Job opportunities (22.6.2022)


Vacancy for The Milein Cosman Project Curator: Late Michelangelo, The British Museum 

The British Museum is seeking a Milein Cosman Project Curator: Late Michelangelo to join the Prints and Drawings department. The main purpose of the role is to support the Late Michelangelo exhibition project team, working closely with the Lead Curator, Project Manager and other members of the team in the development and delivery of the exhibition and publication, opening in May 2024.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • To work as a core member of the Project Team, assisting the Lead Curator and Project Manager as well as liaising with other key internal stakeholders including Learning and Audience, Loans, Marketing, Communications, Advancement, Operations, BM Company.
  • To manage and file project documentation and correspondence. To obtain necessary information on loans (dimensions, special condition requirements, credit lines and copyright) through liaising with lenders and International and Departmental loans officers.
  • To compile and manage a digital database with object list and images and provide regular object list updates to the Project Team.
  • To track and monitor the movement of BM objects for the exhibition between departments (such as conservation and photography).
  • To assist the Lead Curator with background research, picture research and picture acquisition for the exhibition and publication, and to coordinate new photography and manage photographic orders.
  • To assist with obtaining copyright and rights of reproduction for images to be used in the exhibition, publication, website and all related printed materials.
  • To liaise with all external stakeholders, partners and contributors
  • To assist the Lead Curator and Interpretation Officer in the drafting and editing of text for the exhibition, publication, associated events and related printed materials (object labels, panels, audio visual materials, leaflets, website).
  • To work as a member of the project team and participate in project team meetings, throughout the life of the project.
  • To represent the Lead Curator in their absence on project matters.
  • To assist the Lead Curator in the development of associated events and related printed materials (audio visual materials, leaflets, website) and to assist with the planning and delivery of a related programme of events, including public lectures.
  • To assist the Lead Curator in providing gallery tours and other related public programming activities for the exhibition as required.
  • Other duties, as directed

Development Manager, GARDEN MUSEUM 

The Garden Museum (GM) is seeking a Development Manager to develop the Museum's fundraising activities alongside the Deputy Director and Director.

We are an 100% independent Museum, with no regular income from local authority, central government, nor a founder's endowment. As such we are reliant upon our commercial operations (our award-winning Café, our shop, venue hire, and admissions) and Fundraising to generate income. The Museum's turnover is c.£2.2m, of which Development represents c30%. The Development Manager will be responsible for generating income from small-to-mid level charitable trusts, Friends and Patrons, and corporate supporters, amongst other development duties. They will also assist the Deputy Director with larger trust and statutory funding applications, and the Director with major gifts and individual donations.

The Development Manager is the only member of staff solely dedicated to fundraising. As such the role requires someone with experience and proven success as a fundraiser, with Trusts, Individual Giving and/or Membership fundraising providing a distinct advantage in this role. The post holder needs to be a self-starter, able to take their own initiative. This is a rewarding and busy role which the right candidate will thrive in, as there is plenty of scope to make it your own, and ensure success and best practice - no day is ever the same!

The Garden Museum The Garden Museum, located in Lambeth, was founded in 1976 and is now London's busiest centre of ideas, research and celebration about the design, history and culture of gardens. It is a place where garden paths meet, from art and architecture, to food and fashion, literature and design, and community.

We are also currently undertaking two new exciting projects - our next capital project, Lambeth Green, which will transform seven spaces around the GM into a new park for London, and the transformation of artist Cedric Morris's former house at Benton End in Suffolk into an arts and horticultural training centre.  

Museum Interpretation Unit Head - tours, workshops, and live interpretation, DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Zayed National Museum, the national museum of the UAE, will narrate the rich history of the land and the region and tell the story of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, his unification of the United Arab Emirates and the UAE's long-standing cultural connections across the world.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster, the museum was founded in the spirit of Sheikh Zayed's work and strongly held values, which encompassed a passionate belief in education, conservation, environment, sustainability, heritage, and culture-all underpinned by his humanitarianism and strong faith.

