Furniture Conservator

Royal Collection Trust
Conservation and Curatorial
St. James’s Palace

By joining a team of talented specialist conservators, you'll be part of a team conserving furniture in the Royal Collection to the highest standard.

Reporting to the Senior Furniture Conservator you will be based at our workshops in Marlborough House.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To conserve and restore furniture to the highest possible standard, and to agreed deadlines and treatment proposals.
  • To recommend and discuss treatment proposals with the Senior Furniture Conservator for approval by the Surveyor of The King’s Works of Art.
  • To ensure accurate and up to date records are kept on the Collections Management System (CMS) of all work that is undertaken, including photographs and, where appropriate, multimedia, of condition before and after work.
  • Be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of tools and equipment, ensuring Health & Safety requirements are met, and to maintain an inventory of any personal tools or equipment held in the workshop.
  • To assist where relevant with displays and exhibitions of furniture in the Royal Palaces and in The King's Gallery.
  • To undertake other general duties as and when required, to ensure the efficient operation and security of the workshop.

Essential Criteria

  • A relevant qualification (diploma or degree) in conservation
  • Significant practical experience in the conservation and restoration of furniture with a proven ability to deliver complex treatments, particularly in the conservation of historic furniture finishes.
  • The ability to survey and accurately evaluate furniture conservation projects and propose innovative remedial treatments that meet the practical and curatorial requirements of the Royal Collection.
  • Excellent manual skills and practical experience with traditional materials and techniques.
  • An understanding of the science of conservation and of current good practice.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, including specialists in their own field.
  • Self-motivated, with excellent organisational skills, and the ability to prioritise own workload to meet multiple deadlines.
  • The ability to work independently without constant supervision, as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Meticulous and driven by the achievement of high standards.
  • Good IT skills and working knowledge of MS Office applications.

We know that to deliver our best work; we need to feel at our best. That’s why at the Royal Household we offer a generous benefits package designed to support your wellbeing and life priorities.

Enjoy 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days (plus bank holidays) dependent on the length of time you have worked for us.

Our excellent non-contributory pension plan (we’ll contribute 15% and you can contribute more if you wish) is highly valued by our employees, as is complimentary lunch on-site to keep you fuelled throughout the day.

We also offer a range of leave options to support your life priorities, such as parental pay and leave and volunteering days, as well as benefits to support your physical and mental wellbeing.

Other perks include 20% off at our Royal Collection Trust Shops and complimentary admission tickets across all our locations, along with many more exclusive employee discounts.

Find out more about the full range of benefits available to our employees here.

Vacancy Closing Date: 31/03/2024, 23:55

This vacancy is closed to applications.