Museum Assistant, HorsePower

Location:Peninsula Barracks, Winchester, SO23 8TS Salary:£19,250pa Main duties:
  • Open and close the museum as advertised, ensuring its security and the security of exhibits
  • Manage the museum shop, ordering and maintaining cost-effective stock levels
  • Handle admissions and retail sales cash
  • Encourage visitor attendance through good interaction, interesting activities for adults and children and advertising via all media channels
  • Answer enquiries relating to the museum and its collections
  • Monitor environmental conditions and maintain high standards of housekeeping and cleanliness in the museum, in the archives room and in the reserve collection store
  • Be aware of and exercise personal responsibilities under Health & Safety regulations for self and visitors, including COVID-19 protective measures, procedures and restrictions as long as required
  • Maintain the MODES documentation system up to date
  • Assist in the development of museum exhibitions
  • Update the museum website regularly
  • Run the museum Social Media pages
  • Organise and lead group visits as required
  • Organise volunteers’ rosters, and ensure that volunteers are kept informed of changes or developments in the museum
  • Liaise with staff in other museums in Peninsula Barracks
  • Contribute to Winchester’s Military Museums collaborative marketing and other activities
  • Carry out any other tasks in support of the museum that may be reasonably expected of the post holder

The appointment is permanent, subject to a six-month probation period. Working hours are 37½ hours per week Monday to Friday, with occasional evening and weekend duties for which time off in lieu will be given.

Interview date:28/01/2021 Closing date:22/01/2021 Job Description:

HorsePower is a small regimental museum in Winchester city centre. The Museum Assistant manages the museum’s daily operation and reports to the Regimental Secretary / Honorary Curator.

The successful applicant will assist the Curator with the management and development of the museum, offering visitors and users a high quality customer focussed service and maintaining high standards of collections care

Responsibilities include opening the museum to the public, encouraging visitor attendance through interaction, activities and advertising, cleanliness of the museum in particular with regard to COVID-19 procedures, looking after the displays, caring for the reserve collection and documentation, answering historical and visitor enquiries, updating the website and Facebook page, organising the volunteers’ rosters and running a small retail operation.

We are looking for someone who is self-motivated, able to work independently and has experience of working in a customer facing role in a heritage attraction. The successful candidate will have strong organisational skills, be confident in the use of IT and social media, and have an interest in military history.

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