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Archive Conservator (Thames Conservancy)
  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: DEN0686
  • Published: Mon 09/05/2022, 10:23 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 30/05/2022, 10:23 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £22,129- £27,514
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

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Archive Conservator (Thames Conservancy)

Archive Conservator (Thames Conservancy)

Fixed term for 9 months, Full time 37 hours

RG4m (scp 11 - 22) £22,129- £27,514




Based at Berkshire Record Office - 9 Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF


Berkshire Record Office is the community archives service for the Royal County.  Since 1998 we have been a joint service for the six Berkshire districts: Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham.  Our collections reflect these places and historical North Berkshire, which included towns like Abingdon, Wallingford and Wantage.


We can offer you a warm welcome into a small but dedicated team.  Staff share an enthusiasm for history and heritage, and enjoy helping others discover it.  You’ll be based in our modern building just outside Reading town centre, which is within walking distance of Reading station and on a bus route.


We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.



About the role

We’re currently looking for an Archive Conservator to work on books and papers within the archive of the upper Thames Conservancy and its predecessor bodies. The Conservancy traces its roots to the Thames Navigation Commission and its archive is of national importance, forming an unbroken record of the river's management over 200 years.


The role is an excellent opportunity for a recently-qualified professional to gain experience of repairs across a range of media.  The postholder will work on books spanning from the Georgian to Edwardian periods, consolidating textblocks and rebinding or rebacking where necessary.  Paper repairs are also required to 18th and 19th century watercolour plans.


The post has been funded by grants from Thames Water, the William Delafield Charitable Trust, the Englefield Charitable Trust and the Earley Charity.


You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place. Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:


Work Together as one team - work collaboratively, with each other and with our partners, and demonstrate the Team Reading values in everything we do

Drive Efficiency - show initiative, be adaptable to change and put forward ideas to help improve delivery and efficiency. Take responsibility for our own learning and development and for reaching our potential

Be Ambitious - be demanding of our own performance – striving to be even better – and be prepared to engage with and challenge leaders in a constructive and positive way

Make a Difference to Reading - maintain the highest levels of customer service and be flexible and willing to provide the services needed at the time they are needed



About you

  • You will have a formal qualification in book and/or paper conservation and some relevant experience.
  • The post is suitable for a recently-qualified professional and can be mentored by our senior conservator.
  • We’re looking for someone who can complete repairs accurately and to a high standard
  • Can assess materials and offer suitable treatment advice, and who is enthused about archival collections.
  • We’d also like you to prioritise work and self-manage time effectively.



Our offer

We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.


A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
  • A wide range of flexible working opportunities
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
  • Season Ticket Loan - a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
  • Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax


If you would like an informal discussion about the post please contact Mark Stevens, County Archivist on 0118 937 5162 (email



Closing date: 30th May

Interview date: to be confirmed


Interview format: two-person panel interview, based on job description.  We’ll also invite you to complete a short paper repair test and to bring a portfolio of your work.  And, although it does not form part of the interview, we are very happy to offer you a tour of the building.



Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.