Packard Curator, Palace House

  • 7th October 2019
  • South East
  • Full time
  • Paid (£30k-40k)
  • museums
  • Jodie Mellor


The Packard Curator: Is the senior member of the curatorial team at Palace House and a member of the museum’s senior management team.  Will line-manage the collections team, the Learning and Outreach Team.  Will report directly to, and work closely with, the Chief Executive.  


Key Responsibilities

  • In consultation with the CEO, lead and manage the curatorial and exhibitions programmes across the museum’s galleries and displays

  • Manage, train and develop curatorial, collections management and exhibitions staff

  • Ensure that the collections at the galleries are effectively and sustainably managed, handled, stored and made accessible (including the monitoring of all works and archives on display and in storage)

  • Champion diversity and innovation in programming, audience development and digital reach, in accordance with the Arts Council’s Cultural Case for Diversity

  • Help develop, manage and deliver loan exhibitions, regular gallery display changes and special displays

  • Manage the budget for exhibitions and collections

  • Help secure national tour venues for in-house generated exhibitions

  • Ensure that the public offer is coherent and distinctive, appealing to increasingly broad audiences and with a strong public and critical response

  • Help cultivate and secure corporate sponsors and individual donors for exhibitions and displays

  • Broaden the museum’s position in the sector through leadership in the field, building and leveraging connections with artists, scholars, dealers, collectors, donors and peer institutions

  • Building relationships with art researchers, concentrating on those in the sporting art field

  • Work with the membership organisations of the British Sporting Art Trust (BSAT) and Friends of the National Horseracing Museum to ensure effective communication between all parties.


  • A degree in Art History, Museum Studies or a related discipline – ideally at Master’s level

  • A sound knowledge of British art history

  • Experience of working in a curatorial role in a museum or gallery environment

  • Demonstrable experience of research skills, preparing exhibition text and mediating collections to the public through exhibitions, publication and lecturing/guiding

  • Experience of managing project budgets

  • Good presentation skills

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Good IT skills, including the ability to edit and manage complex documents