Museums Project Assignment: Collections Inventory (Fixed Term)

Salary: £11.65 per hour, full time
Duration: up to 3 months
Closing Date: 20 June 2018
Interview Date: 25 June 2018
Start Date: July 2018

The assignment will be conducted through the University of Cambridge Temporary Employment Service and will be based and managed within the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

The University of Cambridge Museums (UCM)

The University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) is a federation of eight University Museums and the Botanic Garden, encompassing collections across the arts, humanities and sciences.  Our collections play a substantial role in the University’s research and teaching as well as being important public cultural resources regionally, nationally and internationally; our high-profile public programmes have a strong and distinctive cross-disciplinary element. Since 2012, the UCM has been an Arts Council-funded Major Partner Museum service. 

The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA)

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) is one of the nine University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden (UCM). It is a sub-Department of the University Department of Social Anthropology and is a key resource for University teaching and research, particularly in collaboration with the Departments of Social Anthropology and Archaeology. Its world-class collections attract visiting researchers from all over the world and it maintains an active programme of temporary exhibitions and loans to major exhibitions within the UK and internationally. MAA’s collections are Designated for their national and international importance. For further information about the Museum’s staff, collections, and programmes, see

Museums Project Assignment: Collections Inventory

The University is working towards the provision of a new storage facility for the reserve collections of the University of Cambridge Museums. In preparation for this, MAA staff will be leading an inventory of all material housed in one of its current stores. We are recruiting three teams of full time collections assistants to carry out this work over the summer, from July to September inclusive.


  1. Weighing and measuring boxes and large objects
  2. Entering location, weight and other data into a Collections Management System
  3. Identifying problems or issues and raising them with their Team Leader
  4. Manoeuvering trolleys, climbing ladders and carrying heavy boxes according to safe working practices

We are looking for someone with the following essential skills and experience:

  • Good written, verbal, numerical and IT skills
  • Good team-working and problem-solving skills, attention to detail, tact and diplomacy
  • Interest and/or experience in a subject relevant to one or more of the museum collections
  • Manual dexterity and ability to lift loads of up to 20kg
  • Experience with collections management specifically, or databases generally, is welcome but not required.

How to Apply

Those wishing to apply for this assignment should submit a covering letter and CV to: Imogen Gunn, Collections Manager, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DZ email:

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records) check, a health assessment and a security check.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all workers are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Download this information here: Museums Project Assignment – Inventory Assistant

Deadline for applications: 12 noon on Wednesday 20 June 2018

Interviews to be held on Monday 25 June 2018

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