British Association for South Asian Studies

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01 September 2021

Project Curator (South Asia), The British Museum

Submission Deadline: 10th September 2021

Fixed-Term (22 Months)
£30,995 per annum

The British Museum is seeking a Project Curator: South Asia to join the Asia department. The main purpose of this role is to curate, develop and make widely accessible the South Asia collection, in support of the Museum Operating Plan and all relevant Museum strategies. The scope of the South Asia collection is extensive, both across time and in material, and the incumbent will be expected to work broadly. However, there will be a primary focus in the area of Medieval and Modern South Asia.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • To undertake, and raise money to support, research projects on these collections.
  • To make the collection, and knowledge about it, publicly accessible via publication, digital, display, and broadcast.
  • To work on up-grading the documentation of the collection.
  • To support and improve the display of the collection in the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia and elsewhere both on- and off-site.
  • To act as an advocate for the Museum.
  • To contribute to general income generation for the Museum.
  • To build the collection through acquisition via donation and purchase.
  • To work as a team member with colleagues within and beyond the department, and do some departmental administrative work.
  • To collaborate with other institutions or groups, and to develop or ensure good relations with relevant stakeholders.
  • To assist in the general day-to-day running of the department.
  • To have or develop a good understanding of museums and relevant best practice.
  • To assist with enquiries from the public in person, in writing, by telephone and via e-mail.
  • To change the focus of work as needed in line with museum priorities.
  • To engage with colleagues in South Asia.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Person Specification:

  • Education: levels & subjects: degree in archaeology, art history, or South Asian studies, with special emphasis on India.
  • Other qualifications: knowledge of some South Asian and European languages.
  • Specific technical/professional skills & experience: experience of research and publication; IT skills including all standard work processing skills and ability to quickly learn a museum database.
  • Work experience: some experience of working with a collection.
  • Specific managerial skills: some experience of management issues – people, projects, budgets.
  • Specific interpersonal skills: open, effective communicator with good spoken and written English; ability to work as part of a team.
  • Publications record: some publics in peer reviewed journals.

To apply, see: