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Archive Conservator

Student and Academic Services
33,309 - 40,927 per year, reduced pro-rata for part time working
Grade 6
Contract status
Fixed term
Hours of work
Based at
University of York campus
Interview date
To be confirmed
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Role Description

 The purpose of this role is to undertake conservation activities in the Borthwick Institute of Archives at the University of York. In so doing, the post holder will significantly contribute to the Borthwick’s mission of making archives available for research to all people, now and in the future by making archives more widely accessible. The post will undertake preventive and interventive conservation measures in line with agreed prioritisation methodologies and workflows; manage and implement pest management strategies and environmental monitoring methodologies; work with stakeholders and in-house teams to facilitate temporary and long-term exhibitions; support and facilitate research using our archives, and develop systems and methodologies for good collections management.

The role will be based within the Borthwick Institute for Archives, where the post holder will benefit from working with a small, established and engaged team.


  • To assist in training, advising and supervising staff, volunteers and users of archives where appropriate on all technical matters, ethics, national and international standards relating to conservation and collections care.
  • Undertaking conservation measures, either through physical treatments to archives or implementation of preventive conservation measures.
  • Ensuring appropriate documentation activities are undertaken for all conservation measures
  • Assessment and management of risk to archives collections on loan or display, in storage, and undergoing interventive treatment and identification of strategies to mitigate against these risks.
  • To assist in the maintenance, testing and implementation of the disaster response plan
  • Deputise for the head of service as required, including acting as technical lead in disaster response situations where necessary

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Formal professional qualification in archive conservation or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of archive conservation theory and techniques
  • The ability to communicate complex topics to a technical and non-technical audience
  • A proactive and flexible approach and the ability to use initiative in problem solving
  • Ability to devise and implement solutions to complex conservation problems
  • Manual dexterity
  • Ability to complete work tasks to deadlines and to a specified standard
  • Experience of the application of archive conservation theory and techniques in both interventive and preventive conservation
  • Experience of working on traditional archival material (paper, parchment, bound material )
  • Experience of preparing archives for digitisation and exhibition
  • Delivering training in archive conservation theory and techniques to a range of audiences

Interview date: To be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Alison Fairburn ( or Gary Brannan (

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We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

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