the duration of the project, to assess and treat objects to be displayed in the new galleries and to assess and treat objects moving to temporary storage. The nature of the collection at the Museum of Childhood ideally requires an understanding of materials such as wood, paper, textiles, wax, metals and plastic. Reporting to and supported by the Conservation Department, the successful candidate will initially be based on site at Bethnal Green, providing conservation expertise to the project team responsible for the auditing and decant of the MoC collection. Working within a team, the candidate will also undertake the assessment, conservation and re-display of objects for the new iteration of the museum, opening June 2022.

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