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Curator: Egyptian Written Culture

British Museum


Posted 4 weeks ago

Join the British Museum as a Curator for Egyptian Written Culture and become a guardian of history at one of the world's most prestigious institutions.


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In-person- Bloomsbury United Kingdom

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The British Museum is a treasure trove of human history, boasting an unparalleled collection that includes iconic artefacts such as the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures. As a leading cultural institution, it offers a dynamic environment that bridges the ancient and modern worlds.

Role Summary:

  • Curate a vast collection of ancient Egyptian inscribed objects.
  • Conduct research and enhance public accessibility to the Egyptian collection.
  • Integrate Egyptian written culture within a global historical context.
  • Support the Museum's Masterplan Project and contribute to the management of the department.

Role Requirements:

  • Proven experience in research, fieldwork, and publication.
  • Expertise in ancient Egyptian language and scripts.
  • Leadership experience in research and/or fieldwork projects.
  • Public engagement skills within the relevant field.
  • Track record of income generation.
  • Academic reading proficiency in French and German.
  • Museum environment work experience.
  • Documenting, researching, and publishing pharaonic Egypt materials.
  • People, project, and budget management skills.
  • Teamwork and public presentation abilities.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and major peer-reviewed publications.

The British Museum offers a competitive benefits package that includes civil service pension, free museum entries, insider access to talks and events, generous leave, interest-free loans for travel and housing, ongoing professional development, staff assistance programs, and discounts at the Museum's dining and gift facilities.

The organisation - The British Museum Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. The Museum is one of the leading visitor attractions and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

The role - Curator: Egyptian Written Culture The postholder will curate, undertake research into and make publicly accessible the collection of inscribed objects from ancient Egypt, including papyri, ostraca, and inscribed monuments, as well as related collections across the Museum, in support of the Masterplan Project. They will place Egyptian written culture within a broader context across cultures and time and will contribute to the management of the department in support of the Museum Operating Plan and all relevant Museum strategies.

Job requirements Experience of research, fieldwork, and publication. Strong knowledge of ancient Egyptian language and scripts (hieroglyphs, hieratic, demotic). Experience as a supervisor or director of research and/or fieldwork projects. Experience of engaging the public in the relevant field. Some experience of income generation. Reading knowledge of academic French and German. Experience of working in a museum environment. Experience of documenting, researching, and publishing collections of inscribed material and papyri from pharaonic Egypt. Management experience of people, projects, and budgets. Ability to work as part of a team. Ability to present in public in an engaging manner. Open, effective communicator in good spoken and written English. Major publications in peer-reviewed journals or in book form.

Benefits The Museum offers a competitive benefits package including: Membership of the civil service pension scheme. Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions. Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections. Generous annual leave allowance. Interest-free travel, bicycle, and rental deposit loans. Professional and personal development opportunities. Employee Assistance Programme. Discounts on food and gift shop purchases.


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