Job opportunities (9.1.2023)


Collection Steward - Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey, the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, is currently closed to the public to facilitate the largest and most significant refurbishment and conservation programme in over 70 years. An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the curatorial team at this historic time.

You will provide technical assistance to the team and carry out object handling and collections moves, packing for transport or storage as well as creating new displays of works of art as directed. During our closure there are a number of loan exhibitions ongoing to UK museums, and you will support the delivery of these exhibition projects, including exhibition courier duties. In order to maintain the collections in storage and on display, you will undertake preventative conservation and documentation projects and lead on environmental monitoring and integrated pest management. In addition the role involves day-to-day housekeeping duties and annual deep-cleaning as part of our preventative conservation and housekeeping standards. As we work towards relaunching the Abbey visitor attraction in 2025 you will be a key-player in realising the installation of the major redisplay of the collections over 25 rooms open to the public.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience of working in a historic house or museum environment, with a flexible approach and good understanding of preventative conservation, ensuring excellent standards of housekeeping and collections care. The ability to undertake manual handling and work from heights is essential to this role. 

Community & Participation Consultant, NATIONAL TRUST 

Are you passionate about engaging communities and creating opportunities to get involved in history, beauty, and nature? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you.

We're seeking a Community and Participation Consultant to provide consultancy support for community and participation across a range of places and projects in our London & South East (LSE) region. You'll embed participation in our projects and experiences.

This role is a hybrid role and can be based from any of our regional offices Wisely (Surrey), Scotney Castle (Kent), Hughenden (Buckinghamshire) or Micheldever (Hampshire) as you'll be working with and travelling to support teams across the LSE region. 

Property Curator, NATIONAL TRUST 

We're looking for a thoughtful and creative leader to set the curatorial direction for the future of one of the National Trust's most significant Mansion Properties.

Kedleston Hall is one of Europe's most complete 18th-Century estates. Its landscape and buildings were designed by world-famous architect Robert Adam and house some of the most significant collections in our care including internationally important paintings, sculptures, textiles, furniture, architectural drawings, books and archival collections.

What it's like to work here

Kedleston Hall is a Neo-classical show palace surrounded by 8,000 acres of spectacular parkland. Welcoming over 220,000 visitors per year we strive to create wonder through celebrating art and design, from exploring the art and culture of our unique collection of objects from across the Asian continent to unpacking the influence of 18th-Century design on our world today.

Exciting times lie ahead as we look at new ways of curating our collections to ensure our interpretation and programming is dynamic and relevant to the diverse communities on our doorstep including a major project to re-interpret a museum collection housing over 1,000 pieces from South-East Asia.

Content Production Co-ordinator - Picturing History, 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.

Assistant Curator (Architectural Fabric Collection), HOUSE OF COMMONS 

The House of Commons is a unique and exciting place to work right at the heart of the UK's thriving democratic system.

Behind the scenes, the House of Commons Service is made up of more than 3,000 employees who support and facilitate the smooth day to day running of the House. They provide professional services to Members of Parliament, their staff, and the wider parliamentary community.

Collections Care Assistant, WELLCOME TRUST 

Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library exploring health and human experience. Through exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, we create opportunities for people to think deeply about the links between science, medicine, life and art.

We aim to provide a rich, diverse and inclusive platform for thought-provoking and imaginative engagement that values everyone's experiences of health.

Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation. We improve health for everyone by funding science, leading policy and advocacy campaigns, and building partnerships.

We plan to spend £16bn over the next ten years, funding new discoveries in life, health and wellbeing, and taking on three global health challenges: mental health, infectious disease and climate. These challenges need the bold science we support, but they won't be solved by science alone.

We are looking for a Collection Care Assistant to join our team for a 12 month full time fixed-term contract.