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Advert Date:   Thursday, 25th May 2023
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Job Title:   Lead Curator - Collections Gallery
Organisation:   Wellcome
Salary:   £48,164 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Location:   London, England
Closing Date:   Sunday, 18th June 2023
Job Ref No:   R-001564
  Job Description
Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library exploring health and human experience. Through exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, we aim to provide a rich, diverse and inclusive platform for thought-provoking and imaginative engagement that values everyone’s experience of health.

Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that improves health for everyone by funding science, shaping policy and advocacy campaigns, and building partnerships. Wellcome Collection is, we plan to spend 16bn over the next ten years, funding new discoveries in life, health, and wellbeing, and taking on three global health challenges: mental health, infectious disease, and climate.

In 2027 we will open a new collections gallery, built on a programme of research and development. This new permanent role – Lead Curator, Collections Gallery – will play a crucial role in delivering this project.

Where in Wellcome will I be working?
You will be working as part of the Collections Gallery project team, reporting to the Head of Exhibitions and working closely with the Director of Wellcome Collection. You will be collaborating with colleagues across Wellcome Collection and externally ensuring that this project is embedded in our wider work to address the history of our collections.

What will I be doing?
You will be shaping the curatorial vision and delivery of this compelling new gallery for our visitors, ensuring the gallery is anchored by our collections, built on new research and informed by multiple perspectives. This is a challenging role at the heart of a complex project, and also an exciting opportunity for your work to have significant and meaningful impact.

As Lead Curator – Collections Gallery you will:
• Embed a shared vision for the new Collections Gallery project among the project team and wider stakeholders.
• Lead the curatorial development and the delivery of this new long-term exhibition focusing on our collections
• Be responsible managing a team of freelance collaborators, as well as any future staff team members
• Support Wellcome Collection’s anti-racist and anti-ableist practice through personal development and nurturing networks.

Is this job for me?
We’re looking for an experienced and inspiring museum curator with a deep understanding of decolonising museum collections who can demonstrate that anti-racism and anti-ableism are at the heart of their practice. You will have strong curatorial instincts but will also have a track record of working collaboratively with partners or communities. You’ll be able to show resilience and determination when faced with the challenges of a significant capital project, and you’ll know how to bring out the best in your team and collaborators.

To be successful in this role you will have demonstrable experience of:
• Leading collection displays and/or exhibition projects with multiple stakeholders
• Turning complex and challenging ideas into a compelling display for a wide range of visitors
• Operating in a leadership or line management capacity

Our Hybrid Way of Working
We understand that our colleagues have commitments and personal interests outside of work and we strive to build a flexible working environment, in which people can perform at their best We are currently working 2 days per week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) from our Euston Road offices (as part of our hybrid Ways of Working) with the remaining 3 days from home.

In 2023, Wellcome Collection will be developing a new strategy, making this an exciting time to join our team and be part of a changing cultural sector which is finding new ways of delivering its work, engaging people, and placing a greater focus on social impact and change.

Diversity and Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do
Diversity and Inclusion is a priority at Wellcome. We are committed to cultivating a fair and inclusive environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. We are happy to discuss flexible working options for all roles. We work to ensure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. Please visit our website for more information on adjustments and accessibility, or contact us.
  Application Instructions
Closing date: Sunday, 18 June 2023

Interview dates: (First interviews) Week commencing Monday, 3 July 2023

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