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Job: Research Assistant - History of Photography / closes 27 January 2020

You will work as a research assistant on a Paul Mellon funded project conducted by the National Trust and the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London.  Your primary role will responsibility for co-ordinating a number of workshops involving academics and museum professionals, which are intended to explore approaches to the extensive photographic collections of the National Trust. In consultation with the Trust’s newly appointed curator of photographs and a Birkbeck Professor who is leading the project, you will help plan and organise a series of day-long workshops. You will correspond with participants and assume responsibility for the practical organisation of these events.

You will be based at the National Trust’s office in Grosvenor Gardens, London and will liaise between project personnel and communicate with curators and academics.

The post offers an excellent opportunity to work with the National Trust, gaining experience in the museum and heritage sector and involvement in an innovative research project in the history of photography.

You will have experience undertaking research in a related field and excellent organisation and communication skills. You will be capable of working both as part of a team and in a self-directed fashion; and be confident using standard IT systems and learning to use custom internal databases.

Desirable: A relevant knowledge of history of photography would be a distinct advantage as would familiarity with the National Trust and the wider heritage sector.


Grade 6 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £33,836 rising to £38,594, per annum pro rata.

The salary quoted will be pro-rata for this part time post and is on the College's London Pay Scale which includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area.


If you would like to know more about the role please click on apply below or contact Steve Edwards, Professor of History and Theory of Photography, via email:

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