Assistant Curator, Photographs (Content and Interpretation)

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or who are currently contributing to British history and culture.  The Gallery attracts over 2 million visits a year and is among London’s most popular attractions, it reaches and engages these, and further UK and global audiences, with its extensive display, exhibition, research, learning, outreach, publishing, digital and national programmes.

Assistant Curator, Photographs (Content and Interpretation)
Part-time, 24 hours (3 days) per week
£13,347 per annum (based on the full-time equivalent of £22,245 per annum)
Fixed-term position for approximately 12 months to cover maternity leave arrangements

Reporting to the Associate Curator, Photographs (Content and Interpretation), the post holder will contribute to the successful delivery of photographic displays and will help to facilitate the inclusion of photographs in the Gallery’s national programme and other Gallery initiatives. This post will support a programme to re-develop the collection displays as part of a major capital project and help to develop texts and website information for displays and exhibitions. Working closely with the Associate Curator, the post holder will be expected to support work on the interpretation and presentation of the Collection and help to curate temporary displays for the Gallery as approved.

The successful candidate will have a degree in Art History/History, and demonstrable relevant experience working on displays or exhibitions within a museum or gallery environment. Experience of and engagement with interpretation practices, including writing text for a general public audience, is also essential, along with public speaking skills and broad knowledge of photographic materials and methods. In addition to excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, this post requires strong organisational, research and planning skills, coupled with the ability to work calmly under pressure, meet tight deadlines and retain excellent attention to detail. 

Full details of this and all other employment opportunities at the Gallery can be found on our website,or requested by e-mailing:

Closing date for returned applications is 9.00am on Tuesday 25 April 2017. Currently we are expecting to hold interviews on Wednesday 3 May 2017. Please indicate on the application form if you will not be available on this particular date.