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Brook Rural Museum

We are recruiting for a part-time Conservation and Collections Officer


Salary: £25,000 per annum pro rata (£10,200)

Hours: 14 hours per week (0.4 FTE) 12 month contract

Location: Brook Rural Museum, Brook, Ashford, TN25 5PE and opportunity for home working

Reporting to: Community Engagement Manager

Key relationships: Trustees, Volunteers

Annual leave: 20 days (pro rata)


Are you interested in Brook Rural Museum’s rich farming and rural life history? Do you have a passion for collections care and conservation? If so, this could be the role for you.

Brook Rural Museum sits at the foot of the North Downs’ iconic Devil’s Kneading Trough and preserves over 700 years of history.

Housed in a magnificent 14th century grange barn and 19th century oast house, Brook Rural Museum collects and exhibits the agricultural and rural history of East Kent.

This is an exciting opportunity for a part-time Conservation and Collections Officer to build on the recent audit and ongoing digital cataloguing of the Museum’s rich collections of agricultural objects. Key activities will include undertaking a programme of conservation and cleaning, working alongside a Community Engagement Officer to develop participatory programmes for volunteers, and arranging loans of items to other organisations and businesses across Kent to raise the Museum’s profile and improve circulation and display within the Museum. It will suit someone who enjoys working with volunteers and hands-on conservation and restoration work.

The museum resides in the village of Brook, 5 miles from Ashford, Kent.

For more information about the role, please contact John Nightingale at: enquiries@brookruralmuseum.org.uk 

The successful applicant may be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

See full job description here

How to apply

  • Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your interest in the post and relevant experience you would bring to the role.
  • Email these to:  John Nightingale, enquiries@brookruralmuseum.org.uk with the subject line Job Application: Conservation and Collections Officer
  • Deadline: 12 pm on 23 May 2024.

The candidates who appear from their application to best meet the essential criteria will be invited to interview. It is therefore essential your cover letter provides a full, but concise description of the nature, extent and level of experience and responsibility you have held.

Interviews due to take place on Monday 3 June (tbc) 

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