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Curator (Artefacts)

Salary (Grade 4): £23,950 per annum (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 (full-time) - Monday to Friday 09:30am to 5.30pm with some flexibility regarding working hours.
Location: Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset

2020 has been a challenging year 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. With a large part of this internationally significant collection now held at Cobham Hall, the Museum’s spacious, modern facility at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, NMRN is now recruiting a Curator to work to improve understanding of this material, further enhance how we care for it, and work with colleagues to make it accessible.

This is an exciting opportunity for a 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 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.


We are looking for someone who can demonstrate:

• A broad understanding of naval history and collections.
• Evidence of knowledge of, or ability to develop, specialism in one broad collection area.
• Achievement of a relevant degree, professional qualification or has equivalent experience.
• Broad knowledge of professional standards.
• Understanding of the contemporary Royal Navy and/or Fleet Air Arm, or demonstrable willingness to learn.


The ideal candidate will have experience of:

• Working with museum and archive collections.
• Supporting the creation and delivery of interpretation.
• Contributing to public events and programmes.
• Working with volunteers and directing them to appropriate tasks.

To view role profile, please click here

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.
• 23 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), increasing to 25 days after 5 years’ service (potential for this to increase as work is currently being undertaken to review annual leave allowance)
• 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

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 Sunday 9 May 2021. 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and our responsibility to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place, we will be conducting the interviews virtually using video facilities on Microsoft Teams week commencing 17 May 2021.  We would like to assure you that appropriate safety measures are in place and these are reviewed on a regular basis as the safety of our staff is of utmost importance to us.

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