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Job: Conservator The Hulton Archive – Getty Images


Who You Are:

You are an experienced Conservator passionate about what you do and love working with some of the most amazing media artefacts of our time, some dating all the way back to the 1800’s. You’re meticulous in your work and take great pride in conserving history for generations to come Your attention to detail, conservation techniques and knowledge of best practices are second to none.

Your Next Challenge:

The Hulton Archive houses 80,000,000 images across a variety of media. While the majority of the collection is photographic, the library includes printed ephemera dating from as far back as the 16th century.  The role of the Conservator is key in ensuring that these important assets are preserved for future generations. Providing specialist care and conservation of antiquarian books and photographic materials, including glass, paper and film, and ensuring that environmental tolerances and storage conditions are maintained to the highest recognized industry standards. Management of conservation budget and ability to educate and inform library users of best working practices is also necessary. Although a working picture library, the Hulton is also a custodian of the nation’s cultural heritage and presents a unique history of the medium. The Conservator plays an integral role in maintaining both this prestigious profile and the harmony between the library’s two modes of operation. You would join an office of 25 people which is made up of editors, production managers, curatorial assistants and researchers who are knowledgeable, passionate and world class photography experts.

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to;
• Conservation of original library materials to predefined conservation standards. Materials will include but is not limited to both glass plate and film negatives, paper photographs, antiquarian books, lithographic prints, engravings, cartoons and printed ephemera such as magazines and pamphlets.
• Seeking appropriate guidance where new skills are required to solve conservation challenges
• Keeping aware of developments in industry standards and technologies for the storage and specialist care of library materials
• Monitoring temperature and humidity levels throughout the building to maintain tolerance parameters
• Working with the Curator in identifying items for conservation according to the most prescient needs of the collection and the demands of the Archive team
• Working with the Curator on activities that increase the Archive’s profile internally and externally, establishing Getty Images as a recognised industry specialist in academic and museum circles. This may include public demonstrations or media interviews, suggesting work to feature on social media and the proactive identification of showcase projects for marketing opportunities
• Developing links and relationships with external photographic bodies and institutions
• Preparation of original objects for exhibition loans and the completion of related condition reports for insurance purposes
• Preparation of original objects and guidance for use in darkrooms, scanning and research departments
• Provide annual internship for conservation students: writing of candidate brief; management of interview process and candidate’s time on site.
• Educate internal and external clients and library users regarding good working practices and conservation techniques as part of regular Archive tours
• Ensure project progress is communicated in monthly reports to the Curator, and deadlines are met as specified
• Management of conservation budget, keeping accurate records of all costs associated with conservation
• Meeting Health & Safety requirements concerned with conservation materials and cooperating with the Facilities department in regard to risk assessments

What You’ll Need:

• MA or equivalent in paper conservation
• Preferably a minimum of 5 years relevant and/or management experience in this field
• Knowledge and identification of photographic techniques from inception of photography to the present
• Knowledge of conservation techniques for all other works on paper including bookbinding
• Curatorial skills with reference to preparing, packing and shipping materials for exhibitions
• Knowledge of modern techniques including digitization
• Knowledge of library and classification systems

Who We Are:

Getty Images is the most trusted and esteemed source of visual content in the world, with over 200 million assets available through its industry-leading sites and The Getty Images website serves creative, business and media customers in almost 200 countries and is the first place people turn to discover, purchase and share powerful content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 200,000 contributors and hundreds of image partners to provide comprehensive coverage of more than 130,000 news, sport and entertainment events, impactful creative imagery to communicate any commercial concept and the world’s deepest digital archive of historic photography. 

Visit Getty Images at to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of still and moving imagery in communication and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life. For company news and announcements, visit our Press Room, and for the stories and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends. Find Getty Images on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInPinterest and Tumblr, or download the Getty Images app where you can explore, save and share the world’s best imagery.

Getty Images is an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

• This role is based at the Hulton Archive  – Canning Town London.

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