Internships, British School at Athens

Knossos curatorial project internships

British School at Athens Knossos Research Centre, Crete

Application deadline: 12th September 2016

Fixed-term: 2 months

The British School at Athens seeks two short-term (8 weeks) full-time interns for its Curatorial Project based in the Stratigraphical Museum at Knossos. These positions are available from 10th October to 2nd December 2016.

The Curatorial Project entails the cleaning, photographing, and repackaging of the Stratigraphical Museum holdings, and the creation of catalogue records in the School’s Museums and Archives Online system (using KE Software’s EMu programme) under the supervision of the project manager, Hannah Gwyther. Candidates should hold a degree in Museum Studies, Conservation, Archaeology or a related subject, and wish to gain practical experience in handling a wide range of materials and object-types dating from the Neolithic period to Late Antiquity. Interns will be required to prepare and enter catalogue data after training in the EMu system.

The British School will provide School membership and travel costs of up to €250. Self-catering accommodation is available at a subsidised rate in the School’s research centre at Knossos.

Further information about the School and its facilities at Knossos is available at Informal enquiries about the Curatorial Project and these positions may be addressed to the Knossos Curator, Dr Caroline Thurston (

Applications should be sent as e-mail attachments to the School Administrator, Mrs Tania Gerousi ( to be received by Monday 12th September 2016. Candidates must also ensure that their referees send letters of reference (via email) to Mrs Gerousi by the closing date.

Applications must include:

  1. A curriculum vitae, with contact details
  2. The names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of two referees.

We would expect to respond to the successful applicants within a week.


PhD Studentships, University of Liverpool

PhD Studentships

University of Liverpool

Application deadline: 9th September 2016

The project:

This project explores and interprets a unique, virtually unexploited collection of excavated textiles at Bolton Museum to assess the production of cloth in Egypt, including its use as a social indicator, and the impact of international connections on the production, use, and ideology of textiles in ancient Egypt. The project brings together the museological expertise of Bolton Museum with the archaeological and textile-related academic expertise of Liverpool University to create a dynamic and truly rich research environment.  Additionally it is a unique opportunity for the students to participate in the creation of a new major permanent Egyptian gallery at Bolton Museum, providing a rare opportunity to contribute to a high profile museum project. The two PhD students will study the Bolton collection splitting chronologically into 1. Neolithic-Middle Bronze Age and 2. Late-Bronze Age to Islamic.

Applications are invited for two funded studentships on ancient Egyptian textiles and their social contexts. The award is made under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Award Scheme and the project, to begin in October 2016, will be supervised by Prof Ian Shaw, University of Liverpool, and Dr Carolyn Routledge, Bolton Museum. The successful applicants will each have an exceptional chance to benefit from training and a placement at Bolton Museum, conduct research into its collections and archives, and play a significant curatorial role in the creation of a new HLF-funded ancient Egyptian display at Bolton.

Candidate requirements:

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Museum Studies or another relevant discipline, satisfy AHRC eligibility requirements including Masters-level advanced research training or equivalent, and be able to demonstrate an active interest in museums, ancient Egyptian material culture and society. Applications from those who have some previous experience in the study of ancient textiles and their archaeological, technological and cultural contexts will be welcomed.

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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

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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

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