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Imaging Assistant

British Museum


Posted 4 weeks ago


Join the prestigious British Museum team as an Imaging Assistant and help bring history to life through digital imagery


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The British Museum stands as a chronicle of human heritage, showcasing a vast collection that narrates our global history. As a premier cultural institution, it offers visitors an unparalleled glimpse into the past with iconic artifacts including the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. This renowned establishment invites passionate individuals to contribute to its mission of preserving and sharing knowledge.

  • Production of high-quality digital images for prints and drawings.
  • Image processing and database management.
  • Collaboration with curators and collection managers for efficient imaging workflow.
  • A level education or equivalent.
  • Proficiency in collections management databases and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Experience with digital cameras and scanners.
  • Background in voluntary museum or gallery work.
  • Teamwork and instructional skills in photographic processes.

The British Museum values diversity and offers a supportive environment, competitive benefits, and a commitment to work-life balance, including a flexible remote working policy.

The British Museum, founded in 1753, is home to a remarkable collection that 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 of the Imaging Assistant involves producing digital images (either by scanning or photography) of prints and drawings in the P&D Department, processing images, matching them to MI+ collections management database records and verifying the descriptions and location, and uploading them to the Museum’s image asset management system. The Imaging Assistant will also work with other imaging assistants in the Department to plan the imaging of the collection in the quickest and most efficient manner, liaising with relevant curators and collection managers.

Job requirements include A level (or equivalent) education, experience of and expertise in collections management databases and Adobe Photoshop, confident use of digital cameras and scanners, significant experience of voluntary work, with collections, in a museum or gallery context, ability to instruct others in photographic processes, and ability to work with others as part of a team.

The Museum offers a competitive benefits package including: Generous annual leave allowance of 25 days (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service) plus 2.5 privilege days and plus bank holidays, membership of the civil service defined benefit pension scheme, free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions, participation in private and public Museum activities, interest-free travel, bicycle and rental deposit loans, professional and personal development opportunities, Employee Assistance Programme, and discounts on food and gift shop purchases.

The Museum is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals can make best use of their skills, free from unlawful discrimination or harassment. We value the benefits that a diverse workforce brings to a Museum which represents world culture. The Museum is committed to ensuring that no job applicant suffers unlawful discrimination because of any protected characteristics. Our recruitment procedures aim to ensure that individuals are treated because of their relevant knowledge, skills and experience. We offer a flexible way of working scheme that allows our employees to work remotely in a way that suits them and the organisation. We would typically see this role as working on site about 5 days a week.


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