Imagine discussing pattern swatches and textiles with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace while her beloved corgis roam about. If that sounds like a dream to you, it doesn’t have to be a fantasy. The royal household is looking for a curtain maker and a soft furnishing upholsterer for not only Buckingham Palace, but also Windsor Castle and St. James’s Palace.
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For £22,000 a year (about $27,485), plus 15 percent employer contribution pension scheme and benefits), you could provide curtains and soft furnishings for over one thousand rooms combined. It’s a big position and one that is taken very seriously, as the job description reads: “Your challenge will be to provide curtains and soft furnishings that will maintain the presentation and functionality of these unique environments.”
The job involves designing new items (from tailored furniture covers to new curtains) that will blend seamlessly in these historical state rooms, while also evaluating the condition of existing furnishings and repairing and preserving items. The curtain and soft furnishing upholsterer’s job will require “estimating materials, costs and timings, and cutting fabrics.” It will take a very careful eye and hand to complete these tasks—you’ll be dealing with historic items.
Practical skills are a must, including the ability to do machine and hand stitching work. You’ll also need “a thorough understanding of conservation and significant experience of making new items, you’re able to identify, survey, and accurately evaluate soft furnishings as to condition, materials and the techniques used in their manufacture.”
The job is located at Windsor Castle and is in the Master of the Household’s Office. Click here to apply—you have until June 4.