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Public Curator: Contemporary Maritime at Royal Museums Greenwich.

Closing date: 2 August 2018

Are you passionate about contemporary maritime issues such as plastics and the sea and the future for Britain’s seaborne trade? Do you want to share that passion with the public? If so, then this could be the exciting career opportunity that you have been waiting for - at a unique and inspiring organisation. We already have a successful programme of engagement with a wide variety of audiences for contemporary astronomy and space through the Royal Observatory and our Public Astronomer, and we are now keen to ensure contemporary maritime issues are brought to the attention of a wider audience.

Royal Museums Greenwich holds the world’s most extensive maritime collections and is the largest institution of its kind with four established sites – the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, the Queen’s House and Cutty Sark. We are dedicated to enriching people’s understanding of sea, space and Britain’s place in world history. We have recently built a new collections and conservation facility, the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre, to help us continue our mission to highlight the importance of the sea to our nation both now and in the past. Lloyd’s Register Foundation has agreed to fund a new post in order for us to achieve this.

We need an engaging and passionate individual to communicate to the general public making links between the historical and the contemporary using the Museum’s collections and expertise. This post will cover a wide variety of maritime issues, including environmental, cultural and industrial, and will help promote and stimulate wider public understanding, awareness and interest in maritime matters, the Museum and Lloyd’s Register Foundation.  

As well as being directly involved in the Museum’s visitor programmes you will manage and develop relationships with key stakeholders, relevant agencies and public and academic networks to ensure your awareness of issues linked to and affecting the maritime sector is kept up to date and that they continue to support and get involved with the work of the Museum. Attendance of conferences, seminars, briefings and events are a vital part of this, allowing you to maintain professional networks, and to be pro-active in developing the Museum’s reputation.

With degree level education or equivalent and exceptional knowledge of the maritime sector, you must demonstrate strong communication and networking skills. You should also be passionate about using historic collections in the broader cultural sector. Experience working in museums, universities &/or the media would be welcomed but is not essential.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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