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Workshop Technician and Mount Maker

  • Organisation:Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • Location:Forest Hill, London, England
  • Salary: £27,433 pa
  • Contract type:Permanent / Full-Time

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a unique attraction in south east London where world cultures and the natural world are brought together for everyone to enjoy. The Museum holds internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as a popular natural history​ gallery and Aquarium. The 16 acres of beautiful Gardens feature a tropical Butterfly House and offer stunning views across London.

This is an exciting time to be joining the Horniman, as we celebrate winning Museum of the Year, and start work on our Nature + Love project, focussing on our Natural History Gallery.

We are looking to recruit a Workshop Technician and Mountmaker to join the friendly Exhibitions and Design section. You will assist the Senior Workshop Technician in varied tasks, including installing and dismantling displays and exhibitions, as well as the production of set work components and the design and production of object mounts.

You will have significant workshop experience in a museum, gallery or college, including expertise in using power and hand tools to work in metal, wood, and acrylic. Ideally you will be an experienced mountmaker, but we are also open to candidates who have relevant related experience and a willingness to train in mountmaking.  Experience of installing and maintaining audio-visual kit would be an advantage.

You will have a positive and flexible approach to work, with good team skills, as well as an ability to work on your own initiative as required.

To apply, visit our website:

The closing date for completed applications is 10am on Thursday 17 November 2022.  Interviews will be held on Thursday 1 December 2022.

The Horniman is an equal opportunities employer and we value and celebrate diversity. We want to better represent the communities in which we work but recognise that there is still much work to do in this area. We welcome and encourage all applicants and particularly encourage you to apply if you are from a community that is often disadvantaged by society or of minority background.​

How to Apply

Click on “find out mor” at the bottom of this page. When you apply you will be asked to upload a covering statement in Microsoft Word format (the document must be in .doc  format and the maximum file size is 2 MB). Please also ensure that you have uploaded your CV as a separate document which you can do when you create an account or login.

Please provide an overview of no more than 2 pages describing your experience relevant to the role as outlined in the Job Description and Person Specification.  

Job title: Workshop Technician and Mountmaker
Section: Exhibitions
Reports to: Senior Workshop Technician
Responsible for: No responsibility for staff
Hours of work: 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday (8.30am – 4.30pm)

Main purpose of the job      

To assist the Senior Workshop Technician in achieving the Horniman Museum and Garden’s primary objectives of Access and Collections and our RESET agenda, particularly in the areas of high-quality temporary and permanent exhibitions and loans, and high standards in mountmaking and gallery maintenance.

This is an exciting time to be joining the Horniman, as we celebrate winning Museum of the Year, and start work on our ambitious Nature + Love project, which budget dependent, includes the complete redevelopment of the object rich Natural History Gallery.

Ideally the candidate will be an experienced mountmaker, but we are also open to candidates who have relevant related experience (e.g. in metal work, jewellery or silver soldering) alongside a willingness to train in mountmaking.

Section description 

The Exhibitions and Design section is responsible for the management and delivery of the Horniman’s temporary exhibition programme, the maintenance of permanent galleries, and the delivery of 2D graphic design across the site and for marketing purposes, in order to provide an excellent experience for Horniman visitors, support income generation and promote the Horniman brand. We also assist with the loans programme.

Main responsibilities

Exhibition Development and Installation 30%

  • Production of exhibition set work components
  • Installation and dismantling of exhibitions and installations including object handling and mounting graphic panels
  • Undertake the safe movement and lifting of large, heavy and delicate objects and equipment
  • Transport objects between the Study Collection Centre at North Greenwich and the museum site at Forest Hill, and around the museum site, using a vehicle.

Maintenance  30%

  • Undertake maintenance, cleaning, decoration and repair work within the galleries and front of house as determined by the Exhibitions and Design Manager
  • Assist the Senior Workshop Technician and Exhibitions Officer in maintaining a routine maintenance programme for all exhibition and display  areas, including the maintenance of audio visual, computers, manual interactives and lighting within the galleries and showcases
  • Assist the Graphic Designer in displaying all temporary notices, posters, information panels, signage and leaflets primarily at front of house, ensuring the units are in good repair

Mountmaking and technical documentation 30%

  • Provide specialist mountmaking expertise for loans, permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions and for outside institutions where applicable
  • Liaise with colleagues in Conservation, Curatorial, Collections Management and external stakeholders regarding mounts and layouts, making recommendations of best approaches.
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of mountmaking programmes.
  • Provide bespoke packing and crates for mounts for loans
  • Create packing note documents and installation instructions (both including visuals)

Operational Support 5%

  • Assist in the smooth running of the Workshop by maintaining technical records, including relating to Health and Safety.
  • Act as the contact for initial technical queries
  • Deputise for the Senior Workshop Technician as required.
  • Assist with any other duties as reasonably requested by the Exhibitions and Design Manager and the Senior Workshop Technician

Continuing Professional Development 5%

  • Develop personal skills and expertise by attending appropriate conferences, seminars, courses and undertaking further training as recommended under the Horniman’s PPR.

General responsibilities

  • Act in a professional manner and uphold the Horniman’s Code of Conduct
  • Follow and promote safe systems of work and observe health and safety regulations
  • Any other duties that may be required to ensure the effective running of the workshop, exhibitions and galleries.

Job activities may vary and evolve over time to meet business needs.

PERSON SPECIFICATION              E = Essential D = Desirable

Minimum Shortlisting Criteria


  • A good standard of literacy and numeracy (E)

Knowledge and experience

  • Significant workshop experience in a museum, gallery or college environment (E)
  • Experience in mountmaking or relevant related experience (e.g. in metal work, jewellery or silver soldering) and a demonstrable interest in training in mountmaking (E)

Skills and abilities

  • Proven ability to use power and hand tools to work in metal, wood, and acrylic to produce exhibition components and individual object mounts or similar (E)
  • Experience of handling objects or artworks and/or object handling in a Museum environment (E)

Additional Shortlisting Criteria


  • A current full, clean driving licence, in order to fulfil the driving responsibilities of this role (E)

Skills and abilities

  • Ability to move and lift setworks, including some which are large and heavy (E)

Further Selection Criteria – to be tested at interview

Knowledge and experience

  • Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety in a workshop environment (E)
  • Experience of working with Natural History collections, ideally including mounting of taxidermy objects (D)
  • A C1 Licence for driving a Luton Van or willing to be trained (D)
  • MEWP Access Platform Certificate or willing to be trained (D)
  • Qualified First Aider or willing to be trained (D)
  • ICT skills (Microsoft Office including PowerPoint) (E) and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator skills (D)

Skills and abilities

  • Good interpersonal skills and verbal communication; able to build effective professional relationships with staff (E)
  • Proven ability to produce creative practical solutions to design issues (E)
  • To be able to read and understand plans and technical drawings (E)
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team and to liaise with a wide range of people (E)
  • Able to use initiative as the situation dictates (E)
  • Experience of maintaining and installing audio-visual, multi-media and electronics (D)

Personal attributes

  • An empathy with the Horniman mission and an interest in its exhibitions, activities and events
  • Commitment to equality and diversity
  • Willingness to work flexibly to achieve corporate objectives
  • Commitment to own learning and professional development
  • a willingness to work flexibly to achieve corporate objectives


  • Some late evening and early morning work will be required
  • A basic DBS check is required for this post.
  • Occasional travel and overnight stays to support touring exhibitions and loans

Application Closing Date: 17 November 2022

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