Expiry date: 23:59, 11 February 2018
Salary: £27,000.00 – £35,000.00 Per Annum
Benefits: Excellent package
Royal Observatory Greenwich holds a treasure trove of some of history’s most iconic timepieces. Here, at the home of Greenwich Mean Time, visitors can discover the fascinating stories behind our national collection of marine chronometers and precision timekeeping devices, including the Harrison timekeepers, Charles Shepherd’s ‘master clock’, and the famous Greenwich Time Ball. The richness of its horological collections reflects the Observatory’s importance – and the history of an institution that stretches back to the seventeenth century.
You’ll act as champion for these collections, building your expertise around the objects themselves and their links with navigation and wider global scientific, cultural, social and economic developments. Working collaboratively across the Museum, your goal will be to ensure that the collections and their related subjects are not only accessible, but relevant, contemporary and interesting to a full range of audiences.
In other words, we need you to look for new and innovative ways that we can use our objects, stories and their connections with broader themes to engage and inspire people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
This wide-ranging role will also give you the opportunity to make a key contribution to our research strategy, publish work, give lectures, suggest ideas for educational courses and manage a team of volunteers.
With a postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience in a relevant subject area, you should combine first-rate research, interpretation and communication skills with the ability to give our collections relevance within wider scientific, cultural, economic and social contexts. A real enthusiasm for the subject area is clearly important – and while experience of working with horological or scientific collections would be welcomed, it’s not essential.