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Advert Date:   Thursday, 16th November 2023
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Job Title:   Cataloguing Assistant
Organisation:   The Goldsmiths' Company
Salary:   £30,984 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Contract: 2 Years
Location:   London, England
Closing Date:   Friday, 5th January 2024
Job Ref No:   Cataloguing Assistant
  Job Description
Internationally recognised, the Goldsmiths’ Company has one of the finest collections of silver, generally made in Britain, with examples from 1350 to the present day. The special character of the collection is that all items are used either for their original purpose at events at Goldsmiths’ Hall, for exhibitions and loans, or to teach the next generation of makers and support the craft. The Collection includes antique, domestic and modern silver, modern jewellery and art medals.

The Cataloguing Assistant will support the Curator and her small team in improving the Curatorial Collection object records to a specified standard on our recently installed Collections Management System (CMS), which incorporates a Digital Assets Management System. This is a 2 year, project-based role based at Goldsmiths’ Hall, Monday to Friday. Working from home is not an option for this role.

The responsibilities of the post are:
• Working to the Curator, Deputy Curator and Collections Manager on the Goldsmiths’ Digital project, to enhance the Collection records, which will be published online in 2023.
• To reach the required targets set for the project in preparing individual catalogue records.
• To edit the existing Curatorial Collection object records on the new CMS, which have been migrated from a previous database, to an agreed standard. This will involve the main cataloguing fields of information, including the physical description, dimensions, hallmarks and inscriptions, details of production and additional comment.
• Working with the Silver Steward to become familiar with the different types of objects in the Collection in order to catalogue them to the required standard, and to handle and to measure them safely.
• To describe different types of objects in the Collection, recognising materials and techniques.
• To recognise and identify the different types of hallmarks on objects, in order to record them accurately.
• To record contextual and bibliographic data about the objects using departmental records, and in some cases, conduct research in the Goldsmiths’ Library and Archives.
• To assist the Curator and her team in implementing and maintaining best practice in collections care and documentation.
• To report any CMS issues or bugs to the Collections Manager.
• To support the Curator and the team in maintaining excellence in the promotion of the Collection and its public understanding.
• To provide support and other duties as required by the Curator and the team.

The Curator, Deputy Curator, Collections Manager and Silver Steward.
  Required Skills / Qualifications

• Proven experience of working with art objects, using a Collections Management System.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to synthesise information.
• Good attention to detail.
• Experience of using Library and Archival resources.
• IT literate with experience of using Word and Excel.
• A conscientious and motivated team member who will support the Curator and the team.
• Flexible, responsible, resilient and reliable
• Excellent/Good organisational skills with the ability to manage and effectively prioritise the varied workload.
• Good interpersonal skills and ability to /experience of work well in a team as well as independently
• Able to build and maintain good relations within and beyond the Company and to represent the company in a professional manner.

• A degree in a relevant arts or humanities subject such as history or history or art, fine or decorative arts, museum studies, or equivalent.
• The role holder will ideally have a track record of experience or a background in museums or the visual arts, together with a demonstrable interest in the decorative arts and their history, or equivalent.
  Application Instructions
If you believe that you have the required skill set and experience to fulfil the role at the Goldsmiths’ Company, email us at with your CV and a covering letter (no more than a page) detailing how you meet the requirements of the role. Should you be invited to interview, you will be asked to complete a short-written test on the day as part of the interview process.

The closing date for applications is Friday 5 January 2024. If you are successful in being shortlisted, we will be in touch shortly after the closing date.

Interviews will be held at Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2 on either 17, 18, or 19 January 2024.
Contact Name:   Mr Michael Lowe
Contact Tel:     020 7606 7010
Contact Fax:  
Contact Email:
Address:   Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, London, EC2V 6BN.