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Exhibition Project Curator, Legacies of Enslavement (Fixed Term)

Salary range: £31,406-£40,927 Closing date: Monday 29th August 2022 Download the job pack

As the principal museum of the University of Cambridge and the largest cultural venue in the region, The Fitzwilliam Museum acts as a crucial bridge between the University, the City and the rest of the world, and has an international reputation for extraordinary research, world class exhibitions, award-winning public programmes and significant collections spanning many cultures and centuries. The Hamilton Kerr Institute (HKI) is one of the world's leading centres for teaching and research in conservation and heritage science.

In 2022-2024, the University of Cambridge Museums and collections (UCM) will use an interdisciplinary public programme, including a landmark exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, to explore and address the legacies of empire and enslavement. The exhibition will focus on the links between Cambridge, Cambridgeshire and Atlantic slavery. It will present a visual and material history of the enslavement of Black Africans, of the profits made by European traders and the owners of plantations, of resistance by the enslaved and their allies, and of the enduring legacies of these events and people.

The Project Curator will work closely with the Exhibition's Lead Curators on collections and bibliographic research, concept development, presentation, and interpretation. They will work as part of the Exhibitions and Displays team to help manage delivery following Fitzwilliam Museum processes and agreed timelines.

We are seeking someone with experience of working on a gallery display or exhibition, within a museum or other relevant institution, and with expertise relating to the visual and material culture, or the history of, enslavement, empire, resistance and/or their enduring legacies.

In return, we offer an encouraging and supportive environment, an attractive pension scheme, generous holiday allowance and many employee benefits such as a shopping discounts scheme.

To help support our staff to thrive both professionally and personally, we have adopted a system of hybrid working, meaning staff are empowered to split their time between in-person collaboration and remote working. The frequency of remote working will be subject to discussion with your line manager.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 January 2024 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

Interviews will be held Tuesday 13th September 2022

Please quote reference DA32601 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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