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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Salary or training bursary: £36,914 - £49,553 (depending on experience)
12 Months
Company:Fitzwilliam Museum
Open to all
Apply by:14/03/2021 - 23:59

Assistant Keeper, Paintings, Drawings & Prints

Would you like to play a crucial part in the day-to-day management of the University of Cambridge’s principal museum? This role could be what you’re looking for…

As the largest cultural venue in the region, The Fitzwilliam Museum fulfils its function 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 and amazing collections of over half a million works of art spanning centuries and civilisations within five departments: Antiquities; Coins and Medals; Paintings, Drawings and Prints; Manuscripts and Printed Books; and Applied Arts. The Museum has a strong team of conservators covering a range of specialism; the Hamilton Kerr Institute (HKI) is one of the world's leading centres for teaching and research in the conservation of easel paintings.

The Fitzwilliam Museum is currently looking for a temporary Assistant Keeper, Paintings, Drawings & Prints. This role will involve working with the Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints to ensure the day-to-day running of the Department. 

Please note this post is fixed-term for 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is earlier.


  • Supervise and oversee the day-to-day management of certain departmental activities and support the care and security of its collections
  • Respond to enquiries from visitors and scholars in matters relating to the departmental collections
  • Prepare documents related to all parts of the collections and projects; supervise and induct researchers, interns, and volunteers as appropriate; promote and publicise the departmental collections, research, publications, and exhibitions via all available media; proactively develop and encourage Widening Participation activities
  • Carry out research into the collections and disseminate it to the academic and public communities through printed and digital publications (e.g. conference papers and lectures)
  • Initiate and foster research partnerships with academic colleagues within Cambridge University
  • Carry out and encourage teaching, especially from the collections
  • Engage with a broad range of audiences, from school pupils to visiting scholars
  • Assist in organising lecture series, symposia and study days
  • Contribute imaginatively to the re-display and interpretation of the collections
  • Participate in the accessioning and cataloguing of the collections on the Museum’s central collections database (Adlib/Axiell)
  • Suggest and implement improvements to the departmental webpage and contribute to online exhibitions, publications, podcasts, blogs, social media posts, and online resources

Knowledge, skills, experience

  • PhD or equivalent level of knowledge and experience
  • Track record of publishing in peer-reviewed publications in one or more of the areas covered by the Departmental collections
  • Knowledge and experience of working in a Museum context within all relevant national and international museum standards
  • A practical ‘can do’ approach focused on finding solutions and ability to work independently with versatility, flexibility and willingness to multitask.
  • Excellent IT skills, preferably with a focus on database systems
  • A working knowledge of modern European and/or Classical languages
  • A flexible, supportive and collaborative style
  • Proven skill in managing workflow to deadlines
  • A strong interest and good understand of a broad range of material related to the departmental collections
  • An interest in and promotion of the overall work of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and commitment to the objectives and priorities laid out in its Mission

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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