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Senior Collections Assistant

Salary range: £27,929 - £32,348 Closing date: 20 November 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.

The Fitzwilliam Museum collection comprises 500,000 objects, displayed in galleries or house in on- and off-site storage. The Senior Collections Assistant will contribute to and deliver projects around the care and movement of collections for display, storage, study, research and loans, thereby playing a critical role in supporting access, research, teaching and public engagement around the collection to support Mission aims and strategic priorities. They will have experience of working with relevant collections.

We particularly encourage applications from candidates who have experience in mount-making for ceramics, sculpture, manuscripts, miniature paintings, jewellery and other decorative arts, including use of relevant machinery and software programmes.

We are seeking someone to contribute to the day-to-day operations around the collections, working on the storage and the movement of collections items for study, displays and exhibitions, research and loans. Follow workplans, procedures and deliver projects around collections storage and care, and adherence to regulatory and legal requirements. Facilitate collections access through Study Rooms and Documentation support.

In return we offer an encouraging and supportive environment, an attractive pension scheme 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.

Location: Cambridge

Closing date for applications: 20th November

Interview Date: 8th December

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.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to

Tim Matthews:

If you have any queries regarding the application process

please contact

Please quote reference DA33774 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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