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Job Title:    Curatorial Research Fellow (History of Art)
Organisation:    Armagh Robinson Library
Salary:    £25,481 - 26,182 p.a.
Type:    Full-Time Position
 Contract: 15 months
Location:    Armagh, N.Ireland
Closing Date:    Monday, November 16th, 2020
Job Ref No:    ARL/CRF/10/20
 
Job Description:
Funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the purpose of the 15-month post will be to catalogue, research, interpret and promote the ‘Rokeby Collection’, a collection of 4,430 fifteenth- to eighteenth-century prints bequeathed by Archbishop Richard Robinson, 1st Baron Rokeby, to Armagh Public Library (now Armagh Robinson Library).

The Research Fellow will complete an online catalogue of the entire collection and prepare content for a publication on the history and significance of the collection. He/She will also produce one temporary exhibition in the Library on part of the collection, as well as an external temporary exhibition at another accredited museum.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Carry out specialist and original research including cataloguing, interpretation and documentation relating to the print collection of the Library's founder, Archbishop Richard Robinson, 1st Baron Rokeby of Armagh (the ‘Rokeby Collection’).
• Update and create online records of the Library’s prints collection.
• Contribute proactively to the digitisation of the collection.
• Write catalogue entries based on specialist research for the online catalogue and as contributions for publications on the collection.
• Investigate research questions in collaboration with the Director and with external consultant conservators and print experts.
• Develop skills in connoisseurship through understanding the material and visual evidence that the prints provide.
• Share knowledge with curators, schools and members of the public.
• Present research findings at seminars, conferences and workshops. (There will be a budget of c.£2,000 to cover expenses associated with research trips and attendance at suitable conferences.)
• Develop and sustain research networks nationally and internationally, based on research travel and on research workshops with invited researchers and specialists.
• Plan workshops/conferences/events and arrange visits of invited researchers and specialists.
• Assist with planning and organisation of photographic and investigative work on the collection.
• Safe handling of the prints.
• Mentor and supervise volunteers and student interns on prints research and on digitisation methodologies.
• Contribute to public engagement events and to education programmes, including giving talks on the collection.
• Produce articles/posts for the Library's website and social media, in order to update the public about the progress of the project and to publicise particular highlights of the collection.

General

• Adhere to all Library policies and procedures.
• Adhere to health and safety regulations and be aware of disability and access requirements, familiar with evacuation procedures and able to implement them in case of an emergency, including assisting visitors and colleagues.
• Keep up to date with developments and changes in legislation to aid and enhance the role, whilst ensuring adherence to legislation.
• Undertake training and attend meetings as appropriate and provide feedback and comments to maintain the high standard of the Library.
• Promote and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk with whom you may come into contact.
• Any other reasonable duties which fall within the remit of this job role.
Required Skills:
SELECTION CRITERIA

Essential Criteria

• Have experience of working with and researching Western prints of the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries (for instance, through working within a library or museum, or within the Prints Department of an Auction House).
• A scholarly record of research publications in art history or evidence of potential publications, preferably in relation to early modern prints in Western Europe.
• A good general knowledge of fifteenth- to eighteenth-century prints and the history of collecting such.
• An understanding of research methodologies in relation to historic arts collections.
• An awareness of issues surrounding the care, conservation, exhibition and security of graphic art collections.
• Excellent communication skills, with fluent spoken and written English.
• Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Office suite) and experience of Collections Management Database use. (Armagh Robinson Library currently uses MuseumPlus as its Collections Management System.)
• High level of organisational skills and of time management.
• Previous experience of cataloguing pre-1800 prints.
• Demonstrable ability to work as part of a team.

Desirable Criteria

• Proficiency in reading Latin or a European language other than English, e.g. French, German or Italian.
• Previous experience engaging the public with collections-based research.
 
Application Instructions:
For further information, or to download an application form, please visit: http://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk/wp/vacancy-curatorial-research-fellow-fixed-term-contract/

App­lications to be submitted by email to director@armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk OR by post to The Director, Armagh Robinson Library, Library House, 43 Abbey Street, Armagh, BT61 7DY.

All applications to be submitted by 5pm on the closing date (16 November 2020).

 
Contact Name:    Dr Robert Whan
Contact Tel:    02837523142
Contact Fax:    
Contact Email:     director@armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk
Website:     https://armaghrobinsonlibrary.co.uk
Address:     Library House, 43 Abbey Street, Armagh, BT61 7DY.