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Project Curator: Archaeological Site Archives

British Museum


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Join the prestigious British Museum as a Project Curator and shape the future of archaeological research


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The British Museum, a guardian of world culture and history, is inviting applications for the exciting role of Project Curator - Archaeological Archives. This is a unique opportunity to work with the British Museum’s fieldwork archives at the new Archaeological Research Collection in Reading, enhancing the documentation, organisation, and accessibility of these valuable historical resources.

Role Summary:

  • Assess and rationalise archaeological fieldwork archives.
  • Upgrade the documentation of excavation records.
  • Improve archive accessibility for research.
  • Collaborate with a specialized project team.

Role Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Archaeology or a relevant field, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Experience with post-excavation processes and creating archaeological archives.
  • Knowledge of archaeological excavation and research techniques.
  • Strong self-motivation and team-working ethos.
  • Effective communication skills.

The British Museum offers an attractive benefits package, including generous annual leave, civil service pension, free museum access, professional development opportunities, and more. Committed to equality and diversity, the Museum offers a flexible work environment and encourages applications from all interested individuals. This role is primarily on-site with potential for occasional remote work.

The British Museum is seeking a Project Curator: Archaeological Archives to join the Collection Projects and Resources department. The main purpose of this role is to work as part of a project to improve the documentation and organisation of the British Museum’s fieldwork archives for archaeological assemblages held at the new British Museum Archaeological Research Collection (BM_ARC) in Reading.

The postholder will contribute to post-excavation archiving and site assessment to help rationalise archaeological fieldwork archives (site records) and build an understanding of the research potential of the collection. Key areas of responsibility include contributing to the assessment and rationalisation of historically excavated archaeological site archives (excavation records), upgrading the documentation of archaeological site archives (excavation records), improving the accessibility of these archives for research purposes, and working as a member of a project team, including specialist staff in other departments.

The successful candidate will be educated to at least undergraduate level in Archaeology or a relevant subject or have equivalent professional experience. You will have experience of post-excavation processes and the creation of archaeological archive for deposit, especially site records, in addition to knowledge of archaeological excavation and research techniques. You may have previously worked for a contract unit, especially in finds processing or post-excavation analyses and archiving. You must be highly self-motivated, committed to supportive and collegiate team working, and be an open and effective communicator.

The British 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, 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 welcome questions and conversations at interview stage about how flexible working could work for you. We would typically see this role as working on site five days a week, with occasional remote working.


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