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Senior Curator – York Castle Museum

Contract: Permanent – Part Time (22.2 hours per week) with the possibility of increase to full time in the future
Salary:£19,660.80 – £21,182.40 (£32,768 – £35,304 fte, YMT Scale Points 34-37)   


York Castle Museum is one of York’s most beloved visitor attractions. Set in Grade I listed buildings and a Scheduled Monument, we hold an incredible social history collection Designated of national significance. The collections are notable for both their breadth and their depth, and they are remarkable in the pioneering nature of their origins. The Castle Museum itself is located at the Eye of Yorkshire on the site of the historic York Castle. It occupies the oldest purpose-built debtors’ prison in the country and the adjacent Female Prison dating to 1780. These buildings, which incorporate the original castle wall, form part of one of the most notable set pieces of grand Georgian architecture in the North of England. 1000 years of extraordinary events happened here including the start of the Harrying of the North, the Peterloo trials, hustings, executions and protests; prisoners included persecuted minorities, Jacobites, transportees to Australia, felons and debtors. The site is incredibly rich in its potential for engaging with a wide range of audiences, locally, national and internationally.

We are looking for an ambitious, creative and resourceful Senior Curator to join us in shaping both the immediate future of the museum, and to help us realise our long-term vision to transform York Castle Museum through an ambitious major project.

You will have significant experience of working with similar collections or historic sites. Expert knowledge of one of York Castle Museum’s specialist areas is essential for this role. The scope of the collection and site are very broad, but we would expect expertise in at least one of the following areas: British social history, architectural history, costume & textile collections, the history of confectionary, folk / folk art history, prison development and reform and/or military history. You will champion diverse and inclusive histories and ensure that the development of the collections actively seeks to discover diverse perspectives on the history of the site and our collection,

Experience of delivering complex exhibitions, managing collections, teams and individuals is essential and experience of capital projects would be an advantage.  You will be comfortable with public speaking, representing the museum and in using all channels of communication to engage with and listen to a wide range of audiences, communities and stakeholders.  Experience of working with communities to develop collections, exhibitions and projects is essential.

A flexible approach to work is essential, including working evenings and/or weekends as required.

This role will work from home temporarily in line with other YMT staff.  In the long term this role will be based in York, but with the option to work flexibly.

How to apply:

Please download the following documents:

Job Description
Application Form
Our Organisation

Application forms (in a Word compatible format) should be returned to [email protected].

CVs will not be accepted and applications can only be accepted from candidates who have permission to work in the UK.  If, after applying, you have not heard from us by two weeks after the closing date, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

As an organisation York Museums Trust is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Dates to bear in mind…
Closing date for applications is 9am on Wednesday 10 March 2021
Interviews will to take place online on Thursday 25 March 2021