Curator for Hoards at the British Museum

The British Museum’s Money and Medals department has recently reviewed its structure to support the Museum’s Masterplan and strategic ambitions. They are looking for a full-time and permanent “Curator: Hoards” on Money and Medals in Bloomsbury with a salary of £41,949 per annum. The application deadline ends at 9:00 AM on Monday 9 October 2023.

Curator of Hoards is our new role to lead the processing, cataloging, reporting and research of coin-related Treasure finds. With specialism in either Iron Age and Roman, or Medieval and Modern numismatics, the successful candidate will manage a small team ensuring timely delivery of Coroner’s reports and annual listings, and develop and deliver research projects involving Treasure and coin hoards.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • To manage a team processing Treasure and hoard reports and advising the Portable Antiquities Scheme
  • To act as Principal Investigator leading on research projects on coin hoards involving external partners
  • To raise money to support research projects on and beyond hoards, including projects involving external partners
  • To make coin hoards material publicly accessible via publication, digital, display, and broadcast
  • To lead on up-grading the documentation of hoards by the Museum
  • To lead on improving the display of hoards and related material in the British Museum galleries and elsewhere both on- and off-site

About you:

  • You will have a degree or equivalent experience in history, archeology or related subject, have extensive experience in generating hoard reports and be a member of relevant learned societies.
  • You will also have experience as a supervisor or director of a research or fieldwork project, be able to engage the public and working with or for the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
  • Ability to work part of a team, effective communication skills, and ability to present to public in engaging manner is also essential.
  • Further details can be found in the enclosed job description and person specification.

About the British Museum:

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. The Museum is one of the leading visitor attractions and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

The Museum offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave allowance of 25 days (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service) plus 2.5 privilege days and plus bank holidays
  • Membership of the civil service defined benefit pension scheme
  • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
  • Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
  • Interest-free travel, bicycle and rental deposit loans
  • Professional and personal development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts on food and gift shop purchases