Collection Online Early Career Research Fellow (Historical & Biblical)

Location:Compton, Guildford, Surrey Salary:£24,000 per annum (pro rata) Main duties:


  • Research this key thematic area of Watts Gallery Trust’s collections exploring crucial links between works across the paintings, sculpture, works on paper and photography collections
  • Work with the Curatorial department to develop an understanding of the latest approaches to writing accessible interpretation
  • Write collection records for the online collection including accessible object summaries and extended, fully-referenced catalogue entries
  • Work with the Curatorial and Marketing departments to programme a series of live- streamed gallery talks, blogs and social media interventions to communicate the latest research to broad audiences
  • Work with the de Laszlo Paintings Conservator to conduct condition assessments and develop an in-depth knowledge of G F Watts’s material practice
  • Work with departments across the organisation to ensure research and collection content is effectively communicated within the organisation
  • Deliver volunteer collection training sessions
  • Carry out other related work as required by the Brice Chief Curator or Director


  • Specialist knowledge of nineteenth- and early-twentieth century British art
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Excellent IT skills, including Word, Excel, database and email applications, and website management
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills, coupled with the ability to work calmly under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Familiarity with Collections Management Systems


  • Doctoral degree in a relevant field (such as History of Art or History) or equivalent professional experience

Full job description and person specification is downloadable from our website:


To apply, please send your CV and a supporting letter outlining your suitability for the role to Katie Smith, Executive Assistant, at by Wednesday 12 February 2020.

First interviews will take place Thursday 20 February 2020

Watts Gallery is fully committed to Equality and Diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Interview date:20/02/2020 Closing date:12/02/2020 Job Description:

Watts Gallery Trust (WGT), a registered charity, is seeking to recruit an emerging early-career researcher (within eight years of the award of a doctorate or with equivalent professional experience) for a six-month research project. This role is part of a two-year digital collections research project which features four six-month posts focusing on separate key thematic areas of G F Watts’s oeuvre: Portraiture, Historical and Biblical Subjects, Mythological Works and Symbolism.

Furthering our founding ambition to promote the study of the leading nineteenth-century artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), the ECR Fellow will conduct research into the historical and biblical subject pictures within Watts Gallery Trust’s collections in order to develop and write content for the Collection Online. This role presents an exceptional opportunity for the post-holder to develop their academic profile while gaining significant experience of a gallery environment and to work directly with an important collection of British art.

This project is generously funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Marc Fitch Fund.

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