CEN010 - Senior Curator

Posted: 28/08/2019 16:11
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £34,747 - £38,606 per annum
Location: London
Level: Professional
Deadline: 28/10/2019 23:59
Hours: 35.00
Benefits: For more information about our benefits please view the job description
Job Type: Full Time

Salary Banding: Grade 5; £34,747 - £38,606 per annum

(for this role appointments are ususally made at £34,747 per annum)

Permanent, Full time

We are looking for an experienced and creative senior curator to lead the Royal College of Physician’s (RCP) Accredited Museum.  We are seeking someone who shares our passion for the history of medicine and who can engage the public and our members with the fascinating work of the RCP past and present.

Using your vision and ambition, you will lead and support the museum team to develop our award-winning temporary exhibitions, care for and manage our diverse collections of art and objects, and expand our popular programme of public events. You will be responsible for the strategic development of the museum and for maintaining our Accredited status. You will also need to be organised and able to manage multiple tasks, often working to tight deadlines. Confident at making decisions relevant to your role, you will be used to finding solutions to resolve challenging situations.

Reporting to the head of the library, archive and museum services department, you will be working closely with library and archive colleagues to plan and deliver the annual operational plan and budget while contributing to the development of the wider department.

Applications are welcome from anyone wanting to work flexible hours or as a job share.

Main tasks:

  • Develop and deliver our popular programme of temporary exhibitions.
  • Develop, care for and manage the museum collections, including delivering our loans programme.
  • Develop and deliver a creative and vibrant series of public events and lectures.
  • Lead and manage the museum team as well as volunteers and placement students.
  • Develop relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Financial planning and budget management.
  • Act as an advocate for the museum and its work, internally and externally.

You will need:

  • A postgraduate museum qualification and previous experience in a curatorial or collections role.
  • An expert understanding of museum best practice standards and guidelines, including the requirements of Arts Council Accreditation and Spectrum.
  • Experience of line management.
  • Experience of managing project, budgets and strategic planning.
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to handle challenging situations and resolve problems.
  • Ability to manage complex and competing priorities, deadlines and demands effectively.
  • A passion for the history of medicine.
  • Experience of working in a team with multidisciplinary colleagues is desirable.


  • 29 days holiday plus public holidays
  • Lunch allowance
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Learning and development opportunities

About the RCP

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is a patient-centred and clinically led membership organisation for physicians, with 36,000 members worldwide. The RCP works to ensure that physicians are trained to provide high-quality care, and promotes evidence-based policies to government to encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce illness. By working in partnership with other health organisations, we present a powerful and unified voice to improve health and healthcare.

For informal enquiries about the position, please contact Dr Kristin Hussey (currently senior curator), Kristin.hussey@rcplondon.ac.uk

Closing date: Wednesday 18 September 2019             

Interview date: Wednesday 25 September 2019

For more information about the role and our benefits, please view the job description and person specification. To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter describing how your experience meets the requirements of this role.