Project Curator – National Trust

Reference No.IRC53884 Location:1 The Courtyard, Wisley, Surrey GU23 6QL Salary:38,077 pa Benefits:Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18). Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan, a loan towards rental deposits and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it. Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you. All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year! Main duties:

Who we’re looking for:

It’s a big challenge, and in order to be successful in this role, you’ll need to have the right attitude, skills and experience. To be considered, we’d like you to be:

An enthusiastic, experienced and knowledgeable curator of cultural heritage who is committed to making Clandon Park relevant and engaging to a diverse audience.
Significant knowledge across two or more of the following areas: history, art history, architectural history, gardens/parks.
Knowledge of current best practice in relation to care and management of buildings and collections care including Museum Accreditation standards.
Experience of working collaboratively on a large-scale project, or within a high performing multidisciplinary team.
Experience of building relationships and of working collaboratively with volunteers and varied internal and external stakeholders.
Successful track record of commissioning conservation and interpretation, presentation or programming.
Experience of commissioning, undertaking and disseminating research.
Ability to communicate in a clear and targeted way to a wide range of different people both verbally and in writing.
Able to work systematically to complete tasks to an agreed timetable.
Able to see that big picture as well as the detail and be able to put things in context.
Regular travel will be required in this role so you will hold a full UK driving license.

Closing date:03/11/2019 Job Description:

Since a devastating fire gutted grade I listed Clandon Park in 2015 The National Trust team has been working tirelessly to protect the house, salvage architectural material and collections and explore the options for remaking the house.
We now have a really exciting opportunity for an additional Project Curator to join the team to support this major and complex project to conserve, restore and remake Clandon Park and its collection.
The remaking of Clandon Park provides a truly unique opportunity to contribute to an extraordinary project. There are many opportunities to bring your skills and experience into different and perhaps new contexts and it provides a chance to develop your profession in different kind of environment.

What it’s like to work here:

In the role of Project Curator you will join a dedicated multi-disciplinary National Trust team working closely with a large external design team and building contractor.

Curators at the Trust are influential and collaborative, using their deep knowledge and understanding to care for our collections and places, develop research agendas and create high quality, dynamic presentation, interpretation and programming.

What you’ll be doing:

The role of the Curator in the National Trust has huge variety. At Clandon Park this will include working to develop your knowledge of its history, the architecture and interiors of the house, its collection, and also the garden and its structures. You’ll work with everything from wallpaper and joinery to 18th century clocks and oil paintings, Maori treasures and a magnificent State Bed.

You will give a voice to the rich and complex history of the house and gardens at Clandon Park, telling its stories in different ways for different audiences and, in turn, enabling the team, colleagues and partners to do so.

You will be working with a wide range of teams, colleagues and stakeholders who are all collaborating closely to bring this unique and exciting project to life.

To mention a few of the key relationships that are important for the delivery of this project, you will be supporting the Senior Curator on a day to day basis, working closely with the Collections and Stores Officer and other team members and you’ll also be partnering with a large team of internal and external specialists. The diversity this role brings is really what makes it exciting!

You’ll ensure that everything we do balances our need to conserve heritage, with the need to continue to enhance the emotional engagement of our visitors, whilst retaining Clandon Park’s “Spirit of Place”.

The role will be based at the National Trust Wisley Hub and will involve regular travel to Clandon Park, working at the collection stores in Surrey, attending meetings at external offices and travel to other National Trust properties where necessary so please be aware that flexible working in this role will be dependent on the project requirements.

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