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Collections Officer (Maternity Cover)

The closing date for this role has now passed.
Job title: Collections Officer (Maternity Cover)
Hours: 36.25 per week, full time, fixed term 9 months
Salary: Circa 20k
Reporting to: Head of Collections 
Responsible for: Library and Collections Volunteers 
Part of: The Brunel Institute / Collections and Education Directorate 
Liaison with: Interpretation Team, Marketing Team, Visitor Experience Team, Volunteering Team.
Job description: To carry out collections care activities, collections management processes, facilitate access to the collections (both digitally and physically) and help supervise the David MacGregor Library in the Brunel Institute. 

Main areas:

  • Provide digital and physical access to the Trust’s Designated Collection.
  • Manage visitors’ safe use of the Library to ensure both their learning and enjoyment, and the safety of the collections.
  • When it is safe to reopen the Library, supervise the open access sessions Archive in Five and Conservation in Action, creating a welcoming atmosphere for visitors.
  • Follow agreed security processes to ensure the security of the Library and Collections, including managing visitors’ physical access to the Library and Conservation Suite.
  • Produce resources for Library users in a range of formats.
  • Assist the Head of Collections in maintaining excellent standards of documentation in accordance with Spectrum and ACE Accreditation standards.
  • Carry out documentation procedures relating to museum objects, including accessioning, photographing and making electronic records for new acquisitions and existing collections. Assist with the management the Integrated Pest Management System in the Brunel Institute, Dockyard Museum and Being Brunel.
  • Carry out monthly conservation cleaning of the Archive Vault and Conservation Suite
  • Oversee the Library and Collections Volunteers to ensure that work is proceeding at a pace in line with the Collections Plan and to a satisfactory standard.
  • Develop object history or other files as required.
  • Produce inventories of objects and other files as required.
  • Carry out marking and labelling of objects and library materials as required.
  • Catalogue books for the David MacGregor Library using the Library of Congress system.
  • Carry out duties in accordance with the Museums Association Code of Ethics and current legislation.
  • Any other reasonable duties as required, including regular weekend and evening work, and occasional out-of-hours responsibilities.  
Please note that initially the postholder will be expected to undertake a blended work pattern, working from home and the Brunel Institute where required – when the Brunel's SS Great Britain site fully reopens the postholder will be expected to work the first two Saturdays of the month, as part of their 5-day week.  

Knowledge, skills and experience 

  • Understanding of good practice and experience in
  • Documentation work and collection management procedures including Spectrum
  • Excellent time management skills
  • IT skills in Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Initiative and the ability to work unsupervised, with a flexible approach
  • Ability to respond to changing priorities and competing demands
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience of working with collections in a Museum/Heritage environment
  • Demonstrable experience of computerized data entry
  • Demonstrable experience of engaging with the public
  • Interest and enthusiasm for industrial, maritime or social history and/or Brunel 
  • Knowledge and experience of using AdLib
  • Experience of managing volunteers 

How to apply:

Please download and complete the Job Application Form. Completed application forms should be sent to
For further information or an informal discussion about the post please contact Nick Booth by email at 
Closing date for applications: The closing date for this role has now passed.
Interview date: Week commencing 26 April 2021.