This full-time, fixed term post (12 months) is based in the Department of Conservation at the Ashmolean Museum. The Conservation Research Fellow will primarily be involved in the technical analysis of William Burges’s The Great Bookcase, displayed in the museum’s Nineteenth Century Art Gallery. The analytical study forms part of the European Research Council project Chromotope, a cross-disciplinary project led by Dr Charlotte Ribeyrol at Sorbonne Université Paris, that focuses on attitudes to colour in the 19th century in literature, art, science and technology throughout Europe. The Ashmolean is a partner in the project and will be hosting a major exhibition on nineteenth century colour in which the bookcase will be a prominent feature. In addition to this role, the museum will be recruiting a Research Assistant who will be based in the Western Art Department.
The post holder will work closely with the Conservation Scientist, Project Lead, Paintings Conservator, Research Assistant, and curators in the Western Art Department. The role will focus on identification of pigments and painting materials used in the decoration of the bookcase and other objects included in the exhibition primarily using non-destructive analytical techniques such as XRF, Raman spectroscopy, XRD and PLM. The role may also involve comparative analysis of Burges’s works in other UK collections. Results will feed directly into a monograph on the bookcase and research for the exhibition. The post will also have the opportunity to contribute more generally to the work of the Conservation Department.
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