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Digitisation and Database Coordinator (18 month FTC)
About the Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions and our vision is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. It is a particularly exciting time in our history. We are making major investments and transforming our physical and digital infrastructure and our public offer. An ambitious ‘Masterplan’ by David Chipperfield RA has redeveloped our 2.5-acre campus in Mayfair, uniting our two buildings and providing refurbished galleries for the display of art and architecture, a state-of-the-art auditorium, a new learning centre and new collection displays, including a dedicated Collection Gallery. The Collection Department is responsible for: works of art, archives, historic and modern books, photographs and other objects such as silver, furniture and artists’ memorabilia. Most of the RA Collection is Designated by Arts Council England as of national importance.
With the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the RA has also launched a new online presence for the RA collection, fully integrated with the main RA website. We have newly digitised over 10,000 works from artists’ letters to historic books; from sculpture to drawings, and from palettes to archives. We are in the process of releasing them to the website. Within the Heritage Lottery Fund Activity Plan, digitised material from the RA’s Designated Collection is also the foundation for a variety of projects, activities and events, to help the public explore and celebrate the RA’s cultural significance and history.
A suite of collection databases (Collections Index +) drives the website and is at the heart of the Collection Department’s day-to-day work. The Digitisation and Database Co-ordinator will oversee the management of and ongoing improvements to the databases, work with Collections and project teams to help deliver projects including the final stages of the HLF digital project, continuing activities using digitised collections and partnership initiatives such as Art UK Sculpture. The post will work closely with the RA Digital department to oversee ongoing improvements to the collections interface on the RA website and manage a Digital Trainee.
We are looking for a committed and diligent person with experience in working with collections, libraries and/or archives. You will have had previous experience of working with collection databases and familiarity with digitising art or archival materials. You will have collaborated with people such as curators, archivists and librarians to make art, architecture or history come to life.
You must have a proven track record of delivery, meticulous attention to detail and a flexible approach to work. In return, we offer a rewarding position in a growing institution and the chance to be part of the RA’s future.
Note that following the successful opening of the new displays and launch of the new online collection, the structure of the Collection Department is under review to ensure the most efficient operation of the new resources and this may lead to some changes to the detail of this role.
Closing date for applications: Weds 31 October
Interviews will be held: Week of 5 November
Job Title: Digitisation and Database Coordinator (Collections)
Department: Artistic Programmes (Collection Department)
Reporting to: Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture
The successful candidate will have:
Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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