National Trust: Project Curator, Chesterfield

logo£30,507 pa
Fixed Term, f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 18 months)
Ref: IRC61733

This is a stunning opportunity to immerse yourself in the house and collections of the iconic Hardwick Hall. We need a curatorial expert to write a definitive conservation management plan for Hardwick that will guide the future development of conservation and presentation standards at Hardwick for years to come. 

What it’s like to work here
Hardwick Hall is one of the most impressive Elizabethan buildings in the country. Celebrated internationally, the committed team works hard to care for the property’s astonishing artefacts, including one of the finest collections of textiles in Europe. This is a busy, forward-thinking property and the team is looking for engaging people who will enjoy this fast-paced environment.

What you’ll be doing
As the Project Curator you’ll work closely with the regional consultancy team, general manager, project team and property team at Hardwick. You’ll research and write the conservation management plan for Hardwick Hall helping to inform decisions on future uses of the house and its collections, including a strategy for its long term conservation and presentation to visitors. You’ll assess the significance of its collections and identify conservation policies to protect these.

By developing strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, you’ll communicate clearly the aims of the conservation management plan and ensure that the varied interests and significances of Hardwick are fed into the plans of others. You’ll use your expertise to enhance the skills and knowledge of our property team. Working collaboratively with your colleagues you’ll identify opportunities to share the findings from the plan with visitors, volunteers and staff, engaging them with the Trust’s conservation cause. The important work you do will help to inform decisions on programming to ensure it balances access and conservation in order to drive our visitor numbers.

Who we’re looking for
It’s a big challenge, and in order to be successful in this role you’ll need to have the right attitude, skills and experience. In order to be considered, we’d like you to be:

  • An enthusiastic, knowledgeable curatorial expert
  • Able to research and collate information and present it in a clear and comprehensible format for a variety of audiences
  • Strong knowledge of curatorship and best practice in collections management and care in a museums and cultural heritage context
  • Experienced in producing Conservation Management Plans
  • An excellent communicator both verbal and written
  • A good understanding of the external cultural heritage environment
  • A strong negotiator with good consultation skills, including ability to change behaviour through influence and persuasion
  • A strategic thinker

The package
Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership

 Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

Further information and APPLY ONLINE

Closing Date: 23 February 2018

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