project curator late antiquity
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Project Curator; Late Antiquity
Wednesday 3rd October 2012 12pm Noon
Salary: £26,820 per annum pro rata
Contract: Fixed Term Contract; until 30 December 2017 (Full Time)
The British Museum is looking for a Curator with interests in the archaeology, art and material culture of Late Antiquity in the Mediterranean and the Middle East to play a key role in a five year research programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The main purposes of this role are to (1) manage and administer aspects of the programme such as budgets, workshops, meetings and work schedules; and (2) to research aspects of the Late Antiquity collections and their contexts. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and delivery of web content, public programming and potentially displays. The role will also involve undertaking collections based documentation in order to improve the documentation for relevant artefact and pictorial collections. You will work closely with the project leader, Jas’ Elsner and curators at the Museum. You will be based at the British Museum, but will have to travel to Oxford for team meetings in term times.
You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a subject relevant to the role, for example Archaeology or Art History, with proven curatorial and research experience. You will have experience of working with and researching, or demonstrable knowledge of material culture and art works. Excellent teamwork and communication skills are essential for this role, as well as some experience of project management. Experience of working on an exhibition and demonstrable knowledge of Late Antique material and visual culture is desirable but not essential.
Job Title: Project Curator; Empires of faith
Reports to: Research Keeper; Empires of Faith
Department: Prehistory and Europe
Main purpose of Job:
To be responsible, with colleagues where appropriate, for the research and curation of the Late Antique collections of the British Museum within the context of a five-year Leverhulme Trust funded research programme on religious imagery and political authority from the Mediterranean to South Asia. A key role will be to work to and closely with the Programme leader to ensure the smooth project management of the programme; responsible for development and presentation of content for the web, public programming and display as part of the research programme; research on the collections and theirs contexts in the British Museum as part of the research programme, to support the aims of the research programme; undertake collections-based documentation, cataloguing and research, answer research and other enquiries, and assist with visitors and public programmes.
Key Responsibilities [in order of priority]:
To manage and administer aspects of the programme, such as budgets, workshops, meetings and work schedules.
To research aspects of the Late Antiquity collections as part of a research programme on religious imagery and its contexts.
To support and deliver web content, public talks and lectures and, potentially, displays.
To improve documentation for relevant artefact and pictorial collections.
Contribute to wider museum programmes including exhibitions and other public programmes.
All other duties as directed.
What are the main work pressures and challenges?
Working with the programme leader, other project colleagues and research students at the Museum and the University of Oxford, while working independently to deliver key project deadlines
Working with Museum material that may be in different Museum Departments and liaising with different Museum curators and other staff.
Project and financial management and administration of a major research programme.
The need to deliver several projects simultaneously and to be able to meet deadlines.
Key Dimensions [eg number of staff directly managed, budget responsibilities, specific authority levels, types of decisions taken etc]:
Management and administration of workshops, meetings and other aspects of the programme
Administration of the programme budget
Co-ordination and working with colleagues in the Museum and University of Oxford
Ability to develop and carry out own research within the context of a larger research programme.
What are the performance targets or standards?
Delivering research and publications as agreed with the Programme leader.
Successful administration of the programme budget and activities.
Successful organisation of workshops etc to support the programme
Delivery of web content, displays and public programming to support the programme
What changes are likely to occur in the next two years to this job?
The British Museum is going through a period of restructuring which will indirectly impact on the post.
Who are the main contacts of the jobholder and what are the relationships to these contacts [eg managing, influencing, advising]?
The jobholder will work to the Programme Leader and with programme post-doctoral researchers, research students and other Museum staff as part of a team, and will engage directly with staff across the museum on a project basis.
Person Specification Essential
- levels & subjects
Degree in Archaeology, Art History, Anthropology, Study of Religion, Classical Studies, Middle Eastern or South Asian History or Languages or related subject.
Higher degree in a subject focused on the period and subject matter of the research programme, or discipline that can contribute to the research programme
Research and/or Museum experience
Language skills in French and/or German – and/or appropriate ancient and modern languages
Specific technical/professional skills & experience
Experience of working with and researching, or demonstrated knowledge, of material culture and art works
Experience or demonstrated knowledge of Late Antique material and visual culture
Experience in areas of digital humanities
likely former jobs
Museum curatorial experience
Research assistant on research project
Experience working on an exhibition
Experience of preparing publications
Specific managerial skills
Some experience of project management.
Experience of supervising staff
Specific interpersonal skills
Excellent teamwork, good verbal and written communication skills.
Experience in relating cross-culturally
Publications record (if appropriate)
Own academic publications (published or in preparation) in related subject
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