30 Oct, 2019

Documentation Assistant

£8.21 hourly
  • Harewood House Trust
Full time   Charity, Not for Profit and Social Enterprise

Job Description/Duties

Harewood House is one of England’s finest 18th century country houses with a magnificent collection of fine and decorative arts. It is an accredited museum and nationally designated collection, and is the family seat of the Earl and Countess of Harewood. We have beautiful, historic gardens which are of a large scale and our bird garden is a home to over 40 species of birds from around the world.

We are now looking for a Documentation Assistant who will focus on the documentation of our three collections, House, Plants and Birds. We have a new web based collections management system (MuseumPlus) and are set to launch a new collections website in December 2019. You will support the implementation of the system across the organisation and build its online presence. This will involve ensuring all records are maintained and accurate, as well as creating new ones to museum standards (Spectrum).

This is an entry-level, training post and you will be a key member of the Collections Team and will develop skills in all aspects of working in a country house, through mentoring, on the job and external training, to include assisting the Collections Care team with care of the House collections, helping with exhibitions and learning the operational side of museum work. Previous experience of museums, Accreditation and Spectrum documentation standards is not essential as it will form part of the training for the role.

Key Result Areas

  • Data cleaning to ensure records are accurate and locations up to date
  • Data sorting, reformatting and creation of groups of objects (House collections)
  • Adding extra information to House collection records as research in undertaken
  • Creating new records for Exhibitions and Loans
  • Creating new records for Plant collections with the Garden team
  • Integrating Bird records with the Bird Garden team
  • Involved to all aspects of collections management
  • Assisting the Collections Care team to preserve the historic collections and interiors during Conservation in Action projects
  • Taking an active role in monitoring the condition of the collections
  • Helping monitor and record the environmental conditions within Harewood House and its stores
  • Assisting with exhibition installs
  • Assisting with filming and events as required.

 If you are a methodical, enthusiastic self-starter who is interested in learning about all aspects of museum work, then please take a look at further information on our website https://harewood.org/about/blog-2/jobs/

This is a one year fixed term contract.


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