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Advert Date:   Wednesday, 8th November 2023
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Job Title:   Head of Collections & Keeper of Social History
Organisation:   Bucks County Museum Trust (Discover Bucks Museum)
Salary:   £40,000 - £42,000 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Location:   Aylesbury/Halton, England
Closing Date:   Monday, 11th December 2023
Job Ref No:   HOC-KOSH
  Job Description
We require a Head of Collections & Keeper of Social History to manage our specialist curatorial staff and our social history collections, including costume and textiles.

The museum’s 200,000+ collections, cover the cultural and natural history of the county from 200 million years ago to today. Our Keepers (Curators) are custodians of these collections and maintain and develop these to accredited standards and we require a Collections Manager & Keeper of Social History to oversee these operations. Managing the 3 Keepers and our Social History collections, the keepers’ roles are to curate and conserve their specialist areas of the collection and also to bring these unique objects and ephemera to life, using them to tell the stories of Bucks. Developing exhibitions, delivering talks & events and engaging with other experts, researchers and the general public is the public-facing aspect of the role, with collections care, documentation, security and volunteer management making up part of the hard work behind the scenes.

We have six specialist areas covered by our 4 Keeper roles: Geology & Natural History, Archaeology, Art & Ceramics and Social History & Costume, each playing their part in telling the story of Bucks over the millennia.

The role will cover various managerial aspects of our collections, including: public engagement, collections care, collections management, staff management and exhibitions & displays. The role will also oversee the collections-based aspects of the museum's accreditation and will support the Chief Executive in maintaining the museum's accreditation status and National Portfolio Organisation status.

The full role profile can be found here:
  Required Skills / Qualifications
• Educated to degree standard in a subject related to the Social History Keeper specialism within the collections
• A post-graduate museum qualification and/or Associate of the Museums Association
• Extensive experience of managing specialist staff, in a curatorial setting
• Experience of performance managing staff and dealing with appraisals / HR / disciplinary matters
• Experience of managing, maintaining and working with an accredited collection and overseeing the re/accreditation in a similarly sized organisation
• Demonstrable experience of managing a Collections Management System
• Knowledge of and experience in creating and installing displays/exhibitions and their interpretation and overseeing others in this task
• Impeccable standards of collections care and previous overall responsibility of collection security requirements
• Excellent curatorial procedural practice and the willingness to train (and train others) in areas where further skills are required
• Confident in engaging with the public, both in-person and through digital means
• Desire and enthusiasm to continually develop knowledge in area of specialism and deliver this to public audiences
• Excellent standards of written and verbal communication
• A creative flair which enables exciting, educational and thought-provoking displays to be developed and installed
• Ability to work in a flexible way and quickly to meet deadlines as needed
• Ability to work well independently and in a diverse team
• An individual who demonstrates and embraces our core organisational values:
People, by being open, inclusive and community minded.
Exploring, by being adventurous and taking pleasure in learning and sharing knowledge.
Curiosity, by being naturally inquisitive about the world around them.
• A “Can do” approach and positive attitude
• Good problem-solving skills

• Expert knowledge in conservation/storage/management of textiles and costume
• Experience of working with Modes CMS
• Previous experience of managing SLAs
• Experience of developing and delivering events related to your area of specialism
• Volunteer and/or staff management experience
• Close proximity to the museum’s resource centre and able to respond to emergency call-outs on occasion
• Knowledge & passion for the museums and heritage sector and the specialist subject within the museum’s collections
  Application Instructions
Deadline for Applications: Monday 11th December 2023
Interviews: w/c Monday 18th December

Please email CV and covering letter, outlining your relevant experience and how you are suitable for the role, to:

Sam Mason- Chief Executive

Contact Name:   Mr Sam Mason
Contact Tel:     07525753390
Contact Fax:  
Contact Email:
Address:   9 Church Street, Aylesbury.