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Menswear Archive Assistant Curator
Ref. 50059310

Salary
£17,240 per annum (Incl. LWA)

Department/School
Student and Academic Services

Location
Harrow


This post is part-time and permanent, working 21 hours per week.

We are seeking a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and committed individual to support the provision of an effective professional curatorial service, with particular emphasis on facilitating access and discoverability of the Westminster Menswear Archive collection.

You will be responsible for assisting in the care, management and development of the menswear archive and collections.
 
Main duties and responsibilities of the role:

- Collections management and cataloguing using the University’s archival management system AtoM.
- Arranging appointments, answering enquiries, assisting and supervising researchers and visitors.
- Supporting a range of outreach activities including presentations, tours and exhibitions (including online).
- Supervising work placement students and student interns.

Using your excellent interpersonal skills, you will develop a strong professional network of peer organisations to support loans and acquisitions. With a knowledge of 20th century designer menswear history, and a passion for utilitarian and uniform dress, you will develop specialist knowledge and work with the fashion academics and others to broaden access to collections through exhibitions and the wider public programme. You should have meticulous organisational ability, accuracy, and attention to detail. Ability to work effectively in a small team and deliver to deadlines is also important.

The Westminster Menswear Archive
  
The Westminster Menswear Archive was founded in 2016 to establish and maintain a collection of garments and related artefacts to encourage and develop the study of menswear design from a technical and functional point of view;  to advance the general knowledge of menswear as a design discipline and to serve as a resource to inform contemporary menswear design.

It is used by students, researchers and members of the international fashion industry as a means of undertaking object-based research to inform new design outcomes.
 
The Archive undertakes public engagement and loans items to exhibitions across the world to help further the knowledge and understanding of menswear as a distinct design discipline. 

The Westminster Menswear Archive has examples of some of the most important and exciting menswear garments covering the last 150 years. The archive includes garments from the following designers:

A-COLD-WALL*, adidas, Ahluwalia, Aitor Throup, Alexander McQueen, Barbour, Belstaff, Berghaus, Bernhard Willhelm, Blades, BodyMap, Bukta, Burberry, Burton, C.P. Company, Calvin Klein, Carol Christian Poell, Christian Dior, Comme Des Garcons, Craig Green, Gieves, Gucci, H&M, Harrods, Helmut Lang, Irvine Sellars, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Joe Casely-Hayford, John Stephens, Kim Jones, Left Hand, Levi’s, Lewis Leathers, Liam Hodges, Martin Margiela, Martine Rose, Masimo Osti, Meadham Kirchhoff, Michiko Koshino, Mr Fish, Nigel Cabourn, Palace, Paul Smith, Prada, Raf Simons, Ralph Lauren, Sibling, Stone Island, Tommy Nutter, Umbro, Undercover, Vexed Generation, Vivienne Westwood.

The Archive also includes an extensive range of utilitarian and uniform garments from the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Metropolitan Police, London Underground, and British Rail. 

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Danielle Sprecher, Menswear Archive Curator: d.sprecher@westminster.ac.uk
 
To apply for this vacancy please click above. Further information can be found in the job description and person specification, which can be accessed through link below.

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We are fully committed to enabling a supportive and safe learning and working environment which is equitable, diverse and inclusive, is based on mutual respect and trust, and in which harassment and discrimination are neither tolerated nor acceptable.

The University has adopted Smart Working principles to support and further our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion aims of being an inclusive, collaborative and flexible employer. Further details of Smart Working can be discussed at interview stage.

Closing date: midnight on 9th October 2022

Interviews are likely to be on: Wednesday 26th October 2022

Administrative contact (for queries only): Recruitment@westminster.ac.uk