Job Opportunity: Museum Curator, Polar Museum, The Scott Polar Research Institute

Are you an excellent communicator who enjoys developing strategies and solving problems? Do you have experience of taking an audience-led approach to collections development, display and engagement? Are you interested in working with a varied collection of international importance in a World-leading University?

The Scott Polar Research Institute is looking for a Museum Curator to lead our Polar Museum.

The Polar Museum is part of the Scott Polar Research Institute, which was established in 1920 as a memorial to Captain Scott and his men. This Institute still undertakes world leading research in the polar sciences and humanities. As well as caring for collections relating to Captain Scott and other “heroic era” Antarctic explorers, the museum holds material from nineteenth century expeditions to the Arctic, historical and contemporary material culture and artworks from a wide range of Arctic communities, and scientific objects from Arctic and Antarctic research undertaken by the Institute in recent decades. The Institute also holds significant archive and photographic collections and is home to an extensive polar library.

The Museum Curator is responsible for the strategic leadership of all aspects of the Museum’s work, including collections care, public engagement and exhibition development. Sitting on the Institute’s Senior Management Group, the role holder has responsibility for ensuring the Museum plays a full role in the life of the Institute as well as maintains its position as a professional and audience-led public-facing museum.

The Scott Polar Research Institute is an exciting and varied place to work. Our Polar Museum welcomes thousands of visitors a year, and activities include exhibitions, events and teaching. As part of a small team, the role holder will be working closely with colleagues in a variety of roles. The successful candidate will enjoy working on a range of tasks, and as part of a busy team to solve problems.

The closing date for applications is 21 November 2022 and interviews will be held on 2 December 2022 in person at the Scott Polar Research Institute.

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