GEM- Coin handling session

Coin handling session at the Barber Coin Room

 by Maria Vrij (Barber institute, Coin curator)

Coin Room (The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, first floor).

4:00 PM 29th November 2017

This evening will be the occasion for knowing more about the Coin collection at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Maria Vrij, current Coin Curator, will guide us into an interactive handling session!




Exhibitions and Loans Officer, Barber Institute

Exhibitions and Loans Officer – 44415

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Application deadline: 3rd July 2016

Job Purpose

The role supports the Curatorial team in the delivery of a year-round programme of displays and exhibitions, taking responsibility for practical planning, organisation and record management. The post-holder acts as Loans Registrar (including documentation) for all works lent in (for long-term display as well as temporary exhibitions) and for all works lent out from the Barber Collection (UK and abroad). This is a singleton role within a small team, but the post-holder will have the opportunity to work with and supervise Interns, from time to time, on specific projects and activities.

Person Specification


  • Degree in Art History or Museum/Gallery Studies
  • Previous experience in Registrar or Loans Administration role
  • Practical experience of the UK Government Indemnity Scheme
  • Exhibitions coordination experience gained in a Museum or Gallery environment
  • Experience of couriering works of art
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills with attention to deadlines and detail
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: build effective relationships with colleagues, stakeholders, other institutions, guest curators etc.
  • Ability to use judgement to prioritise own workload
  • A creative approach to problem solving
  • A positive attitude to working in a small team
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office packages (Outlook, Word and Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Good level of numeracy, with confidence to handle statistical and financial information
  • Experience in preparing standard loan-in and loan-out agreements and contracts
  • Up to date knowledge of ‘Immunity from Seizure’ legislation and related Due Diligence procedures


  • Experience of MIMSY database
  • Post graduate qualification in Art History, Gallery Studies or museum studies

For more information and to apply, click here.

Collections Intern, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Collections Intern – 55338

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Application deadline: 3rd June 2016

Job Purpose

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts was founded in 1932 for ‘the study and encouragement of art and music’. It is recognised internationally as one of the finest small art galleries in the world and houses an outstanding collection of Old Master and modern paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture, and a small Concert Hall. It has a regular programme of temporary exhibitions and events, including lectures, workshops and study days. Music activities, including concerts and recitals, are organised by the Department of Music.

Our small but busy Collections team is responsible for managing the Barber Institute’s world-class collections and for organising loan exhibitions and in-focus displays. In 2015/16, these include an exhibition focussed on a painting in the collection by Govaert Flinck, an exhibition of post war paintings from a private collection, and a loan exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The Collections Intern will work under the close supervision of the Head of Collections and Learning and/or the Collections Assistant on the research and documentation of the collection and the maintenance of collection management systems. The intern will also plan and organise a small prints and drawings display and work with the Exhibitions Officer on the organisation of loan exhibitions, in-focus displays and high profile individual loans.

Person Specification

  • Undergraduate degree in History of Art or Museums/Heritage Studies or similar finished within the last three years.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of, and interest in, art history
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office packages (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrable interest in, and enthusiasm for, museums and galleries practice
  • Demonstrable interest in collections and exhibitions management
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to generate and realise imaginative ideas
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends
  • Experience of curatorial or registrarial work in an art gallery or museum

Additional Information

Upon completion of the internship, the Collections Intern will be presented with a certificate recording their achievements.

Please note salary will be pro rata of the full time equivalent.

For an informal chat about the post of Collections Intern, please contact Robert Wenley, Deputy Director and Head of Collections and Learning, on 0121 414 3371.

For further information about the Barber Institute, please visit

For more details and to apply, click here.

Exhibition – Buried Treasures: Uncovering Hoards

Buried Treasures: Uncovering Hoards

Coin Galley, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

6th May 2016 – 26th February 2017


Wednesdays, 1.10 – 2pm

FREE, no booking required

Introducing Buried Treasures

11 May

Maria Vrij, Coin Curator

The Marriage of History and Science

Testing the Purity of Byzantine Gold Coinage

18 May

Dr Jonathan Jarrett, University of Leeds

Viking Hoards that Changed History

From Watlington to the Vale of York

25 May

Dr Gareth Williams, The British Museum

Hoards of the Later 3rd Century from Britain

Why are there so many?

1 June

Prof Roger Bland, University of Leicester



Introduction to Buried Treasures

Tuesday 10 May, 1.10pm

Maria Vrij, Coin Curator



Third Sunday of the Month

17 April; 15 May; 19 June; 17 July; 18 September, 2.30pm


For more details, click here.

Talk – Faith and Fortune

Faith & Fortune ‘In Focus’

Visualising the Divine on Byzantine and Early Islamic Coinage

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

2:00-4:00 PM 8th March 2014

Faith & Fortune explores the cultural interchange between neighbouring Byzantine, Persian and early Islamic empires through coins, revealing constant dialogue, drama and confrontation.

This is an unique opportunity to explore the exhibition Faith and Fortune more closely. Join the curators for an introductory talk and coin handling session. Then see objects from the exhibition brought to life with the University’s innovative interactive touch talk. Meet at the Barber – the event involves a 10 minute walk across campus to the Digital Humanities Hub.

Attendance is free, but booking essential: education[at]