Assistant Conservator Papyrus

Location: Collections and Research Department of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities

Type: 32 hours per week (0.89 fte) for a period of three months

Application closing date: 1 December 2021


The Museum
The National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden is the podium for antiquity and archaeology in the Netherlands. It has a staff of 86 who are engaged in the development of exhibitions, innovative research and the management and preservation of the 200,000 objects in the Dutch National Collection. There is an open and informal working atmosphere and the staff is very involved in the cultural sector in general and the museum in particular. Antiquity belongs to everyone and the museum stands in the midst of society. There are many perspectives from which to tell the stories of the collection, and that is why the Museum values equality, diversity and inclusion in all facets of the organisation. Colleagues from different backgrounds are indispensable in this respect.

The position
The assistant conservator will be conserving the famous Papyrus of Qenna, the longest Book of the Dead in the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities. It consists of a total of 38 sheets with a length of 17.2 metres. In the third phase of the restoration project, the last 15 sheets from the permanent exhibition will be treated. Under the supervision of an experienced papyrus conservator, the assistant conservator will carry out the conservation work, reframe the sheets and record the treatment carried out in a conservation report. In the summer of 2022, the entire papyrus of Qenna will be on display in an exhibition dedicated to the conservation project and the Book of the Dead.