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Job opportunities (14.9.2022)

2022-09-14

Senior Collections and Monument Officer, NATIONAL TRUST 

Are you a proven manager of collections or houses with a love of history and archaeology? The teams at Chedworth Roman Villa and Lodge Park are looking for an enthusiastic individual to bring their conservation knowledge to our properties. We need someone who can champion fantastic collections care and practice, while contributing to the day to day running of the sites and engaging with visitors to create memorable experiences.

Internally this role will be known as Senior Collections & House Officer. We're open to employees of the trust filling this role on a secondment basis if desired.

What it's like to work here

This role will be split 4 days per week at Chedworth Roman Villa and 1 day per week at Lodge Park. To reflect this unique role the post holder will use the title Senior Collections and Monument Officer but please refer to the Senior Collections and House Officer profile attached to this advert. This will outline the role responsibilities.

Chedworth Roman Villa

Built in the Fourth Century AD, Chedworth Roman Villa was rediscovered by the Victorians over 150 years ago. Leading the way in archaeology and conservation, Chedworth provides a unique insight into life during the Roman period in Britain.

A modern conservation building provides exceptional access to the extensive mosaic floors, hypocaust systems and bath house rooms. A small museum houses a range of finds and artefacts from the villa.

Lodge Park

John 'Crump' Dutton built this 17th-century grandstand, fuelled by his passion for deer coursing, gambling, banqueting and entertaining.

Lodge Park became the National Trust's first restoration project in 1998 and relied on archaeological evidence to return the building to its former glory. It's situated approximately two and a half miles from the village of Sherborne and the wider Sherborne estate, the other side of the A40.

What you'll be doing

With collections care responsibility for both Chedworth Roman Villa and Lodge Park, we'll give you the right support to learn both sites. You'll manage volunteers and implement preventive conservation and cleaning programmes, ensuring excellent standards of care. You'll collect and accurately record information to inform our understanding of the sites and the collections and use your experience and knowledge to improve how we conserve, interpret and present the properties.

You'll be hands on with the Chedworth mosaics, learning about the innovative building which houses them and contributing research to improve our management and care of these important in situ objects. Leading by example you'll be part of the team opening the properties, ensuring that we offer a consistent and excellent experience and actively engaging visitors with conservation work and collection knowledge.

Who we're looking for

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • A good understanding of Museum Accreditation standards.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of preventive conservation and its practical, strategic application in the form of routine and deep cleaning programmes.
  • Has exceptional people management skills and experience of working with and managing volunteers.
  • Has operational experience of collections management and care in an historic environment.
  • Good knowledge of Health and Safety and Emergency Procedures.
  • Be well organised and attentive to detail.
  • Have excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Have an understanding of environmental monitoring systems, such as Hanwell An understanding of or interest in archaeological collections.

Curator of Later Italian, Spanish and French Paintings, THE NATIONAL GALLERY 

The National Gallery is looking for a Curator of Later Italian, Spanish and French Paintings. The curator seeks and recommends relevant new acquisitions and loans, and acts as the curatorial lead on exhibitions, collection displays and gallery refurbishment projects. The curator will participate in the Gallery's 'NG200' programme for its bicentenary in 2024, including 'The Main Event', 'National Treasures' and 'NG 200 for 200' projects.

Head of Interpretation, SS GREAT BRITAIN TRUST 

The Trust preserves Brunel's masterpiece, the SS Great Britain, two related museums, and the national Brunel collection within a 19th century dockyard complex in Bristol. It is one of the UK's leading independent museums, internationally renowned, and is Accredited with its collections Designated as of national importance by Arts Council England. The Trust is currently at a very exciting time, developing a major transformational project, expanding the visitor experience into the next door Albion Dockyard, building Brunel's PS Great Western (the first transatlantic steamer), operating a publicly accessible working shipyard, developing skills, expanding the successful Future Brunels programme to inspire and support young people into STEM, and engaging and connecting with a wider range of people.

Purpose of job: This creative and delivery-focused role leads on conceiving, planning and implementing ambitious, collections-led interpretation to surprise and delight all visitors to Brunel's SS Great Britain, and engaging wider audiences too. It is a critical role as an expert member of the team, pivotal to the high quality visitor experience and igniting connections between 21st century audiences and 19th century maritime and engineering history, which shape the world today.

