Royal Military School of Music

Museum of Army Music

Temporary Collections Officer (part-time)

Job Description

The Royal Military School of Music (the School) is one of Britain’s leading music schools located within an iconic building, Kneller Hall in Whitton. It provides specialised musical and professional training for musicians within the Corps of Army Music (the Corps). The Museum of Army Music (the Museum) holds a variety of historical objects including musical instruments, manuscripts and prints, photographs and paintings both on display and in store, and supports the work of the school and indeed broader music-making activities across the Corps.

Although relatively small, the Museum boasts a collection of international significance and was accredited by the Arts Council England (ACE) in 2016. The Museum is currently open on Thursdays between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm and by appointment.

As the School is scheduled to be closed in 2020, the Museum will need to be moved to a new location (not yet finalised). The successful candidate will therefore be leading the Museum at an exciting period with an additional challenge of managing the transition. This will include the day-to-running of the Museum, some fundraising (although the move will be funded), continuing a programme of cataloguing museum items and some research. It will also involve planning and implementing the preparation of the collection for its move, including packing/wrapping the artefacts and listing them. The Museum currently has several dedicated volunteers who require appropriate support and leadership. The post holder will offer their professional advice to the Museum Trustees. Some flexibility in organising various strands of work is important.

The successful candidate should have a museum qualification and some relevant experience.

Start date of post: This post is available immediately

Contract type: 1 – year appointment (extension may be possible for a few months)
Closing date: 5th July 2019
Interviews: 12th July 2019

Contact person: Ms Esther Mann (tel. 07786 521538)

Post Title Temporary Collection’s Officer (part-time) (until July 2020)

Line Manager, Professor of Analysis, Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Twickenham, TW2 7DU

Job purpose and major tasks
• To manage the Museum of Army Music • To plan, co-ordinate and manage the transitional period leading up to the transference of the Museum to a new location. • To list, wrap and pack the collection ready for moving • To continue research within the Museum for cataloguing, answering enquiries • To maintain accreditation with ACE • Where possible, to support the School in its policy of access through public engagement and education activities • To help develop external funding for the Museum • To help advise on a fundraising policy for the Museum in its new location

• To manage the day-to-day running and budget of the Museum, and maintain the collection’s security • To manage the volunteer staff and other support staff within the Museum • To manage the public and research access to the Museum for its instrumental and archival material as far as this is practicable • To secure external funding for the Museum, by fundraising and making bids to external bodies • To uphold the Museum’s accreditation with ACE • To provide the Corps and the School with specialist advice about the Museum. Adhere to the acquisition and disposal policy, as approved from time to time by the Museum’s Trustees • To manage appropriate documentation of the Museum • To maintain and develop monitoring of environmental conditions in all areas used by the museum, to continue the regular production of condition reports on all material in the Museum and to offer advice to the Trustees about all aspects of conservation as they relate to the Museum • To advise the Trustees about applications for the loan of items from the Museum, and to manage any such loans that are approved by the Trustees • To prepare reports to the Trustees for their regular meetings and at other times as necessary

Significant internal contacts
• Commanding Officer of the Corps • Principal Director of Music of the Corps • Corps Secretary • Chief of Staff • Chief Instructor of the School • Deputy Chief Instructor of the School • The Professor of History and Analysis of the School • Research-active staff • School Students

Significant external contacts
• Army Museums Ogilby Trust • Museums, galleries and institutions with major musical collections • Musical Instrument Specialist Subject Group • London Museums Group (LMG) • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) • Arts Council England • London Military Museums Network • Association of Independent Museums (AIM) • Museum Association • Researchers

Essential criteria
• Museum Qualification and/or experience in museum management • Experience dealing with public research inquiries • An understanding of considerations as they relate to museum artefacts (preferably musical instruments) and archival documents • An understanding of Intellectual Property Rights and associated issues • Experience of budget management • Ability to produce detailed reports • Experience of working within a specialist collection • Experience of budget management and producing detailed reports to prescribed deadlines • Excellent communication skills • Experience in managing volunteers • Effective prioritisation of tasks and experience of committee management • Good IT and organisational skills • A regard for a Museum located on a military base and an ability to interact with military personnel of various ranks

How to Apply:
You will also be asked to submit a CV and a supporting statement. The supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependants). You will also need to provide details of two referees and indicate whether they can contacted immediately.

Applications can be submitted by post or email to:
Mr. John Huggins, Corps Secretary, Headquarter Army Music, Kneller Hall, TW2 7DU

Start date of post: This post is available immediately

Contract Type: 1 – year appointment (extension may be possible for a few months)
Closing date: 5th July 2019
Interviews: 12th July 2019
Contact person: Ms Esther Mann (tel. 07786 521538)

Important information for candidates Pre-employment screening
Please note that the appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include right-to-work, proof of identity and references. Data Privacy

Please note that any personal data submitted as part of the job application process will be processed in accordance with the GDPR and related UK data protection legislation.

Equality of Opportunity
The Royal Military School of Music is an Equal Opportunities employer. The Kneller Hall site is a non-smoking environment.

£19,731 p.a.

Hours of work
The post holder is required to work 21 hours per week within normal office hours (9am-5pm), Monday to Friday. This equates to three full days or five part-days spread more evenly across the working week. Variations in times and days may be implicit in the nature of your appointment.

The Civil Service Scheme is available for all administrative staff. Full details of the scheme can be found on the Civil Service website.

Paid leave entitlement
18 days plus Bank Holidays