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Posted: Monday, November 16th 2020
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Job Title:     Collections Officer
Organisation:     Fairground Heritage Trust
Salary:     £21,166 - 24,799 p.a. (pro rata)
Type:     Full-Time Position
 Contract: 4 months
Location:     Lifton, Devon, England
Closing Date:     Friday, December 4th, 2020
Job Ref No:    
Job Description:
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is looking to recruit a part time (21 hours per week) Collections Officer to work within the Collections team on our restart programme at a time of redevelopment and change. We are offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic person to join our small, friendly team for four months, supporting our collections care, documentation and helping to create our exciting new museum layout ready for visitors in 2021 using collections to enhance understanding of our unique collections and their impact on social history and culture. The Collection of fairground history includes social history, art, industrial and working collection items. You will support the implementation of the Collections policies and procedures and will ensure the safe management of the Collection. You will also play a role in supporting our digital engagement, vital to keep us in touch with our supporters and communities through this closed period.
Required Skills:
About you
You will have a strong understanding of collections management principles and museum processes and be committed to ensuring that our collections and the stories that they tell are used effectively for our audiences now and into the future. You’ll have knowledge of current best practice in relation to care and management of collections care including Museum Accreditation standards. You will be curious, creative and adaptable, passionate about Museums and their Collections, be able to work collaboratively and strategically as well as be able to manage a small focused team.
• Good communication skills and good interpersonal skills the ability to write reports and develop policies, also labels, publicity material, web content, museum text and other public information
• Good self-presentation and appearance.
• Sound judgement in the assessment of difficult situations.
• Pro-active, organised thinking
• Good problem solving, decision-making and initiative skills.
• Mature and calm approach, and the ability to prioritise tasks, solve problems/queries in the absence of the managers is essential
• An ability to gain a good understanding of any equipment being used in order to be confident in dealing with technical terms, operational, environmental and basic statutory requirements
• A flexible and methodical approach and an ability to work under pressure to fixed deadlines with minimum supervision using initiative, judgement, diplomacy and discretion
• Willingness to work outside of designated hours in the event of operational demands, events or emergencies.
• Good educational level with a degree, City and Guilds or equivalent qualification in a museum related discipline and/or a post-graduate qualification in Museum Studies or equivalent relevant experience.
• Full Driving Licence
Application Instructions:
Please send a CV and covering letter outlining why you would be suited to the role to by mid-day on the 4th of December.
We only accept emailed applications. If you require a reasonable adjustment to participate in the recruitment process, for example due to disability, please contact the recruiter. The Fairground Heritage Trust is committed to treating all applicants and staff fairly and equally and we welcome applicants whatever their personal characteristics or social identity free from discrimination.
For more information on this role, please contact Curatorial Manager Alison Holmes on the above email address.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you would like to obtain details regarding feedback on your application please contact the Curatorial Manager at the email address above.
Contact Name:     Mrs Alison Holmes
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Contact Email:
Address:     Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Midford Farm, Lifton, Devon.