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Research Assistant - Call For Applications

Published by on 8 August 2022

Decorative Arts Research Assistant funded by the Albert Dawson Educational Trust

British & Irish Furniture Makers Online are recruiting a part time paid research assistant for six months, beginning January 2023, to transcribe the exhibition entries in the first eleven Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society catalogues (1888-1916) onto Excel spreadsheets for publication as searchable documents on the BIFMO website, or by request in printed form.

Candidates should have:

  • At least two years’ experience working in the field of or studying 19th /early 20th century decorative arts
  • Proven academic knowledge of the late Victorian period and a desire to use this opportunity to further expertise or career
  • Good, accurate IT skills including Excel
  • The ability to commit 3 days per week, or equivalent, to the project and attend periodic meetings in London

The successful applicant will also be involved in the promotion of this new resource to a wide audience and will be expected to work with the BIFMO Managing Editor to produce an article or digital representation relating to the Art & Crafts Movement or Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society. 

This position is being generously funded by the Albert Dawson Educational Trust. The final listings on BIFMO will mark the objects which formed part of the significant and pioneering collection of Peter Rose and Albert Gallichan.

The research assistant will report to Clarissa Ward, BIFMO 19th century Editor and Dr Laurie Lindey, BIFMO Managing Editor. Renumeration will be a total of £5,000 for the six-month period on a self-employed basis. This will be payable by invoice monthly, subject to the necessary work having been undertaken, with final payment on completion of the article or digital representation. Funding for specific travel relating to the research element of the role will be subject to application to the Tom Ingram Fund, c/o The Furniture History Society. 

Applicants should submit a short Curriculum Vitae and a paper (500-words maximum) outlining their interest and knowledge of decorative arts (1880-1914) and suitability for the role to clarissaward@hotmail.com by 20 September 2022. Interviews will take place in October 2022 and the project will commence January 2023.

Image creditWalter Crane. Season ticket, The Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, 1890 [E.4164-1915]. Given by Emslie John Horniman © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.