Current Opportunity: Project Curator Northumberland Collections
Join our team! We are looking for a project curator to help lead the collections review and on the creation of a new collections development policy focussed on regional identity and pride and uniquely co-authored by and for its people.
The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund supports a range of projects that bring collections closer to people. Following a successful application to the Fund, Museums Northumberland is now looking to work with local communities, the public and experts to help us decide how we care for our heritage in the future.
Our project is called Femmer to Firmer. But what does it mean? Femmer is Northumbrian dialect for fragile, so another way of looking at it could be ‘Fragile to Firmer’.
We have over 25,000 objects in our collections, gathered over 160 years and kept at four museum sites across the county. With a huge geographical area to cover including Hexham, Morpeth, Ashington, Berwick-upon-Tweed and everywhere in between, it is no surprise that deciding what to collect, what to display and what to retain within our collections is an ongoing challenge.
We are very proud of our Accredited status, which holds us to certain practical and ethical standards around how we treat objects in our care. Over the past two years we have looked in detail at what we have in our collections. We are now ready to undertake a collaborative collections review, deciding which of the objects in our care should remain and which can be removed in a legal and ethical way.
We are looking for a project curator to help lead the collections review and on the creation of a new collections development policy focussed on regional identity and pride and uniquely co-authored by and for its people.
The Femmer to Firmer project will enable Museums Northumberland to work collectively with our communities, funders and stakeholders to collect the stories of Northumberland, putting us on firmer ground to manage our collections on behalf of the people of Northumberland.
How to apply
If you are considering applying for the role please read the job specification below before applying.
This fixed term job is initially for 20 months.
Send your CV with covering letter and the names of two people happy to give references to –
Anne Moore, Keeper of Collections (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Closing date 30th September 2021