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Job Title:     Curatorial Assistant
Organisation:     Waddesdon Manor
Salary:     £21,000 p.a.
Type:     Full-Time Position
 Contract: 2 years
Location:     Buckinghamshire, England
Closing Date:     Sunday, October 1st, 2017
Job Ref No:    
   
Other Benefits:   • 25 days holidays (plus Bank Holidays)
• Free National Trust Membership
• Discounts in our Restaurants and Shops.
• Matched contribution pension scheme.
   
 
Job Description:
Overall Purpose:

Waddesdon Manor is an historic house open to the public. Created by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild from 1874, it is home to the Rothschild Collection and was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1957. Today is managed by a Rothschild charitable trust, The Rothschild Foundation. It currently welcomes over 400,000 visitors a year to the property, just over a third of whom visit the house.
The Collection is exceptionally rich in fine and decorative arts of the 18th century, including English 18th-century portraits, French 18th-century furniture and porcelain, drawings and works on paper, textiles, 16th and 17th-century objets d’art, Dutch Golden Age painting, sculpture (including a small contemporary collection), books and bindings, manuscripts and metalwork. The collection is displayed within original 19th-century interiors, many incorporating 18th-century French panelling. The Department is responsible for the care and access, research and interpretation of the contents of the House, the sculpture in the Gardens and the historic paper and photographic archive. This includes the annual exhibition programme and the management of an exhibition space at the Stables. It also includes the management of the collections at the Windmill Hill Archive, the Flint House and the Image and Book Libraries.
The Curatorial Assistant will support the Senior Curator and two Curators, all of whom have their own subject specialisms. The post holder will also work closely with the Senior Collections Manager and her team.

Outline of Role

To support the work of the curatorial team on departmental activities with a particular emphasis on exhibitions work, research and documentation support and cataloguing. The post-holder will also support the wider core work of the department as directed, including collections management, interpretation, helping with special visits and enquiries and support to other departments.

Specific Duties Include

• Support project and exhibition work, such as annual exhibitions and related interpretation and publications, including planning, contribution to project teams, exhibitions installation and documentation
• To prepare in-depth catalogue records for publication on the website
• To contribute to the preparation of digital content for the website and on site, such as interactive trails, blogs and social media content
• Contribute to the preparation and execution of Special Interest Days, lectures, presentations, guided visits and other activities that broaden understanding of the collection
• Support Collection Department activities, such as documentation, inventory and cataloguing. This will entail cataloguing on the department's Vernon database, creation and maintenance of the departmental object and artist files. Manage the annual audit and inventory of the Collection
• To support the collections management programme, including conservation and storage projects, and the documentation of these activities (including retrospective documentation).
• To supervise visitors, particularly scholars studying works from store or consulting collection documentation.
• To form part of the Disaster Planning Project Team and assist in the delivery of the annual training programme for all permanent Manor staff.
• To develop an area of specialism based on the collection, the history of interiors or collecting and to carry out research projects as appropriate.
• Answering verbal and written enquiries about the collections, either independently or in consultation
• To ensure the safety and security of the Collection at all times
• Supporting the Curatorial team in planning the work of the section.
• Providing budgetary assistance to the Curatorial team and Head of Collections as required.
• Deputise for the Curators as required.
Required Skills:
Knowledge, Experience & General Attributes:

• The successful candidate will be educated to at least degree-level, with experience of work (paid or voluntary) within a museum or other relevant cultural/heritage organisation.
• Excellent written and spoken English is essential. A working knowledge of one or more foreign languages, particularly French, would be an advantage.
• Candidates should have a demonstrable interest in 18th-century arts and the heritage sector. We also welcome candidates with a general interest in collections management and interpretation.
 
Application Instructions:
Interested applicants should send their CV and covering letter to application@waddesdon.org.uk

Interviews will be held on Friday 13 October
 
Contact Name:     Mrs Victoria Lovatt-Morris
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Contact Email:     application@waddesdon.org.uk
Website:    
Address:     Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, .
 
 
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