Organisation: David Parr House
Location: Cambridge, UK
Contract Type: Fixed term 3 years Full Time
Salary: £28,000 per year
The David Parr House is looking for a curator to lead us through the next phase in our development.
In five years, we have raised over £2,000,000 in private donations and received a £625,000 National Lottery Heritage Fund grant. With these we acquired and preserved 186 Gwydir Street, David Parr’s unique Arts and Crafts worker’s home and created a Visitor Centre and income generating flat next door at 184 Gwydir Street. Public tours of the David Parr House have sold out for 2019 and we have over 500 enquiries for tours in 2020.
We have worked with numerous organisations including the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Royal College of Art and V&A History of Design Course, as well as many local organisations such as the Mill Road History Society. Our public profile has grown significantly since we were first featured in World of Interiors in 2014. We have received publicity in Apollo, the New York Times and The Observer, as well as BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week.
This is a unique opportunity for an inspirational curator to lead the David Parr House’s vision, as a new and independent charity, to preserve, share and sustain the house for future generations to enjoy.
Key areas of responsibility:
- To manage and preserve the house, visitors centre, developing archive and the strong and vibrant team of over 40 active volunteers.
- To create new revenue streams from events, patrons, products, venue hire, exhibitions to IP licensing. To work with and support the development manager to achieve our fundraising goals.
- To broaden our existing partnerships, digital presence and marketing profile locally, nationally and internationally and to deliver the ever evolving social, historical, political, arts and crafts threads inspired by the David Parr House.
As David Parr hand painted on the walls of his drawing room in 1912 “If you do anything do it well”.
Application Closing Date: Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Interviews: Tuesday 10th September 2019
Please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org a CV and covering letter explaining why you are interested in the post and what qualities, skills and ideas you could bring.
Responsibilities and Objectives:
To manage and preserve the house, visitors centre, developing archive and the strong and vibrant team of over 40 active volunteers.
Take full responsibility for the organisation and the day to day running of the David Parr House.
Ensure a high quality experience for our visitors and partners.
Ensure the maintenance of the physical condition and safety of the collections including environmental monitoring, conservation, security and emergency planning.
Monitor and maintain the fabric and environment of the David Parr House and visitor centre.
Be responsible for the budget and monitoring, reporting to the Trustees on the financial performance, including income and expenditure on a regular basis.
Manage the everyday requirements of the house including maintenance issues, cleaning, garden, website, online booking and payment systems.
Maintain existing and develop appropriate processes and procedures for the smooth running of David Parr House.
Manage and continue to expand the volunteers to help maintain the house and its operations.
Work at all times in accordance with the aims and values of the David Parr House and appropriate policies.
To create new revenue streams from events, patrons, products, venue hire, exhibitions to IP licensing. To work with and support the development manager to achieve our fundraising goals.
Maximise opportunities for income generation through trading, licensing, grants and giving.
Work with the Board of Trustees to devise and deliver the forward plan and income generation strategy.
Work with the development manager to support the fundraising for the endowment fund and various patron schemes.
To broaden our existing partnerships, digital presence and marketing profile locally, nationally and internationally and to deliver the ever evolving social, historical, political, arts and crafts threads and research inspired by David Parr House.
To be the face of the organisation.
Deliver an engaging programme of publications, exhibitions and events drawn from and inspired by the collections.
Develop partnerships with other organisations to widen audience engagement.
Manage the collections and items on loan to museum standards. Including collections development, documentation, conservation, loans and display.
Develop research opportunities.
Maintain the key stakeholder relationships including the Parr and Leach families .
Maintain and develop the websites content and design together with a strong social media presence.
The position will require working on Saturdays