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Conservation Manager, Bristol Aero Collection Trust (Aerospace Bristol)


This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled objects conservator or engineer with proven knowledge of the principles of museum conservation.  The Conservation Manager will have the skills to manage and supervise the conservation of the object collections, with the ability to undertake practical conservation.  Adherence to Health & Safety regulations at all times is critical to this role.

 The post-holder will be a highly experienced manager, responsible for meeting museum standards and the effective supervision/management of a dedicated team of volunteers.

 The object collections include very large and very small objects, from Concorde to jewellery.  In addition, there is a substantial important company archive which is the responsibility of the Archives Manager.

 The post-holder reports to the Collections and Exhibition Manager but will work with volunteers and staff across all areas of the organisation’s work (curatorial, learning, fundraising and marketing, commercial and finance). 

The post-holder will be responsible for all object conservation programmes, including the Bristol Bolingbroke, which has been a restoration project previously managed by a volunteer team, and the Bristol Freighter. The Bristol Freighter is newly-arrived from New Zealand and is awaiting a full conservation assessment prior to any work commencing.

Aerospace Bristol is a new museum which opened to the public in October 2017 and which aims to inspire, entertain and inform through engagement with the stories and collections of Bristol’s aerospace industry – past, present and future. It is also home to the last Concorde ever built and the last to fly when it returned to its birthplace in Filton.

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