Job Title:                               The Pilgrim Trust ICON Gilding Intern

Working with:                        Paine & Stewart Ltd.

Working Hours:                    Five days a week Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 17.00.  The intern should also be available for occasional weekend, bank holiday and evening working to suit the seven day operation of our site.   

Term:                                      12 month fixed term position from January 2017

Salary & Benefits:                 Educational Stipend of £17,108 payable quarterly in equal instalments

Background to the Old Royal Naval College and the Painted Hall:

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is the centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. The classical buildings that collectively form the ORNC were designed by some of England’s most renowned architects and are considered to be amongst the finest in Europe. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Located within the grounds are the public areas of the Painted Hall, Chapel, Visitor Centre and the Tourist Information Centre (operated by the Royal Borough of Greenwich).  We welcome approximately 1.7million visitors every year. 

Over the next two years ORNC is embarking on an exciting plan to clean and conserve over 40,000 square feet of the magnificent Grade I listed Painted Hall 18th century paintings and gilded decorations.  The Painted Hall is recognised as the greatest piece of decorative painting in England and this will be one of the most ambitious conservation projects of a painted historic interior ever undertaken. The intern will be working with the Paine & Stewart Ltd, an accredited member of ICON.   

The Old Royal Naval College site as a whole has a fascinating and complex history closely bound up with key national historic events and stories including the Glorious Revolution, naval supremacy and patriotism, the expansion of Empire, trade and global connections. Within the site, both artistically and historically, the Painted Hall is one of the country’s most important painted interiors, comparable in scale to that of the main hall in the Banqueting House, which was painted by Rubens in 1636. Spot applications of gold leaf to emphasise elements of interior architectural features were a typical Baroque decorative treatment, aimed at achieving pattern effects and highlighting forms where light levels would have been naturally low.

The internship opportunity:

This internship offers invaluable experience of working in a major institution, learning about the conservation of a major wall painting within the context of a building open to the public and the opportunity to contribute to the daily work of the Conservation team. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn about public engagement with conservation as the work will be carried out on a scaffold which will be open to the public. Over twelve months, the Intern will have the opportunity - under appropriate supervision - to carry out examination, documentation and treatment of sections of the gilding as well as engaging with the public and learning groups. This is a unique opportunity for a passionate and motivated individual.

What we need:

Applicants should have recently obtained a recognised qualification in decorative conservation.   The placement requires good problem-solving skills and the basic ability to carry out conservation and restoration treatments of gilding.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate good learning skills with a strong motivation to develop a career in gilding conservation along with the ability to work effectively both alone and as part of a team.

You need to have recently obtained a qualification in decorative conservation to apply for this internship.

Please apply using the application form on the Icon website only.

Closing date: 12noon 7th November, Interviews will be held week commencing 5th December in Greenwich.