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Jobs | Published: Tue 27 May 2014

Poussin Project Assistant, Research Assistant - Part-Time (3 days) - Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints

£24,289 - £27,318 pro-rata
Fixed term for one year

The Fitzwilliam Museum is the principal Museum of the University of Cambridge. It was founded in 1816 by the bequest of Richard Viscount Fitzwilliam, an eighteenth century collector whose gift included funding for the building on Trumpington Street which opened to the public in 1848. Since then the Museum and its collections have continued to grow, thanks to generations of benefactors. Today it houses under a single roof works of art surviving from many of the great civilisations of the past, from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, through the occidental and oriental cultures of the most recent millennia to European and North American art of the last century.

In 2012, the Fitzwilliam Museum was able to acquire Nicolas Poussin’s Extreme Unction with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and numerous charities and individuals. The project will involve the planning and organisation of a tour of this painting, funded by the HLF, to three venues across the UK, from February to autumn 2015 and the development of written and digital learning resources related to the painting. The tour is intended to ensure that the painting is enjoyed by a wide audience across the UK and seen in a variety of different contexts, so enriching the reading and understanding of one of Poussin’ s greatest works.

The role holder has responsibility for providing project support, undertaking research and for all aspects of the logistics of the project; s/he will also assist with the organisation of the wider project, to include the development of interpretative materials, online resources, a varied education and public programme and an associated publication. Reporting to the Project Director, s/he will participate in the day-to-day management of the project and be the point of contact for external institutions participating in the tour, working with staff throughout the museum and with other external institutions. S/he will contribute to the creation of written and digital resources, as well as to the wider educational programmes related to the painting, both in-house and, where required, as part of the national tour.

Candidates will be educated to first degree level in a relevant field. Practical museum or exhibition experience, including proven project management skills is essential. The successful candidate will be well versed in a relevant aspect of cultural history and have editorial experience.

The post requires initiative, flexibility, and a highly-organised approach to work. A commitment to team-working is essential. Excellent written and spoken communication skills and IT competence are essential; spoken or written mastery of one or more European languages is desirable.

Closing date for applications: 30 June 2014

Interview date: 10 July 2014

Further details and application form CHRIS/6 are available from our website or via email: or Tel: 01223 764840.

Interested candidates should complete the CHRIS/6 application form (excluding Part 2) and return with a supporting statement, three referees and CV to Personnel and Workforce Development Manager, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB or

Offers of employment will be conditional upon the satisfactory outcome of a Security check. Whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University

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