Job Vacancy: Curator at Eyam Museum
Curator Eyam Museum
Eyam Museum seeks a part time curator (core hours 1 day per week) to be responsible for the care, interpretation and display of its archive of over 5000 artefacts.
Based in the historic village of Eyam, our Museum is open from March to November and has been welcoming over 30,000 visitors a year for 25 years. We tell the story of the Plague years of 1665 and 1666 as well as the long-term history of Eyam and the surrounding area. We are looking for someone to join our small team of staff and our larger team of volunteers to be responsible for our collection.
The Museum is about to embark on a significant change programme, and it is anticipated that the curator will be a core member of the team which will plan and implement these exciting changes.
The ideal candidate will ideally have previous museum experience, but an interest in history and heritage and a willingness to learn the technical aspects of the curatorial role would be enough. They should be IT and web literate, self-motivated, flexible and able to work with a wide range of volunteers and staff.
To start as soon as possible.
Please send a copy of your CV with a short covering letter to Lynette Sidhu at Eyam Museum, Hawkhill Road, Eyam, S32 5QP or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions regarding the vacancy, please do not hesitate to call Lynette Sidhu on 07966 183192
The curator is responsible for the management, interpretation and care of over 5000 artefacts held at Eyam Museum. The role reports to the Museum Manager.
Salary and Hours
Salary will be discussed at interview. Core hours 7 hours per week. At times when projects are being delivered, more hours will probably be necessary.
The principle place of work is Eyam Museum, Hawkhill Road, Eyam but some duties can be carried out remotely.
- To ensure the artefacts at Eyam Museum are cared for in compliance with current best practice
- To manage any digital archives including the Oral Histories
- To develop a process for accepting new items into the collection and ensure that it is complied with
- To keep all documentation regarding the collection up to date
- To develop a collections strategy to ensure that the Museum takes into its collection appropriate new items
- To manage the display and interpretation of items from the collection
- To answer queries from researchers regarding items in the collection
- To keep up to date with current best practice and be the “go to” person within the Museum team for any curatorial matters
- To liaise with external bodies such as MDEM and the Arts Council
- To be part of the team which delivers the re-accreditation of the Museum with the Arts Council (due in 2020)
- To be part of the team which plans and delivers a complete re-organisation and redisplay of the story we tell
- To ensure the volunteer stewards are familiar with what is held in the archives as they are first point of call for curatorial queries
- To sit on the Management Committee
- An interest in heritage and history
- An attention to detail
- A team player working within a very varied team including other paid staff, a team of 30 local volunteers and a management committee
- IT and web literate
- A willingness to learn
- The ability to communicate effectively to stakeholders within the Museum, the village community and the Museum sector at large
- A qualification in Museum studies
- Experience in the Museum sector