Head of Collections & Curation

  • Job Reference: 03458
  • Date Posted: 5 October 2020
  • Recruiter: The British Library
  • Website: https://www.bl.uk/
  • Location: Boston Spa or St Pancras
  • Salary: £76,000 to £90,000
  • Sector: National
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Head of Collections & Curation

Grade: SB2

Salary Range: £76,000 to £90,000 per annum

Full Time, Permanent

St Pancras or Boston Spa


Driven by its Living Knowledge vision to make its outstanding collections accessible to everyone for research, inspiration and enjoyment, the British Library is one of the UK’s most dynamic cultural institutions, with a broad and diverse remit ranging from education and arts to science and business support.  We have bases in London and Yorkshire, and partnerships with organisations across the UK and around the world.

We are seeking an outstanding and committed cultural leader to join us as Head of Collections and Curation, in succession to Kristian Jensen who retires later this year.

In this role, you will lead, manage and inspire our world-class curatorial teams, who work with colleagues across the Library to ensure that public access of all kinds to our vast physical and digital collections is underpinned by expert knowledge and creative insight.  The post holder will be the Library’s senior leader in areas including stewardship, content and collection development and cultural property management. 

You will be responsible for leading structural and change programmes, fostering a ‘One British Library’ culture of collaboration, embedding the Library’s values and enabling us to deliver our commitments to openness, diversity, inclusivity and anti-racism.

The successful candidate will be part of our Strategic Leadership Team (SLT), working in partnership with senior colleagues and reporting to the Chief Librarian, Liz Jolly.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual seeking a senior, strategic leadership role that will drive change, inspire others and enable the curatorial teams to continue to develop, innovate and respond to a changing world as the British Library approaches its 50th anniversary in 2023.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays. 


More about the British Library

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.

For further information about the job and how to apply, please send your cv to: blhoc@miles-advisory.com


Disability Confident 

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.