Lambeth Palace Library, founded in 1610, is the historic library and record office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is the principal repository for archives of the Archbishop and associated officials or institutions. It is freely open for public use, serving as a research centre specialising in ecclesiastical history but with far wider-ranging archive, manuscript and printed collections.
The Church of England Record Centre (CERC) holds the archives of a variety of historical central Church of England bodies, which document the evolving organisation and activities of the Church of England since 1704. CERC also provides a records management service to the National Church Institutions and advice to the wider church.
The combined collections of the Church of England Record Centre and Lambeth Palace Library are to be moved to a new bespoke Library in the grounds of Lambeth Palace in 2020.
As Preservation Project Assistant, you will help deliver the project’s objectives of preservation safeguarding alongside the provision of improved access to the collection in readiness for the move in 2020.
This is a unique and fascinating opportunity to work on the preservation cleaning, boxing and tracking programme of the collections in preparation for their move to the new library building.
Your work will include a combination of preservation and conservation actions which will involve developing housekeeping regimes, surveying the condition of collections, in-situ conservation stabilisation (first aid), referencing and tracking collections on the move.
With a passion for conservation or preservation and skilled in library and/or archive conservation, you will thrive within our small specialist team and enjoy working within given time frames, in order to meet targets.
In this hands on role, you will be working in historic premises dating from the 15th century sometimes within confined spaces, in order to ensure the readiness of these historic collections for their place in the new bespoke Library in the grounds of Lambeth Palace in 2020.
Interviews will be held on the 14th/15th March 2019
The Role :
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At present, Lambeth Palace Library occupies historic premises dating from the 15th century onwards. Candidates must be able to:
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