The National Trust has significantly invested in curatorship, increasing the number of curators and developing our capability and confidence across the organisation. You will help deliver world class curatorship to some of the most important buildings, collections and landscapes in the country. Curators at the Trust are influential and collaborative, working with a wide range of people and using their deep knowledge and understanding to influence care for our collections and places, develop research agendas and create high quality, dynamic presentation, interpretation and programming.
What its like to work here
Curators in the South West region work with a rich variety of properties, from historic houses and collections to coastal landscapes and fabulous gardens. There are many opportunities to bring your skills and experience into different and perhaps new contexts. The role will initially focus on four property portfolios, each under a General Manager. In Devon, the English Riviera portfolio sits Greenway once home to Agatha Christie and set on the set on the banks of the beautiful River Dart and Coleton Fishacre with its Art Deco interiors on the rolling South Devon Coast. In Cornwall Lanhydrock house and estate is one of the most visited National Trust properties, with rich and varied collections. Two portfolios encompass the landscape sites across Cornwall, from the north coasts Boscastle and Trevose Head to Roseland and Dodman.
What youll be doing
The role of the Curator in the Trust has huge variety. The portfolios you support may include country houses and their collections, but also gardens, landscapes and vernacular buildings. Youll work with everything from farm equipment to musical instruments to old masters, the Trusts collections in many areas being amongst the finest in the world.
As well as supporting a diverse portfolio of properties, as Curator youll need to build strong and influential relationships with specialists and operational teams. Youll be a skilled communicator and able to enthuse and inspire others. Youll ensure that everything we do balances our need to conserve our heritage, with our need to continue to enhance our emotional engagement with visitors, whilst retaining our Spirit of Place that makes each property unique.
Who were looking for Experience of building relationships and of working collaboratively with a range of internal and external stakeholders in order to deliver curatorial outcomes Significant knowledge across two or more of the following areas: history, art history, landscape, archaeology, architectural history, gardens/parks Successful track record of leading high quality and creative interpretation, presentation and programming Experience of commissioning, undertaking and disseminating research Knowledge of current best practice in relation to care and management of buildings, landscapes, and collections care including Museum Accreditation standards The ability to work in a matrix organisation, at pace and with a high workload The package
Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. Youll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).
Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.
Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.
All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!