Project Curator of Library and Archive

Fixed term for 2 years

The National Media Museums holds extensive and internationally significant library and archive collections on the history of photography, film and television. We are looking for an experienced library and archive professional to create and implement a plan to catalogue and enable access to these collections. Working within the museum’s collections team, and with archivists and librarians from across the Science Museum Group, the post-holder will have the scope to make a major impact on the museum and public access to its collections.


  • Significant experience of managing archive and library collections
  • Experience of staff leadership, management and development with proven experience of implementing performance management and disciplinary procedures
  • Experience of successful project management and implementing new systems and working practices.
  • Demonstrable experience of undertaking research into or producing publications
  • Demonstrable experience in undertaking collections development, making sound judgement about the significance of archives and books and expert in their identification
  • Experience of supervising students and researchers
  • Experience in staff and volunteer recruitment, leadership, motivation & performance appraisal, and the ability to develop and lead a multi-functional team.
  • Experience of setting and controlling budgets

Skills, Knowledge and Relevant Qualifications

  • Professional qualification in archives administration and/or records management
  • Detailed knowledge of the standards, best practices and protocols used by the archive sector and their application such as ISAD(G), ISAAR(CPF), NCA Rules, TNA recommended standards and practices, BS5454(2000) and PD5454
  • Knowledge of the standards and issues surround electronic and digital archival records
  • Knowledge of Library standards, best practices and protocols
  • Extensive knowledge of the subject specialist area, with a particular emphasis on library and archives.
  • Experience of working with a diverse range of archival and library material and having a full understanding of how they should be cared for, researched and presented
  • Experience of working with academic partners
  • Delegates effectively – empowering and supporting team members to solve problems
  • Excellent written communication skills for a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Excellent communication, and influencing skills and the ability to lead and motivate a team
  • Ability to react positively to change and uncertainty
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines, often in pressured environments, maintain attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders of different backgrounds, supporting and learning from other team members
  • Enthusiastic and committed to delivering innovative projects that place the Museum at the forefront of the field

Closing date: 28 March

Interviews: w/c 18 April