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Advert Date:   Thursday, 7th October 2021
 
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Job Title:   Curatorial Assistant
Organisation:   Chitra Collection
Salary:   £21,000 - £22,000 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Location:   London, England
Closing Date:   Monday, 15th November 2021
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  Job Description
In 2011 Nirmal Sethia, the Chairman of the luxury tea company Newby Teas set himself the task of acquiring the world’s greatest collection of teawares to record and preserve tea cultures of the past. Named in honour of his late wife, Chitra, the collection totals almost 2000 objects and is the world’s finest and most comprehensive of its kind. With objects from Europe, Asia and the Americas, and from over a thousand years of history, the Chitra Collection is a unique reflection of the importance of tea and the diversity of tea drinking customs across the world.
The Chitra Collection is owned by the N. Sethia Foundation, a charity founded by Nirmal Sethia in 1995, which supports medical research, the arts, youth activities and disaster relief management.
To find out more about the collection, please visit our website: http://www.chitracollection.com


Purpose of the role
The management of the Chitra Collection is the responsibility of a small team that is passionate about caring for and building this unique collection. We are seeking to appoint a permanent Curatorial Assistant to support the Curatorial team in a wide range of projects.
Reporting to the Assistant Curator and the Director, you will be researching the collection and improving catalogue records on our collection database (Museum Index+). Your primary responsibilities will be to maintain our social media pages, updating content on our website and assisting with the rationalisation of the collection. You will also be responsible for research and administration of acquisitions, including obtaining condition reports, bid registration and liaising with art handling companies. You will assist with the completion of a large-scale research project focusing on provenance and recording marks. The role will involve the ongoing maintenance of the collection storage and displays, commissioning conservation, preparing for tours and talks. Discretion will be essential when dealing with sensitive collection information.
  Required Skills / Qualifications
Essential Requirements:
- A keen interest in the history of art, design and decorative arts with a BA or MA in a relevant field
- Demonstrable experience of working with historic collections or in a museum environment
- A good knowledge of handling and inspecting historic objects
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent research and administrative skills
- Ability to prioritise your workload, deliver to deadlines and adapt quickly in response to ad hoc requests and unexpected issues

Desirable requirements:
- Experience working with a CMS such as Museum Index+
- Knowledge of a relevant second modern language
- An understanding of collections management, such as auditing, documentation and part-numbering.
  Application Instructions
Please submit your CV, a short writing sample and a covering letter (of no more than one A4 page) to museum@chitracollection.com explaining why this job is of interest to you, how your skills and experience respond to our requirements and how they will be beneficial in this role.
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Contact Tel:     020 7251 8939
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Contact Email:   museum@chitracollection.com
Website:   https://chitracollection.com/
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