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Senior Curator (Southwest)

Salary (Grade 6): £30,350 - £35,500 per annum (dependent upon experience). Support with relocation costs will be considered
Hours: 37.5 hours per week (full-time) - Monday to Friday 09:30am to 5.30pm but there can some flexibility regarding working hours
Location: Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset

The last 18 months have been very challenging for museums. Despite this, The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) has successfully delivered a key project to consolidate our unique collections, dramatically improving the conditions in which they are kept and our understanding of them. A significant part of this internationally important collection is now held at Cobham Hall, the Museum’s spacious, modern facility at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.  We are now recruiting a Senior Curator for the Southwest Region, with responsibility for a team of curators located in Yeovilton and Devonport (Plymouth), and the UK’s newest National Collection.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced museum professional, with the confidence 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 an audience as possible.

Collections and Research is a great team of people 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 collections.

Key Opportunities

• You will lead a multi-disciplinary team of specialists with responsibility for Artefact, Library and Archives, collections, and work closely alongside colleagues across the country from the Museum’s Conservation and Collections and Research teams.

• From the outset, you will make a significant contribution to the Fleet Air Arm Museum senior managers’ group in delivering an exciting new Site Improvement Plan.

• You will feel confident contributing to and leading on key aspects of strategic planning for the long-term future of the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

• Open minded, and with the confidence to multitask and manage a varied and often demanding workload, you will not feel constrained by traditional museum collection silos.

• You will be excited by the opportunity to engage with an exceptionally wide variety of material, from buttons and badges to archival records, works of art, naval aircraft, and historic ships.

• You will have the opportunity to help develop NMRN-wide, long-term strategies for storage, care, and access to the UK’s newest National Collection.

• You will recognise the value of all that has helped to make the Fleet Air Arm Museum a great experience in the past and be excited by the prospect of introducing new ways of working and thinking, to help create an inspiring 21st century naval museum, blending the best of the old with the most extraordinary of the new.


• You will have a high level of professional knowledge indicated by professional qualification, working towards Accreditation, or significant equivalent experience.

• You can demonstrate an interest in naval history and a desire to develop a specialism in the compelling story of flying at sea.

• You will be confident working with large objects, or industrial heritage, and understand the unique requirements for conservation and presentation of such collections.

• You will have experience of the development and delivery of heritage projects.

• Significant experience of working within the sector, preferably with experience of exhibition/interpretation development, project management or collections management.

• You have the confidence to accept responsibility for objects, archives, and airframes.

• Significant experience of sharing understanding through publication, broadcasting, public speaking, or training.

To view role profile please click here.

We Provide:

• A relocation package.
• 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 annual leave (plus bank holidays) 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

For further details, or an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Nick Hewitt, Head of Collections and Research, on 02392 891370 extension 2043 or email nick.hewitt@nmrn.org.uk

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 recruitment@NMRN.org.uk and are required by 6.00pm Sunday 5 September 2021.  The selection process will take place on 15/16 September at the Fleet Air Arm Museum (reimbursement of expenses may be approved in advance of the selection process taking place).

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