Assistant Keeper – Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books (Fixed Term)
University of Cambridge, The Fitzwilliam Museum
Deadline: 8 July 2014
Interview date: 21 July 2014
The Fitzwilliam Museum is the principal museum of the University of Cambridge. It houses internationally important collections organised in five curatorial departments and provides education and information services for a variety of audiences. All of its collections were designated in 1997 as being of outstanding national and international importance. With upwards of 160,000 illuminated manuscripts, rare books, manuscript and printed music, literary autographs and archives, the Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books is acknowledged as one of the finest and most significant museum collections of its kind in the world.
This three-year role offers an exciting opportunity for an inspirational pro-active professional to enhance the Museum’s standing within the fields of music or literary studies nationally and internationally. They will have academic expertise in at least one of the following disciplines: Musicology, Book History, History of Art, History or Literature, all European, including English, 15th- 20th century. Relevant experience with comparable collections in a curatorial, research or management capacity is also required. Excellent IT, organisational and communication skills are expected.
The successful candidate will act as the deputy to the Keeper, Manuscripts and Printed Books, in the overall care of the collections, the administration and management of the Department, and all curatorial and collections-related duties. The main responsibilities will include research, teaching publications; provision of information on and access to the collections; organisation of displays, specialist group visits and public talks; management or supervision of researchers, interns and volunteers; preparation of documents, funding applications and reports.
Further details on how to apply are to be found on the university website.