Lead Curator

Lead Curator
Employer: National Trust
Salary: £45,020 pa
Location: York

The National Trust is significantly investing in curatorship, increasing the number of curators and developing our capability and confidence across the organisation. Curators at the Trust are influential and collaborative, working with a wide range of people and using their deep knowledge and understanding to influence care for our collections and places, develop research agendas and create high quality, dynamic presentation, interpretation and programming.

The work base location is flexible and can be based at any region hub or office across the North

What it's like to work here
The role of the Curator in the Trust has huge variety, in the North especially so. From Scafell to Dunham Massey, from Quarry Bank to York, Newcastle, Fountains Abbey and the Lindisfarne coast. The portfolios you support will include some of Britain’s most iconic countryside, World Heritage sites and country houses. Collections include internationally significant silver, ceramics and textiles through to the Beatles Houses and Beatrix Potter’s house and farm. You will help shape groundbreaking external partnerships, research frameworks and urban work. You will work with property teams looking after some of the country’s most fascinating vernacular buildings, designed and wild landscapes.

You will ensure that everything we do balances our need to conserve our heritage, with our need to continue to develop our emotional engagement with visitors, whilst retaining our “Spirit of Place” that makes each property unique.

What you'll be doing
As Lead Curator, you’ll play a leadership role in your region, influencing other senior leaders and supporting the team of curators to deliver our curatorial ambition. You’ll be a senior curator, supporting some of the region’s most significant and complex properties, but also skilled at building relationships and leading change. You’ll work with other Lead Curators to develop organisation-wide approaches to professional development, research and knowledge management.

The role of the Curator in the Trust has huge variety. The portfolios you support may include country houses and their collections, but also gardens, landscapes and vernacular buildings. You’ll work with everything from farm equipment to musical instruments to old masters, the Trust’s collections in many areas being amongst the finest in the world.

As well as supporting a diverse portfolio of properties, as Curator you’ll need to build strong and influential relationships with specialists and operational teams. You’ll be a skilled communicator and able to enthuse and inspire others.

You’ll ensure that everything we do balances our need to conserve our heritage, with our need to continue to enhance our emotional engagement with visitors, whilst retaining our “Spirit of Place” that makes each property unique.

Who we're looking for
In order to be successful in this role you’ll need to have:

Excellent leadership skills, with the ability to develop strong and influential relationships
Significant knowledge across three of the following areas; history, art history, landscape, archaeology, architectural history, gardens, parks
Extensive experience in academic research, with evidence of publications and presenting at conferences
Extensive knowledge of current best practice in relation to care and management of buildings, landscapes, and collections care
Successful track record of leading high quality and creative interpretation, presentation and programming
Ability to lead and inspire a team of highly qualified professionals in a matrix environment
The package
Looking after you

Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
Pension contribution match up to 10%
EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
Discounted gym membership
Looking after your career

Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
Develop your skills with an internal secondment
Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
Income protection due to illness
Unique to Us

Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
20% off in our retail and catering outlets
Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

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