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Part-time Collections Project Officer - Esmée Fairbairn Project

Applications for this vacancy closed on 26 January 2018 at 12:00PM
The Museum of the History of Science is one of the four museums of the
University of Oxford which include the Ashmolean, The University Museum of
Natural History, and the Pitt Rivers Museum. The Museum occupies the Old
Ashmolean Building in Broad Street which was the original home of the
Ashmolean Museum when it was founded in 1683, the first purpose-built museum
in the world. The Museum now houses an outstanding and unique collection of
objects related to the history of science, notably the largest collections in
the world of astrolabes and sundials, and other material dating from the
medieval period through to the early 20th century. It is a national and
international centre of excellence for research and teaching in the material
culture of science, and the interpretation of its collection is supported by a
lively programme of exhibitions and public events for a range of audiences
(for more information please visit: http://mhs.ox.ac.uk).



An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Museum of the History of Science to
work with forced migrants in the Oxford community to enhance, alter and
improve the understanding and use of the Oxford University Museum collections.
Inspired by the Multaka project in Berlin, and in collaboration with Pitt
Rivers Museum which will host a parallel position, this Esmée Fairbairn
Collections Fund project will work with members of the Oxford refugee and
forced migrant community to develop voluntary community curators and tour
guides and other inclusive volunteering experiences to improve confidence,
support community integration, and enhance the collections through multi-
layered interpretation. Working closely with the Community Engagement Officer
on the Project, and Museum-based collections staff, the volunteers, and
community groups, you will assist with the development of a range of
activities from Museum tours, object handling sessions, enhanced
interpretation of the Museum’s key Islamic collections, content for apps or
equivalent access tools, as well as community events, publicity and community
engagement including social media.



The ideal candidate will be a person with an interest in the Museum’s
important Islamic collections, an understanding and experience of the museum
environment and the needs of collections. They will have a commitment to and
experience of community engagement, in particular the use of collections to
build confidence in volunteers and volunteer groups. An ability to ‘think
outside the box’ in drawing out new interpretations and developing new types
of access all as part of a small focussed team will be essential.



This is a part-time post (0.5 FTE/18.25 hours), fixed-term, for 20 months.



Please attach a CV and submit a statement (1500 words or less) telling us the
following:





1. What attracted you to this role, and why do you believe you have the relevant experience?


2. This is a brand new position for the Museum of the History of Science. What challenges (if any) do you anticipate with integrating community volunteers (new and existing) with new ways of working and working practices?




Please note that the closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Friday
26 January 2018. We expect to hold interviews for this position on 9 February
2018. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses
within the UK will be reimbursed.

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The Museum of the History of Science is one of the four museums of the
University of Oxford which include the Ashmolean, The University Museum of
Natural History, and the Pitt Rivers Museum. The Museum occupies the Old
Ashmolean Building in Broad Street which was the original home of the
Ashmolean Museum when it was founded in 1683, the first purpose-built museum
in the world. The Museum now houses an outstanding and unique collection of
objects related to the history of science, notably the largest collections in
the world of astrolabes and sundials, and other material dating from the
medieval ...

The Museum of the History of Science is one of the four museums of the University of Oxford which include the Ashmolean, The University Museum of Natural History, and the Pitt Rivers Museum. The Museum occupies the Old Ashmolean Building in Broad Street which was the original home of the Ashmolean Museum when it was founded in 1683, the first purpose-built museum in the world. The Museum now houses an outstanding and unique collection of objects related to the history of science, notably the largest collections in the world of astrolabes and sundials, and other material dating from the medieval ...

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