Programme Manager & Manager of Offsite Collections Storage (Museums) – GLAM Divisional Service

Oct 11 2021

The Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) division of the University of Oxford are looking for an exceptional individual to help deliver and then manage one its most strategically important projects.

The collections of the Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) span the entire history of the planet and reach across the globe to encompass all areas of human knowledge and experience. The Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, History of Science Museum, Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum currently have over 8.5 million objects with 7,000m3 of this collection stored in ten different locations across Oxfordshire, with the remainder being stored within the Museums. The Museums’ Collection Storage Strategy is to house the majority of the off-site collections in two purpose-built Collection, Teaching and Research Centres. The proposed completed dates for these new buildings are January 2023 (Collections Teaching & Research Centre (CTRC) in central Oxford) and summer 2023 (Collections Storage Facility at Swindon). For more information:

GLAM is looking for a Programme Manager to work with the four University Museums and Project Teams to deliver a number of complex projects that are required to move the collections and then to take responsibility for the management and operations of the offsite collection facilities.

In this unique opportunity, supported by the Project Manager (Collection Moves) and a large collections move team, you will liaise closely with museum staff across the four museums to manage the preparation of the collections for the move. You will have overall responsibility for the Collections Move budget (currently £8m).

Each collection has distinct requirements and you will need to work with museum staff to be sensitive to the needs of the collections for movement and re-storage, including find creative solutions and problem solving.

You will play an active role in the two construction projects and will, following consultation with departmental Collection Managers and other relevant colleagues (e.g. Heads of Conservation), represent museum collections on a number of operational and user groups related to the new facilities advocating for the collections.

You will also be responsible for managing offsite collections stores for the Museums. As such you will be required to, during the construction of the two new facilities, consider the expected use of them, including frequency of retrieval and access to the collections. You will be responsible for establishing standard operating procedures (e.g. booking systems), then the implementation and monitoring of the agreed procedures. This may include line managing staff working onsite but this will depend on the agreed operational model that the Museums will use.

You will be required to visit and work in the offsite stores across Oxfordshire including frequent visits to the store at Swindon.

Only applications received online before 12:00 midday noon on Monday 1 November 2021 will be considered.

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing Monday 15 November 2021.



Grade 8: £42,149 – £50,296 per annum
Vacancy ID: 153499
Contact person: Recruitment Administrator
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