We currently have the following vacancies with Fulham Palace Trust:
Community Archaeologist, Fulham Palace Trust
Salary: £26,000- £30,000 pa depending on experience
Other: Three-year post, full time, 40 hours per week
Fulham Palace, situated in extensive grounds by the River Thames, was the country residence of the Bishops of London for many centuries. The historic importance of the site, which has seen thousands of years of human occupation, ultimately derives from its location at an ancient crossing point on the River Thames. The site’s archaeological significance is reflected in its designation as a Scheduled Monument in 1976. Following the first significant archaeological dig in 1972-3 across a section of the moat, there have been numerous surveys and investigations, including those undertaken since 2003 in association with successive restoration works. The Palace is now managed by Fulham Palace Trust, which is inspired by a vision to restore the Grade I and II listed buildings and Grade II* listed gardens to their original beauty and to provide outstanding facilities for the local community and visitors from farther afield.
The Trust is embarking on an HLF-funded major project ‘Discovering the Bishop of London’s Palace at Fulham’. The project will focus on bringing the iconic Tudor Quadrangle and key historic rooms, such as the Great Hall, back to life by conserving the building and dressing the rooms to show how the Bishops of London would have lived and worked here across the centuries. We will also enhance the botanical gardens, including re-establishing some of the exotic species that were first introduced to Europe by the botanist and bishop Henry Compton in the late 17th and early 18th century. As part of the project, there will be a series of community archaeology projects over three years.
As our Community Archaeologist you will be a professional archaeologist with a successful track record of overseeing archaeological projects from inception, through design, fieldwork, post-excavation assessment and analysis to publication. You will have an energetic and proactive approach to your work and have great organisational skills, highly developed communication skills and extensive experience of working with volunteers and in developing and running public engagement projects. You will be an accredited member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists or have equivalent experience.
Role summary: the post-holder will work alongside other staff of Fulham Palace to manage, deliver and evaluate a programme of practical archaeology over a three-year period. This will include: planning and running learning and practical archaeology events, supervising volunteers and external archaeological professionals, training volunteers and members of the public, designing and managing a community archaeology dig, geophysical investigations, tree-pit archaeological supervision, a parchmark weekend to map below-ground structures, historic building recording, management of collections and archaeological archives, managing and adding to all photographic records of the site and overseeing the development of specialist publications.
Interested candidates should view the attached Job Description, download and complete the Application and Equal Opportunities forms, and return them to the Palace’s Business Support Officer, Alice Wolvey, by post or email (email@example.com) by 9 am on Wednesday 8 March 2017.
Should you have any questions regarding the post please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7610 7169.
Interviews are expected to take place: 15th and 16th March 2017
Expected start date: early to mid May 2017
Please note that due to the volume of applications we are unable to offer feedback to those not shortlisted for interview.