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Job Opportunity: Collections Officer, Gurkha Museum

Saturday 29th September 2018

Job Type: Full Time
Salary: up to £21,000 plus Benefits
Details: Full time, permanent.

The Gurkha Museum Trust is the guardian of the rich Gurkha heritage of over 20 former and antecedent Gurkha regiments and units that have served the British Crown for more than 200 years - a heritage which continues to evolve. Today, it represents four serving Gurkha regiments and corps, the Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support Company and the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Amongst Britain’s military museums it is unique as it tells the story of a soldier who is not a citizen of the United Kingdom and whose country, Nepal, has never formed part of Britain’s late Empire or the Commonwealth.

The Gurkha Museum Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Registration No 1169920) and is Arts Council England Accredited. The Museum is located in Peninsula Barracks, Winchester in Hampshire along with five other military museums. It is open throughout the year and receives about 12,000 visitors annually. In addition to the permanent exhibition, reserve collection and outstanding archive, the Museum is fully engaged with education and outreach programmes, lectures, events, trading and support to all in pursuit of its aims and objectives.

The role will require flexibility by the post holder to ensure effective delivery of services by the Museum.


Primary Tasks

Cataloguing, conservation, display, storage, movement, loan review and documentation of all 2D and 3D artefacts within the Museum in accordance with Museum policies and Accreditation standards.

Administer and keep current and accessible the digital collection and electronic data files relevant to the Museum Collection and Archive. To transfer archive material into digital format in order to facilitate future accessibility and use.

Supervise the Volunteers who are working on Collection or Archive material and to assist with mentoring Work Experience Students.

Attend to requests for information about the Collection or contained in the Archives and assist in the development of income generation from the collection or archive.

Setting up temporary exhibitions at the Museum and elsewhere.

Assist in the delivery of talks and lectures in the Museum and elsewhere on the history of the Brigade, the Museum collections, archives and Nepal to a wide range of audiences.

Delivering school, adult and special needs educational visits and to assist with other related organised visits and events.

To maintain the Museum’s Website with regard to Collection and Archive content and to contribute to the Museum’s social media platforms.

Attend meetings and other events to promote the Museum and the Brigade of Gurkhas, such occasions maybe outside normal working hours or days.

To provide reports, information and support to the Assistant Director on all aspects of the Collection and Archive and to liaise with the Assistant Director in its management, planning and development. In particular those matters relevant to maintain Accreditation.

Secondary tasks.

Assist with office administration.

Provide cover for other Museum staff, if appropriate, in times of absences.

Assist when required in all Museum activities.

Essential Requirements

Candidate must have a mature and steady disposition and an ability to work without supervision.

He or she must be proactive, have excellent interpersonal skills and be a sound team member with proven reliability.

Sound ICT Skills.

Relevant history or heritage degree and/or Museum Studies or other museum related post graduate qualification

Ability to prioritise tasks and to adhere to deadlines.

Satisfactory DBS checks.

Full Driving Licence

Desirable Requirements

Experience in giving lectures, public speaking and presentations.

Relevant experience in military collections, archives or research.

Working within a military environment.

Interest in military history

How to apply

Please send a aovering letter with a CV to:

The Director
The Gurkha Museum,
Peninsula Barracks,
Romsey Road,
Winchester SO23 8TS

Deadline for applications is Friday 29 September 2017.