Curatorial Intern

Location:Petersfield Salary:£8872 for the six month, fixed term period of employment Main duties:

This internship offers the opportunity to gain invaluable experience of working in a museum with regionally and nationally important collections, help deliver on key aspects of a significant National Lottery Heritage Funded project and gain an understanding and overview of how the management of diverse collections work.

At a pivotal point in its history, as Petersfield Museum is redeveloped, the Curatorial Intern will work closely with the Curator and Assistant Curator to gain an overview of collections installation into purpose-built new stores, collections conservation and care, collections interpretation and managing volunteers.

Over a six-month period, the Curatorial Intern will have the opportunity – under appropriate supervision – to actively contribute to the development and delivery of key aspects of the Pathways into the Past project.

The internship will give the opportunity for a passionate and motivated individual to gain teamwork, project and collections management skills, begin to develop a network of professional contacts and to implement learning in practical challenges.

Principal duties:

  • Assist with the research and preparation of the Museum’s pop-up ‘Roadshow’ exhibition
  • Assist with the management of collections volunteer projects
  • Work with research volunteers, giving direction and monitoring progress
  • Curate content to be uploaded onto interactive tablets, having edited text to ensure accuracy and uniformity of tone
  • Assist with the inventory and packing of collections housed in the Museum’s temporary store
  • Assist with the installation of collections into new purpose-built stores
  • Assist with the installation of permanent and temporary exhibitions
  • Assist with the documentation of collections on our collections management system, ‘Modes’
  • Any other duties as required
Closing date:27/03/2020 Job Description:

Job Description:  Curatorial Intern at Petersfield Museum


The ambition of the Pathways into the Past project is to create a step change in how visitors engage with Petersfield Museum, that is enduring in the long term. The NLHF supported project aims to enable the Museum to fulfil its vision:

Situated at the foot of the South Downs within England’s newest National Park, Petersfield Museum will be a focal point for the area’s unique history and cultural heritage. It will be at the heart of local life and a compelling attraction for visitors from further afield. Historic buildings and contemporary architecture with welcoming social areas and stimulating learning spaces, wide ranging, engaging collections and diverse educational and events programmes will hopefully inspire visitors of all ages to investigate and explore further our region’s many historic and cultural assets.

The project will transform the Museum’s buildings, exhibitions and programmes and will hugely increase what the Museum can offer the public. It will create the capacity to ensure that the Museum is successfully integrated into the visitor destination of the South Downs National Park at the same time as being strongly rooted in the local community, putting Petersfield Museum on the map for local people and visitors alike. The project aims to connect young people, families, visitors to the South Downs National Park and special interest groups and researchers.

Skills and experience:

Applicants could be a recent graduate in a relevant field or have experience in a heritage or archival environment. The internship ideally requires an understanding of the basics of collections management.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate good learning skills, an interest in the heritage, arts and culture sector and the ability to work effectively, both alone and as part of a small, dynamic team. A strong motivation to develop a career in museum or archive collections management would be an advantage.

  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Able to deliver projects with input from colleagues across the Museum
  • A flexible team player with excellent interpersonal skills, but also an ability to work independently and under your own initiative
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written

Reports to: Curator

Terms and conditions:

Period of Employment: This internship is for a fixed term period of six months, starting in May 2020 through to October 2020

Hours of Work: The post holder will work a 35-hour week, core hours Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Salary: £8872 for the six month, fixed term period of employment

Annual Leave: 11 days, over the six month, fixed term period of employment, plus any Bank Holidays within the period

Location: Petersfield, initially at the Museum Project Office and subsequently at the Museum

If you are interested, please apply by sending your CV with a covering email, outlining your suitability for the position and why you would like to work at Petersfield Museum to:

Sophie Yaniw, Curator, Petersfield Museum Project Office –

Closing date: 23:59pm, Friday 27 March 2020

Interviews: Week beginning Monday 30 March 2020

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