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Project Curator

  • Organisation:National Trust
  • Location:Bath, England
  • Salary:£35,022 pa
  • Contract type:Fixed Term Contract / Full Time

We’re seeking a Project Curator to support the National Trust’s Bath Assembly Rooms project. The role will support the research, development and creation of new immersive visitor experiences.

This important role will be core to the Assembly Rooms project team, and central to the development of the future visitor experience. You’ll work closely with other Trust curators, academic partners, creative consultants, partner organisations, and with the local community. This role is an exciting opportunity to help bring this important building to life, and support the National Trust project to create a new visitor experience in the centre of Bath.

What it’s like to work here

The Bath Assembly Rooms are a significant part of the World Heritage Site of Bath, they are described in the Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, and are listed Grade I. Though owned by the National Trust since 1931, the Trust will for the first time be responsible for their operation from 2023. The Trust is developing a new visitor experience, to interpret this important building, bringing its story to life, showcasing its significance and central role across Georgian Bath society, and to explore their relevance to visitors today.

To find out more, please visit: Bath Assembly Rooms | National Trust

What you’ll be doing

Working directly with the existing curatorial team (Senior Curator, Experiences & Partnerships Curator, and Project Curator), you’ll develop and deliver the visitor experience, in both the historic rooms and a contextualising exhibition. A creative and dynamic approach to interpretation and presentation is required, rooted in well researched content and engaging storytelling. You’ll support the development of presentation, interpretation and programming in multi-layered ways, for different audiences, including digital techniques.

Who we’re looking for

To succeed in this role, you will need the following:

  • Degree in a relevant area and post-graduate qualification, such as in history, history of art or Museum Studies (MA) or equivalent experience. Interest or specialism in 18th and early-19th century periods.
  • Wide ranging knowledge of the history, presentation, and exhibition of different types of heritage in a variety of contexts and an understanding of the theory and practice of interpretation, presentation, and programme approaches.
  • Understanding of the latest technology and digital media relevant to this work, a good knowledge of collections management priorities for the care and conservation of historic collections and of professional standards including Museum Accreditation.
  • A highly collaborative approach and recognition of the range of different roles and talents involved in producing content at historic properties, including contractors, designers and community engagement groups.
  • Strong influencing and consulting skills; listening, building trust and acting to deliver a high-quality service, ensuring on-going collaboration and engagement of all stakeholders.
  • Ability to take a holistic and creative approach to revealing the meaning of heritage and collections for internal and external audiences, relating heritage and collections to wider historical and contemporary understandings.
  • Project management skills, the ability to work at pace and be decisive, prioritising work and activity based on project need, together with advanced IT skills, using collections management database and other specialist software.
  • Successful track record of working on displays and exhibitions in the museum or heritage sector, working collaboratively with a range of internal and external stakeholders to deliver curatorial outcomes.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

Application Closing Date: 25 September 2022

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