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National Trust

Archived: Curator

Salary: £33,467 per annum
Location: Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1PH
Contract: Permmanent, full time
Job ref: IRC35602

We’re looking for a new curator to join our team. This exciting role offers you a unique opportunity to help us look after one of the most comprehensive historic collections in the world alongside a range of impressive buildings and beautiful landscapes. You’ll play a central role in interpreting these special places and creating engaging and inspiring experiences for our visitors.

Based either at our Regional Office in Altrincham or Grasmere you’ll work on four portfolios which include our Liverpool properties, Dunham Massey, Quarry Bank and Sizergh. Within these portfolios there are a fantastic range of places, from a castle in Cumbria, an industrial heritage site in Cheshire, to the Beatles’ Childhood homes in Liverpool. As part of the national consultancy, there will also be opportunities to work in other areas.

The National Trust Consultancy is the home to specialists in every field of our work. A national consultancy, where resources are shared across disciplines and boundaries, it’s proving to be a great repository of skills, talent and experience. The diversity and quality of expertise within the Consultancy will enable our properties and places to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, as well as deep expertise in all matters relating to our twin purpose of caring for the nation’s heritage and landscapes, and making these accessible to all.

About the role

In this challenging but rewarding role you will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop experiences which engage, move and inspire those who visit our properties. You will build strong collaborative relationships with our property staff to support them in the care and presentation of buildings, interiors and collections. You’ll offer a curatorial eye to our landscape, building and infrastructure projects to ensure that there is historic integrity in all that we do.

About you

You’re an enthusiastic, knowledgeable curatorial expert, who shares our aims and ambitions and understands the balance of conservation and visitor experience. With strong influencing and negotiating skills, you’re someone who’ll challenge conventional thinking and be proactive in championing bold ideas. More than anything, you’ll be passionate about making our properties, places and collections ever more relevant and engaging for our diverse audience. We’d also like you to have plenty of experience in meeting museum accreditation standards and if you have great project management skills, that’s even better. What’s more, you’ll need to be professionally qualified, with an in-depth knowledge in all aspects of curatorship, curatorial care, presentation and interpretation of landscapes, buildings and collections. You’ll run interesting and unusual training sessions for property colleagues offering all the support and guidance they need within curatorship. We’d also like you to be up-to-date with the latest innovations in curatorship and to have significant practical experience working in a similar role.

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

How to apply

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Closing date: 6th April 2016. 

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