Zayed National Museum will hold in trust a collection of art and artefacts from the ancient and living cultures of the UAE, Arabia, and the broader Middle East. It will also be the primary institution in the UAE to display material related to the life and achievements of the late Sheikh Zayed.

A centre of learning and discussion, the museum will actively research the UAE's history and culture through archaeological fieldwork, archive research and the gathering of oral histories.

Senior Curator, MUSEUM OF LONDON 

At the Museum of London we connect people with the lived experience of London. The story we tell is one of place and people, evolving through interaction and exchange. We summarise what we do in three words: We Are London.

Are you passionate about London's history and how the public can engage with it? The Museum of London Docklands is looking for a Senior Curator who will be responsible for all of the displays there, with a particular focus on the future of the London, Sugar and Slavery gallery - the only gallery in London to tell the story of the transatlantic slave trade and its continuing legacies. The Senior Curator will work closely with a Curator (Community Engagement) and the Learning and Engagement team to deliver a compelling and innovative programme, including working closely with external partners.

You will act as a key member of the Docklands Strategy Group, liaising with key internal teams including the Managing Director. The Senior Curator will also take a leading role in the activities of the London, Sugar and Slavery Advisory Group, and will be responsible for developing proposals for the next five years of the LSS gallery.

You will have expert knowledge of the history of London's maritime trade and / or its relationship to Empire, colonialism and transatlantic slavery. You will also have significant experience of participating in public history, communicating to a wide and diverse audience.

For more information about this role, please see the Job Description. To know more about what it's like to work in the Museum of London and to get some top tips on how to make the best of your application visit:

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To apply please send a cover letter, CV and completed equal opportunities form to by no later than the 19th July 2022. Interviews will take place in early September 2022.

The Museum of London is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. We particularly welcome applications from disabled, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, who are currently under-represented in our organisation.

Project Editor, National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or are currently contributing to British history and culture; the collection is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. With around 2 million visitors each year prior to temporary closure for the Inspiring People project and a strong national and international presence through touring exhibitions and special projects, the Gallery is one of the country's most important and popular galleries.

We are looking for a highly creative Project Editor to manage a number of titles from across the Gallery's publishing programme, from conception to publication.

The successful candidate will have substantial experience of project-editing complex illustrated books, with a good knowledge of the whole publication process and experience of liaising with authors and freelancers. They will have excellent editorial skills with the ability to copy-edit, condense, adapt, summarise, rewrite and restructure text as required. The post-holder must have a proven ability to manage multiple projects, with competing priorities, simultaneously as the ability to work calmly under pressure to mweet deadlines is essential.
This is a rare, sought after opportunity for a talented individual to join the Gallery's award-winning publishing programme and create exceptional publications.

Curator, EmployerMuseum of East Dorset 

The Museum of East Dorset is looking for a Curator, this is a rare and exciting opportunity to join this recently modernised museum. At the heart of any museum is the collections and exhibitions, therefore this is a pivotal role which is being offered on a permanent and full-time basis.

In the centre of Wimborne, the Museum of East Dorset is in the process of undergoing a pivotal transformation. We re-opened in 2020 following a major National Lottery Heritage Funded project which saw all new galleries created. We are still completing the postponed activity plan as part of this project, and the Curator will be responsible for the creation of a new volunteer Research team and the development of 2 new temporary exhibitions. Whilst we've come a long way, we're still changing and adapting including improving our ways of working, systems, and processes. To ensure the museum is fit for the future, increasing visitor numbers is a key consideration for us and the Curator will lead on creating exhibitions, displays and offers which support this.

At the heart of the East Dorset community, we're keen to keep challenging ourselves to ensure we're accessible, relevant, and inclusive for all. This role will suit someone a dynamic, experienced professional who is looking to positively lead the curation of a small community museum.

As Curator your objectives will be:

  1. To ensure the museum's collections are regularly rotated with exhibitions created which appeal to our key audiences and create a reason to return
  2. To safeguard the museum's collections and ensure they are cared for to ACE Accreditation Standards.
  3. To ensure staff and volunteers understand how to care for the museum's collection and the historic fabric of the building
  4. To create high quality offers which are inclusive and accessible to all.