Job opportunities (18.6.2022)


Assistant Curator, Watts Gallery Trust

Watts Gallery - Artists Village, is looking for an enthusiastic museum professional to join our Collections and Exhibitions team as an Assistant Curator. This is an excellent opportunity to work with our outstanding collections and to develop and improve key curatorial skills whilst enhancing our specialist knowledge and interpretation.
The successful candidate will be joining at an exciting time as the organisation explores curating contemporary art that responds to the work of George and Mary Watts within the historic spaces of the Gallery, Limnerslease - the artists' purpose built studio-home - and the grounds. You will be able to share your enthusiasm for collections with diverse audiences.
You will also be flexible, organised, work well under pressure and be able to juggle conflicting demands. You will be supported by a friendly, skilled, and experienced Collections and Exhibitions Team as well as the wider organisation.
To assist the Curator and Head of Collections & Exhibitions to plan, research and deliver high-profile temporary exhibitions in collaboration with our community, including working with our community forum, external specialists and internal departments, and assisting on the production of publications and running of associated events.
To assist the Curator to plan, research and deliver display changes in collaboration with our community, in the historic galleries and permanent collection displays at Watts Gallery and Limnerslease.
With the support of the Curator, co-ordinate transport and installation arrangements, including loan agreements, insurance and courier liaisons.
Work with the Marketing & Communications, Learning & Engagement and Trading teams to ensure that collections, exhibitions and displays are effectively communicated within and beyond the organisation.
To assist the Collections Manager to update the documentation of collections, ensuring that all work is conducted in line with SPECTRUM procedures to meet Accreditation standards.
To assist the Collections Manager to care for the collections supporting environmental and pest monitoring, and helping to safely move, wrap and store fragile objects.
To answer internal and external enquiries about the collections, including image publication requests, and to supervise collection visits to the art store from researchers and the public.

Heritage Events Coordinator Internship, St. Marylebone Parish Church

St Marylebone Parish Church is a place of active and engaged Christian witness, set at the very heart of central London. We are also a hospitable venue for education, cultural events of national and international significance and room hire. In all these things we aim to achieve the highest standards of welcome, service and delivery.
We host high profile services throughout the year as well as many conferences and meetings. A large number of internationally famous people are welcomed regularly to the church to a variety of events and services.
With a history stretching back more than 900 years, we seek to offer God worship that has long been renowned for its musical and liturgical excellence.
For more than 30 years, located as we are just a few metres from Harley Street, we have pioneered the work of Christian healing and, as well as being home to the internationally respected Healing and Counselling Centre, which offers low-cost psychotherapy and spiritual direction, our Crypt houses an innovative NHS doctor's surgery with a 10,000 strong patient list. Our healing work is enhanced by our close links with some of medicine's Royal Colleges and through chaplaincy at The London Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, London and King Edward VII's Hospital.
We have a flourishing Young Church which complements the work of our two schools: The St Marylebone Church of England School, an Outstanding Academy, National Teaching School and Maths Hub, and The St Marylebone Church of England Bridge School, a Free Special School which works with secondary school age students who have speech, language and communication difficulties. Alongside our two schools we have strong ties to the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Westminster and Regent's University.
The next stage in the development of St Marylebone Parish Church is a National Lottery Heritage funded project titled, St Marylebone: Changing Lives. This project, as well undertaking essential fabric repairs and upgrading, also involves the delivery of a substantial and creative heritage programme involving local communities, businesses and stakeholders. It showcases and shares the story of St Marylebone and the larger Marylebone area, north of Oxford Street, with art, music, cinema, multi-media, heritage craft skills, cookery and much more.
The St Marylebone: Changing Lives received confirmation of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2019 and is now well into the delivery phase of the project.
The key project aims and objectives are:
• A new slate roof covering with lead gutters/flat roofs, with repaired structure and roof insulation
• Undertake urgent repairs to historic fabric including rainwater goods and stonework, ensuring safety and water tightness of the building.
• Restore, conserve, and catalogue significant artefacts, artworks, records, glass, plasterwork and furnishings
• Underpin the long-term sustainability of the church with Crypt Hall improvements and East/West corridor access behind the hall, securing income-generating capacity.
• Provide St Marylebone Parish Church with the facilities that its needs to function as Marylebone's foremost historic public space for the whole community by delivering the following:
- refurbish existing crypt space to provide facilities for exhibitions, seminars, workshops, lectures, music;
- space for pop up catering-based events in order to support entrepreneurship and homeless women into self-supporting lives, hosting regular heritage inspired events.
• Create a catalytic community 'buzz' through delivering programmes built on the area's unparalleled millennium of heritage, attracting new audiences and connecting Marylebone's contrasting, disparate and increasingly divergent communities in meaningful interactions and shared experiences.
• Deliver exciting, innovative and surprising reinventions of archive material, cocreated with community partners to illuminate our interpretation themes through the Activity Plan;
• Introduce the people's musical folk tradition of St Marylebone alongside a strong live music legacy of church and conservatoire.
• Offer opportunities into employment through archive interpretation and venue management training placements.
1. Project and Task Description
The St Marylebone PCC has successfully achieved a Round 2 pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop the parish church as a heritage and cultural venue in addition to being a place of worship. The Heritage Events Coordinator Internship (HECI) will be working with us to deliver our events programme for the next year. The HECI will work closely alongside the Changing Lives team and be supported by:
• Project & Activity Manager, Heritage, Learning and Communication Facilitator, Visitor & Volunteer Coordinator, and Director of Development.
• Members of the active parish community, in particular members of the congregation.
• Other project staff appointed to deliver the activity and interpretation plan.
The HECI role will report to the Project & Activities Manager (P&AM) and be supervised by the Visitor & Volunteer Coordinator (V&VC), who will conduct regular reviews on the candidate's performance in terms of achievements, conduct and future development.

