1928 - Assistant Curator of Community History

This vacancy has now expired  Print

Posted: 23/07/2019 13:25
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £17,719
Location: Pilotage
Level: Curatorial
Deadline: 06/10/2019 12:00
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: Company Pension Scheme, Flexi-time working, Employee Assistance Programme andTravel Loan
Job Type: Fixed Term [F]

Application is by CV and covering letter.

Please note we reserve the right to withdraw a vacancy prior to the closing date subject to the number of applications received.

Maternity cover until October 2020 or sooner if the post holder returns


Purpose and objectives

  • To assist in the delivery of exhibition, display and web content for the Museum of Liverpool.
  • To collect, document and retrieve information concerning the Museum of Liverpool and its urban history collection. 
  • To create, upgrade and maintain records on the collection using Mimsy XG
  • To assist in the care, maintenance, display and interpretation of the Museum of Liverpool’s collections and work as a member of a team.

Main Activities

Currently this post reports to the Curator of Urban Community History, but could report to any of the curators within the Urban History team in the future. The collection areas and curators this post supports will be agreed through the annual planning process. You will work as part of the Urban History team to:

  • Support the planning, research, interpretation and delivery of permanent and special displays, galleries and exhibitions for the Museum of Liverpool (and across the wider division/NML as required) to attract and engage a diverse audience. Over time, this post will have special focus on supporting co-production, community involvement and the co-ordination of the programme of Our City, Our Stories displays.
  • Support special events at the Museum of Liverpool and across the division.
  • Present curator talks and lead a tour of the venue for specialist groups as directed by senior curatorial colleagues.
  • Support senior curators by researching all new offers to the collection and maintaining contact with the potential donor all the way through the acquisition process and ensure that there is effective internal/external communication at all the key stages.
  • Undertake an agreed programme of retrospective documentation
  • Complete history envelopes for all new and retrospective acquisitions and to pass accession details and copies of relevant documentation to the Registrar. Maintain the department’s documentation and transfer on to computer data from daybook and accession forms. 
  • Mark, in a permanent and appropriate manner, all new and retrospective acquisitions with accession numbers allocated by the Registrar.
  • Store all new and retrospective acquisitions and update locations.
  • Assist with the preparation for display of any loans in or loans out and ensure all documentation and location is kept up to date.
  • Be responsible for the good housekeeping of the store and to check levels of storage consumables, re-ordering as required.
  • Maintain the Museum of Liverpool/Urban History library, research, object history and exhibition files. For the departmental library this includes ensuring that all books are catalogued, labelled and documented on the database using the agreed system.
  • Staff the weekly object enquiry service for the Museum of Liverpool on a rota basis, and also provide curatorial cover in the Museum of Liverpool building as required
  • Monitor the physical and environmental condition of displays and collections and support the programme of gallery maintenance. Maintain appropriate records of such monitoring and use agreed systems to report concerns to senior colleagues.
  • Arrange for the movement of objects and logging on to the computer database of such movements.
  • Provide a public service by answering written and telephone enquiries as delegated by line manager and senior officers.

You will also:

  • Develop an overview of other oral history and sound archives that are relevant to our museums.
  • Initiate, research and carry out an agreed series of oral history interviews for the Urban History Liverpool Voices collection - maintaining interviewee confidentiality and professional ethical standards at all times.
  • Develop oral history recordings and work with curators to collect related objects/archive material for the divisional programme of projects, displays and exhibitions. Sometimes an oral history referral may come after objects have been offered/collected.
  • Assess and complete detailed documentation for the Liverpool Voices oral history collection – this includes permission forms, support documentation (images etc), content summary sheet, audio file transfer, accessioning and completing MIMSY record.
  • Assess, advise and make recommendations on all applications for the use of oral history recordings. Support the Curator of Sport, Museum and Performance to undertake the curatorial work relating to loans into and out of the collection in conjunction with the registrars and other colleagues in accordance with NML loan policies and procedures.
  • A commitment to adhere to the standards expected of all public services as defined by the HM Treasury publication “Managing Public Money”. Those standards are honesty, impartiality, accountability, openness, accuracy, reliability, transparency, objectivity, integrity and fairness. These standards should be carried out in the spirit of, as well as the letter of, the law; in the public interest; to high ethical standards and achieving value for money.
  • Undertake such training and attendance on courses and seminars which will assist in the development of skills which are relevant to the department.
  • Undertake any other duties as may be required from time to time.
  • Show the highest integrity and confidentiality in the pursuance of these duties.
  • To adhere to NML's Health & Safety Policies and Procedures, and make a contribution to the continuance of a sound health and safety culture within the department.

The details contained in this job description reflect the content of this job at the date of being prepared.  It is however possible that over time the nature of the job will change.  Consequently National Museums Liverpool will expect to revise this job description from time to time and will consult with the post holder at the appropriate time.

Qualifications

Degree in relevant subject

Postgraduate qualification in Museum Studies

 

D

D

Experience

Working with museum collections

 

Working effectively as part of a team

 

Experience in interpreting collections and stories for visitors

Experience of oral history and/or life story interviewing

E

 

E

 

 

 

 

D

 

D

Knowledge and Skills

Documentation of museum collections

 

Handling objects within a museum environment

 

Effective organisational & time management skills

 

Excellent IT Skills, including databases like Mimsy XG

 

Interest in / knowledge of social history

 

Awareness of and commitment to diversity

 

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team

 

Ability to put people at ease

 

Excellent communication skills (written and oral).

 

E

 

E

 

E

 

E

 

E

 

E

E

 

E

 

E

 

 



This vacancy has now expired  Print

Jobs    Home