Building on the successful high quality and immersive experiences in operation, the role will develop how the Trust can continue to inspire and innovate with its story-telling, expanding a living history approach and directing the creative development and delivery of interpretation across the whole site as well as optimising the use of digital systems.

The post will manage an Interpretation Team and report directly to the Director of External Affairs. It is a role that will work within the Trust Values and the Interpretation Policy, and closely with other colleagues across the Trust, including Trustees.

Main tasks

  • Lead, inspire and manage the Interpretation Team, to build on existing best practice on site with bold and innovative new approaches to achieving participation and engagement for target audiences through outstanding interpretation, developing whole site strategies for visitor facing content, including the digital space.
  • Lead annual and multi-year programming, collaborating and building dynamic relationships with teams across the organisation to maximise impact, and using existing analyses of audiences and evaluation to inform planning.
  • Lead on maintaining the impact and quality of existing interpretation, and identifying priorities for renewal, including responsibility for annual interpretation budgets and delegated responsibility for specific project budgets as necessary.
  • Lead on procuring and managing the work of external consultants, contractors and commissioned specialists working with the interpretation team on projects as necessary.
  • Contribute to project scoping and development, including funding application processes and documents as necessary.
  • Work within the Trust's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group to identify, plan and implement opportunities to meet the priority for engaging and building relevance and connections for a wider range of audiences through new interpretation, collaborating widely in the conception, planning and delivery of new interpretation.
  • Report regularly to the Board of Trustees and the Curatorial, Education, and Interpretation sub-Committee as required.
  • Lead on research and innovation in the interpretation activities, and prepare or contribute to public dissemination of the work.
  • Undertake other duties as can be reasonably required to assist in the smooth and efficient running of the Trust. Some weekend and out of hours working may be required.

Visitor Communications Administrator, TATE 

We are looking for an administrator to manage the day-to-day running of the Visitor Communications Department. The Department looks after the public information service, internal communications for front-of-house teams, visitor feedback, and onsite communications at Tate's London sites.

You'll be responsible for a wide range of activities, including rotas, budgets, meetings logistics, office management and project coordination. As well as supporting the team, you'll be able to lead on projects, contribute your ideas and help innovate new approaches

You will have a proactive, flexible approach, excellent interpersonal skills and good experience of developing and managing administration systems in a busy environment.

Tate aims to attract and retain talented people from all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, ethnic minority, and/or disabled applicants as these groups are currently underrepresented in the cultural sector and in the Visitor Communications Department.

Successful candidates will have access to a range of benefits, including 25 days annual leave entitlement, rising to 27 days pro rata after 3 years of service; an extra day off for your birthday each year; a cycle to work scheme; opportunities for blended and flexible working; free access to Tate exhibitions and other museums and galleries; Life Assurance; and a 'Defined Contribution' pension scheme with generous employer contributions. Successful candidates who are already members of the Civil Service Pension Scheme or have recently left the scheme may be eligible to remain as members of this scheme instead.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website via the "Apply on website" button below.

The closing date for the submission of completed application forms is 28 September 2022 by midnight.

Archivist, CHIGWELL SCHOOL 

Chigwell School, a leading co-educational independent school just ten miles from central London, seeks to appoint an experienced Archivist. Candidates will be qualified at degree level, or equivalent, ideally with a postgraduate qualification in archives management recognised by the ARA. You will also be experienced in archival and document control functions. The successful candidate will need to be able to work independently with strong planning and organisational skills and have good interpersonal skills. Good communication skills, a high level of computer literacy and attention to detail are essential.

Chigwell School offers a competitive salary and benefits package in a very supportive working environment. There is a well-developed programme of professional development, pupils are enthusiastic, co-operative and able, and colleagues get on well together. There is a strong sense of community.

We are located in the picturesque village of Chigwell just 10 miles from central London with good transport links by underground (Central Line), road and local bus routes. Close to the edge of Epping Forest, we enjoy over 100 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds with excellent facilities.

For further information and an application form please visit our website via the button below. Applicants should complete the application form which can be accessed directly from our website and sent to the HR Manager by an email. For further information please contact the HR Manager by telephone: 020 8501 6177.

The Bursar, Mr James Rea, will be happy to answer any questions; he can be contacted at the School by telephone 020 8501 5711 or by e-mail.

Closing date: 30th September 2022.

Applications will be considered upon receipt therefore early applications are encouraged. Candidates will be contacted by telephone or email to attend an interview if required. The School reserves the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date.