Senior Curator: Numismatics and the Welsh Economy

St Fagans and National Museum Cardiff (UK)

St Fagans and National Museum Cardiff has an open position of a Senior Curator for Numismatics and the Welsh Economy who is for the curation and interpretation of the numismatic and corporate life collection, and developing new collections that tell the economic story of Wales.

Application closing date is 7 February 2019 (5 PM)

Main purpose of the post
The Senior Curator will have responsibility for the field of numismatics, including coins, tokens, paper money and medals. The post holder will fulfil the Museum’s statutory function in support of the Treasure Act 1996 by preparing reports for coroners and attending inquests as required. He/she will also be responsible for the Museum’s collection relating to numismatics, weights and measures, and post-medieval business, trade and commerce including the history of the Welsh economy. The post holder will have the desire and ability to research and communicate these collections by engaging communities across Wales using a participatory approach, and contribute to the contemporary debate around issues of poverty and wealth inequality.
The Senior Curator will be responsible on a day-to-day basis for the curation and interpretation of the numismatic and corporate life collection, and developing new collections that tell the economic story of Wales. The post-holder will contribute to the delivery of exhibitions, online resources and socially engaged participatory public programmes and events that are informed by new discoveries, concerns for our archaeological heritage and a concern for social justice.

Responsible to:
Keeper of History and Archaeology 

Responsible for:
The post holder will be responsible for the management of voluntary and/or temporary staff, as required.

Job Specific Key Tasks and Responsibilities
1. To support the Keeper in the strategic development of the numismatic, corporate life and economic history of Wales collection, delivering agreed departmental and organization-wide objectives.
2. To work in partnership with external organizations to generate engaging and diverse content and displays in relation to the numismatic, corporate life and contemporary history of the Welsh economy collection.
3. To collect relevant and engaging numismatic, corporate life and economic collections through community engagement and participation to support the delivery of the Museum’s Collection Development Strategy.
4. To provide curatorial input as part of the Department of History and Archaeology to ensure that all work complies with ethical standards and legal obligations as defined by the relevant corporate policies and procedures.
5. To administer the Treasure Registry, and fulfil the Museum’s statutory function in support of the Treasure Act 1996 by preparing reports for the coroner and attending inquests as required.
6. To support the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (Wales) by providing numismatic identifications, providing records and producing reports.
7. Develop knowledge of potential funding sources and realise the commercial potential offered by the post to generate income, including costing and delivering reports for commercial archaeological projects
8. To contribute to Amgueddfa Cymru’s reputation for scholarship by engaging in a programme of research (agreed with the departmental management team) to increase specialist knowledge and improve understanding of the collection and contribute to the delivery of the Museum’s Research Strategy.
9. To collaborate with Digital Media to develop and raise the profile of the numismatics, corporate life and contemporary Wales collection on Amgueddfa Cymru’s website and other digital platforms.
10. To network and maintain contact with peers in the post holder’s specialist field and to represent Amgueddfa Cymru at relevant national and international conferences contributing papers, posters etc. in their area of expertise.
11. To promote awareness and public access to the collections through responding to enquiries, delivering talks, organizing visits and tours and delivering a programme of events that support the delivery of the Museum’s Events strategy.

For more information or to applicate please visit the website of the National Museums Wales.

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