Head of Collections & Keeper of Social History – Discover Bucks Museum

Job Title: Head of Collections & Keeper of Social History
Salary: £40,000
Hours: Full time
Term: Permanent
Location: Discover Bucks Museum, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Closing date: 12:00 am 11 December 2023

Head of Collections & Keeper of Social History required, to manage our specialist curatorial staff and our social history collections. Specialism in conservation and display of textiles & costume would be an advantage and experience of working in a similar post in a similar organisation.

Background to the role:

The museum’s 200,000+ collections, cover the cultural and natural history of the county from 200 million years ago to today. Our Keepers (Curators) are custodians of these collections and maintain and develop these to accredited standards and we require a Collections Manager & Keeper of Social History to oversee these operations. Managing the 3 Keepers and our Social History collections, the keepers’ roles are to curate and conserve their specialist areas of the collection and also to bring these unique objects and ephemera to life, using them to tell the stories of Bucks. Developing exhibitions, delivering talks & events and engaging with other experts, researchers and the general public is the public-facing aspect of the role, with collections care, documentation, security and volunteer management making up part of the hard work behind the scenes.

We have six specialist areas covered by our 4 Keeper roles: Geology & Natural History, Archaeology, Art & Ceramics and Social History & Costume, each playing their part in telling the story of Bucks over the millennia.

The Bucks County Museum Trust is an independent charity, formed in 2014 and looks after a number of collections, including those of Buckinghamshire Council and Bucks Archaeological Society, alongside others. The museum is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation which supports and works alongside other organisations in the county to better further our understanding of collections and museum operations.

Full job description and person specification can be found here:

https://www.discoverbucksmuseum.org/vacancies/head-of-collections-and-keeper-of-social-history/ – Head of Collections and Keeper of Social History – Discover Bucks (discoverbucksmuseum.org)

Deadline for applications: Monday 11 December 2023
Interviews: w/c Monday 18 December

Please email CV and covering letter, outlining your relevant experience and how you are suitable for the role, to:

Sam Mason- Chief Executive via smason@discoverbucksmuseum.org

All applications by email only.