Lead Curator
National Trust
Bury St Edmunds, GB
2d ago


We are looking for a new Lead Curator for the National Trust’s Eastern Region. If you are someone with proven curatorial and leadership skills, who enjoys being in a professional environment that constantly challenges boundaries between places, subject disciplines and departmental constraints, this could be the ideal career move!

Your work base location is the regional office in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

We are offering a salary of £48,680. We also offer an impressive benefits package including up to five volunteering days, contributory pension and flexible working.

What it's like to work here

The Eastern Region Eastern covers the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

An area with a wonderfully varied National Trust portfolio, ranging from places of international significance such as Sutton Hoo, irreplaceable landscapes such as Wicken Fen, great houses such as Ickworth, significant collections and small, characterful properties such as Peckover House, not as well-

known but nevertheless every bit as important to the people who know and love it.

What you'll be doing

Our curators play an increasingly vital part in the Trust’s ambition to ensure that these landscapes, buildings, collections and stories are understood, preserved, inspiringly presented and accessible to everyone.

The role of regional Lead Curator is often as much about influencing change through establishing creative partnerships and collaborative working as it is about pursuing a single subject specialism, although you will also be expected to initiate, guide and support focused collaborative research, interpretation and conservation strategies at local, regional and national levels.

  • You will lead a team of curators but champion mixed disciplinary team collaborations. You will be part of a regional group of specialists supporting the breadth of the Trust’s activity and will enjoy working with our large team of inspiring National Specialists;
  • Who we're looking for

  • Several years of curatorial experience and responsibility at a senior organisational level
  • Considerable experience of leading and participating in interdisciplinary teams and partnerships
  • An appetite for creative change
  • Proven ability to listen constructively and to influence and motivate people who may have widely differing professional priorities
  • Significant knowledge and experience of public delivery in at least three of the following areas; history, social history, archaeology, or the histories of architecture, gardens, landscapes or art.
  • A record of sound academic research and its presentation through publication and contributions to conferences etc.
  • Creative interest in, and experience of, interpreting and presenting the outcomes of research in imaginative ways to non-
  • specialist and diverse audiences, including volunteers

  • A comprehensive understanding of current best practice in relation both to the integrated care and management of landscape, buildings and collections and to obligations of public access
  • Benefits

    Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

    Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan, a loan towards rental deposits and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

    Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

    All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year !

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