Collections Assistant, Information Age
COL/SCM/MAR13 – Collections Assistant, Information Age
| Collections Assistant, Information Age. Based at Blythe House and Science Museum, London Full time, 18 month contract
Information Age is a major new gallery being developed at the Science Museum on the history of communications technologies through to the present day to open in 2014. This gallery is object-rich, supported by varied interpretation and innovative interactivity. It is sector-leading in the practice of co-creation; audiences will be involved in all stages of the gallery development to enrich the experience for all visitors.
The Science Museum is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic Collections Assistant who will work closely with the project team to plan and undertake the safe handling and movement of a wide range of materials, sizes and conditions which may be either palletised or moved individually, using a variety of lifting and manual handling equipment. You will be experienced at packing objects for transport.
You will work alongside core Conservation and Collection Care teams to prioritise, manage and document the movement and final storage or display location, and communicate all moves to teams on relevant sites in advance.
You will be based at Blythe House in Kensington Olympia and at the Science Museum in South Kensington depending on project activity and will be part of the team of Collection care and conservation staff which works across the Science Museum’s three sites.
You will also participate in the safe management of hazards within the collections, complying with current H&S regulations and in-house policies and safe working practices.
You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be confident communicating with a wide range of people. You will have demonstrable skills in problem solving and prioritising, which will be supported by your previous experience within a museum or cultural heritage environment. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to plan and execute your own work programmes, provide statistics and promote high and collections care standards.
The Science Museum Group (SMG) comprises the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon and the National Media Museum in Bradford. Together they share a unifying mission to engage people in a dialogue about the past, present and future of human ingenuity in the fields of science, technology, medicine, transport and media.
Closing date: 24 March 2013
Interviews: 3 April 2013
When you apply you will be asked to upload one document in Microsoft Word format which includes both your CV and a covering statement. In order for your application to be considered, your covering statement must include your response to the following questions:
Q1: Please outline what attracts you to this specific role. In doing this, please outline what attracts you to working at SMG as well as the nature of the role itself.
Q2: Please outline the achievement you are most proud of within a comparable role
Q3: Please provide examples that demonstrate your previous experience in the care, movement, cleaning and storage of objects
Q4: Please outline your experience working within health & safety policy and procedures including the use of risk assessments and method statements
SMG Job Description
Job Title: Collections Assistant Information Age
Department: Conservation and Collections Care
Location: Science Museum, London
Reports to: Conservation & Collections Care Manager London and Blythe House
Purpose of the Job
The Collections assistant will be based first at Blythe House, the Science Museum’s small to medium size object store at Kensington Olympia, London, and later at the Science Museum in South Kensington. He or she may also be required to work at other SMG sites the large object store at Wroughton, near Swindon.
The Collections Assistant will be part of the Information Age exhibitions team and will meet and advise the project teams based at the museum which includes curators and contracted designers. The project team will work alongside the Conservation and Collections Care teams based at the three sites.
He or she will assist in the care, movement, packing, storage, and access of the Science Museum’s collections using best practice to meet strategic and statutory requirements.
Ensuring that these tasks are carried out in a safe and secure manner to comply with current legislation and following best professional practice.
Working Relationships and Contacts
Line Management and Budget Responsibility
Directly line manages: 0
Indirectly line manages: 0
Budget Holder of: 0
Skills, Knowledge and Relevant Qualifications
Scope for Impact