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Institute of Conservation
London, United Kingdom (on-site)
18 days ago
Institute of Conservation
London, United Kingdom
18 days ago
Job Type
Job Duration
6-12 Months
Min Experience
0-1 Year
Min Education
Required Travel
Job Function
Entry Level


Barts Heritage has been awarded a Heritage Fund Grant to conserve the Hogarth Stair and Great Hall in the North Wing of St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. The intern will be supervised by Stephen Paine and Sophie Stewart from Paine and Stewart Conservation Architects. St Bartholomew’s Hospital has led the provision of healthcare in London since its foundation in 1123 by the monk Rahere. Built to give free medical care to the poor of the City of London, there is no other hospital in the country which can begin to match its record of continuous service on the same site

The Sharing Historic Barts project focuses on the Grade I listed North Wing, originally built as the administrative block for the hospital. The key public facing heritage assets within the North Wing are The Great Hall, a spectacular interior that has been called the grandest room of its period in London and the Hogarth Stair. The Hogarth Stair is the grand staircase which leads up to the Great Hall, with walls covered with two enormous canvases by William Hogarth. By the time Hogarth executed his work at the Hospital he had become a household name, best known for his popular engravings, usually influenced by studies of everyday life. His paintings depict The Pool of Bethesda and The Good Samaritan. He had never attempted anything on this scale before. The paintings perfectly encapsulate the ideals of care and healing the Hospital was founded on. The Pool of Bethesda is still used as an educational tool today as the characters portrayed are thought to be patients from the hospital, many of whose conditions are recognisable to the trained eye.


This work-based placement will include participation in all aspects of the day-to-day activities of the project to conserve the scheme of oil paint on canvas paintings in the Hogarth Stair, and the multi-media array of ceiling and wall decoration within the Great Hall. 

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Criteria for applicants

  • The candidate will be motivated and have appropriate confidence to be able to work for periods unsupervised.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate initiative, be flexible and adapt to new situations, and have good communication skills.
  • Applicants should have recently obtained a recognised conservation qualification and working knowledge of basic treatment skills.
  • Good problem-solving skills.
  • The successful applicant will need to demonstrate good learning skills with a strong motivation to develop a career in paintings conservation along with the ability to work effectively both alone and as part of a team.
  • Apply via the application form on the Icon website only.
Job ID: 73332942
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