Collections Assistant, Crawley Museum

Location:Crawley Salary:£11,732 Interview date:03/12/2019 Closing date:24/11/2019 Job Description:

About Crawley Museum

Crawley Museum is a place where you can find out about the history of the town and the surrounding areas. We tell the history of Crawley through objects and exhibits along with the stories associated with them. We have an active programme of events, temporary exhibitions and permanent collections which reflect various aspects of the town and the local area’s development. We have educational and entertaining aspects alongside the historical, making the space appealing to all. Our collections include objects from Crawley’s prehistory and iron age beginnings, its medieval settlement, the Victorian town and the 20th Century New Town development. We also collect contemporary objects, putting them in context with society today, as well as their connections with the past. We celebrate Crawley’s communities today through our oral history collections, temporary exhibitions and community engagement projects. Items on permanent display include our 1903 Rex Forecar and a Bronze Age sword. We also have a temporary exhibition space with displays which change regularly, but which always reflect the varied and rich community which makes Crawley its home.


About the project

Crawley Collections Revealed is a new 18-month project, funded by Arts Council England. The aims of the project are:

  1. To build/reinforce links with the local community by working with partners by engaging their members at public consultation workshops; and via a Community Panel. We want to build on the museum’s links (from previous community outreach and co-curation exhibition projects) to ensure that our collections reflect the multi-diversity of Crawley; and to establish a structure by which community engagement and co-curation can be channelled in the future.
  2. To engage 15 volunteers in the development of their museum practice on a professionally led collections project. Volunteers will be trained in collections best-practice, and in practical public consultation and simple social media skills.
  3. To review the Museum’s object collections following quality and good-practice guidelines (SPECTRUM/Museums Association/ACE), and involving appropriate regional practitioners (SEMDP/Sussex Museums Group). The review will ensure that the Museum’s collections are relevant and have good stories/histories attached, so that they can be fully utilised by multiple audiences in future exhibitions and events.

To help us achieve the project aims, we wish to appoint a part time collections assistant on a fixed term 12-month contract from January to December 2020.

The salary will be £11,732.

The hours are 22.5 hours a week. Working days will be decided in consultation with the curator. Freelancers welcome to apply.

Job Description

The key tasks of the Collections Assistant will be:

  • Work with the curator to train collections volunteers in collections procedures and object handling.
  • Work with the curator to agree the review and rationalisation procedure.
  • Work with Curator and Collections Volunteers to review our object collection and identify objects that do not fit our collections policy.
  • Contact donors and other museums to offer objects being disposed of.
  • Dispose of objects deemed unnecessary for the collection in an appropriate manner
  • Liaise with other museums via Sussex Museums group and SEMDP to offer them unwanted objects identified by the review and rationalisation process and arrange collection.
  • Work with collections volunteers to use social media and website to showcase objects uncovered by the review process.


Person Specification

  Essential Desirable
Collections management experience Experience of museum disposals.
Experience using Collections Management Systems Experience using Modes XML
Experience working in museum environment
Knowledge of museum procedures such as SPECTRUM and Museum Accreditation
Experience of object handling
Evidence of continuing professional development
Key skills
Attention to detail
Self-motivated and reliable, with a clear focus on reaching deadlines on time and on budget
Interest in collections representing local history.
Good written and spoken English skills


To apply for this role, please request an application form from Holly Parsons, Curator at and return by midnight on 24th November 2019.

Shortlisting will take place on Monday 25th November.

All applicants will be contacted shortly after shortlisting to let them know whether or not they’ve been called to interview.

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