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Head of Collections

Salary: £50,000 pa

Location: Hendon

The Royal Air Force Museum is Britain's only National Museum dedicated solely to aviation and the history of the Royal Air Force.

It has sites which are open to the public in London and Shropshire and a third site at Stafford where its reserve collection is held. The Museum is seeking an exceptional individual with excellent communication skills to join the curatorial team and to play a significant and creative part in redevelopment plans.

The Head of Collections will work closely with the Director General to manage the Museum’s large collection and to deliver high quality in-house exhibitions. He/she will lead a team of curatorial specialists covering the management of the large artefact collection, the creation of major exhibitions covering all aspects of the subject and supervising the Design Department to deliver world class displays.

The Museum welcomes applications from candidates with a degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants should posses a demonstrable knowledge of the history of the Royal Air Force and passion for the museum and heritage sector. The successful candidate will also have a proven record of achievement and substantial managerial experience at senior management level. Proven ability to manage large-scale projects is essential, as is experience in management of acquisitions and loans.

The post will be based at Colindale, NW London. Travel between the three Museum sites and occasionally overseas will be a requirement of the job.

For a full job description, please write or e-mail to the address below. Applicants should send their CV with covering letter showing how they meet the requirements of the post and stating present salary to Mrs P Shepherd, Personnel Assistant, Royal Air Force Museum, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL or e-mail

The Museum has a strong commitment to staff development and a generous annual leave allowance.

Closing Date: 7 May 2010
Interviews: 26 May 2010

The Royal Air Force Museum is committed to creating a working environment free from all forms of direct and indirect discrimination and promoting equality in the workplace. Therefore, the Museum welcomes applications from all sections of the community.