Head of Conservation and Heritage

Ref: 6060

Cambridge University Libraries


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Role Managed by:

Matthew Justice

Research Associate

t: 020 3928 7359

e: matthew.justice@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Salary range £42,149 - 53,348

Closing Date: 11/10/2022

Formal Interview Date: W/c 21st November

Cambridge University Libraries (CUL) is one of the world’s foremost university and research libraries. With approximately 8 million volumes, the University Library building alone, houses more than 200 linear km of collections, while CUL’s Designated Special Collections are of global significance, including many millions of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, papyri, scrolls and photographs, as well as about 50 linear km of archives, originating from many cultures and places, and created over a very long time-scale.

A network of over 30 libraries, with the historic University Library at its heart, CUL serves resident members of the University, a local, national and international public, and a global scholarly audience. A UK legal deposit library for over 300 years, and a National Research Library, the University Library is also an Accredited Archive. Its Special Collections have been Designated by Arts Council England, as ‘one of the world’s great collections of global documentary cultural heritage’. CUL’s holdings cover every conceivable area of human endeavour, written across three thousand years, and in over two thousand languages, and they include manuscripts, maps, music, rare printed material, thousands of personal and institutional archives, as well as very substantial digital holdings.

CUL is now recruiting to the role of Head of Conservation and Heritage, to take on the strategic leadership, development and delivery of the conservation, preservation and heritage science functions for the physical collection held by CUL. The Head of Conservation and Heritage will lead CUL’s Conservation function, and manage and lead the staff who deliver that function. They are CUL’s in-house expert lead on conservation, preservation, collection care, and all related matters. The Head of Conservation and Heritage makes a significant contribution to overall institutional strategy and vision, setting departmental strategy in line with organisational aims and objectives, and reviewing operations, resources and priorities.

The Head of Conservation and Heritage will be an experienced and accredited conservationist, with a good depth of line management experience. They will have a good understanding of the strategic importance of conservation to a collection like CUL’s, and will have innovation and creativity in leadership and engagement.

How to apply:

For details of the appointment, including further information about the job description, person specification and how to apply, please visit:

https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 6060.

For informal inquiries please contact Matthew Justice on Matthew.Justice@perrettlaver.com or +44 (0)20 3928 7359.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 BST on 11th October 2022.

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