Tagged: Conservation

National Manuscripts Conservation Trusts Grants

Deadline: October 1st

The NMCT offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives. Since the NMCT was founded in 1990 it has awarded grants of over £3m, which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents. Their grants ensure that these important collections can once more be made accessible to the public and researchers. The next deadline for the submission of applications is the 1st October 2017.

For further information, please visit their website.


Grants for Conservation of Manuscripts

Next deadline 1 April 2017

The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives. Since the NMCT was founded in 1990 it has awarded grants of over £3m, which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents. Our grants ensure that these important collections can once more be made accessible to the public and researchers.

We welcome grant applications from non-national institutions such as county record offices, museums, university archives/special collections, cathedral archives and libraries, as well as owners of manuscripts that are exempt from capital taxation or owned by a charitable trust.

Our grants can cover conservation, binding and other preservation measures, including digitisation (providing it is part of a wider conservation project). The significance of the collection or items to be conserved, as well as the proposed conservation treatment, are carefully reviewed by Trustees when making their decisions.

Applications must be submitted online at: www.nmct.co.uk.

CPD Grants

Available via Anna Plowden Trust & Clothworkers’ Foundation

The Anna Plowden Trust and Clothworkers’ Foundation – two of the leading funders of training and development for conservators in the UK – have launched a new joint programme to support those undertaking continuing professional development (CPD). The Anna Plowden Trust has provided more than 100 grants for CPD during the last two decades and the Clothworkers’ Foundation conservation programme has given over £150,000 in CPD grants during the last eight years.

A grant of £20,000 from Clothworkers’ Foundation to the Anna Plowden Trust, will offer new opportunities for conservators seeking to improve their knowledge or skills, or to broaden their professional experience.

Anna Plowden Trust / Clothworkers’ Foundation CPD grants can be awarded for up to £1,000 or 50% (whichever is the smaller amount) of the cost of conferences, training events or other CPD opportunities. Application forms can be downloaded from the Anna Plowden Trust, which will administer the award on behalf of both funders. There are three remaining deadlines for applications in 2017: March 22nd, June 5th and September 14th.

Job Opportunity: Textile and Painting Conservation Contracts

South West Museum Development is seeking suitably experienced conservator(s) to work with 10 museums and heritage organisations across Devon and Cornwall in conjunction with the SW Conservation Development Officer as part of the Heritage Lottery funded ‘Raising the Standard’ project. The project will conserve, interpret and display 15 banners alongside a programme of vibrant community engagement and 5 contracts for the conservation of these objects are offered.

Condition reports have already been undertaken detailing the materials, size, construction and condition of each item and the required conservation treatment. The required conservation treatments, including testing, cleaning, consolidation, creating and attachment of dyed support fabrics can be viewed alongside the contracts for tender here:


In addition to the conservation, the conservator(s) will be required to work with the museums and the SW Conservation Development Officer to devise suitable arrangements for the display of the banners at each of the 10 museums and provide recommendations for the long term care of these collections.

Where the banner is to be mounted for display, the final size of the mount is to be agreed with the museum, according to storage and display requirements. Appropriate conservation-grade materials for mounting will be provided by the project.

High resolution images of each banner are available on request from the CDO Helena.jaeschke@exeter.gov.uk

Contract period: March 2017 to August 2017

Contract value: Various – see here

Deadline for applications: 12pm, 20th February 2017

Questions? Please contact  Helena.jaeschke@exeter.gov.uk or Victoria.harding@bristol.gov.uk

Job Opportunity: Conservation Adviser (maternity cover)

Port Sunlight Village Trust

Full Time 12 month temporary contract

From December 2015

Salary circa £22k depending on experience

Port Sunlight Village Trust is dedicated to the conservation and celebration of the extraordinary village of Port Sunlight. With ownership of most of the principal buildings, one-third of the cottages, all of the visible landscape, and restrictive covenants in force with all home owners, the Trust has a major role in securing the future of the village.

We wish to recruit an experienced Conservation Adviser to provide maternity cover for a recently established post. The successful candidate will work with the local planning authority, Historic England, village residents, contractors, and colleagues in the Trust’s Estates and Heritage departments to continue to protect the built heritage of Port Sunlight.

Under the supervision of the Heritage Manager, the job is to maintain and monitor information on the state of the architectural heritage of Port Sunlight and to share the data with relevant parties. You will provide a comprehensive support service to home owners and deliver hands-on workshops to help them care for their buildings. You will also assist in the implementation of initiatives to prevent additional erosion of architectural heritage in the Port Sunlight Conservation Area.

