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Visual Arts Curator

Vacancy Details

Salary: £32,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Date Posted: 08/03/2018
Reference: 01835


Full Time, Permanent


Working with one of the largest, richest and most diverse research collections, you will use your specialist knowledge of South Asian art history and archaeology to carry out cataloguing and collection management projects relating to prints, drawings and photographs and associated ephemera. This section’s remit expands to managing the former India Office collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs as well as other major visual collections in the Library including the British Library Works of Art (Contemporary British Art), Kodak archive and Fox-Talbot collection. 


With a degree in history of art and archaeology or discipline of central relevance for the collections, you will work on cataloguing and research projects; help manage the daily operations of the Print Room and reply to higher-level enquiries, as well as monitor the preservation and security needs of the collections. This is also an opportunity to interpret the collections by using innovative and traditional ways of presenting research through online sources, engagement with academic and general users, and contributions to online resources, exhibitions and the public programme.


The successful applicant will have a degree level qualification in a discipline relevant to the collections as well as specialist knowledge of and research experience in an aspect of South Asian art and architecture related to the core collections, underpinned by a record of academic publication or other exploitation. The applicant should also have employment experience in a research library, academic or other appropriate environment.


In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry andpublic and privilege holidays.


More about the British Library

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.



Closing date: 22 April 2018

Interview date: Week Commencing 14 May 2018

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.

In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom


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