Curator – Folkestone Museum

Location:Folkestone Salary:LC2 – SCP 24-28 Main duties:

As an innovative local authority governed museum, we aim to be a vibrant location that attracts wide audiences, allowing them to participate in local heritage and culture. We hope to:

1. Encourage education and learning in all age groups
2. Promote research and exploration into local history
3. Empower visitors and locals of all walks of life and backgrounds to participate in Folkestone’s heritage and story
4. Inspire conversation, debate, and critical thinking
5. Nurture relationships and foster connections within the wider community
6. Protect and value the art, artefacts, and archives in our collection

Folkestone Museum exists to ensure local heritage is at the heart of the community; and through education and engagement, we hope to encourage the appreciation of shared heritage and history. We are committed to preserving and telling Folkestone’s story through our collections and exhibitions.

Overall Purpose

The Curator is responsible for strategy, programming, activities and exhibitions, along with the successful day to day management of the museum by working to maintain and improve accreditation standards; raising the museums profile through innovation and best practice; generating income to support resilience and delivering an audience offer that appeals to all. Thereby increasing access to the collections, ensuring they are properly cared for and interpreted within a sustainable museum under the direction and delegated powers of the Town Clerk and Council’s Community Services Committee.

Supported by a Collections Officer, Learning & Outreach Officer and a team of volunteers, the curator will deliver a strong programme of approved exhibitions, events, activities and learning opportunities using the collections in a way that makes them accessible and engaging.

Job Specific Duties:

Administration

• Prepare bi-monthly reports for the Town Clerk prior to adoption by the Community Services Committee.
• Prepare presentations for the Museum Working Group.
• Operate the museum budget in accordance with Council policies and financial regulations and make timely proposals for adjustments to the Town Clerk.
• Identify sources of revenue and external funding to support resilience.
• Conduct qualitative and quantitative evaluation of events, activities and exhibitions to inform forward planning and HLF reports.
• Research opportunities to work with other heritage organisations to develop partnerships and collection loans.
• Prepare PR material for approval by the Town Clerk and promotion by the Marketing & Communications Officer and Town Mayor.

Collection

• Maintain accreditation standards in accordance with benchmarks for collections care.
• Overarching management of the collections.
• Work to identify, and use appropriately, parts of the collection to deliver events, exhibitions, and educational activities.
• Continually develop and update knowledge of the collection and local history of the area.
• Act as an advocate for the town, its history, traditions and assets.
• Handle public enquiries regarding the collection and loan requests as well as enquiries from researchers.
• Together with the Collections Officer develop and update the Modes catalogue and website to enhance visitor experience and interaction.

Events & Exhibitions

• Deliver a year round programme of heritage events, activities and temporary exhibitions suitable for a range of audiences, co-ordinating with other council services wherever possible.
• Supervise and direct exhibitors, events staff and contractors, and handle queries and troubleshooting to ensure that all activities run smoothly.
• Identify all aspects of risk assessment and crisis management planning strategies for events and activities ensuring insurance, legal, health and safety obligations are adhered to.

Learning

• Develop an annual education strategy and learning plan that engages with a variety of age ranges.
• Liaise with schools, colleges and teachers to promote the use of the collections in line with National Curriculum guidelines.
• Lead taught sessions and develop educational resources for visitors, schools, families and special interest groups.
• Curate seasonal informal learning activities and workshops.
• Engage every aspect of the community, including the harder to reach groups.

General

• Maintain good relationships with stakeholders, schools, friends, partners attending any relevant meetings as advocate of the museum.
• Attend staff briefings and training courses where appropriate.
• Fire Marshall and First Aid certification necessary.
• Undertake other duties as requested by the Town Clerk.

Closing date:31/08/2019 Job Description:

Folkestone Town Council is seeking to appoint an experienced curator for Folkestone Museum.

The museum located within the Town Hall opened in May 2017 and offers a focus for arts, culture and heritage linked to the town’s unique place in local, regional, national and world history.

The curator will take responsibility for the Conservation, Activity and Business Plans developed during the HLF delivery phase.
In addition, the post holder will carry out preventative conservation work and provide engaging exhibitions, activities and outreach.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate educated to at least degree level in heritage with at least three years previous experience of working with social history collections.

Sound working knowledge of the Institute of Conservation’s Professional standards and Code of Conduct, and of the Arts Council England Accreditation standards, is also essential.

The post holder must be an excellent communicator with a proven track record in museum audience development, together with the ability to manage budgets and resources effectively.

37 hours over 6 day roster per week / Core Hours 8.30am – 5.00pm / (evenings, weekends and bank holidays)

Responsible to: Town Clerk
Responsible for: Audience & Outreach Officer
Collections Officer

To apply, please submit a CV and Covering Letter in your own style.

For further details and an information pack please telephone (01303) 257946 or email georgina.wilson@folkestone-tc.gov.uk