Community Curator, Kent Mining Museum

Reference No.KMM CC21 Location:Deal, Kent Salary:25,000 Pro Rata Main duties:

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Implementing and developing the Kent Mining Museum Collections management plan which covers collections development, care and conservation, documentation, access and digital preservation. Developing plans and procedures to support this and to meet the UK Museums Accreditation Standard.
  2. Supporting Kent Mining Heritage partners and the mining community in developing collections policies and procedures, especially developing the joint documentation procedures and online collections database.
  3. Developing the Kent Mining Museum collections, with the Museum Manager, to identify potential new acquisitions, donations and loans.
  4. Developing and researching annual temporary exhibitions.
  5. Delivering collections management training and advice to the Kent Mining Heritage Community Partners
  6. Working with the Kent Mining Heritage Collections Group.
  7. Acting as an advocate and champion of the Kent Mining Museum with both sector and community partners
  8. Driving visitor figures according to the outlined targets.
  9. Managing movement of collections from the museum store to the Kent Mining Museum space.
  10. Work within the Governance arrangements in place for the Kent Mining Heritage Foundation.
  11. Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults in line with the Safeguarding Policy.
Interview date:22/07/2021 Closing date:04/07/2021 Job Description:

Community Curator

Kent Mining Museum

Betteshanger Country Park Ltd

£25,000 pro rata

Part Time (16hrs per week) 3yr Fixed Term Contract


Joining us, you will hold a genuine interest in community engagement and museum collections, with an ability to connect with our audiences. As a core member of the team you will develop collections policies and procedures working across the collection of the Kent Mining Museum and the collections held at the Aylesham and Elvington Heritage Centres.


You will work alongside the Museum Manager and Learning Engagement Officer to work towards Museum Accreditation, create temporary exhibitions and identify potential new acquisitions, donations and loans. You will have excellent interpersonal skills with experience of working as part of a team with a variety of stakeholders to achieve project targets.


Coal was discovered in East Kent in 1890, however, it wasn’t until 1912 that commercial coal was raised to the surface and the four East Kent collieries were established at Tilmanstone, Chislet, Snowdown and Betteshanger.  Thousands of jobs were supported by the coal industry and many families migrated from Wales and the North East in search of work. Betteshanger was the last of the four East Kent Coal Mines to close in 1989.

Betteshanger Country Park was established in 2007 when the former coal mining spoil heap was transformed into a space for people to enjoy.  The 250acre site has been slowly transformed over the years to become a centre for events, outdoor sporting, and adventure activities. We are at an exciting point in the project’s development as Betteshanger Country Park will soon be opening the doors of a new iconic Visitor Centre that will host the Kent Mining Museum, a learning space, café and conference centre.


Celebrating Kent’s mining heritage will be a key focus for the new Visitor Centre and wider Park. It will provide opportunities to showcase the unique story of Kent’s mining communities and profile their heritage through a combination of the Museum, Heritage Trail, Coal Mining themed play area, a vibrant programme of learning activities and online collections database.


The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and to provide proof of their right to work in the UK.


You can request the application pack by emailing


This position is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


The closing date for applications is Sunday 4th July 2021 (Midnight)

Interviews will be held on Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd July 2021

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