Friday, 4 November 2011

Job: Temporary curatorship at the British Museum

Project Curator: Pompeii and Herculaneum Exhibition

Full Time; 41 hours per week
Fixed Term Contract; 15 months (From 3rd January 2012)

The Department of Greece and Rome is looking to recruit a Project Curator to support the Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition project team, working closely with the Lead Curator and exhibition project team in the development and delivery of the exhibition and publication.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and filing project documentation and correspondence and obtaining the necessary information on loans. This will involve compiling and managing a digital database with object lists and images, as well as tracking and monitoring the movement of objects for the exhibition between departments. You will be a good communicator, with a professional manner and liaise closely with both internal and external stakeholders, including Exhibitions, Learning and Audience, Loans, Marketing, Communications, Development, Operations, BM Company and Partners and Contributors.

Another key element of the role will be supporting the Lead Curator in co-ordinating the background research, picture research, and picture acquisition for the exhibition and publication, as well as the ability to deliver and manage photographic orders. This will require obtaining copyright and rights of reproduction for images to be used in the exhibition, publication, website and all related print materials. You will also assist with the planning and preparation of a programme of events, including an exhibition conference, gallery tours and other related public programming activities.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant field such as Classical Studies, Ancient History and/or Archaeology, be fluent in the Italian language – reading, writing and speaking skills and be prepared to travel to Italy if and when necessary. You will possess museum, project and research experience as well as prior experience of working with Roman Collections. You will be highly organised, with a high standard of accuracy and attention to detail to meet deadlines set in the exhibition schedule. You will be an excellent team player, with a flexible approach and the ability to represent the Lead Curator in their absence on project matters. You will also hold a high proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Internally and Externally Advertised

Closing date 12 noon; Wednesday 16 November 2011

For all vacancies advertised both internally and externally, further information and details of how to apply online can be found on the British Museum website at

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