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Museum & Gallery Recruitment

Jobs in Museums and Galleries

Artisan People Group are renowned for sourcing outstanding candidates for Arts and Heritage organisations across the UK.

We are privileged to work with many of the country’s most famous and iconic Museums, Galleries and Visitor Attractions. Our talent pool of candidates are dedicated to providing a stellar customer experience by helping visitors have a fabulous day out.

Our Museum and Gallery team are passionate about everything to do with the arts, culture, heritage and tourism. Between them, they possess an incomparable knowledge of the sector, enabling them to provide outstanding staffing solutions specific to your needs and budgets.

All candidates are handpicked by our consultants who are looking for people with the right personality and passion. We only take on those who we are certain will be perfect for the role. This means you’ll get staff who love dealing with people, are knowledgeable about your organisation and events, and are motivated to make sure that your visitors have a great experience.

Popular temporary and seasonal roles include staffing for exhibitions, ticketing, visitor hosts, security and door supervisors, front of house, hospitality, retail, and tour guides.

Within our permanent team, we regularly recruit for a wide variety of roles including, Visitor Experience Staff, Bar Managers and Hospitality Staff, Project Managers, Digital Marketing experts, General Managers and Accounts Staff.

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  • Museums Jobs

    We work with some of the most iconic, popular and internationally renowned museums across the UK including the British Museum, the V&A and the London Transport Museum.

    We provide staffing for blockbuster exhibitions in addition to regular day-to-day installations. We can staff these exhibitions from day one with a core team of dedicated staff on rotas to make sure all operations run smoothly, including training, lateness, sickness and payroll.

    Our expertise in recruiting staff for Museums is second to none, which is why our Museum clients trust us to recruit for vacancies ranging from Seasonal Staff to Retail, Curators to Back Office and Security.

    Museum Job Vacancies
  • Galleries Jobs

    Our clients include leading galleries such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Serpentine Galleries and the Barbican Centre.

    We recruit candidates with a passion for art and art history and a dedication to customer service. Many candidates are artists themselves, or are studying art or art history at university, which enables them to talk knowledgeably about the gallery and add to the visitor experience. They are also able to deal with a lot of people efficiently and professionally and ensure gallery etiquette is followed by visitors at all times.

    This is where our pool of experienced staff come into their own. Our Gallery Clients understand that they can trust us to recruit for both high volume seasonal temporary roles right through to highly experienced Managerial positions.

    Gallery Job Vacancies
  • Visitor Attractions Jobs

    Working with a wide variety of UK Visitor Attractions we are privileged to staff theme parks, gardens, castles, zoos and national parks.

    Providing short term cover, seasonal staff and permanent staffing we are on hand to provide assistance 365 days per year, 24/7.

    Our Visitor Attraction clients value our receptivity and ability to ensure that staffing levels are maintained, and in turn customer service and satisfaction levels are kept to a high standard.

    We are able to provide experienced staff to work in ticketing, sales, retail, promotions, ushering, queue busting, security and cloakroom across these diverse venues.

    Visitor Attraction Jobs
  • Security

    Security Jobs for Museums and Galleries

    Keeping visitors safe and retail stock protected is a key priority for all of our clients. Artisan are able to provide experienced door security staff for our Arts and Heritage clients, be it for an exhibition, event, outdoor visitor attraction or retail experience.

    A SIA Certified professional, our Founder Director Tim Seyner Harness is leading the way with security staffing, ensuring only the best candidates are selected for deployment to our clients.

  • Candidate Requirements

    Candidate Requirements

    The majority of our roles are customer-facing positions including visitor services, retail, front of house, usher, ticketing and gallery invigilation and door supervision, but we also have back office positions including administrative, membership, reception and management.

    Candidates must understand the importance of providing a unique visitor experience and be used to working in a busy customer facing environment. You don’t necessarily have to have worked within a museum or gallery before, but you must have an interest in and passion for the arts or heritage, enjoy working with people, and have a strong work ethic.

