Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
“A local museum with a global collection that inspires people and connects communities”
Collections Access Officer
Do you love museum documentation and increasing access to collections?
We are looking for a proactive and energetic person with experience of collections to play a leading role in our Arts Council England funded project, 'What’s in the box?'
'What’s in the box?' is a collections-based community engagement project which will lead to greater public access and use of Hastings Museum & Art Gallery’s collection. The museum will partner with East Sussex home education, LGTBQ+ and refugee community groups to document and review our collections and develop co-curated exhibitions showcasing their work. The aim is to help make the museum accessible to non-traditional audiences and create opportunities for collaboration between local communities.
You will have proven experience of collections management practice and practical experience of the issues relating to the documentation and care of a broad range of collection objects. As part of a team you will work collaboratively with museum colleagues and project partners to deliver the project outcomes. You will have the confidence to manage your time well, you will be efficient and productive and able to work under your own initiative.
This is a 12-month fixed term role.
About the museum
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery was established in 1890 and has always offered local people and visitors to the town the opportunity to explore its varied collections of local history, natural sciences, fine and decorative arts, and world cultures. Today, the museum is a socially engaged organisation which works in partnership with local people to advocate for social justice and human rights as well as trying to make sense of contemporary issues.
Over the last decade Hastings has undergone an economic and cultural renaissance. The area’s reputation as cultural centre continues to strengthen with flagship projects such as the RIBA award-winning Pier, Hastings Contemporary Gallery and iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill stimulating new cultural economic activity. The town is full of life with plenty of things to do in the evening and at weekends, from the arcades on the sea to bars and cafes in the town centre sitting alongside a full calendar of festivals, arts and cultural events. Hastings is easily accessible by road, rail and bus – with good transport links to London and along the South Coast to places like Brighton.
Our main priority for this job role is to find people with the right values and attitude that match our own! If you would like to have an informal chat about applying for this role please call 01424 451151 and ask to speak to our Museum and Cultural Development Manager.
Interview Date: Tuesday 21st April 2020