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Collection Manager, Care and Access

British Museum


Posted 3 days ago

Join the prestigious British Museum as a Collection Manager and play a pivotal role in preserving history at BM_ARC, Reading.


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Reading, UK

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Organisation summary: The British Museum, a guardian of human history and culture, is offering a unique opportunity to become a part of their mission to maintain and provide access to its vast collection. Located at BM_ARC in Reading, this role not only involves the care of invaluable artifacts but also provides an environment that fosters professional and personal growth within one of the world's most renowned cultural institutions.

  • Lead and manage the Assistant Collection Managers team.
  • Deliver Museum projects and ensure the daily care of the collection.
  • Supervise collection maintenance, object handling, and documentation processes.
  • Operate research spaces and contribute to object preparation for displays and loans.
  • Demonstrated interest in the Museum's collection.
  • Manual dexterity and proficiency in IT.
  • Experience with hand tools and workshop equipment.
  • Familiarity with database management.
  • Required training/certifications: slinging, heavy lifting, UK driving licence, and fork lift licence.
  • Strong team management and budget management skills.

To apply, send your application by 12pm on 21 June 2024. For more details, visit the British Museum job page. Interviews are scheduled for the week of 12 August 2024. Accommodations for application support can be requested via [email removed - click apply for more details].

The British Museum is seeking a Collection Manager, Care & Access, based at BM_ARC, Reading. This is a full-time, permanent role, offering a salary of £31,395 per annum (pay review pending).

The role: As the Collection Manager, Care & Access, you will develop, lead, and manage the work of a team of Assistant Collection Managers within the Collection Care department. Your role will involve delivering Museum projects and daily care of the collection at the storage facility at BM_ARC. You will work with colleagues across the Museum and contribute to the planning and supervision of activities connected with the care of, and access to, the collection by BM staff and a range of external audiences. Your focus will be primarily on the maintenance of stores, object handling, movement, documentation, and operation of the research spaces. You may also be involved in the preparation of objects for display and loans including packing and working on deadline-driven storage and larger scale object move projects.

Job requirements: You should have a demonstrable interest in aspects of the British Museum’s collection, manual dexterity, IT skills, understanding and appreciation of materials and objects. Practical experience of hand tools and workshop operation and equipment is required. Familiarity with databases, slinging and heavy lifting training, full UK driving licence, fork lift licence and other lifting and access equipment are also necessary. You should have the ability to manage and motivate a team, manage budgets, timetables and deliver a varied programme of work.

Benefits: 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 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.

Application details: Application deadline is 12pm (midday) on Friday, 21 June 2024. For more information about this role, please see the job description. The interviews are expected to take place in the week of 12 August 2024. 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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