  • Embracing difference

    Embracing Difference

    We are an inclusive employer and recognise that difference is crucial to our organisation, and it also allows a greater connection with audiences. In order to be proportionally representative of society, we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and are interested in hearing from individuals with visible or non-visible differences that are currently underrepresented in the cultural heritage sector.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are also some challenges to working in a museum or art gallery. Some of the most common challenges include:

  • At times you work in hectic environments with high numbers of visitors.
  • The need to deal with difficult or demanding visitors.
  • The need to be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • The pressure to meet deadlines and budget constraints.

There are many benefits to working in a museum or art gallery. Some of the most common benefits include:

  • The opportunity to work with and learn about art and history.
  • The opportunity to make a difference in the community.
  • The chance to travel and see the world.
  • A flexible work schedule.
  • Work in very friendly environments.

The hours for working in a museum or art gallery can vary depending on the specific role. However, most visitor facing museum and gallery roles offer flexible hours which usually include evenings and weekends.

The pay for working in a museum or art gallery varies depending on the specific role, the size of the institution, and the location. However, in general, as many museums and galleries are registered charities, they offer the minimum living wage or slightly higher.

For visitor facing roles, experience and customer service skills are more important that academic qualifications.

The qualifications required for working in a museum or art gallery vary depending on the specific role. However, most museum and gallery jobs require a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as art history, history, or museum studies. Some jobs may also require a master’s degree or additional training.

There are many different roles people can work in museums or art galleries. Some of the most common jobs include:

Visitor Services: The visitor services team are responsible for visitor care and helping to make a memorable experience.

Security Guard: All security staff are responsible for visitor safety and security, in addition to protecting the institution’s contents and building. A valid SIA certification is mandatory.

Curator: Curators are responsible for the care, preservation, and interpretation of the museum or gallery’s collection. They work to acquire new objects, research the history of objects in the collection, and develop exhibitions that tell stories about the objects.

Educator: Educators work to make the museum or gallery’s collection accessible to the public. They develop educational programs, give public lectures, and lead tours.

Conservator: Conservators are responsible for the preservation of the museum or gallery’s collection. They work to restore and preserve artefacts, and they develop and implement preservation plans.

Public relations and marketing: Public relations and marketing professionals are responsible for promoting the museum or gallery to the public. They work to develop marketing campaigns, create social media content, and organise events.

There are security elements to the visitor services offering of most Museums, Galleries and Visitor Attractions established for safeguarding members of the public.

You must have a front line licence if you personally perform a licensable front line activity as part of your job.

You must have a front line or non-front line licence if you (1) you manage, supervise and/or employ individuals who perform licensable activities in their job or (2) you are a director of a company, or partner of a firm, where any other directors, partners or employees of that company or firm perform licensable activities in their job.

A full explanation can be found <<here>>

Source: www.gov.uk

At the time of writing, a SIA Licence costs £190 for 1 licence. Depending on the role and responsibilities included you may need to hold more than 1 licence, so we would advise you to check this with the gov.uk website

Roles include anything which is providing security to a business and include Door Supervisor, Museum Visitor Assistants, Security Officer, Concierge, Front of House Receptionist, Stewards, CCTV Operator.

An SIA licence is a compulsory security guard license that any individual or security related business needs before they can undertaking designated activities within the private security industry.

We work with a variety of venues across London from the British Museum, V&A and Southbank Centre to Kew Gardens, Westminster Abbey and the Roundhouse. See our Museum and Gallery recruitment page for more information.

No. We’re looking for people who are flexible and motivated, with the right blend of interests and personalities, and often find work for people who have retired from their careers, as well as students and all ages in between.

No, although we do need you to have a passion for arts and/or heritage so you can engage with customers. We are looking for personalities rather than experience or qualifications – if you’re interested, motivated and have a great can-do attitude, we’ll train you in everything else.

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