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Curtain Maker and Soft Furnishing Upholsterer – Windsor Castle

Household / Department, Master of the Household’s Office

Location:   Windsor Castle

Contract/recruitment type: Permanent

Starting salary

£22,000.00 per annum plus 15% employer contribution pension scheme and benefits.

Hours of work : Full time

About the role

It’s knowing your curtains add the finishing touch to the state rooms

It’s protecting heritage by leaving your own legacy. And it’s furnishing some of the most famous houses in the world. This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional.

Within Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and St. James’s Palace there are more than a thousand rooms, all containing various furniture and furnishings. Your challenge will be to provide curtains and soft furnishings that will maintain the presentation and functionality of these unique environments.

You’ll manage and deliver multiple soft furnishing projects, designing new items, estimating materials, costs and timings, and cutting fabrics. From tailoring furniture covers, to creating new curtains to scale the heights of state rooms, you’ll consistently aim for the highest standards.

Working with numerous historic items, you’ll survey and evaluate the condition of furnishings, prioritising work to both repair and preserve items, whilst also meeting the operational needs of working Royal residences.

You’ll carefully record all your handlings of historic furnishings, as well as keeping workrooms in good condition, fully equipped and stocked.

The range of projects will stretch you. And knowing that you’re conserving and creating magnificent items that will be enjoyed by future generations will give you the greatest sense of reward.

About you

Your extensive experience with soft furnishings and curtain projects will make you the expert we need.

Your practical skills will be outstanding, and you’ll be able to produce soft furnishing work (both machine and hand stitching) of the highest standard in terms of structure and finish.

Having 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.

Organised, with a structured approach to work, you can prioritise and deliver work to meet multiple and sometimes challenging deadlines.

Finally, you’ll enjoy working alongside your talented colleagues, bringing together specialist skills to deliver collaborative and spectacular results.

To apply for this role, please visit:

Vacancy Closing Date: 06/04/2017 23:55

Upholstery Technician – London Met University

We seek an Upholstery technician to support our Upholstery academics and students throughout the year. This is a technical support role which will involve planning, developing and delivering practical components of the course as well as ensuring all equipment and materials are prepared for lessons, kept in working order and organising the upkeep of the workshop and student’s work.

For full details of how to apply, job description and remuneration please click here.

Forthcoming Training Courses from the Furniture Ombudsman

The Furniture Ombudsman

Upcoming training

AMUSF is an Affiliate Member of The Furniture Ombudsman (TFO) which means that all members of AMUS benefit from discounted rates on all TFO training.

Book your next training session in advance to ensure you have your place secure. Enquiries on any of the below course can be made to Judith Turner by e-mail or by phone on 0333 241 3209. Bookings should be made through Sarah Griffett by e-mail or by phone on 0207 042 6494. 

Pricing and advertising compliance

The course covers the latest Trading Standards guidance released in December 2016 in relation to pricing, including CAP and BCAP codes, self-regulation, and the role of regulatory bodies within the consumer landscape. We will discuss specific examples, including sale prices, retail prices, price comparisons and free offers, relevant case law and ASA decisions.

This will next be on:

2 March 2017

05 July 2017

Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm with lunch provided Place: Stevenage Cost: £150 + VAT for Full members, and members of AMUSF Find out what the course will cover on our website.

The course will cover

– General purposes of advertising and legal status of an advert – Overview of the legal and regulatory framework – Pricing advertising – Specific examples and how the legislative and regulatory framework applies to them

Why attend?

– Perform better in your current job – Understand current legislation relating to pricing in practical terms – Ensure compliance with relevant legislation 

Principles of consumer law & understanding upholstery complaints

This course is designed to equip delegates with all the information necessary to ensure that they are confident in their understanding of consumer legislation, and to aid them in their understanding of the issues surrounding upholstery complaints. The course draws from the experience of The Ombudsman in handling thousands of upholstery complaints and disputes.

This will next be on:

15 March 2017

19 October 2017

Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm with lunch provided Place: Stevenage Cost: £150 + VAT for Full members, and members of AMUSF Find out what the course will cover on our website. 

Two-day accredited City & Guilds training

The course is designed to cover the legal and regulatory framework, including key legislation that must be considered in relation to pricing, self-regulation including CAP and BCAP codes, and the role of regulatory bodies within the consumer landscape.

Whilst first day covers legalities, the second day is designed around behaviour and dealing with complaints. Upon completion of this course, all delegates receive a City & Guilds accreditation provided they pass a validation.

This will next be on:

22, 23 March 2017

11, 12 July 2017

7, 8 November 2017

Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm with lunch provided Place: Stevenage Cost: £450 + VAT for Full members, and members of AMUSF Find out what the course will cover on our website.

New Board members for the AMUSF

At the AGM held in October we were delighted to welcome Louise Boyland of Shoreditch Design Rooms and Maureen Whitemore of Whitemore and Thwaytes as newly elected members of the board. They filled the vacancies left by the retirement from the board of Des Fanning and Robbie Richardson who both served with distinction for many years.

mwsmall-002Maureen Whitemore  (left) and Louise Boyland (right)            louise-boyland