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Making the News Exhibition Project Curator

Vacancy Details

Salary: £32,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 06/23/2019
Date Posted: 06/03/2019
Reference: 02769


Making the News Exhibition Project Curator


Full Time, Fixed Term to 31 August 2021


Grade B


Salary: £32,000 per annum



This is an exciting opportunity to help organise a major exhibition on the history of news.


The British Library will be hosting an exhibition, ‘Making the News’ in its PACCAR 1 gallery for Spring 2021. The aim of the exhibition is to explore the history, present and future of news in Britain over 400 years, since the first newspaper was published in this country, asking what makes the news what it is, and what this means for us.


Working with a curatorial team and the Library’s exhibition team, the post-holder will contribute to the development and delivery of the exhibition. They will contribute to the administration of the curatorial content of the exhibition; will prepare external visits and show-and-tells; will promote the exhibition on social media and to visitors; and will apply research expertise in one or more areas of British news history in support of the selection and curation of content for the exhibition.


With evidence of a strong background in British news history and the different news media, you will have good organisational and time-management skills, and ideally experience of promoting heritage collections.


This is a great chance to work with one of the world’s major news collections to deliver an innovative, exciting and timely exhibition on news yesterday and today.


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 provisionof 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: 23rd June 2019


Interview Date: 10th or 11th July 2019

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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
  • Are you currently a British Library employee or agency member of staff?


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