Project Curator, Delftware

A great oppor­tu­ni­ty has arisen for a Project Cura­tor to research and re-inter­pret the Delft­ware col­lec­tion at Bris­tol Muse­um & Art Gallery.

23:59 08/11/20
£28,672 - £32,234
With funding from Arts Council England a great opportunity has arisen for a Project Curator to research and re-interpret the large and important Delftware collection at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

From the 1680s until the 1830s potters in Bristol produced Delftware ceramics (tin-glazed earthenware) with lively blue-and-white designs that were exported around the world. Your job will be to bring Bristol’s Delftware collection to life by:

- Working with a photographer to complete the digitisation of Bristol’s Delftware collection.
- Meeting with specialists in the Delftware field and recording their expertise.
- Conducting new research into archaeological finds from Bristol Delftware kiln sites as well as records at Bristol Archives and updating the museum’s digital catalogue.
- Writing new gallery labels and preparing an online exhibition of Bristol Delftware.
- Delivering outreach sessions for residents of the areas where Bristol Delftware kilns were situated and for visitors to the annual Festival of Archaeology.
- Delivering talks and study sessions for students and other visitors.
- Planning and delivering a Delftware knowledge sharing day for museum sector colleagues as well as a symposium.

This is an excellent opportunity to build your expertise in British ceramics and gain experience of a range of curatorial work through a multi-faceted role in a vibrant museum service. You will report to the Senior Curator, Visual Arts and you’ll be part of the Collections & Archives team of 40 plus staff (curators, archivists, conservators, documentation and environmental records staff).

You will be able to demonstrate the knowledge, aptitude and experience detailed in the Person Specification. A background in the curation of applied arts collections and a proven interest in archaeology would be an advantage combined with excellent research, communication and project management skills. Experience of a museum documentation system is also important, as you will be expected to use the Axiell EMu museum documentation system.

The two-year fixed term post is funded by Arts Council England. All full time posts can be considered for job share. Find out more and apply at