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Job Opportunity: Curatorial Intern, Museum of Army Flying

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Position: Curatorial Intern

Responsible to: Museum Archivist

Length of Internship: 35 hours per week for 12 months

Start date: 11 June 2018

Salary: £7.83 / hour. This is a post funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Background

The ambition of the British Army Flying: Discovering Stories of Courage, Comradeship and Innovation Project is to create a viable museum that tells the unique stories of British Army flying in a way that engages the next generation of audiences. The project will have a significant impact in terms of developing the Museum of Army Flying’s audiences, through newly relevant, refreshed and engaging displays, education programmes, improved visitor experience, volunteer involvement and targeted work with those not currently engaged with the Museum of Army Flying’s heritage. The project aims to connect with families, primary schools and youth groups, serving and retired Army Air Corps personnel, adult curious minds and aviation and military enthusiasts.

The museum welcomes visitors 362 days a year and is open 10am to 4.30pm daily. A charity the museum is overseen by a Board made up of 14 Directors, all of whom are volunteers. It employs a staff of 14 full time equivalent posts. The museum will close for approximately three months towards the end of 2018 to undergo refurbishment and redisplay.

The internship gives the opportunity for a passionate and motivated individual to gain team work, project and collection management skills, begin to develop a network of professional contacts and to implement learning in practical challenges.

Key Purpose of the Job

 To assist the Archivist and Curator with the day-to-day management of the Museum collection.

 To gain practical experience and understanding of all aspects of curatorial work.

Main Duties and Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

 Accessioning of new acquisitions to Spectrum standards.

 Reviewing and administering the Museum’s loans and disposals.

 Supporting and directing the volunteers engaged in the Museum’s HLF-funded Oral History project.

 Using collections documentation to answer queries received from the public, the Army Air Corps and other Museum departments about material held in the collection.

 Contributing directly towards the HLF project by working closely with the Archivist and an external interpretation / exhibition design team to carry out research within the collections records to inform the new interpretation plan and exhibition design for the reinterpretation of the Museum.

 Working with the Archivist and Curator to plan the decant and relocation of the archive and artefact collections and contributing towards planning the new archives store.

 Assisting with the interpretation of the collections during display projects.

 Participating in Museum activities and events as required.

 Accepting new Museum donations and managing the appropriate paperwork.

 Providing other support to the Archivist and Curator as required.

Skills and Knowledge

 Good communication and interpersonal skills.

 Ability to work using initiative and without supervision.

 Computer literate, ideally with experience of working with a heritage collections database.

 An enthusiasm for tasks which require relentless attention to detail.

 Excellent organisation skills.

 Ability to prioritise.

 A good team worker.

 Willingness and aptitude to work with Museum volunteers.

 A commitment to upholding Museum policies, including Health and Safety.

 Enthusiasm for aviation / military collections would be an advantage.

Qualifications and Experience

 A proven track record in research, ideally on a military subject.

 Educated to Degree level in an appropriate subject or the equivalent experience.

 This role would suit a recent graduate seeking to develop their practical experience of working in a professional Museum environment.

Training

An allowance for relevant external training is available in addition to on-the-job training.

How to apply

The Museum of Army Flying welcomes applications from all sectors of society and follows a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, age, nationality or disabilities.

Please submit:

 A comprehensive CV (3 page maximum) containing the details of relevant qualifications and experience.

 A covering letter (3 page maximum) which states your interest and suitability for the post.

 The names and addresses of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer or educational establishment.

to: Marjolijn Verbrugge

The Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY

Tel. 01264 784421

Email: archivist@flying-museum.org.uk

Referees will not be contacted without a candidate’s prior consent.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 23rd May 2018.

Interviews will be held on Thursday the 31st of May and Friday the 1st of June. Please indicate in your covering letter if you will be unavailable at this time.

If you have a disability, please let us know in your application. The Museum is committed to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities.