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.


Call for Papers – Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era

Reconsidering the Concept of Decline and the Arts of the Palaiologan Era

Organised by Andrea Mattiello (University of Birmingham) and Maria Alessia Rossi (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

To be held at the University of Birmingham

24th-25th February 2017

Submission deadline: 30th September 2016

This one day and a half conference combines a symposium and a workshop. The aim is to examine and contextualise the artistic and cultural production of the geopolitical centres that were controlled by or in contact with the late Byzantine Empire, such as the Adriatic and Balkan regions, the major islands of Cyprus and Crete, and the regions surrounding the cities of Constantinople, Thessaloniki, and Mystras. This conference will explore the many intellectual implications that are encoded in the innovative artistic production of the Palaiologan Era often simplified by a rigid understanding of what is Byzantine and what is not.

In its last centuries, the political entity of the Empire of the Romaioi released cultural and artistic energies migrating towards new frontiers of intellectual achievements. The intent is to counter-balance the innovation of these works of art with the notion of decline and the narrative of decay frequently acknowledged for this period; and to promote an understanding of transformation where previous cultural heritages were integrated into new socio-political orders.

The Symposium – hosted on the afternoon of the 24 and the morning of the 25 February – will bring together established scholars, early-career scholars, and postgraduate students. Three keynotes will provide the methodological framework for the discussion; while the selected papers will focus solely on the visual expressions and cultural trajectories of the artworks produced during the late Palaiologan Era.

The Workshop, hosted on the afternoon of the 25 February, will offer the opportunity to further the discussion in a more informal setting and for a selected number of Master students to interact and offer brief presentations.

Postgraduate students and early-career scholars are invited to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers on art and architecture history, material culture, visual aspects of palaeography and codicology, and gender studies.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Gift exchange in view of diplomatic missions or dynastic marriages both within the Empire and with its neighbours
  • Visual evidence of the interaction between the Emperor and the Patriarch
  • Innovations in the visual agenda of the Palaiologan dynasty
  • Aspects of religious iconography and visual representations of theological controversies, i.e. Hesychasm
  • Artistic patronage and manuscript production as the outcome of dynastic and institutional interactions
  • Visual and material production as the outcome of political and social circumstances, i.e. the Zealot uprising or the Unionist policy
  • Evidence of artistic exchanges in the depictions of women, men, and children during the Palaiologan Era

Titles of proposed papers, abstracts of 250 words, and a short CV should be sent to Maria Alessia Rossi – m.alessiarossi@icloud.com and Andrea Mattiello – axm570@bham.ac.uk by 30 September 2016.

Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Lecturer in Islamic Studies – 55436

University of Birmingham

Application deadline: 29th June 2016

Job Summary

The University of Birmingham wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Islamic Studies. Candidates who have expertise in the textual study of Islamic religious thought in particular periods or geographical regions and who have a track record of engaging contemporary questions (for example in law, in inter-religious engagement or in cultural identity) are especially encouraged to apply. The candidate’s primary focus of expertise is relatively open: we welcome applications from scholars in Qur’an (including study of hadith or the history of tafsir), in classical Arabic texts, in Islamic law and jurisprudence, or in their application and use in particular regions or periods. Readiness to teach undergraduate and master’s courses in Qur’an, the early history of Islam, and Islamic law, regardless of research specialisation, will be an advantage.

For more details and to apply, click here.

Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham

Teaching Fellow in the History of Warfare – 51441

University of Birmingham

Application deadline: 31st May 2016

Job Purpos

To teach and advise undergraduate, postgraduate or CPD students within own subject area and within an established teaching programme, managed supervised by member of staff with ultimate responsibility for the design, delivery and assessment of the teaching programme.

This appointment offers an opportunity to join the Department of History in the School of History and Cultures. Applicants should have a PhD in history or be near completion of a PhD, and experience of teaching in a university department or equivalent.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to courses at all undergraduate levels and, if appropriately qualified, to contribute to our postgraduate taught programmes. As part of their undergraduate remit the successful candidate will be expected to be able to teach on core War Studies modules as well as deliver appropriate modules on their area of expertise. The post holder will also be asked to undertake administrative duties within the Department and School, and to enhance the History Department’s reputation and effectiveness as a hub of teaching. They will be a colleague in the Department and encouraged to develop a scholarly research agenda that will inform their teaching.

Person Specification

  • Higher degree relevant to research or teaching area or equivalent qualifications
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to design and deliver module materials successfully
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Demonstrated experience of undergraduate teaching
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills in Microsoft Office
  • Experience of and enthusiasm for using IVLEs in teaching
  • Demonstrable skills in managing, motivating and advising students
  • Teaching or research-related administrative experience in a university context
  • A willingness to work to develop History’s profile both in Birmingham and more broadly

For more details or 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 www.barber.org.uk.

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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.

Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Lecturer in the History of Race and Empire – 54919

University of Birmingham

Application deadline: 27th May 2016

Job Purpose

We are looking for a historian to help consolidate our expertise in the history of empire, race and ethnography. The chronological and geographic parameters of the position are broadly conceived, and can include any time period or part of the world, though we would be especially interested in applicants whose work would mesh with our existing strengths in late modern imperialism, earlier Asian empires or European maritime expansion (research interests of staff are available on the History Department website).

In all events, candidates’ research should be well situated within the context of global history, and should ideally complement our strengths in two or more of the following key research areas for the School (imperialism being one of them): transnationalism and diasporas; war, conflict and cooperation; history of religions, beliefs and ideas; everyday life and popular culture; environment; political cultures.

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels


  • Excellent publications record demonstrated by a sustained series of existing and forthcoming publications at a high scholarly level (including clear promise of a strong submission for any future research audit).
  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity


  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching, and advising colleagues
  • Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability

Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

For more details, to apply, or for informal enquiries, click here.