£29,607 per annum

Contract type:

Contract Temporary


Full time


020 7323 8000

Benioff Project Curator of Oceania

Benioff Project Curator of Oceania

Africa Oceania and the Americas

Full time

Fixed term (3 years in duration)

£29,607 per annum

Application deadline:  12 noon 28th November 2019

The British Museum is seeking to appoint a Curator for the Oceania section. The post-holder will contribute significantly to vital collection documentation and development of collections from the Pacific, working closely with Pacific communities to promote research, access and acquisitions. The focus will be on the eastern Pacific, although some work will also be with other parts of the collection. The collections are extensive. The project will be focused initially on collections from Hawaii and Rapa Nui to upgrade all records and improve documentation including supporting photography. 

Key areas of responsibility:

  • To up-grade the documentation of the collection, with a focus on record improvement for the MI+ database, particularly for collections from the eastern Pacific, including Hawaii and Rapa Nui;
  • To assist as appropriate in the planning and development of new permanent exhibitions, and to support and improve the other forms of display of the collection where possible; 
  • To work with senior curators to collaborate with other institutions or groups, and to develop or ensure good relations with relevant stakeholders, especially colleagues and communities in Oceania;
  • To assist in building the collection through acquisition via donation and purchase;
  • To assist in managing visits to the collection and to answer enquiries from the public in person, in writing, by telephone and via e-mail;                                                                                     

Person specification:

With BA/BSc (or equivalent) in Anthropology or related subject, the successful candidate will have demonstrable experience of research in relation to an area of Oceania, along with knowledge of material culture and art in Oceania, preferably the eastern Pacific. They will also have working knowledge of museum databases and acquisition procedures and some experience of working curatorially with a Pacific collection and with Pacific communities. They would have published in peer reviewed journals.

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