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Job: Curator of Medieval Art and Design, V&A Museum, London

Screen Shot 2017-09-01 at 15.46.23.pngJob: Curator of Medieval Art and Design, V&A Museum, London
Deadline: 29 September 2017

The V&A is seeking to appoint a Curator of Medieval Art and Design to join the Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass.

The post-holder will be responsible for the development, care, research, display and interpretation of medieval art and design (excluding manuscripts, which are held in the National Art Library) in the Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass Department. The extensive European medieval collections are of national and international importance, and the post-holder will serve a wider role within the Department and the Museum as one of the medieval specialists, and will be expected to play an active role in the field of medieval studies and collecting, both nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will have practical experience of collections management, excellent organisational, interpersonal and writing skills and experience in research and publication. They will be comfortable working across decorative arts collections, contributing to the V&A FuturePlan and exhibition projects, and cultivating and cementing good relations with external organisations and communities.

For further information on the post and to submit your application visit the V&A’s Recruitment Portal.

Gothic Revival, Medieval Art & the Hereford Screen

Issue 5 of British Art Studies features a One Object study of the Gothic Revival Hereford Screen. The 8 tonne metalwork structure was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and manufactured by the firm of Francis Skidmore in 1862. The collection of essays fosters discussion of the screen’s medieval models as well as its Victorian genesis.


The Hereford Screen in Hereford Cathedral, view from North Transept, 19th century. (Image from the V&A website)

As a new and exclusively digital journal, British Art Studies’ virtual platform is celebrated through abundant interplay of text, image and audio-visual material.  It brings together seven scholars who present technical and theoretical perspectives on a single object by means of ‘traditional’ essays and short films.  This brief blog-post aims to draw attention to the medieval content of the study, notwithstanding the overall interest and coherence of all the constituent articles.

The One Object discussion is introduced by Ayla Lepine, in an essay entitled Resurrection, Re-Imagination, Reconstruction:
New Viewpoints on the Hereford Screen.


Essays in the discussion that focus on medieval material are:

The Hereford Screen: A Prehistory, by medievalist Matthew Reeve, guides the reader through a history of the medieval predecessors of the Hereford screen and places its production in the context of the Cathedral space and the architect’s work at Lichfield and Salisbury.

Jacqueline Jung’s contribution, a video essay entitled, The Medieval Choir Screen in Sacred Space, considers the sight-lines and sculptural relationships created by the strategically designed perforations and interior figural programmes of medieval screens and their host churches, focusing on two examples from 13th-century Italy and 15th-century Germany.

The oddly fragile, contentious choir screen, in its many historical manifestations, receives a colourful and polyphonic tribute in this One Object study. As a medieval art blog, links to the most relevant essays are given above but are, for best results, to be enjoyed with their Gothic Revival companions.

Tour of V&A’s Collection of Medieval Ironwork Thursday 12th May 2016

Chichester GrilleOn Thurs 12 May Jane Geddes has kindly offered to lead a tour of the V&A’s unparalleled collection of medieval ironwork. Prof Geddes is the world expert on medieval ironwork and this promises to be a wonderful opportunity to learn about an often neglected aspect of medieval material culture. We will meet at the information desk at the main entrance to the V&A at 10am on the 12th, and will finish by 12.

Spaces are limited so please email Margaret.Crosland@courtauld.ac.uk if you would like to come.


Job: Exhibition Research Assistant – English Medieval Embroidery (London, Victoria and Albert Museum)

Exhibition Research Assistant – English Medieval Embroidery
London, Victoria and Albert Museum
Deadline: 15 September 2014


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The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design. We enrich people’s lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

We are currently preparing a headline exhibition for Autumn 2016 on English Medieval Embroidery. From the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries, England was internationally famous mainly for one type of artistic product – elaborate luxury embroideries. These objects, often identifiable in continental documents by the term Opus Anglicanum (English work) were sought after by Kings, Popes and Cardinals, and often bear complex programmes of elaborate imagery. The V&A possesses the world’s greatest collection of such works and the exhibition aims to bring together an outstanding range of the surviving examples of this celebrated period in England’s artistic production.

A practically minded scholar is required to assist in the development and delivery of the exhibition, in particular to undertake a wide range of research tasks, to build and maintain good relations with lenders and other stakeholders and to carry out curatorial administration. The Research Assistant will also assist the Exhibition Curator to deliver the accompanying publication and events.

You will have demonstrable expertise and research experience in a relevant area of art and design history, be proficient in one modern language and have experience of researching museum collections.

This is a fixed term, full time position until February 2017.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 9.00 a.m. on Monday 15 September 2014.

For further information and to apply, see: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/jobs/apply/

Source: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/jobs/apply/