Medieval jobs! Project curator for the British Museum’s exhibition on Thomas Becket

Vacancy for Project Curator: Becket

Project Curator: Becket
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
Full time
Fixed term (14 months in duration)
£25,285 per annum

Application deadline:  13 September 2019 by noon


The British Museum is seeking to recruit a Project Coordinator to support the Becket exhibition project team, working closely with the Lead Curators in the development and delivery of the exhibition and publication.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • To work as a core member of the Project Team, assisting the Lead Curators and Project Manager as well as liaising with other key internal stakeholders.
  • To manage and file project documentation and correspondence. To obtain necessary information on loans (dimensions, special condition requirements, credit lines and copyright) through liaising with lenders and International and Departmental loans officers.
  • To compile and manage a digital database with object list and images.
  • To track and monitor the movement of BM objects for the exhibition between departments (such as conservation and photography).
  • To assist the Lead Curators with background research, picture research and picture acquisition for the exhibition and publication, and to coordinate new photography and manage photographic orders.

Person specification:

With a degree in relevant subject, the successful candidate will have demonstrable museum experience, project experience and research experience. They will be an excellent communicator at all levels and a team player who thrives on challenge. They will be adaptable, resourceful, imaginative, with ability to assess priorities and meet deadlines. They will have high proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and managing digital imagery.

Salary: £25,285 per annum
Location: London

Further details: 

Study Day: Medieval Greek Liturgy and Liturgical Art: an exploration of the interaction between art and experience in religious life (London, 31 October 2014)

The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies and the British Museum present:
A Study Day on Medieval Greek Liturgy and Liturgical Art: an exploration of the interaction between art and experience in religious life
When: Friday, October 31, 2014 from 9.30am until 4.45pm
Where: Sackler Room B, British Museum


Programme (still subject to final confirmation)

There are six presentations of thirty minutes, each followed by a ten minute questions period, plus an introduction and a handling session of related objects by Museum Curator Chris Entwistle.

The presenters are:

Professor Liz James (University of Sussex): Introduction and Conclusion

Dr. Nadine Schibille (University of Sussex): Liturgy in Space

Dr. Mary Cunningham (University of Nottingham): Liturgical celebration of Mary, the Mother of God, in the Middle Byzantine period: the interaction between Church hymnography and devotional art

Arik Avdokhin (PhD Candidate, King’s College London): Public Involvement in Early Byzantine (Para)Liturgical Practices: Participation in Hymns and Prayers in Churches and Elsewhere

Dr. Heather Hunter-Crawley (University of Bristol): Mirroring Heaven – The Experience of Eucharistic Silverware in Early Byzantium

Dr. Cecily Hennessy (Christie’s Education): Monumental decoration in relation to the liturgy

Professor Robin Cormack (University of Cambridge): The 14th century icon of the Triumph of Orthodoxy and the broader question of how to discover the use of icons in the liturgy

Fees and Reservations: Reservations are essential because there is limited space. The fee is £15 for SPBS members and £20 for all others.

For further information on the programme, and for making a reservation, please see:

Conference: Invention and Imagination in British Art and Architecture, 600-1500

Invention and Imagination in British Art and Architecture, 600-1500
London, The British Museum, 30 October – 1 November 2014 
A collaborative event organised by the Paul Mellon Centre and The British Museum

© Trustees of the British Museum
© Trustees of the British Museum

This conference will explore the ways in which artists and patrons in Britain devised and introduced new or distinctive imagery, styles and techniques, as well as novel approaches to bringing different media together. It is concerned with the mechanisms of innovation, with inventive and imaginative processes, and with the relations between conventions and individual expression. The conversation will therefore also address the very notions of sameness and difference in medieval art and architecture, and how these may be evaluated and explained historically. 

Topics for discussion can include authorship, creativity, experimentation, envisaging, representation, and regulation by guilds or patrons, as well as casestudies of particular objects, buildings, commissions or practices.

The conference will take place on 30th October – 1st November at The British Museum; it will include collaborations with the museum’s Department of Prehistory & Europe and opportunities to see works from the collection.

List of participants and speakers’ titles & abstracts (A-Z)

Jessica Barker (PhD Candidate : Courtauld Institute of Art)
Effigies of Husband and Wife at Bredon and Lowthorpe: Investigating Unique Iconography on Fourteenth-Century Funerary Sculpture

Paul Binski, Keynote Speaker (Professor of the History of Medieval Art History : University of Cambridge)
Medieval Invention and its Potencies

Kerry Paul Boeye (Assistant Professor of Art History : Loyola University Maryland)
Iconographic Invention in Thirteenth- and early Fourteenth-Century English Psalters

Alexandrina Buchanan (Lecturer in Archive Studies : University of Liverpool)
Gained in Translation: Architectural Drawing and Three-Dimensional Geometry

Andrew Budge (PhD Candidate, Birkbeck College : University of London)
The Fourteenth rebuilding of the Collegiate Church of St Mary Warwick: Risk-taking Innovation or Simple Fashion Statement?

James Alexander Cameron (PhD Candidate : Courtauld Institute of Art)
The Englishness of English Sedilla

Kristen Collins (Associate Curator, Department of Manuscripts : Getty Museum)
Resonance and Reuse: The Reinvention of a Late-Romanesque Vita Christi in Fifteenth-Century East Anglia

Lloyd De Beer (Project Curator, Late Medieval Collections : The British Museum)
The Key of David and the Temple of Justice: An Analysis of the Chichester Seal Matrix

Veronica Decker (Art History Department : University of Vienna)
The Patronage of William of Wykeham: Imagination and Experimentation in Fourteenth-Century Art and Architecture

Emily Guerry (Junior Research Fellow in History of Art, Merton College : University of Oxford)
Picturing the Saints: Relics, Patronage and the “Westminster Court Style” in Gothic Cult Painting

Jack Hartnell (Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin/ Victoria and Albert Museum)
The Wound Man and the English Medical Imagination

James Hillson (PhD Candidate : University of York)
Iterative Invention: Delayed Design in Dynastic Gothic at St Stephen’s Chapel Westminster and Norwich Cathedral Cloister

Aden Kumler, Keynote Speaker (Associate Professor of Art History and the College : University of Chicago)
Envisioning Art as Process in Medieval Britain

Helen Lunnon (Tutor in Art History : University of East Anglia)
Inventio Porticus

Julian Luxford (Reader in Art History : University of St Andrews)
Inscribed Churches in Late Medieval England

John Munns (Lecturer in the History of Medieval Art : University of Cambridge)
Seeing Things: from Art to Apparition in the High Middle Ages

Laura Slater (Post Doctoral Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Department of Art History : University of York)
Inventing and Imagining Place: Jerusalems in England and the Case of Westminster

Roger Stalley (Professor Emeritus of the History of Art : Trinity College)
Reason and Imagination in English Gothic Architecture

For further information, see the conference website: