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Early-career Textile Conservator

£24,948 (pro-rata, 21 hours per week)
Contract Fixed-term 12 month contract

People’s History Museum (PHM) is looking for a creative, skilled and adaptable early-career Textile Conservator, with a recognised professional qualification in textile conservation, to join its highly regarded Conservation Team. 

PHM is the UK’s only museum entirely dedicated to sharing the stories of the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters and citizens who championed, then and now, for change and rallied for rights and equality. 

We do this by working alongside the communities whose stories the museum tells and through an eclectic and colourful, historic and contemporary collection that features over 450 banners, badges, 2,000 posters, artwork, cartoons, placards, personal items and more, spanning four centuries of ideas worth fighting for. 

The Conservation Team cares for the museum’s collections and also provides a service to external clients which is income generation for the museum. The team works in the purpose-built and dedicated Textile Conservation Studio (TCS), is led by an accredited member of ICON (Institution of Conservation) as listed on the Conservation Register. 

Working alongside the Conservation Manager and Conservation Officer, large projects will be completed as a team, with individual and collaborative decision making. The Textile Conservator’s primary focus will be conserving objects for external clients and supporting the team with internal work such as Integrated Pest Management, store improvements and preparing objects for display. 

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How to apply

Please complete the online application form.  You will be prompted to write up to 300 words to demonstrate how you meet each of the five criteria listed under ‘Experience, knowledge and skills’.

If you’d prefer to submit a video application, please email a recorded response to each of the five criteria to Charlie Corkin, Executive Support Officer at  Videos should be no longer than 15 minutes in length.

Deadline for applications: 9.00am on Wednesday 19 April 2023

Interviews: Thursday 27 April, in person at PHM

If invited to interview you will be sent interview questions in advance and invited to bring along your portfolio.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange to discuss the role please contact Charlie Corkin at


PHM prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive organisation, profoundly committed to advancing equality and diversity in the broadest sense.  We highly value the benefits that diverse perspectives bring to PHM’s mission.

We recognise the museum currently underrepresents people of colour, disabled people, LGBTQI+ people and those with intersecting identities in our workforce; PHM is actively working to address this and encourages applications from these backgrounds.  While the successful candidate will be selected purely on merit, in the event of a tie between two candidates with equal experience, we may select a candidate who helps us better represent the communities the museum serves.

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