South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Curatorial Fellow - The Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum in Bath is seeking a Curatorial Fellow to work as part of a small, busy curatorial team, assisting with both practical and project work.

Contract Fixed term for 12 Months (Autumn 2019 - Autumn 2020) Hours 2 days per week (15 hours) Purpose:
This newly-created role is an exciting opportunity for an aspiring or early-career curator to gain curatorial experience and to develop expertise through working with the Holburne Museum’s varied collection at a crucial moment of transition for the Museum. The role will involve, in the first instance, evaluating the current interpretation of the Holburne’s permanent collection displays. The Fellow will then play a key role in the development of a new Interpretation Plan as part of a wider collection rehang to be completed in 2021. With the aim of broadening the visitor offer and bringing new stories and voices to the galleries in line with our new Audience Development Plan, the post holder will explore ways to update and enliven our content offer in line with a new brand identity. They will also contribute to research into different technological options for broadening the platforms through which the collection is interpreted and to this aspect of the Museum’s new Digital Strategy. The fellow will work as part of a small, busy curatorial team, assisting with both practical and project work. The role offers a creative opportunity to work closely across the Museum and to find ways to reach new audiences through analogue and digital means. On-the-job training and support will be offered, and the post holder will be encouraged to be involved in the department’s varied activities.


Main Responsibilities
  • Evaluate existing gallery interpretation and make short-term improvements by refreshing label text and incorporating updated information, updating and improving the layouts of large-print label books
  • Explore ways to update and enliven our content offer for visitors in line with Audience Development Plan
  • Research technological options for new media for interpretation to be introduced alongside traditional forms
  • Create interpretation update project plan, identifying delivery dates and ensuring content, editorial and production dates are planned into wider Museum work
  • Planning and delivery of digital aspects of interpretation update project, with regular contributions to the Museum’s social media accounts
  • Working with the curatorial team to deliver gallery redisplays incorporating new acquisitions
  • Assisting with the training and support of the Museum’s volunteer stewards
  • Assisting with other curatorial activities as required


PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject
  • Good knowledge of the history of art, with a demonstrable interest in display and interpretation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A passion for interpreting museum objects, collections and stories
  • A commitment to the development of new and diverse audiences
  • Excellent computer skills; experience of using social media
  • Ability to work accurately, with great attention to detail
  • Practicality and versatility with the ability to work within a small, dynamic, friendly and committed team
  • Demonstrable knowledge of or engagement with Museum sector-wide discussions around diversity

Submission by application form only (no CVs). Application forms and job description can be found https://www.holburne.org/job-vacancies/

Organisation name: Holburne Museum, Bath

Contact name: Vanessa Wells

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01225388546

Contact website: http://www.holburne.org/about-us/job-vacancies/

Type: Part time (fixed term)

Salary: £22,500 p.a. pro rata

Location: Bath

Deadline for completed applications: Monday 19 August 2019

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