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Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots Exhibition Project Curator

This is a new, 18-month fixed-term curatorial position for an early career post-doctoral researcher, who will join the Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots exhibition project team. Working closely with the exhibition curators, project manager and other key internal and external stakeholders, the post-holder will contribute to the development and delivery of the exhibition, which is scheduled to open at the British Library in October 2020.

The principal duties will include applying specialist skills to collaborate with curators in the preparation for and delivery of the exhibition on Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, managing the administration of the curatorial content of the exhibition by maintaining digital databases and Excel spreadsheets relating to the object list and images, and organising the exhibition advisory panel meetings.

Key aspects of the job will be to conduct background research on items selected for inclusion in the exhibition and write explanatory text for the exhibition, exhibition catalogue and online exhibition resources, and to prepare external visits and show & tells for the Development Office and International visitors. Therefore, the ability to describe and present manuscripts from the Tudor period clearly and accurately in English is essential. .

The successful candidate will have completed recently a doctoral degree in sixteenth-century British history or other directly relevant field, and have specialist knowledge and research experience of direct relevance to the history of the British Isles in the second half of the sixteenth century. The successful candidate will have experience of working with manuscripts and a strong knowledge of early modern palaeography, with the ability to read sixteenth-century English handwriting fluently. Because the post-holder will be working both independently and as team, the successful candidate will possess a high level of time-management skills and the ability to liaise effectively with colleagues in the Western Heritage Collections and other departments.

The interview may include questions about the date and content of a manuscript to be shown at the interview.

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