Berkshire Record Office is looking for a qualified book and paper conservator to undertake repairs to two volumes of churchwardens' accounts for the parish of St Nicolas, Newbury. The volumes span 1602-1726 and 1725-1795.
The post has been funded by the Sabina Sutherland Charitable Trust and is designed to provide a developmental opportunity for an early-career conservator. Applications are invited from candidates who are either newly-qualified or who have qualified within the last three years.
St Nicolas is the ancient parish church in Newbury and is a Grade I listed building. The accounts include much about the fabric of the church and parish welfare. Of wider significance are burial costs for soldiers after the Civil War battles of Newbury.
Each book consists of around 320 pages of handmade paper, sewn with a linen thread onto raised cords and then bound in brown reverse calf. There are tooled decorations on the front and rear boards as well as the spine. Treatments will include paper and leather repair, iron gall ink consolidation and book resewing.
If you would like an informal discussion about the post please contact Sue Hourigan, Senior Conservator on 0118 937 5135 (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Internal Reading Borough Council employees must login via Employee Self Service to apply. If you have not yet been issued with your Employee Self Service account, or you have any queries, please email EmployeeSelfService@reading.gov.uk with details.
Visit http://www.reading.gov.uk/jobsearch for more details on how to apply online. Alternatively, call the Recruitment Team on 0118 937 2039 (24 hour answerphone) quoting the job reference number and the job title of the post you are interested in.
Please do not send a CV: for the purposes of equal opportunities, we can only accept Reading Borough Council application forms.
Closing date: 16 September 2018
Interview date: not before 25 September 2018