The Museum is currently recruiting for two posts: Head of Public Engagement and Programmes and Front of House Supervisor (see below).

Head of Public Engagement and Programmes

History of Science Museum, Broad Street, Oxford

Grade 8: £40,792 - £48,677 p.a.

The History of Science Museum (HSM) seeks an experienced cultural manager to join as its Head of Public Engagement and Programmes (HPEP). The HPEP will lead on learning and programming, outreach and participation, audience development, and communication and marketing.

The HSM is about to launch Vision 2024, an ambitious strategy for the 5 years ahead in the run-up to its first centenary. In the course of those 5 years and backed by a major fundraising campaign, the HSM is aiming to create and maintain a highly motivated diverse team in order to completely refurbish its galleries and back-of-house spaces, to create an award-winning visitor experience, to maintain and extend its reputation as one of the world-leaders in research and teaching and to make its collections fully accessible physically and digitally to audiences world-wide.

Together with the Head of Research, Teaching and Collections, and the Head of Operations and Planning, the HPEP will support the Director in developing, implementing, and delivering Vision 2024 and in managing change, playing a significant role in the planning and oversight of all public programming within the Widening Engagement Strategy of the University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM).

The History of Science Museum (HSM) is one of the four museums of the University of Oxford which include the Ashmolean, The University Museum of Natural History, and the Pitt Rivers Museum. The Museum occupies one of the oldest purpose-built museum buildings in the world, the ‘Old Ashmolean Building’ of 1683.

With its unique collection of astronomical instruments from the Islamic World and one of the finest collections of European Medieval and Renaissance instruments, HSM ranks amongst the leading museums in its field. It is a national and international centre of excellence for research and teaching in the material culture of science, and the interpretation of its collection is supported by a lively programme of exhibitions and public events for a range of audiences.

You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 2 September 2019. The first round of interviews is expected to be held on Wednesday 18 September 2019 and you must be available on this date. Successful candidates in this round will be called back shortly thereafter.

Contact Person: Asima Qayyum
Contact Phone: 01865 277293
Contact Email:
Vacancy ID: 142095
Closing Date: 02-Sep-2019


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Front of House Supervisor

History of Science Museum, Broad Street, Oxford

Grade 3: £19,202 - £22,017 p.a.


The Front of House (FOH) Supervisor will be the first point of contact for the FOH team, co-ordinating the day-to-day opening of the Museum primarily in the absence of the FOH Manager. The Museum has a small FOH team which consists of FOH team members who assist visitors in the gallery day-to-day delivering a world class visitor experience and a FOH Manager. The FOH Manager leads on the day-to-day management of the team and completes key administrative tasks. The FOH Supervisor will assist in the general day-to-day running of the Museum and will deputise in the absence of the FOH Manager or Head of Operations where an immediate decision is required. This role will work under the supervision of the FOH Manager and Head of Operations with a key focus on the day to day delivery of our visitor experience and Museum operation.

You should be able to work evening, weekend and bank holiday shifts when required, with flexibility to support museum events.

You’ll be part of the supervisory team supporting staff and volunteers in delivering a world class experience to our visitors. You’ll get the chance to work with a diverse range of people from various backgrounds. The front of house team is an exciting place to learn from your peers and to share your skills and knowledge.

You’ll be passionate about delivering great customer service. You’ll be satisfied when you see a customer leave happy and enjoy working in a KPI based environment to measure the success of our delivery.

The History of Science Museum houses an unrivalled collection of historic scientific instruments in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford. By virtue of the collection and the building, the Museum occupies a special position, both in the study of the history of science and in the development of Western culture and collecting. The present collection preserves the material of past science. As a department of the University of Oxford, the Museum has a role both in making this material available for study by historians, and presenting it to the visiting public.

Approximately 20,000 objects cover almost all aspects of the history of science, from antiquity to the early 1900s. Particular strengths include the collections of astrolabes, sundials and early mathematical instruments, together with apparatus associated with chemistry, medicine, and communications. In addition, the Museum possesses a unique reference library for the study of the history of scientific instruments that includes manuscripts, prints and early photographic material.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Wednesday 28 August 2019. We expect to hold interviews for this role on Monday 9 September 2019. A start date will be agreed with the successful candidate for as soon as is practicable.

Contact Person: Asima Qayyum
Contact Phone: 01865 277293
Contact Email:
Vacancy ID: 141861
Closing Date: 28-Aug-2019


For further details please visit, or search using the Vacancy ID 141861.


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