Job Vacancy - Curator

Curator: British Schools Museum

Starting Salary: £20,000 pa

Working Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week (Flexible Monday to Friday, with occasional evening and weekends)

The British Schools Museum is uniquely placed to portray the history of elementary education and the social history of childhood from the late 18th century, through to the late 1960’s. A large and fascinating collection, which includes: textiles, books, furniture, photographs and artefacts related to childhood and education, is housed in a complex of schools buildings dating from 1837 to 1905, in the picturesque market-town of Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Bringing learning to life, we regularly entertain educational & school groups, and visitors from around the country with our interactive Victorian and World War II school experiences.

The Hitchin British Schools Trust is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual with the passion and creativity to increase our visitor numbers and engagement, through exciting and innovative displays, exhibitions, learning activities and new media.

Responsible for our dedicated team of volunteers, and the management of our collection, the Curator will be accountable for maintaining the museum’s accreditation status and realise the full potential of our buildings and our collection. As part of our management team, the Curator is expected to play a key role in determining our future, through their contribution to achieving our strategic aims.

Strategic Objectives

  • To maintain, embed and develop the museum’s accreditation status.
  • To contribute to and deliver the aims of the Trust’s Forward Plan, where they relate to all aspects of the collection.
  • To improve the accessibility of the collection both at the museum, and through digital media.
  • To increase visitor numbers and raise awareness of the collection in a variety of ways, including the effective designing, marketing and delivery of inspiring exhibitions.

Main Responsibilities

  • To ensure a cohesive approach to all aspects of the museum’s service delivery, as part of the management team.
  • Effective management of the collection and displays.
  • To maintain high standards of collection care.
  • Actively promote the museum and its services, through talks, exhibitions and learning activities.
  • Lead, motivate and develop the team of volunteers.
  • Increase and improve partnerships within the Hertfordshire Association of Museums network, local heritage and other community groups.
  • Prompt and effective handling of enquiries from researchers and the public.

Person Specification

Essential:

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject, or with a relevant level of previous work experience.
  • Experience gained in the museums or heritage sector with similar collections.
  • Evidence of the design, promotion and management of successful exhibitions.
  • Ability to demonstrate innovative approaches in managing collections¸ preferably where they have resulted in increased visitor numbers.
  • Familiarity with the use of modern collections management systems.
  • Leadership experience, particularly with volunteers.
  • Previous experience in a curatorial role.

Desirable:

  • Conservation experience- particularly with books and textiles.
  • Knowledge of MS MODES collections management system.
  • Interest in/knowledge of the history of education or social history.


The job description is an outline of the main responsibilities of the post. Occasionally, it may be necessary for the post-holder to undertake other duties, as defined by the Museum Manager.

For more information: Curator Role profile

Application process

Please send a CV and covering letter, stating details of current salary and benefits, to:

Museum Manager, British Schools Museum, 41 Queen Street, Hitchin SG4 9TS

Or alternatively, by email to: manager@hitchinbritishschools.org.uk


For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Sam Mason on:

Direct line: 01462 429244

Closing date: Wednesday 22nd March

Interviews: W/C Monday 27th March