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Job: Project Officer, Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock

We are looking for somebody who can take responsibility for the successful delivery of the [James] Fenton Collection Project. With the support of volunteers, this project aims to catalogue a significant photographic collection of 4,500 items, consisting of photographs, cameras, pre-cinema object and printed materials. All of this will be carried out in the public gallery to maximise our opportunity to engage with our audiences.

What it's like to work here

Visitors flock to this quirky 13th century abbey to enjoy the museum dedicated to photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. Outdoor theatre, photography exhibitions and family trails are among the innovative events run by the 40 staff members and local volunteers, making for a lively and fun visitor experience. It’s likely you will need your own transport to get here, however this is a great opportunity to join a welcoming team and contribute to an exciting programme of events.

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What you'll be doing

Your role will plan and lead all elements of the project on a day-to-day basis including: volunteer recruitment, training and management; management of the cataloguing process; developing relationships with new audiences and enabling them to be involved including outreach if appropriate; managing the project budgets and being responsible for reporting to funders; developing the cataloguing process into a fantastic part of the visitor experience.

Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to have the following attributes:

  • Experience of having worked in museums/heritage and understanding of collections management processes including cataloguing and inventory control and awareness of Museum Accreditation standards
  • Experience of the National Trust Collections Management System or another collections inventory database
  • A sound working knowledge of volunteering principles, trends and practice with experience of all elements of volunteer management
  • Knowledge of the principles of interpretation and what makes a great visitor experience
  • Experience of developing elements of the visitor experience; planning and delivering inspirational engagement activities
  • Some project management experience in a similar environment and / or experience of delivering projects that have received external funding
  • Good team player, may have supervisory skills
  • Well organised. Able to work with own initiative without immediate assistance from manager.
  • Some budget management experience
  • Excellent people skills enabling strong relationships to be built and maintained, externally and internally

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