Swindon, Wiltshire


Collections Care


Up to £32986 per annum

Contract type:

Contract Contract


Full time


01904 685795

Senior Conservator

Senior Conservator

Do you have practical conservation experience or a relevant qualification? Do you want to be involved in all aspects of planning and completing conservation treatments for a variety of objects from our collections?

About Us

We are now recruiting for a Senior Conservator to join the Conservation & Collections Care team on a fixed term contract until December 2025. You will work 35 hours per week based at The National Collections Centre (NCC) in Wroughton, Swindon.

The NCC is a collections management facility housing a vast range of objects from microscope slides to railway carriages, other objects are stored in repurposed aircraft hangars, sustainable hempcrete constructed buildings and other facilities dispersed across the park.

About the role

Working with Science Museum Group policies and protocols, you will be involved in all aspects of planning and completing conservation treatments. You will be conserving objects in the collection and ensuring they are safe for handling and storage, in addition to providing recommendations on packing and transport options.

As Senior Conservator you will work alongside a second Senior Conservator and Project Leads to deliver a programme of works to improve storage and access across NCC. You will line manage two Conservators, ensuring your team is working safely themselves and when working with others and that the collection is also kept safe throughout.

About you

Joining us you have a relevant conservation qualification or equivalent practical experience and knowledge. You will have good practical experience of 3D object remedial conservation treatment in addition to a good level of knowledge and practical application of current UK Health and Safety practice within the following areas: manual handling, collections hazard management, use of power tools, lifting and moving equipment, writing Risk and COSHH assessments.

You will have good planning and project management skills including an understanding of how to produce budgets and write specifications for work. Crucially, you will be able to work in a team delivering large projects and the skills and understanding required to manage and lead teams effectively.


View the Vacancy Information Pack listed under 'Attachments' on the vacancy listing on our website for more details about the role and the application process, or click 'Apply Online' to submit an application.

Don't feel you meet all of the criteria? At SMG, we are committed to building a workforce that is open for all, and welcome you to apply, even if your experience doesn't fit perfectly. With your transferable skills, you could be the right candidate for this, or other opportunities that we have.

What we offer

Joining us as an employee, you will have the opportunity to develop your career in a world-class museum group. We understand that work/life balance and wellbeing is crucial to our colleagues, so we offer the perks listed below, as well as support for things that happen in life such as parental and adoption leave, sickness, and career breaks.

* Support with personal and professional development
* 27 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays
* Employee assistance programme
* Enhanced contributory pension
* Unmind App and other wellbeing support
* Interest-free loans
* Days Out discounts
* Health & Dental Insurance

Open for All is one of the Science Museum Group's five core values and sets out our important aspiration to be a place for everyone. We are working hard to understand our organisation better and to foster a culture that recognises and values different backgrounds, mindsets, skills, experience, knowledge, and expertise. By having greater diversity, we believe that we will be a stronger and better organisation, capable to continue to Inspire Futures.

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