Collections Assistant

University College London - UCL Culture

Part Time: 18.25 (50% FTE)

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 5. The salary range will be £23,604 - £26,859 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

UCL Culture invite applications for the post of Collections Assistant.

UCL Culture manages museums, theatres, and collections and facilitates engagement within and outside of UCL. This includes the Bloomsbury Theatre, the Grant Museum of Zoology, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL Art Museum, the UCL Pathology Collections and the auto icon Jeremy Bentham. We bring diverse performers and audiences into the heart of UCL to energise the student experience and fuel UCL’s creative culture with innovative cultural experiences. We collaborate with UCL students and staff to provoke, connect and engage more powerfully. We use our objects, insights and expertise to reframe questions and surface new ideas. We believe that open minds see further.

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is one of the World’s largest and most significant collections of Egyptian archaeology. This iconic, designated, 80,600 object collection was primarily excavated under the direction of Sir Flinders Petrie during the 19th and early 20th centuries and has an equally impressive archive. The collections chart the development of societies in Egypt from prehistoric times through the Pharaohs to the emergence of Islam. The collection was built up to form a representative series of object types of all ages from pottery vessels to strings of beads, and amulets to weapons. Few other museums can claim to hold such a comprehensive selection of material culture from ancient Egypt. Highlights include: the world’s oldest tailored garment (c.5000 BC), the world’s earliest worked iron, one of the oldest wills on papyrus, a rare bead-net dress, the oldest representation of a loom, large collection of Amarna-era art from the city and palace of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, and the largest collection of Roman period mummy portraits. Researchers regularly make new discoveries using the collection and it is much in demand for national and international loans.

The Collections Assistant will be part of a small team responsible for collections care and management of the Petrie Museum Collections. The Collections Assistant will also work alongside the Conservation team to undertake pest management and environmental monitoring in the Museum.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in collections care, museum cataloguing and basic administration, as well as good practical skills. They will have excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team. Due to the nature of the collections work, they must be willing to work with human remains.

For further information about this post contact: Briony Webb ( )     

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

This position does not meet the resident labour market test under UK Visas and Immigration rules and therefore UCL would be unable to obtain the right to work for non-EEA nationals whose employment would require a Tier 2 visa. 

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