St Albans Museums / Health and Disability in Roman Verulamium has issued the following announcement.

They are looking for a guest curator on Health and Disability in Roman Verulamium.

Are you passionate about bringing untold histories relating to disability to the fore? If so, we would really love to hear from you!

Health and disability within Roman Britain will be the focus of our next ‘Revisiting the Romans’ intervention at the Verulamium Museum and we are looking for a Guest Curator with some knowledge of Roman history to highlight different objects from the collection, bring new perspectives and breathe new life into our static museum display.

We are a disability confident employer and applicants with lived experience of a long-term health condition or disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

Reasonable adjustments will be made during the interview process as required and interview questions will be released to all candidates at least three days in advance of the interview.

The intervention will be installed in the Verulamium Museum in August, to open in September.

Project background

Our NPO funded ‘Revisiting the Romans’ project will feature a series of guest curated interventions disrupting our Verulamium Museum display, offering new insights, and appealing to new visitors. We’re extremely excited about the opportunity to showcase new research and try new creative interpretive ideas.

Guest Curator’s Responsibilities

Present an intervention proposal and budget to curatorial team, including an exhibition concept, ‘big idea’ statement and preliminary object list

-Develop strategy for attracting new audiences to visit the intervention and the wider Museum

-Implement comprehensive evaluation measures

-Undertake in-depth research into health and disability within Roman Britain

-Manage display budget of £2500

-Prepare a confirmed object list and finalised exhibition concept

-Work with curatorial team to secure loaned objects, prepare St Albans Museums’ objects for display, and follow other collection processes

-Draft all interpretation material in line with St Albans Museums policies and seek curatorial team sign-on before overseeing production

-Develop a strong visual identity for the exhibition, in line with brand guidelines

-Support with press and marketing associated with the project, including supplying copy/images for press releases, website and What’s on

-Lead on the intervention installation process

-Deliver at least one public talk or similar event

-Be prepared to work with volunteers to support the delivery of the display

-Respond to emails within 3-5 business days

NB: A full Curator’s Brief and more information about the collections is available. Please email: [email protected] to request this.

As Guest Curator you will receive a fixed fee of £4000 for this project, plus a budget of £2500 for costs associated with the intervention. There will be additional budget of £1,750 for marketing, associated events and the creation of related formal learning resources.

How do I apply?

To apply, please supply us with an expression of interest by Friday 16th February. Please cover your curatorial/research interests, how you might approach the commission and highlight any previous related projects.

You are welcome to express your interest in any of the following ways:

-Written application

-Video application

-Visual collage

-Audio recording

Please also provide an up-to-date CV

Submissions must be emailed to: [email protected].

Please note that interviews are scheduled for the 27th and 28th February.