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                                      Conservation Intern, Plas Newydd

Overview of the role
This internship offers the opportunity to work as part of the House Team at Plas
Newydd, and gain experience in all aspects of caring for our collection. You’ll be
fully involved in the conservation work carried out in the Mansion, both in the open
season and during the winter months. The team will provide training in
conservation techniques and methods, which you will be able to put to into
practice. Alongside the general conservation work, you’ll have the opportunity to
work on two additional projects, helping us to plan and develop our programme of
conservation engagement events for the open season, and assisting with the re-
display of the Saloon.

What’s in it for you?
       Gain practical experience of working with National Trust Collections in line
        with standards set out in the Manual of Housekeeping.
       Develop good knowledge of Preventive Conservation, Collections
        Management and the work of House Staff in National Trust properties.
       Gain experience working as part of a team with both staff and volunteers.
       Gain experience working at events.
       Experience duty cover, including knowledge and experience of alarm
        systems and emergency procedures.
       Work on two specific projects alongside the more general conservation work.
       Develop skills that will be of value to you through your career development.
       Gain an understanding of the work of the Trust.

What’s involved?
   Assist the House Team with the daily preparation and presentation of the
    Mansion during the open season.
   Assist the House Team with the in-depth winter cleaning programme during the
    closed season, working as part of a team alongside staff and volunteers,
    adhering to standards and procedures outlined in the Manual of Housekeeping.
   Assist with the monitoring and recording of environmental conditions.

This role is purely voluntary and this arrangement is not meant to be
           a legally binding one or an employment contract
   Assist with the development of Conservation in Action during the winter,
    including producing interpretation and social media content.
   Assist the wider property team with the delivery of events in the winter
   Work alongside the House Steward on the re-presentation of the Saloon
   Become familiar with and then following the National Trust’s Health and Safety
    Policy at all times
   Giving any other appropriate assistance in relation to the project/role as may
    be reasonably requested

This role will suit people who…
…have a keen interest in Conservation, historic houses and the work of the
National Trust.
…are looking to gain experience in both Preventive Conservation and Collections
…have a good eye for detail and good manual dexterity.
…are able to produce and keep accurate records.
…are happy to work at height from scaffold or ladders.
…are self motivated, enthusiastic and have good organisational skills.
…are willing to learn new skills and to take charge of their own development.
…are able to work both as part of a team and on their own initiative.
…are happy to interact with the public and work alongside staff and volunteers
from other departments.

Extra information
Location: Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey

Time commitment: 30 hours per week

Anticipated length of internship: 6 months

Training/Resources: As part of your induction you will receive training to help
equip you for your role. Throughout your internship you will have the opportunity
to develop your skills, and review your personal development with your line
manager. You will also have the opportunity to find out more about the National
Trust during your time with us.

Expenses: Out-of-pocket travel costs between home and volunteering place will be
paid, and other reasonable expenses agreed in advance

Accommodation: Rent-free accommodation could be provided at the property for
the duration of the six month internship.

This role is purely voluntary and this arrangement is not meant to be
           a legally binding one or an employment contract
About the National Trust
National Trust is a registered charity and is completely independent of
Government. We rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and
money raised from our commercial operations. We are supported by 3.7 million
members and 61,000 volunteers without whom we simply could not manage. We
protect and open to the public over 300 historic houses and gardens and 49
industrial monuments and mills. But it doesn’t stop there. We also look after
forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological
remains, castles, nature reserves, villages – for places, for ever, for everyone.

About Plas Newydd
Plas Newydd is the home of the Marquess of Anglesey. Set on the shores of the
Menai Strait, the house has a rich and varied past, incorporating stories of both love
and loss. The house is particularly famous for its association with the artist Rex
Whistler, containing his largest painting and an extensive collection of his work. It
was given to the National Trust in 1976 by the 7th Marquess of Anglesey, who
continues to reside at the property with his family.

The interior of the mansion has undergone many changes during its history,
particularly during the 1930s, when the family made Plas Newydd their main home.
Fifteen Showrooms are open to the public, including two bathrooms and the famous
Whistler Dining Room. The property also has an exhibition of military memorabilia
associated with the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, who was a prominent military figure.

The House Team at Plas Newydd consists of a House Manager, a House Steward and
two Conservation Assistants. A small team of dedicated conservation volunteers
also help to support the team. During the 2012 open season, the team have
introduced a programme of Conservation in Action events, designed to engage with
our visitors and highlight the conservation work that the National Trust does. We
are keen to build on this through the development of Conservation in Action for the
winter period.

 A further project that has been ongoing at the property during the 2012 season has
involved the Saloon. In September 2011, water poured through the ceiling in this
room, causing a major flood. As a consequence, the room has been left to dry out
for the season, allowing it to be used for a number of innovative projects. The
room will be reinstated over the winter period, ready for the 2013 open season.

What is a National Trust Internship?
This is an opportunity for people looking to gain work experience across different
areas of work within the Trust. The internship will be attached to a particular
project or area of work, and will give you the opportunity to develop your skills and
experience in this area. The Trust has a commitment to support the personal
This role is purely voluntary and this arrangement is not meant to be
           a legally binding one or an employment contract
development of individuals who volunteer with us through the internship
programme, recognising the importance of work experience to future career

Compiled by: Sarah Shaw & Kat Croxford
Date compiled: 05/08/2012

This role is purely voluntary and this arrangement is not meant to be
           a legally binding one or an employment contract

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