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Job Title:     Curator
Organisation:     National Trust
Salary:     £39,000 p.a.
Type:     Full-Time Position
Location:     Bodmin, Cornwall, England
Closing Date:     Sunday, August 6th, 2017
Job Ref No:     IRC51128
Job Description:
Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

The National Trust is significantly investing in curatorship, recently increasing the number of curators and developing our capability and confidence across the organisation. We're looking for an experienced Curator to join our dedicated team. Curating in Cornwall is varied and fulfilling, with many opportunities to make a significant impact at properties for our visitors. As a county Cornwall is passionate about its own identity, proud of its heritage and is the destination for millions of visitors annually, many of whom visit our properties.

The sheer diversity of our portfolio in Cornwall is quite staggering, from the iconic jewel of St Michael’s Mount to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site as well as the Victorian splendour of Lanhydrock House, exotic gardens and the many miles of coast and countryside, which are a fundamental part of the National Trust’s strategy to restore a healthy and beautiful environment. Curators at the Trust are influential and collaborative, working with a wide range of people and using their deep knowledge and understanding to influence care for our collections and places, develop research agendas and create high quality, dynamic presentation, interpretation and programming.

What it's like to work here
Curators in the South West region work with an amazing variety of properties. The region includes 27 major historic houses, over 1,300 Grade I, II* and II listed buildings, over 600 scheduled ancient monuments, and National Trust’s largest tenanted housing portfolio. The region encompasses 39 Grade I, II* and II registered parks and gardens, representing nearly 30% of all designated gardens in the Trust, as well as nearly 300 miles of coastland, making up approximately 19% of the total South West coastline.

There are many opportunities to bring your skills and experience into different and perhaps new contexts. The Cornwall portfolio encompasses all the county has to offer, from industrial heritage along the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site to expansive sandy beaches. Historic houses range from great estates such as Lanhydrock to the more intimate Trerice. Important gardens at Trengwainton, Glendurgan and Trelissick benefit from milder conditions to sustain exotic species. Curating in Cornwall is varied and fulfilling, with many opportunities to make a significant impact at properties for our visitors.

All curatorial roles require an ability to work with historic properties and collections. We welcome applications from candidates with landscape-related specialisms who can help develop our regional approach to curatorship in the outdoors.

What you'll be doing
The role of the Curator in the Trust has huge variety. The portfolios you support may include country houses and their collections, but also gardens, landscapes and vernacular buildings. You’ll work with everything from farm equipment to musical instruments to old masters, the Trust’s collections in many areas being amongst the finest in the world.

As well as supporting a diverse portfolio of properties, as Curator you’ll need to build strong and influential relationships with specialists and operational teams. You’ll be a skilled communicator and able to enthuse and inspire others.

You’ll ensure that everything we do balances our need to conserve our heritage, with our need to continue to enhance our emotional engagement with visitors, whilst retaining our “Spirit of Place” that makes each property unique.

Who we're looking for

In order to be successful in this role you’ll need to have:

• Experience of building relationships and of working collaboratively with a range of internal and external stakeholders in order to deliver curatorial outcomes
• Significant knowledge across two or more of the following areas: history, art history, landscape, archaeology, architectural history, gardens/parks
• Successful track record of leading high quality and creative interpretation, presentation and programming
• Experience of commissioning, undertaking and disseminating research
• Knowledge of current best practice in relation to care and management of buildings, landscapes, and collections care including Museum Accreditation standards
• The ability to work in a matrix organisation, at pace and with a high workload

The package

Salary range for this role is £36,880 to £45,075 depending on your skills and experience.

Looking after you
• Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
• Pension contribution match up to 10%
• EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
• Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career
• Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
• Develop your skills with an internal secondment
• Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
• Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us
• Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
• Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
• 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
• Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking
Application Instructions:
Closing date: 6th August 2017

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