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Job: Collections Manager, Ray Harryhausen Collection / NMeM

Ray Harryhausen is known to most of today’s filmmakers as the man who ‘made the impossible possible’. As the influential pioneer of dimensional stop-motion model animation, he helped to create a unique genre of fantasy films that remain a benchmark and inspiration. We are now seeking an equally imaginative, innovative and creative Collections Manager who will act as an advocate for the Collection and manage its acquisition, particularly during its transfer from private ownership into the public domain.

Working closely with the Head of Collections, Projects the Curator & Archivist of the Harryhausen Collection and the Trustees of the Harryhausen Foundation, you will play a major role in shaping the Collection’s management, interpretation and use. You will research, develop and deliver high quality content for a range of public outputs ,using innovative communication techniques. You will know how to engage and excite different audiences, possess a visitor-focused approach and a commitment to delivering world-class displays and events. You’ll develop solid relationships with experts and stakeholders, film and media professionals, academics and the public to ensure the on-going delivery of ideas and projects which help manage the Collection, and utilise it to its maximum potential, offering life-enhancing experiences to a wide range of visitors.

Of graduate calibre in a media-related subject, you will have strong curatorial skills with a critical awareness of film or a related subject area. You will also have demonstrable working experience of developing exhibitions, websites or events relating to film animation or an associated discipline; collections management expertise including handling and assessing 2D and 3D objects; the ability to catalogue work to the highest professional standards; and relevant research experience.

Part of the Science Museum Group of museums, the National Media Museum aims to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues. Please note that this role will be based in London where you will be required to work at the home of the Harryhausen Collection’s owners; therefore sensitive interpersonal skills will be essential to your success.

Job Description:

Collections Manager, Ray Harryhausen Collection

National Media Museum, based: London

Salary: £22,970

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For further information and to apply, please visit:

Closing date: 8th February

Read more about the collection and the museum's role here

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Comment by Simon Robinson on February 4, 2013 at 9:03

I sent this info. on to my brother who is a) looking for work; b) based in London; c) a massive Harryhausen fan and collector; d) worked in archives before. e) met the guy. You never know.

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