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Job: Curator of Art Collections


The Science Museum is looking for a Curator of Art Collections to work with its collections and both develop and share knowledge of their histories and meanings. This role provides an opportunity to join a team working on a wide range of projects caring for, interpreting and developing a remarkable collection. The role will be based in London with opportunities to travel as part of the Science Museum Group. It is offered on a permanent, full-time basis.

Interviews are expected to be conducted on 5 May 2017. More information and application until 23 April.

What you will be doing:

Collections Interpretation:

  • Develop proposals for temporary exhibitions showcasing the collections and working with the Development and Exhibitions teams on funding proposals.
  • Respond to enquiries relating to our Art Collections and research by museum staff and external users.
  • Support the development and delivery of high quality exhibitions that include the Art Collections
  • Work with colleagues across SMG to ensure high-quality representation of Art Collections
  • Work with colleagues to commission new artwork for masterplan galleries and temporary exhibitions
  • Interpret the collections for non-specialist audiences in online and print media. As required, acting as press spokesperson.
  • Support events for Science Museum Lates and other outlets with occasional evening working.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with relevant artists, external contacts and stakeholders.

Collections Management:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the Science Museum Group’s Art Collections.
  • Research, identify and catalogue paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and relevant media
  • Combine the Art Collection with the Contemporary Art collections to advise on acquisitions (donations and purchase) for the collections
  • Support Conservation and Curatorial Services in terms of preservation of fine and contemporary art and best practice in valuations, loans and acquisitions for The Art Collections
  • Develop and implement acquisition and disposal strategies for a range of art collections.
  • Provide expert curatorial input to the Science Museum Group collections storage and digitization project.
  • Develop links with related collections in the UK and abroad, promoting increased loan-outs of, and visibility for, the collections.
  • Work with the Conservation & Collections Care, Digitisation and Registration teams to ensure best practice in management of the collections.
  • Assist and facilitate the Museum’s commercial activities in relation to our artworks.
  • Develop and supervise volunteer projects working on the collections


  • Undertake research on the art collections, publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Foster links with the interested communities, including professional societies, enthusiast groups and industry.
  • Represent SMG at sector conferences.
  • Work with the Research & Public History team to develop research projects, and associated funding bids, furthering understanding of the collections.
  • Supervise research students as required.
  • Conceive and lead a conference (c.50 participants) on a theme related to history, museology, or public communication of science and technology art.


  • Take care of your personal health and safety and that of others. Comply with the Science Museum Group H&S Policies, risk assessments and safe systems of work and report any health and safety concerns.
  • Undertake any other tasks required to fulfil the duties of this role.

Salary: £25,000 - £30,000 per annum.


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  • curator
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Science Museum Group

The UK’s Science Museum Group is the world’s most significant museum group devoted to science. Governed by its Board of Trustees, the Science Museum Group comprises the Science Museum in London, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Railway Museum in York and Locomotion in Shildon. Together these national museums attract over 6 million visitors per year and house world-class collections consisting of over 7 million objects.