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Job: Curatorial Research Assistant (Photographs)

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or who are currently contributing to British history and culture. The Gallery attracts over 2 million visits a year and is among London’s most popular attractions, it reaches and engages these, and further UK and global audiences, with its extensive display, exhibition, research, learning, outreach, publishing, digital and national programmes.

Curatorial Research Assistant (Photographs)
Part Time, 2 days (16 hours) per week
£10,252 per annum (£25,630 full-time equivalent)
Fixed-term for 3 months

The Gallery is currently looking for a Curatorial Research Assistant (Photographs) to provide effective research support to the Head  of Photographs Collection for the exhibition Victorian Giants: Cameron, Carroll, Rejlander and the Birth of Art Photography (working title), opening in 2018. The project also provides a good opportunity to work alongside curatorial staff in a national Collection and gain insight into the exhibition planning process.  Training will be provided in the use of the Heinz Archive and Library and on the Gallery’s database systems, including basic coding to allow for work on the online database.

The successful candidate will hold a degree in Art or Art History, ideally with relevant specialisation in 19th century art and photography. Demonstrable experience conducting primary research in libraries and archives and a strong working knowledge of library databases and research methodology are also vital to this role, along with a strong art historical and historical knowledge of 19th century art and photography.  The post holder must have effective oral and written communication skills, and be confident in sifting, analysing and conveying large volumes of information. Excellent organisational and administrative skills, along with meticulous attention to detail are also essential.

Full details of this and all other employment opportunities at the Gallery can be viewed at our website, or requested by e-mailing:

Closing date for returned applications is 9.00am on Wednesday 26 October 2016. Currently we are expecting to hold interviews on Monday 31 October 2016. Please indicate on the application form if you will not be available on this particular date. 

The Gallery is committed to equality and is a member of the Employers’ Forum on Disability, Race for Opportunity and the Equality Exchange.

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