Stained Glass Conservator
Post Ref: 10341
Department: Leisure Services
Salary details: £24,313 – £26,999
Employment Status: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Closing date: 01 July 2020
Interview date: Early July TBC
Fixed term role for 2 years
Working pattern: To be agreed between Mon – Sun
This post is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund
Highcliffe Castle is a Grade 1 listed building located on the beautiful south coast. The Castle suffered two severe fires in the 1960s and many of their important collections of artefacts were left damaged, with some beyond repair. However the Castle holds an internationally renowned collection of stained glass that survived the fires, but the pieces require extensive conservation; with the overall objective to put the pieces on display for Castle visitors to see and enjoy. The Castle is owned and operated by BCP Council but this post will be funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Phase Seven restoration project at the Castle.
This is a fantastic opportunity for one individual to put their specialist skills into practice and bring this important and magnificent collection back to life. You will have a unique responsibility to run a new conservation studio located in the East wing of the Castle, which is a space that will allow the repair of the stained glass, whilst the visitors view the important work in progress.
Your role as the Conservator will allow you to develop a new type of visitor engagement at the Castle, this will be achieved by holding stained glass workshops for groups and offering talks to the public and special interest groups. You will liaise with the Volunteer Co-Ordinator to play a key part in the volunteer development within the existing team and you will recruit and train new volunteers to assist you in your work.
You will be able to bring your extensive knowledge to this role in many way including, running the financial budget of the studio and the preservation of the collection; training others to appreciate the beauty of the stained glass and to enable them to learn about its importance; adhere to all health and safety procedures to ensure that the collection remains safe.
This role will work closely with other members of the Castle team to help deliver the targets and outcomes in the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Activity Plan. You will be an integral part of Highcliffe Castle’s next step of their exciting story in being able to open this exquisite historical building to the public and enabling their continued enjoyment of this treasured local jewel.
The ability to work flexible hours will be required.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Katie Ingham (Heritage Team Leader) on 01425 278807