|Title:||*** LONGLEAT - Curator|
A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen at Longleat House for a Curator for the Historic Collections. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a very rich collection of fine and decorative arts, not forgetting one of the most important private archives and libraries in the country, and to secure and advance detailed knowledge of the history of the Thynne family, their residences including the grade 1 listed 16th-century stately home itself and their estates including the ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped park - all alongside a multi-million pound leisure business.
This role is based in the ancestral home of the Marquess of Bath, Longleat House. Since its purchase in 1541, fifteen generations of the Thynne family have called Longleat home and together they have amassed an incredible collection of fine art, a wealth of rare, English, French and Italian furniture, European and Far Eastern ceramics and English silver as well as tens of thousands of historic documents, and seven libraries housing over 44,000 printed books.
What you will be doing….
Working alongside the current curator, Dr Kate Harris, for a period of familiarisation, the Curator will then resume overall responsibility for the long term preservation of the collections, undertaking research and development of information systems, policies and procedures and developing a dynamic programme of exhibitions and displays. You will bring innovation and new interpretation to the collection, meeting the many challenges involved in inspiring a very diverse audience. You will, in addition, continue to develop Longleat’s reputation for curatorial and art historical excellence.
What we are looking for….
You will bring sound research, art history credentials and creativity to this role. Educated to at least degree level in art history, with a museology qualification and preferably a post-graduate specialism in a related field, you will have significant experience of working within a historic house or museum environment in a senior role with curatorial responsibilities.
Recognised for your expertise, with an understanding of the importance of fine and decorative art collections, architecture and historic interiors, you will be able to initiate and develop exhibitions and displays which bring new insights into the history and rich collections of Longleat House.
For further information and to apply for this role, please send your CV to the HR Department via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 01985 845416 to discuss in more detail. All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Closing date: 3rd September 2018