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Curator of Living Cultures
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: CIX-016669

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 31/05/2021

Salary: £32,816 - £40,322 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Cultural Institutions

Division: Manchester Museum

Hours Per Week: Full time

Contract Duration: Permanent

School / Directorate: Manchester Museum

Could you take forward Manchester Museum’s commitment to cultural revitalisation, reconciliation and healing?​​​​​​​

As part of our collections team, you’ll be responsible for our Living Cultures collections, consisting of over 20,000 objects including material culture from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.  Care underpins the work of curators and - alongside working with colleagues to provide for the day-to-day care and management of the collections – you’ll extend care to people, perspectives and relationships connected to those collections; valuing lived experience, Indigenous knowledge and multiple perspectives.  Experience of ethical practice and responsible collections development in relation to global collections is essential.

Manchester Museum is committed to action and openness around restitution and repatriation, as demonstrated by the unconditional return of 43 secret sacred and ceremonial objects to four Aboriginal Australian peoples in 2019.  We are seeking a new Curator of Living Cultures who can continue to engage proactively with source and diaspora communities connected to Manchester Museum’s Living Cultures collections and think in public around repatriation and restitution.  You will be a brilliant collaborator, with strengths in relationship building and co-production and a diligent researcher, able to establish provenance and build cases.

Manchester Museum is undergoing a £13.5 million transformation into the most inclusive, imaginative and caring museum you might encounter, opening in late 2022.  You’ll contribute to the collective endeavour and co-curation process that drives the South Asia Gallery, a British Museum Partnership Gallery and the first permanent gallery in the UK dedicated to exploring the stories, experiences, cultures and contributions of South Asian diaspora communities.   You’ll also co-lead the Belonging Gallery, working with our Curator of Indigenous Perspectives to draw out and communicate the emotional realities of belonging represented across collections, peoples, species, places and time.  Beyond opening day, your ideas and creativity will be critical to enlivening our new Exhibition Hall and wider public engagement programme; thinking big is a must.

Manchester Museum is part of the University of Manchester and is one of the world’s leading university museums.  You’ll thrive in this context, contributing imaginatively to teaching and developing strategic research relationships and projects that fulfil the museum’s mission to build understanding between cultures and a more sustainable world.  You’ll be a brilliant communicator, able to talk about contested histories to wide ranging audiences and to engage positively with contemporary debates.

At the Manchester Museum we believe that our teams should reflect our diverse communities and visitors. Be that age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion or sexual orientation. Simply, we believe that inclusion and diversity create a more inspiring environment in which to work, where people are treated with respect and can be comfortable being themselves.  We provide adjustments for individuals throughout the recruitment process and working career so you can be at your best. 

Given the global nature of the collections and role, international applications are welcome. 

Application forms and further particulars are available from our website

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments will be made on merit.

Blended working arrangements may be considered                  

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Georgina Young


 General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:

Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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