Museum Manager, The Fusilier Museum, Warwick 

The Fusilier Museum Warwick is moving to a new site in the centre of the town 200 metres from the castle. The Museum is seeking a Manager who will be the driving force behind the day-to-day management of the Museum supporting and developing the team in order to ensure excellence in service delivery across every area of the Museum. We seek an individual with curatorial knowledge/qualifications, leadership skills and business acumen.

Hours of work: Hours will be flexible across the week, 32 hours a week, subject to discussions with the museum trustees. Occasionally, additional time may be needed to undertake other duties which may be reasonably requested by the Trustees and which are compatible with the overall scope and authority of the role.

Lead Curator - African Collections, BRITISH LIBRARY

The British Library holds a significant and growing collection of contemporary and heritage material from and relating to Africa, including printed books, journals, newspapers, reports, manuscripts and digital resources.

This role offers an exciting opportunity to join the British Library and to lead on developing, managing, promoting and making accessible the Library's African collections. The Lead Curator, African Collections will specifically be acquiring and cataloguing publications from and in the languages of Africa south of the Sahara, as well as engaging with items in a number of formats. They will be responsible for projects and activities relating to this collection, and associated budget and staff, as well as taking a leading role in developing future major programs and partnerships, working collaboratively across the Library and with external partners. They will interpret, promote and make accessible the collection to diverse users and audiences through public engagement activities, documentation and digitisation projects, research, exhibitions, and cultural events.

The successful candidate will have a first degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant to African collections, a good knowledge of the history and cultures of Africa south of the Sahara, exemplified by a research or other relevant output, and a good working knowledge of one or more African languages. They will have experience in managing heritage and contemporary collections in a library, archive or museum setting, and in managing resources and/or projects. Excellent communication and organisational skills are essential to this post, and experience of working with diverse audiences would be desirable.

As one of the world's great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation's intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. We have well over 170 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents, including a growing digital collection, and we make our collection and programmes available to all. We operate the world's largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future by anyone, anywhere.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits. Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes a minimum of 20.6% (this may be higher dependant on grade. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


We are looking for an enthusiastic museum professional to join our Collections and Exhibitions team as an Assistant Curator. From our beautiful and inspiring setting of Watts Gallery - Artists Village we aim to deliver our Art for All by All Mission and our teams are the driving force behind this. Could you help us?

This is an excellent opportunity to work with our outstanding collections and to develop and improve key curatorial skills whilst enhancing our specialist knowledge and interpretation. If you are passionate about sharing collections with diverse audiences and are flexible, organised, and motivated by a varied role then we would love to hear from you.

In return we can offer you a flexible and supportive work environment, discounts in our shop and tea shop as well as friends and family tickets. Watts Gallery is a truly inspiring and special place to work; come and see for yourself.

This is a full time permanent position.

If you are interested in joining the team please complete an application form and return it by an email by 10th July 2022.


Do you have substantial experience of developing collections and communicating them in innovative ways? Are you able to lead and motivate a team effectively to deliver results and promote an open and inclusive culture?

About us

The Science Museum Group (SMG) is here to inspire futures. As part of this world-leading collective, the National Science and Media Museum explores the culture of image and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. It holds internationally significant collections of film, television, photographic and sound technologies as well as extensive library and archive collections. As well as maintaining and developing its historic collections, the museum has ambitions to collect more contemporary and digital material, as well as developing innovative, collaborative modes of collecting.

The museum has an exciting strategic vision, delivered through its masterplan, that will see it become an internationally recognised museum, while retaining a strong sense of place and relevance for its local communities. Over the coming three years the Museum will undergo significant transformation, delivering two new permanent galleries to showcase its world-class collections, a new lift and redevelopment of the visitor entrance.

We are now looking for a Head Curator to join our expanding Curatorial team at the National Science and Media Museum in the heart of Bradford - the new City of Culture for 2025! This role is a permanent contract, working 35 hours per week.

About the role

As Head Curator you will play a pivotal leadership role in National Science and Media Museum's senior leadership team, contributing to strategic planning and decision-making across all areas. You will lead the Curatorial and Archives team to ensure work is delivered in line with museum priorities and to shape the museum's narrative through exhibitions, events and public programmes, increasing physical and intellectual access to the collections.

As well as developing our historic collections, you will champion our ambitions to research and collect more contemporary materials, working collaboratively with key academic and industrial partners, particularly in areas such as the digital and creative industries.

Working closely with curatorial colleagues across SMG, you will share knowledge and expertise, maximising the impact of being part of the world's leading group of science museums. Together with the Curatorial and Collections Services senior leaders at other SMG museums, you will be leading a drive towards a shared approach to collections development, ensuring we draw effectively on the skills and expertise of colleagues across SMG and beyond.

As a key contributor in the ambitious development of the museum, you will take a strategic lead in the delivery of two new permanent galleries - the Sound & Vision project - ensuring the narratives and content align with our vision and ambitions and showcase the very best of our collections.

This is a fantastic opportunity to become a key part of the leadership team at the National Science and Media Museum at an exciting time for both the museum and the city of Bradford as a whole.