Curator (Vertebrate Zoology), World Museum, Liverpool
Deadline: 4th July
The Vertebrate Zoology collection comprises 78,760 specimens and is ranked amongst the top twenty in importance in the world. It includes NML’s founding collection - the 13th Earl of Derby's magnificent bequest of his internationally important collection to the people of Liverpool in 1851.
The post holder will be based in the Vertebrate Zoology section of World Museum (WM) (Collections & Estates Division) and will initially be managed by the Director of WM.
The successful candidate will make a significant contribution to the delivery of venue, collection, research, engagement and environmental justice programmes.
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NML, which employs approximately 500 staff, is sponsored by central government through the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It is a non departmental public body, an exempt charity, and has a limited liability subsidiary company, as well as associate trust and foundation affiliates, to account for. The day-to-day operations are managed by an Executive Board, headed up by the Accounting Officer and Director. The Executive is supported by a Board of Trustees and is chaired by Sir David Henshaw.
The current economic climate is extremely challenging for NML with core funding from its sponsoring department reduced in line with other public bodies. Strong financial leadership and management is critical to ensure that NML continues to deliver value for money, develops its funding and income generation opportunities, and manages its cost base.
Purpose of the Job
To support the Director of WM in the strategic development of WM’s internationally significant natural science collection totalling ca. 1.6 million items.
To manage and develop an internationally significant collection of scientific, historic and cultural importance.
To make the collection accessible through display, research and publication, including online, public enquiries, talks and contributions to education programmes.
To be responsible for the care, documentation and use of the Vertebrate Zoology collection.
To work with and support projects and initiatives across NML in line with corporate priorities.