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Keeper of Collections

Keeper of Collections  

Permanent: Part-time              (0.6) 3 days a week

Salary Scale:                            c. £39,000 p.a. (pro rata)

Line managed by:                     Head of Exhibitions & Collections

Responsible for:                      Collections Manager & Collection Documentation Officer


The Crafts Council Collections have sat at the heart of the organisations activities since its founding in 1971. The Collections have always been used widely in loans, education and exhibitions. In 2019, the organisation is preparing to open the Pentonville Road as a public venue first e first time since 2005. This is central to the delivery of the new 4 year business plan, which also includes the ambition to increase the number of loans to 25% of the collection on display during a year.

The Keeper plays a pivotal role in the development of both the collection, and the ambitious programme to increase its visibility and reach.                  



  • Ensure the welfare of the Crafts Council’s collections promoting them and making them accessible for loan, research and inclusion in Crafts Council events and activities.
  • Be responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining collections development policies and procedures and ensuring best practice so that the collections continue to grow, are well managed, and accurately documented with rights cleared associated assets.
  • Provide strategic direction for the maintenance and development of the Collections and Asset Management System, including Collections Online, against the Council’s overall collection strategy as outlined in the Business Plan.
  • Develop and deliver innovative collections management projects which meet these needs. Lead and motivate the Collections team to ensure the main collections management tasks are implemented and embedded into work plans.



  • Delivery of Collections projects and activities to facilitate access, research and lending.
  • Support key strategic objectives for access, research, lending, and documentation including Collections Development Policy and Procedures, Collections Management System, Collections Online, Collections Audit and Storage, to recognised museum documentation standards and guidelines including PAS 197/198, Spectrum and Benchmarks for Collections Care.  
  • Manage the Collection team’s day-to-day collections management, documentation and audit work to support access and the loans and exhibitions programme.



Job Description & Person Specification

To be considered for the role please submit a copy of your CV along with a Supporting Statement explaining what attracts you to work at the Crafts Council and provide evidence of how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the job.

Send your application to hr@craftscouncil.org.uk by 10th March 2019. Interviews are likely to be held w/c 25th March 2019.

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