Job opportunities (19.11.2022)


Director of Collections and Research, The National Gallery 

The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. The Gallery's Collection contains over 2,300 works, including many famous works, such as van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait, Velázquez's Rokeby Venus, Turner's Fighting Temeraire and Van Gogh's Sunflowers. These pictures belong to the public and entrance to see them is free. Millions of people visit the National Gallery every year and many more are reached online; the Gallery is committed to being a place of learning and enjoyment, and as a source of inspiration for this and future generations. The National Gallery is currently looking ahead to its bicentenary in 2024 (NG200) with plans for an exciting programme of exhibitions and events across the UK, alongside a suite of capital projects that will improve the Gallery's buildings and services for the people who visit now and those who will in the future.

At this exciting time for the organisation, the National Gallery are seeking candidates for the post of Director of Collections & Research. Reporting to the Director, this role is responsible for leading on Conservation, Curatorial, Scientific and Collections Research matters across the Gallery, serves on the Executive Committee and provides leadership to a number of key departments and functions. They will play a key role in delivering the NG200 programme. Candidates will ideally bring an established profile in an area relevant to the Gallery's collections and strong experience in interpreting collections for a wide variety of audiences, experience of managing research and good knowledge and understanding of currently developments and issues in the museum sector. They will play a strategic leadership role and will ideally bring experience of contributing at a senior level in a relevant environment and have the ability to represent the organisation externally and with key stakeholders and partners.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the National Gallery on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference ENTG. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Wednesday 23rd November 2022.

Programme Manager: Collection Storage Strategy, THE BRITISH MUSEUM 

This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional project or programme manager to lead on the development and delivery of an estate-wide plan for collection storage. This ambitious programme aims to transform access to the Museum's unparalleled research collection through the delivery of new stores, study spaces and support facilities as part of the masterplan, as well as coordination across business as usual activities to ensure the delivery of strategic priorities and a continuous improvement in collection storage standards, in accordance with the Museum's collection storage and care strategies.

Key areas of responsibility:

In this role, you will develop the plan for the distribution and contribute to the design specification of new collection stores and associated facilities to support the delivery of the Museum's masterplan, identifying the need for collection, building and user surveys and projects and working with colleagues across the Museum in their delivery. You will manage the development of standard methodologies for packing and storage, and you will manage high-value procurement exercises to ensure consistent high quality and value for money across major projects. Timely communication and positive stakeholder engagement will be key to the success of this programme.

About you:

This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual with a proven track record of strategic planning and business analysis, ideally within the context of the RIBA Plan of Work. Experience of delivering complex projects to time and budget is essential. You will be comfortable leading and managing multidisciplinary and cross-departmental teams, and be able to demonstrate substantial stakeholder engagement and change management experience.

Research Leader in Collections and Culture, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM 

The Natural History Museum, London, seeks a highly motivated world-class senior research leader from the social sciences, arts and/or humanities to lead and develop the NHM Collections & Culture Theme within the Science Department. This is a new post for Science with the purpose to provide strategic and operational leadership for the NHM Collections & Culture theme by developing, leading and supporting broad, cross-disciplinary research in the context of one of the oldest national natural history museums and a world leading scientific research institution.

About Us

This is an exciting time to join the Museum as we have secured investment from the UK Government to build a new science and digitisation centre at Thames Valley Science Park (TVSP), a science and technology hub outside Reading. The purpose-built centre (due 2026/27) will house much of the Museum's collection and will include laboratories, digitisation suites, collaborative research spaces, conservation labs and workspaces. To support the realisation of the NHM's vision of a future where both people and planet thrive, we focus our science on solutions from and for nature. Increasingly this puts the NHM, its collections and research at the nexus of trans-disciplinary science and research focusing on science and society.

Collections are at the core of the NHM, the foundation of scientific understanding of the natural world, enhanced and developed by systematics and taxonomy, with substantial infrastructure for downstream scientific research. Collections provide insights into change across multiple dimensions. In our new strategy, our scientific ambition and collaboration has been widened and revolutionised to become multi-disciplinary, integrative and constantly adaptable to change, with a firm foundation in the value of the collections and collecting.

Research Manager (Future Observatory), DESIGN MUSEUM 

Future Observatory is a national programme for design research supporting the UK's response to the climate crisis. Launched in November 2021, the three-year programme is coordinated by the Design Museum in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The programme funds, commissions, and curates cutting-edge design research for broad audiences, making design research for the green transition accessible and engaging and enabling it to have a greater impact. The Research Manager will manage a £21m Future Observatory: Design the Green Transition research portfolio and work collaboratively across the Future Observatory team to ensure this portfolio is championed throughout the three-year programme.

Job scope

The Design Museum is looking for an experienced and self-motivated Research Manager to manage and deliver an expanded three-year portfolio of research and an internal programme of supporting activities (such as mentoring, upskilling, crits and design sprints). The Research Manager will manage an extensive portfolio of AHRC-funded design research, comprising up to 150 awards ranging from £40,000 to £4m, and a network of over 100 higher education institutions and 75 industry, local government and third sector partners. They will line manage one research coordinator.

The role requires a great communicator who is efficient, analytical and creative. The ideal candidate would be someone excited to build, manage and sustain a new research portfolio, and will relish the opportunity to become a member of a fast-moving, expanding programme and team.

Interpretation Editor, DESIGN MUSEUM 

The Design Museum's temporary exhibitions programme is the central focus of its activities. The exhibitions include monographs and thematic exhibitions on every aspect of contemporary design and architecture, ranging from the environment to football.

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Design Museum for a self-motivated Interpretation Editor who is passionate and knowledgeable about communicating with audiences through exhibitions. This role will suit someone with a passion for language and for sharing ideas with a broad audience.

Job scope

The Interpretation Editor will guide and manage the department's interpretation processes and embed these processes into the exhibition schedule, as an active member of the curatorial team. They will work closely with the exhibition curators to support and guide the writing of exhibition text to produce clear, accurate, accessible and engaging copy for a wide range of audiences, tailored to the context. The role combines practical editorial skills with the ability to work within a team and take personal initiative to implement and regularly review the museum's interpretation strategy. They will report to a Senior Curator.

The successful candidate will have proven editing experience from the museum and galleries sector, and a sound knowledge of audience research and exhibition making. They will understand the importance of effective interpretation in delivering successful exhibitions and a proven knowledge contemporary design and/or architecture.

Senior Curator: Exhibitions (1 Year Maternity Cover, Part-Time 0.6), GUNNERSBURY ESTATE (2026) CIC 

As Senior Curator: Exhibitions, you will be key to the development and delivery of an exciting programme of engaging, informative, and audience-focussed special exhibitions. You will manage a freelance Collections Assistant as well as external resources to ensure completion of exhibition projects to agreed objectives. An understanding of the potential of museum and archive collections and the experience of working closely with learning and community-focussed colleagues on such projects is essential.
You will have excellent communication skills and be experienced in effectively managing exhibition projects. You will enjoy working to find solutions and to provide expert advice in a highly paced environment. You will hold a degree or a relevant qualification and have a track record in exhibition planning and procurement and have experience of working in museums or heritage attractions.


The Curator works with the Senior Curator and supports the Director in maintaining the Museum as a high-profile heritage site with a range of visitor-facing programmes.

You are not expected to possess in-depth knowledge of Dickens but a key objective is to liaise with academics and experts in Dickens's life, works and social circle, the early Victorian period, and the critical reception of Dickens. You will be required to stay abreast of developments in Dickens studies and Dickens-related heritage.