Curator (Archives)

Curator (Archives)

Salary (Grade 4): £22,350 - £23,950 per annum (dependent upon experience. There is opportunity to apply for pay progression after 12 months of service). Support with relocation costs will be considered.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week  - (Monday to Friday) – permanent

Location: Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset

The National Museum’s vision is to be the world’s most inspiring Naval Museum: inspiring learning, enjoyment, and engagement with the story of the Royal Navy and its impact in shaping the modern world.

In recent years, the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) has successfully delivered a series of key projects to consolidate our unique collections and archives, dramatically improving the conditions in which they are kept and our understanding of them. A large part of this internationally significant collection is now held at Cobham Hall, the Museum’s spacious, modern facility at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton. We are now recruiting a Curator to work to improve understanding of this material, further enhance how we care for it and to work with colleagues to make it accessible.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with the confidence and experience to work across the traditional silos of ‘archives’ and ‘artefacts’, who can take NMRN forward into the future, further developing our collection, improving our understanding through scholarly research and sharing that knowledge and understanding with as wide and diverse an audience as possible.

Conservation and Collections is a dynamic team who care for and provide both physical and intellectual access to the NMRN collections held in galleries and stores across the Museum’s seven UK-wide sites. We also support other teams and external organisations, groups and stakeholders through object loans, knowledge sharing, and contributing to or leading larger projects which directly concern the museum’s collection.

Key Opportunities

• To enhance your broad understanding of naval history and collections
• To increase your understanding of the contemporary Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm
• To contribute to public events and programmes, physical and digital, to share your expertise and knowledge


• Experience of working with museum and archive collections
• Experience of supporting the creation and delivery of interpretation, or demonstrable willingness to learn
• Experience of working with volunteers and directing them to appropriate tasks
• Evidence of knowledge of, or ability to develop, specialism in one broad collection area
• Relevant degree, professional qualification or equivalent experience.
• Broad knowledge of professional standards
• Ability to work independently and organise and prioritise workload to meet changing demands and comply with tight deadlines.

We Provide:

• The opportunity to be part of a friendly and diverse workplace within a unique heritage environment
• Group pension plan with Royal London (6% employer contributions, 2% employee contributions and death in service benefit)
• Free onsite parking
• 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service
• Occupational sick pay
• Flexible working
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Digital mental wellbeing resource for you and a ‘plus one’.
• Free admission to other museums and attractions within the reciprocal agreement
• Discounts at our shops and cafes
• Discounted tickets for family and friends

Please click HERE for the Role Profile.

For further details, or an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Clare Hunt, Senior Curator (Hartlepool) at

Applicants are asked to submit a CV and a statement indicating how their knowledge and experience match those specified. Applications should be forwarded to the HR Team at and are required by 6.00pm, Wednesday 4 May 2022. We will be conducting interviews onsite at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, week commencing 16 May 2022

The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted our responsibility to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place, and we would like to assure you that these are reviewed on a regular basis as the safety of our staff and visitors is of utmost importance to us.

If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to the application process because of a disability, please contact the HR team on for support.

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