The National Trust

Lead Curator

Salary: £48,680 pa
Contract: Permanent f/t (37.5hrs pw)
Location: North Wide*
Ref: IRC83586


The National Trust is significantly investing in curatorship, increasing the number of curators and developing our capability and confidence across the organisation. Curators at the Trust are influential and collaborative, working with a wide range of people and using their deep knowledge and understanding to influence care for our collections and places, develop research agendas and create high quality, dynamic presentation, interpretation and programming.

*Your work base location can be the regional office in Goddard’s, York, Manchester/Altrincham, Newcastle, The Lakes. We are flexible on location as it is North wide role. 

We are offering a salary of £48,680. We also offer an impressive benefits package including up to five volunteering days, contributory pension and flexible working.

What it's like to work here

The National Trust Consultancy is the home to specialists in every field of our work. A national consultancy, where resources are shared across disciplines and boundaries, it’s proving to be a great repository of skills, talent and experience. The diversity and quality of expertise within the Consultancy will enable our properties and places to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, as well as deep expertise in all matters relating to our twin purpose of caring for the nation’s heritage and landscapes, and making these accessible to all.

The North region of the National Trust is a landscape rich in human history and natural presence. From the dynamic urban centres of Merseyside, Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire and Tyneside, to the more rural mix of moorland, mountain, coast and river that characterise the Lake District, North Yorkshire and Northumberland – no other region of England packs in so much diversity of place or story. Inspired by our outstanding portfolio of sites and collections, we are an outward-looking and progressive region that embraces complexity and contrast and works with pride and in partnership to explore their wider significances.

What you'll be doing

Our curators play an increasingly vital part in the Trust’s ambition to ensure that these landscapes, buildings, collections and stories are understood, preserved, inspiringly presented and accessible to everyone.

The role of regional Lead Curator is often as much about influencing change through establishing creative partnerships and collaborative working as it is about pursuing a single subject specialism, although you will also be expected to initiate, guide and support focused collaborative research, interpretation and conservation strategies at local, regional and national levels.

You will lead a team of curators but champion mixed disciplinary team collaborations. You will be part of a regional group of specialists supporting the breadth of the Trust’s activity and will enjoy working with our large team of inspiring National Specialists; leaders in their field.

Who we're looking for

  • Several years of curatorial experience and responsibility at a senior organisational level
  • Considerable experience of leading and participating in interdisciplinary teams and partnerships
  • An appetite for creative change
  • Proven ability to listen constructively and to influence and motivate people who may have widely differing professional priorities
  • Significant knowledge and experience of public delivery in at least three of the following areas; history, social history, archaeology, or the histories of    architecture, gardens, landscapes or art.
  • A record of sound academic research and its presentation through publication and contributions to conferences etc.
  • Creative interest in, and experience of, interpreting and presenting the outcomes of research in imaginative ways to non-specialist and diverse audiences, including volunteers
  • A comprehensive understanding of current best practice in relation both to the integrated care and management of landscape, buildings and collections and to obligations of public access


Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

To apply:

Please find out more and apply for this role here

Closing date: August 20th 2019
Interviews: will be held on 28th August 2019