Collections Officer, National Trust


Please apply at IRC127618 - Collections Officer (

Are you an individual with a passion for heritage and an excellent eye for detail and problem-solving skills? We’d love you to bring your skills to the biggest conservation charity in Europe.

What it's like to work here

Max Gate, an austere but sophisticated town house a short walk from the town centre of Dorchester, was the home of Dorset's most famous author and poet Thomas Hardy. Hardy, who designed the house in 1885, wanted to show that he was part of the wealthy middle classes of the area, to reflect his position as a successful writer, and to enable him to enter polite society. Please note this role will cover Max Gate, and collection care for Hardy’s Cottage and Clouds Hill. You’ll be working across the three houses, so you'll need to be able to travel independently.

What you'll be doing

As Collections Officer you'll be responsible for improving the databases to the standards required by an accredited museum body. This will involve auditing the existing collections, adding missing items to the databases and improving the information on existing entries. This will require research and organising research into individual items to ascertain their origin, date, ownership status and history of treatment. Where necessary, you'll also be required to photograph and number items. You'll have a methodical approach and be devising and keeping up-to-date an accessible worksheet of outstanding tasks and queries. 

Who we're looking for

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • Experience in using a collections inventory database.
  • Qualified and/or experienced in working in Cultural Heritage
  • Outstanding organisation and planning skills, and a good eye for detail.
  • Good project management skills.
  • A hard-working approach, be committed and a team player.
  • Excellent people skills, enabling strong relationships both externally and internally.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong IT skills - Microsoft Office, as well as web and social media applications.
  • Knowledge of relevant Health & Safety procedures

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