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NPG Curatorial Internship – Photographs

The Photographs collection consists of more than 250,000 original photographic images of which at least 130,000 are original negatives. They date from the 1840s to the present day. The department is also responsible for the upkeep of records pertaining to the Photographs Collection as well as records relating to photographic portraiture.

Six month internship

We have an opportunity for a paid intern to work on the addition of past photographic display records (including press releases, review excerpts and hand lists to the Gallery’s website).  This frequently visited web page on the photographs section of the website has become a valuable archival resource detailing important exhibitions and displays dating back to the 1970s.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to shadow work of the photographs department and assist with shared tasks such as integrating archival records, retrieving original works and re-housing elements of the collection.

This opportunity will suit someone who has an interest in photographic portraiture and British history and can demonstrate accuracy and attention to detail and is able to work as part of a small team. It will provide the successful candidate with an invaluable insight into how a national photographs collection has been managed, interpreted and exhibited over time.

Main duties

  1. The addition of past photographic display records to the website. Ensuring the correct documents are included and filed in the correct manner before past display files are passed to the archive.
  2. The integration of records into Notes on Photographers and archive Sitter files.
  3. Working with aspects of the Photographs Collection including tasks such as the re-housing of original photographs. This will include re-wrapping original negatives and expanding sequences in our Special Collections Store.
  4. Curating a photographs section web featur, such as a slideshow or spotlight feature. There may be an opportunity to contribute to a small display within the Gallery.

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