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Job Opportunity: Pioneering Canterbury Collections Assistant

Wednesday 18th October 2017

£18,259

Full Time, Fixed Term for 7 months offered initially

Commissioned Services - Museums and Galleries

As a World Heritage Centre with an international reputation, culture and heritage defines Canterbury’s personality. The story of the city’s literary legacy is rich and fascinating and its influence resonates today.

The Marlowe Theatre and Canterbury Museums and Galleries have come together to develop a new cultural heritage venue in the heart of historic Canterbury. Opening next April in a Grade 1 listed medieval building, The Marlowe Kit will house a unique fusion of heritage, theatre, writing, learning and digital technology, celebrating Canterbury’s stories and its storytellers and using them to inspire creativity, new writing and the telling of new tales. Central to The Kit will be the life and legacy of Canterbury’s most famous literary son, Christopher Marlowe.

The delivery of the Marlowe Kit is enabled by ‘Pioneering Canterbury’, a cultural placemaking project, supported by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is part of a larger East Kent project, Pioneering Places, that involves partners in Folkestone, Thanet and Dover.

Pioneering Canterbury is a brand new programme which will re-interpret and celebrate the region’s stories and storytellers, its heritage collections and historic buildings. There are plans for a new exhibition exploring the life and legacy of Christopher Marlowe and other writers with local associations, such as Joseph Conrad. There will also be an Escape Room and a programme of immersive, interactive digital and theatrical engagement for Canterbury’s young visitors.

The Pioneering Canterbury programme will illuminate and celebrate the incredible contribution of Kent based and inspired writers to world literature, inspiring and emboldening new pioneers of the written and spoken word.

We are now seeking an exceptional, dynamic and innovative team to help us deliver this programme.

Pioneering Canterbury is part of the East Kent Pioneering Places project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

Main Duties

To undertake a Collections Review at The Marlowe Kit to support the delivery of the Pioneering Canterbury Project’s Vision and strategic objectives. To support the delivery of the collections element of the Pioneering Canterbury Project at The Marlowe Kit Pioneering Canterbury is part of the East Kent Pioneering Places project which aims to strengthen networked arts, culture and heritage within the place, leading to a more prominent role for culture in meeting local social and economic priorities. All Pioneering Canterbury posts will work to support the delivery of the East Kent Pioneering Places aims.

Essential Requirements

  • Knowledge of museum collections review and collections management processes.
  • Knowledge of collections care and access.
  • Strong organisational, logical and methodical thinking and planning skills.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • IT skills, including Microsoft office.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with colleagues and external organisations.
  • Proven experience of supporting Collections Management, preferably with experience of assisting with a Collections Review
  • Proven experience of working within a Museum setting
  • Proven experience of supervising volunteers
  • GCSEs level C or above, two to be Maths & English

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Craig Bowen at craig.bowen@canterbury.gov.uk or on 01227 475206.

Closing Date: Wednesday 18 October 2017

Interview Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017

To apply and for more information visit the website here