The award winning REME Museum is seeking a highly motivated, proactive and professional Curator to join our team.
This is a great opportunity for a Curator with a passion for displays and collection management, coupled with a real enthusiasm to deliver the Museum’s vision, attracting new audiences and building on the Museum’s recent successes.
The Curator reports directly to the Museum’s Director. In the absence of the Director they will have the confidence and communication skills to act as the lead representative of the Museum. The Curator is responsible for the line management of the Assistant Curator and Museum Assistant and will work closely with the Archives, Education and Front of House teams.
About the REME Museum
The Museum represents the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) which was formed on 1 October 1942 during the Second World War. REME are the Army’s Corps of professional engineers. They maintain, repair and recover all of the Army’s equipment. This ranges from tanks to helicopters, communications equipment to weapons systems. REME personnel are attached to all Army units and have deployed on all operations and conflicts since the Second World War.
The Museum cares for an unparalleled group of repair and recovery vehicles, medals, a large weapons collection, uniforms, models, radios, trophies, artwork, POW items and more. Our focus is on the REME story but, as REME soldiers are attached to all of the Army’s Regiments, the collections inevitably shed light on the history of the British Army through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
REME Museum relocated from Berkshire to Wiltshire in 2015. The Museum reopened on 6 June 2017 at its new site at MOD Lyneham, home of REME’s Regimental Headquarters and the base for all REME trade training. The new Museum has seven modern interactive galleries as well as a temporary exhibition space, an education suite, café and gift shop. The Museum is the recipient of Visit England awards for outstanding visitor experience for the last 3 years and we offer a range of activities such as evening lectures and large-scale event days.
The Museum’s core team consists of ten members of staff, including the Director, Collections and Archive teams, Education Officer and Front of House staff. A core aim of the Museum is to educate the wider public on the role of REME, its interaction with society and its role of technical support to the Army. The Museum attracts a wide range of visitors including families, veterans and members of the local community, and works with local schools to deliver educational workshops.
- Planning and delivering Museum displays including up to two temporary exhibitions per year
- Line management of staff members
- Maintaining documentation for Arts Council Accreditation and leading on Accreditation returns
- Overseeing collection management procedures with specific responsibility for loans in and out
- Overseeing the audit of the Museum’s collections
- Developing and implementing a collections backlog plan
- Managing the collections and exhibitions budget
- Identifying funding opportunities and submitting funding applications where appropriate
- To lead on the Museum’s Audience Development plan
- Radiation supervisor (some of the collection items have minor radioactive sources, training is provided)
- Key holder
- Providing talks and presentations
- The candidate will have a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience
- Previous experience in a senior curatorial role
- Knowledge of Spectrum standards and applying these to collection management
- Experience of creating and installing museum displays, both temporary and permanent
- Knowledge and experience of Accreditation returns
- Line management experience
- Experience of managing budgets
- Undertaking analysis and interpretation of data such as visitor statistics and social media information
- Identifying and introducing collection management best practice
- Submitting grant and fundraising applications
- Experience in collection management systems, such as Modes
- Presenting and communicating to a range of audience groups
Terms and Conditions
- Hours – 37.5 hours a week (not including lunch) to be worked from Monday 9 am to Friday 5 pm unless working a Sunday (about 1 in 7) for which Monday will be given as time off in lieu
- Salary – £30,030 per annum
- Holidays – 25 days plus bank holidays
- Pension – NEST (Government approved Scheme)
- Background check – The post holder will be required to complete a basic security check as the Museum utilises computers provided by the Ministry of Defence
For an informal discussion or more information please contact: Maj (Retd) Rick Henderson, Museum Director, on 01249 894872 or email email@example.com. Alternatively, please email Mrs Claire Harris, Front of House Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply: Please send a CV and covering letter to the address above or by email to Maj (Retd) Rick Henderson, Museum Director, on email@example.com.
Closing date: Friday 8 January 2021.
Interview dates: Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 January 2021. Interviews will be conducted online if necessary.