Surrey Arts Wardrobe (Guildford)

Preventative conservation/pest monitoring

The Surrey Arts Wardrobe is a Theatrical Costume hire department run by Surrey County Council. Originally the collection housed items for various schools, groups and the Surrey Youth Theatre. The initial idea for the collection was that those housing costumes could hire their own items back for free and anything else at a reduced rate with the running costs of the service being met with income made by hiring items out to the general public. In recent years it became clear that this was not sustainable and now the whole collection belongs to Surrey County Council and grows by public donation. The collection remains a vital resource for Schools, amateur dramatics groups, youth theatres and events across Surrey and beyond as well as being used by private individuals and small scale professional productions. Volunteers are an important and valued part of the Wardrobe service and are integral to maintaining and developing the Wardrobe collection and service.

Duties: This role includes setting and monitoring insect pest traps and recording temperature and relative humidity.

Skills and Experience Needed: We require a friendly, organised, practical person or persons with common sense and an interest in preventative conservation. The ideal candidate will have experience in preventative conservation and environmental monitoring. Following our current monitoring processes and with the potential to assist with improving our current practice you would have a background in Museums and Galleries or conservation and be looking to utilise your skills and develop your experience. The right person or persons would be willing and able to commit to volunteering with us at the Surrey Arts Wardrobe for a minimum of 2hrs once a week on a long-term basis. You would be expected to complete tasks independently but Wardrobe staff would be on hand to offer support and guidance if required.

Commitment required: Min 2hrs a week Max 4hrs a week

Training: You will receive a full induction and introduction to the facilities on site. Further training will be available as required depending on the demands of the role.


If you are interested in this role please complete the online application form

Mission Statement

The Surrey Arts Wardrobe is a theatrical costume hire department run by Surrey County Council. Initially set up in the late 1970s as a community resource housing costumes for various groups and schools the collection now all belongs to Surrey County Council and is available for hire.