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Curator: Americas

The British Museum
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
£38,414 per annum
Closing date
May 27, 2022

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Archivist / Curator / Librarian
Archaeology, General Anthropology
Full Time
Area Studies, North American Studies
Organization Type
Level of Experience

Curator: Americas
Africa, Oceania and the Americas
£38,414 per annum
Application deadline: 12pm (midday) 
19th May 2022

The British Museum is looking to appoint an innovative researcher to develop new projects on the Museum’ Native American collections, collaborating with communities nationally and internationally, to enhance public engagement and accessibility. This is an exciting opportunity to support the department’s contribution to the Museum’s cross-disciplinary research programme and ambitious masterplan – The Rosetta Project.

About the Museum

The British Museum is unique in bringing together the cultures of the world under one roof, spanning continents and oceans. No other museum is responsible for collections of the same depth and breadth, beauty, and significance. Its eight million objects allow us to explore the extraordinary diversity of human cultures, from small communities to vast empires, to discover the many forms and expressions human beings have given to every aspect of life, and to realise how closely they are interconnected.

About the role

The Curator: Americas is a key role in our Africa, Oceania and Americas department. The role is required to deliver innovative research which enhances knowledge of the collection and also enables public accessibility, and to support engagement with source communities. The role will also support our Rosetta Project, the Museum’s masterplan for future development and all relevant Museum wide strategies.

About you

You will be educated to degree level (or with equivalent experience gained) in Anthropology or a related subject. A member of relevant learned societies you will also have produced major publications in peer reviewed journals or in book form.

With experience of managing people, projects and budgets, you will be an open, effective communicator with good spoken and written English and also confident presenting in public in an engaging manner.

Experience of working in a Museum environment is essential, specifically in Native North American collections (excluding Mexico/Mesoamerica), and on temporary exhibitions or gallery refurbishment projects. You will be able to work effectively as a team with previous supervisor or director level experience of a research or fieldwork project in a relevant subject.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • To lead, and raise money for, innovative research projects on, and beyond, the Americas collection, including projects involving external partners.
  • To work collaboratively to improve the display of the Americas collection within the context of the Museum’s masterplan, both on- and off-site.
  • To make the Americas collection, and knowledge about it, publicly accessible via publication, digital, display, and broadcast.
  • To work collaboratively with other teams to deliver the move of the Americas collections from external storage facilities to the Bloomsbury site.
  • To lead on up-grading the documentation of the Americas collection.
  • To collaborate with other institutions or groups nationally and internationally, and to develop or ensure good relations with relevant stakeholders, in particular with source communities.


The Museum offers a competitive benefits package including, but not limited to:

  • Membership of one of the Civil Service Pension schemes
  • Generous holiday and parental leave entitlement
  • Professional and personal development opportunities
  • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
  • Occupational health service and Employee assistance programme
  • Interest free loans for season tickets, bicycles and rental deposits
  • Discounts at British Museum shops and catering outlets and with local and national businesses

The British Museum is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals can make best use of their skills, free from unlawful discrimination or harassment. We value the benefits that a diverse workforce brings to a museum which represents world culture. The Museum is committed to ensuring that no job applicant suffers unlawful discrimination because of any protected characteristics. Our recruitment procedures aim to ensure that individuals are treated because of their relevant knowledge, skills and experience.



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