We’re regularly looking for talented, friendly people who care about our eclectic museum as much as we do.

Sir John Soane’s Museum employs around 45 staff members across front and back of house roles, all of whom are vital to ensuring the Museum stays open for people to enjoy and to be inspired by.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and are committed to equal opportunities and a work environment free from discrimination.

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Job Vacancies

Preventive Conservator

Salary: £23,200 for a 4-day week 

The Museum has a small in-house conservation team working in well-equipped dedicated studios. The team comprises a Head of Conservation and two conservators, working with a consultant paper conservator. Between them they care for a collection of 5,000 works of art (in many different media), 8,000 books and 30,000 drawings, as well as the fabric of the museum’s historic interiors. Much of the care of the collections is carried out on Mondays and Tuesdays when the museum is closed to visitors.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be responsible for managing and carrying out all forms of preventive conservation including IPM, environmental monitoring and light control;
  • Work alongside other team members carrying out the general care of collections, including conservation cleaning/training, surveys of the interiors and collections and reports (e.g. condition /conservation reports on individual works of art);
  • Assist with department record keeping, with particular responsibility for records of preventive and collections care regimes; 
  • Assist the team with regular work on the Emergency plan and be a member of the Emergency Key Team; 
  • Support other departments with advice on care of collections;
  • Be asked on occasions to act as courier for loans out of the museum to institutions in the UK and abroad.

This post requires a degree in conservation or ICON ACR status and relevant work experience, ideally of 2 – 3 years or more. Experience of working in an historic house environment would be a great advantage.

How to apply

Applications in writing (a full CV and a supporting letter), together with the names and addresses of two referees, should be sent to recruitment@soane.org.uk.

The Museum is an Equal Opportunities Employer, committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

Closing date: Monday 25 September at 9.00 am.

Interviews will be held in the Museum on Thursday 12 October 2023.