Curator of Horology
National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Closing date: 20 June 2009

Further details:

The Royal Observatory Greenwich at the National Maritime Museum is the
home of the international time zone system, and in the past it tested
chronometers for the Royal Navy. The Museum now holds the national
collection of marine chronometers and precision time-keeping devices,
including the Harrison time-keepers, as well as important astronomical
regulators associated with the Royal Observatory. The richness of its
horological collections reflects its importance and the history of an
institution that stretches back to the seventeenth century. The Curator
of Horology will be expected to extend our expertise and ability to
interpret these collections, and to provide succession planning and
support for our internationally renowned Senior Specialist in Horology,
Jonathan Betts. The main role of the Curator of Horology will be to
promote the research and interpretation of our collections associated
with time, especially precision time-keeping, (chronometers, regulators,
clocks, watches etc.) within the broader disciplinary contexts of the
history of science and technology, and maritime history. It will also be
important to make these objects and associated stories accessible to a
wide range of audiences.

We are therefore looking for an exceptional individual who is able to
combine expertise in a relevant subject with a passion and knowledge
about horological collections and a desire to communicate this
enthusiasm to a wide audience, from academics to school children. A
clear interest in the artefact must also be demonstrated and, although
it is not essential that the post-holder has detailed experience of
working with horological collections to date, he or she must be able to
demonstrate a willingness to develop the necessary practical skills to
analyse this material for research purposes.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Human Resources,
National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF or by
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