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Curator Reception of the Ancient Mediterranean

British Museum


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Join the vanguard of history as a Curator at the British Museum during an exciting era of expansion and innovation.


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In-person- Bloomsbury United Kingdom

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The British Museum, an institution safeguarding over two million years of human history, is seeking a Curator for the Reception of the Ancient Mediterranean. Renowned for its priceless treasures such as the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies, the Museum is at a pivotal moment with plans to revamp its galleries and expand its curatorial team.

Role Summary:

  • Conduct research to enhance public understanding of the ancient Mediterranean collections.
  • Focus on collections of works on paper, photographs, and archival materials.
  • Support the Museum's Masterplan and strategies through curated exhibits and programs.

Role Requirements:

  • Knowledge of the ancient Mediterranean reception.
  • Proven research and publication experience.
  • Proficiency in relevant modern languages.
  • A BA/BSc in a relevant field.
  • Experience working with collections and some management expertise.
  • Excellent communication skills in English.


  • Civil service pension scheme membership.
  • Free access to museums and special exhibitions.
  • Invitations to exclusive Museum events and curator talks.
  • Generous leave allowance and travel loan options.
  • Continuous professional and personal development.
  • Employee Assistance Programme and retail discounts.

Application Process Details:

  • Deadline: 12pm on 22 March 2024.
  • For more information, refer to the job description or contact [email removed - click apply for more details] for support with your application.

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: Reception of the Ancient Mediterranean This opportunity arises at a unique moment, as the department of Greece and Rome is rebuilding its strength (with five permanent curatorial appointments to be made in 2024) and as the Museum is about to embark on an ambitious plan to redisplay many of its permanent galleries. The role involves undertaking research into and making publicly accessible the history and reception of the museum’s ancient Mediterranean collections, with especial reference to its collections of works on paper, photographic collection and archival material, in support of the Museum’s Masterplan, the Museum Operating Plan and all relevant Museum strategies.

Job requirements The ideal candidate should have good knowledge of the reception of the ancient Mediterranean, experience of research and publication, some knowledge of relevant modern languages, a BA/BSc (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, experience of working with a collection, some publications in peer reviewed journals, and some experience of management issues (people, projects, budgets). The candidate should be an open, effective communicator with good spoken and written English.

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.

Application details Application deadline: 12pm (midday) on 22 March 2024. For more information about this role, please see the job description. If you have any additional needs that we should be aware of in order to support you with your application, please provide details to [email removed - click apply for more details].


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