Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
The National Media Museum’s diverse collections encompass some of the most significant and historically important cultural, scientific and aesthetic material in the world. As Head of Collections and Exhibitions for the National Media Museum, you will play a prominent role in creating an internationally acclaimed programme of exhibitions and events, supported by collections of genuine significance to our cultural history. Substantial senior management experience in a large cultural organisation is essential with a proven track record of delivering world-class exhibitions of varying sizes, budgets and complexity and of managing the development of significant museum collections.
Central to your success will be your ability to build strong working relationships within the museum, understanding our strategic priorities and shaping a robust, imaginative and visitor-focused future plan. This is very much an opportunity to inspire rejuvenation at every level, exploring opportunities to improve how we operate in core areas: how we care for and develop collections, how we improve visitor access, learning and engagement, how we enhance the content of our exhibitions and our research programme. You will have a specific responsibility for bringing together the curatorial and exhibitions teams, uniting skill sets to create a rich public programme that will build new audiences and increase access to the collections.
Award winning, visionary and truly unique, The National Media Museum primarily embraces photography, film and television. Part of the Science Museum Group family of museums, it aims to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.
The Science Museum Group is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. Consisting of the Science Museum (http://www.sciencemuseum.ac.uk/), Museum of Science and Industry (http://www.mosi.org.uk/) (Manchester), National Media Museum (http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/), National Railway Museum (http://www.nrm.org.uk/) (York), and National Railway Museum (http://www.nrm.org.uk/shildon) (Shildon) we have five million visitors each year, making us the most significant group of museums of science and innovation worldwide.
Purpose of the Job
To work with the Head of Museum to deliver a rejuvenated National Media Museum, with improved care and access to the collections and an internationally significant programme of exhibitions and events. The post-holder has specific responsibility for bringing together the curatorial and exhibitions teams to deliver care of the collections of the standard of a national museum and a rich public programme that will build new audiences and improve opportunities for learning and engagement
1. To deliver the collections information and content required for a rejuvenated NationalMediaMuseum with effective programming, excellent access to the collections and a robust, fundable future plan
2. Responsible for the delivery of innovative, audience focused exhibitions and programmes for the NationalMediaMuseum and for Media Space (working with colleagues in the ScienceMuseum)
3. Responsible for developing and delivering the successful matrix management of all cultural outputs in the NationalMediaMuseum
4. To define and deliver a programme of cultural change that modernises working practices in the Collections and Exhibitions teams in line with the standards and expectations of a national museum in the Science Museum Group, to ensure the delivery of high quality outputs
5. Responsible for managing relationships across departments in the Museum and ensuring appropriate collaborative working to deliver the required outputs and increase visitor figures
6. Work with the Head of Museum to deliver a robust, imaginative and visitor focused future plan for the collections, programme and estate of theNationalMediaMuseum, and support the development of sponsorship proposals
7. Responsible for developing and delivering (with others) the content for the Museum’s future plan
8. To represent the NationalMediaMuseum and Science Museum Group (SMG) externally where appropriate, e.g. on professional groups and in dealings with stakeholders (such as DCMS) and partners (such as the Royal Photographic Society, the Getty Institute) ensuring positive relationships and enhancement of the museum reputation
9. Define and deliver a strategy to build, enhance and refine the National Media Collections to ensure they are of international significance, including acquisition and disposal against agreed strategy, policy and business activity
10. Define and deliver improved public and scholarly access to the Museum’s collections, appropriate research outputs and an increase in awareness of the significance of the Museum’s collections nationally and internationally
11. Define and deliver excellent standards of research-driven exhibitions to the Media Space exhibition programme in London and Bradford
12. Work with the Head of Collections at the ScienceMuseum to ensure the appropriate development of all collections and collecting policies in line with Science Museum Group standards, ensure the application of all SMG collection and documentation standards
13. Take care of your personal health and safety and that of others and report any health and safety concerns. Ensure proactive compliance with Science Museum Group H&S Policies, including risk assessments and implementing safe systems of work
Working Relationships and Contacts
Line Management and Budget Responsibility
Directly line manages: up to 6
Indirectly line manages: up to 20
Contractors/freelancers: up to 10
Budget Holder of up to £1,000,000
Skills, Knowledge and Relevant Qualifications
Scope for Impact
The post holder is a key driver in ensuring the delivery of a high quality programme and increased access to the collections, improving perceptions of the museum and significantly enhancing the understanding of the museum as a professional, effective organisation nationally and internationally.
The post holder will be central to scoping and delivering cultural change across the Exhibition and Collections teams, implementing significant change in ways of working and in the attitude and behaviour of staff, adopting a matrix approach to managing outcomes.
The post holder will be instrumental in developing a new model of combining research, curatorship and communication to deliver outcomes that build new audiences and improve opportunities for learning and engagement.
The post holder is key to in establishing effective collaborative relationships across the Science Museum Group and more widely with local stakeholders and international partners, including relationships with external designers, consultants/project managers and internal stakeholders to ensure a high standard of exhibition delivery that enhances the Museum’s reputation.
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