You will have a relevant degree in building conservation, architecture or planning and demonstrable experience in the field. You will need to have a keen interest in Port Sunlight, ability for problem solving and be able to show excellent interpersonal, negotiating and written communication skills. We are looking for a self-starter who wants to make a difference and who has the relevant experience and skills.

For an application pack, email admin@portsunlightvillage.com or call 0151 644 4800. Please note CVs will not be accepted. For an informal conversation about the role contact Katherine Lynch, Heritage Manager k.lynch@portsunlightvillage.com 0151 644 4816. More information about Port Sunlight Village Trust is available on our website portsunlightvillage.com

The closing date for completed application forms is 10am on Friday 23rd October 2015. Interviews are likely to be held during week commencing 26th October 2015. For further information see Conservation Adviser Application Information October 2015.

National Manuscripts Conservation Trust Funding Available

From NMCT:

The NMCT has two deadlines for applications each year with one just around the corner: April 1st and October 1st. Applications must be submitted using our form, which you can download from the Forms tab on the website. The applications are then considered by Trustees at their meetings in July and December and applicants are notified of the result as soon after the meeting as possible.

This section of the website helps you to work out whether your institution and proposed conservation project are eligible for our support.

The FAQs provide answers to a range of frequently asked questions, but if you cannot find the answer to your query here please feel free to contact Nell Hoare, Secretary to the NMCT.

AIM Conservation Grants

Closing Date: 30 September

The AIM Preventive Conservation Grant Scheme helps small museums to develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of their collections through improvements to ‘preventive’ conservation on site.  Under this scheme, AIM will consider supporting environmental surveys, professional advice, training for volunteers, environmental monitoring and control equipment, ultraviolet filters, integrated pest management, display cases and picture framing, storage containers and packing materials and the development of emergency plans.

The Scheme, supported generously by The Pilgrim Trust, is intended to assist AIM’s smaller members with conservation of important objects in their collections.  Accessioned objects in any media are eligible. Whilst we expect museums to have a conservation plan, the object does not have to be the most at risk in the collection. The reason for choosing the object must be made clear in your application. For example, the object may be planned for use in a temporary exhibition. 

Conservation work should be carried out by a conservator chosen from the ICON register (www.conservationregister.com), unless there are exceptional circumstances where this is not possible.

Find out more at:

PRISM Annual Report now out

Arts Council England have published their latest annual report on the PRISM fund Annual Report 2013-14. The PRISM Fund (Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material) provides grants towards the costs of acquisition and conservation of objects important in the history and development of science, technology and industry

Previous annual reports are available for download from the Arts Council website here: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/apply-funding/apply-for-funding/prism/prism-annual-reports/

Job Opportunity: Windermere Jetty

Senior Conservation Boat Builder
Location: Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, UK
Grade/Salary: Negotiable
Closing Date: 5 June 2015

Do you want to join our team to conserve and restore one of the most important museum collections of boats in the world? Windermere Jetty has a fascinating and historically significant collection of steam, motor, rowing, sailing and other boats, all associated with Windermere in the Lake District. Eleven of the boats are listed by National Historic Ships as nationally pre-eminent.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic wooden boat builder to lead the conservation team in preparing boats for display and operation at the purpose built new museum.

This is a ‘hands on’ post working on the nationally important collection of boats. You will be a skilled wooden boat builder with an appreciation of the differences of approach which conservation work demand. You will be able to deliver conservation and restoration to the highest standards to a set timetable. You will lead a dedicated and skilled team. You will have a passion for wooden boats and understand the importance of preserving the collection for future generations. You will meet the challenge of preparing the boats for the museum for all to enjoy.

Senior Conservation Boat Builder Job Description (pdf)
Senior Conservation Boat Builder Person Specification (pdf)

For more details and application info visit the Lakeland Arts jobs page

Caring and Conserving Textiles workshop

A Study Day at the Quaker Tapestry Museum with Jacqueline Hyman, Textile Conservator and Lecturer

Friday 21 November 2014 10:00 – 16:00

The aim of this day is to learn how to look after your family heirlooms, textiles and related artefacts and is suitable for anyone with an interest in preservation. You may bring your own treasured items for Jacqui’s advice, but these will not be used for demonstration purpose.

Jacqueline will be demonstrating and discussing the most up-to-date techniques for cleaning, repair, label and storage of a range of antique textiles through items from the Quaker Tapestry collection, photographs and practical demonstrations including embroideries, samplers, household linens, costume and costume accessories.

Specialist conservation products will be available for purchase at the end of the day.

Booking is essential – Study day ticket price: £40 including lunch and refreshments throughout the day and free admission to the Quaker Tapestry for the day.  During November the Magna Carta Tapestry will be on display within the Quaker Tapestry museum

To book: telephone 01539 722975 or email: info@quaker-tapestry.co.uk

For more info visit: http://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/events