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Poste - Project Curator : China and South Asia

Closing Date : 12 November 2015

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British Museum - Project Curator : China and South Asia

Salary :

£27,360 per annum pro-rata

Contract :

Fixed Term – 24 months (Full time – 41 hours per week) The British Museum’s Asia department are seeking a Project Curator : China and South Asia to support the research and administration of the development of a new gallery for China in room 33, working closely with the Principal Curator in the development and delivery of the project, public programme and research publications.

Closing Date : 12 November 2015

Key areas of responsibility :

• For the Room 33 project to work as a core member of the Project Team, assisting the Lead Curators as well as liaising with other key internal stakeholders including Learning and Audience, Loans, Marketing, Communications, Development, Operations, Digital and Publications.

• A primary duty is to support the Lead Curator as required in curatorial work including undertaking curatorial work on the British Museum’s Chinese collections, especially Chinese Ceramics and Decorative Arts.

• To manage and file project documentation and correspondence. To obtain necessary information on loans through liaising with lenders and International and Departmental loans officers. To answer public enquiries and requests for information.

• To track and monitor the movement of BM objects de-installing and installing between departments (such as conservation and photography) and lenders.

• To assist the Lead Curator with background research, picture research and picture acquisition for gallery and publications, and to coordinate new photography and manage photographic orders.

• To assist with obtaining copyright and rights of reproduction for images to be used in any publication, display, website and all related printed materials.

• To liaise with all external stakeholders, partners and contributors

• Take an active role in executing the public programming around the new display including delivering gallery talks and events for all types of audience.

Person Specification :

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (Chinese, Chinese Art History, Chinese History or Archaeology or Chinese Anthropology) and also have a good understanding of Chinese history. It is also essential that applicants are able to communicate fluently in Chinese (Mandarin). Excellent writing, proofing, editing and communication skills in English and Mandarin Chinese are also essential to the role as is knowledge of China’s material culture (painting, sculpture, ceramics or textiles).

About the British Museum :

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. With over 6.5 million visitors in 2014, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace and offers a competitive benefits package including :

• Membership of the civil service pension scheme • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions • Participate in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections • Generous annual leave allowance • Interest-free season ticket loan • Child care voucher scheme • Professional & personal development opportunities • Employee Assistance Programme • Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

If you are a positive individual, passionate about the Museum and would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please follow the “Apply now” link below where you will be directed to complete your application.

If you have any queries regarding this role, please email us at bm or call 0845 601 1124. Please quote the job reference number in the subject line of any email and at the beginning of a call.

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