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Curator, Chinese Collection

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Date Posted: 25/05/2018
Reference: 02031


Full Time, Permanent

The British Library is seeking a Curator to help develop, document, manage and exploit its Chinese collections, with a particular focus on material from Dunhuang and related sites across Central Asia.

The successful candidate will work as part of a team of curators in the East Asian Collections to improve access to the collection by:

cataloguing the collections to agreed levels and standards

 - Providing an on-site as well as remote user enquiry service

-      helping to promote the collections and interpreting them for a variety of audiences

-      assisting in the preparation of material for digitisation, conservation and preservation

You will have a degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the collection, a degree-level knowledge of Chinese, as well as fluent written and oral communication skills in English, and the ability to promote the collections to a wide range of audiences. Cataloguing, bibliographic, or technical skills gained from previous experience in a research library or other academic environment would be an advantage, as would knowledge of other relevant languages, including Sanskrit, Tibetan or Tangut.
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 and public 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: 18 June 2018

Interview date: 2 July 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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