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Job: Property Curator, Lacock / closes 14 February 2021

The Fox Talbot Museum will no longer have a specialist curator for the first time since the museum's opening in 1975 as the National Trust recruits for a more general Property Curator for its Lacock portfolio. This includes the Fox Talbot Museum and Abbey and three other Trust properties close to Lacock. The role replaces Roger Watson who retired as Fox Talbot Museum curator last autumn. 

For Lacock the role description notes: The Property Curator has overall responsibly for curation and conservation care of the Lacock and North Wiltshire Portfolio which also includes Great Chalfield Manor, The Courts Garden and Westwood Manor. The Abbey itself has a team working with the Property Curator, you will be responsible for setting standards / objectives / managing budgets etc. Practically how the Property Curator deploys their team to meet these responsibilities is largely up to you, so you would delegate as you need to and play to strengths of the whole team including yourself. 

The wider role description says: Our remarkable collections are held across hundreds of properties and places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They include outstanding internationally important works of art and material culture such as paintings, sculptures, textiles, dress, decorative arts, furniture, books and libraries, as well as highly significant industrial, agricultural photographic, archaeological and archival collections.  We also care for places and landscapes that are carry with complex and fascinating histories.  We now have a number of exciting opportunities for Property Curators at some of our most internationally significant historic properties within England.

Our houses and collections are a fundamental part of our work and these new roles take a critical part in helping to care for, research and interpret these places and their collections.

To support some of our most internationally significant collections we need Property Curators to deliver an innovative approach to these high profile cultural destinations. While the properties are all unique, the role is to deliver a consistent approach of high standards of collections management and care across our most internationally significant historic properties.

See more here: 

General role (plus link to detail for Lacock): https://careers.nationaltrust.org.uk/OA_HTML/a/#/vacancy-detail/97214

Lacock specific role: https://careers.nationaltrust.org.uk/OA_HTML/fndgfm.jsp?mode=downlo...

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Comment by David Partner on February 1, 2021 at 23:43
I’d heard that the NT were going to restructure their curator posts but this is really shocking. How is a world renowned photographic resource of the calibre of Lacock going to develop let alone exist under a property manager whose skills, however well meaning, will be of necessity more about spreadsheets than photographic history, at a very modest salary...

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