Science and Industry Museum - Manchester




£28,000 per annum + Benefits

Contract type:

Contract Permanent


Full time


01904 685 750

Curator of Exhibitions

The Science and Industry Museum is looking for a new Curator of Exhibitions to support its world-leading exhibition programme in Manchester and to work creatively across Science Museum Group sites in the UK.

The Science and Industry Museum (SIM), as part of the Science Museum Group (SMG), explores how ideas can change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today. In 2021 we will open our new £5m Special Exhibitions Gallery, a 725 square metre space designed within the historic architecture of the museum. Here we will stage major exhibitions developed with a range of partners, bringing our incredible collections together with contemporary research to inspire and amaze our audiences.

We are looking for a Curator of Exhibitions with a passion for sharing big ideas with a broad range of museum audiences. The candidate will work with a team of talented specialist curators and exhibitions colleagues to bring exhibitions to life The Curator of Exhibitions role is a new permanent position based in Manchester, which has been created to support the ambitious exhibitions programme planned across SMG. In this role, you will lead on developing curatorial content for exhibition projects at SIM, including large exhibitions which can travel across SMG sites and tour internationally, as well as smaller, site-specific displays and digital exhibitions which have a wider global reach. You will create compelling content and relevant narratives for different SMG audiences, using museum collections in exhibition storytelling, following good research and collections practice. As Curator of Exhibitions, you will collaborate closely with interpretation and project management colleagues, as well as with the wider curatorial department, advocating for new ideas and presenting these to your colleagues across the organisation.

A typical day as Curator of Exhibitions might see you researching the vast SMG collections to select objects for an exhibition plan, working with curatorial and exhibitions colleagues to plan how audiences might learn about a particular topic or idea. You might be presenting your idea for a leading exhibition to the Director, showing your creative ideas for communicating complex ideas to a wide audience. You could be speaking to a television crew about the new exhibition you helped to create, inviting the viewers into the museum space and showing that science is for everyone. The Curator of Exhibitions will actively shape the museum experience for our visitors by creating exhibition experiences that inspire audiences with STEM subjects.

Joining us, you will have an interest in historic or contemporary science, industry, technology, engineering or medicine, and will be able to undertake high-quality research using varied sources. You will be an imaginative storyteller, able to take your research and turn it into compelling narratives and content for exhibitions, simplifying complex ideas for a range of audiences. You will also need to be confident in presenting ideas for new exhibitions content to a wide range of colleagues, including at senior level. As a Curator of Exhibitions, you will be passionate about and advocate for the needs of audiences from a wide range of backgrounds.

The Science Museum Group (SMG) is here to inspire futures. As the world’s leading group of science museums, we share our unparalleled collection spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine with over five million visitors each year. Joining us as an employee, you will have the opportunity to develop your career in a world-class museum group. We know work/life balance and wellbeing is crucial to our colleagues, so we currently offer up to 27 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays; employee assistance programme; enhanced contributory pension; enhanced occupational sick, maternity, paternity and adoption leave and career breaks. The role will be based within the site in Manchester but can include flexible home working which fits with the job responsibilities.

‘Open for All’ is one of the Science Museum Group’s five core values and sets out our important aspiration to be a place for everyone. As a national museum group, we have an ability to reach a wide and diverse population of audiences, colleagues and partners through our geography and scale.

We are working hard to understand our organisation better and to foster a culture that recognises and values different backgrounds, mindsets, skills, experience, knowledge and expertise. By having greater diversity, we believe that we will be a stronger and better organisation and ultimately will be able to inspire more futures. We therefore welcome applications from those who bring difference.

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