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Curator, NZ Histories and Cultures – Te Papa

Closing date:   February 28, 2019
Institution:   Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Salary:   Not supplied yet.
Employment status:   Full-time
Location :   Wellington
Contact name:   Dr Bronwyn Labrum, Head of NZ and Pacific Histories and Cultures, 021 2615 102
Contact email:   Bronwyn.Labrum@tepapa.govt.nz

For nearly two decades, Te Papa has housed, nurtured and empowered the legacies of Aotearoa and its people. We are built on a foundation of innovation and co-creation – where community and culture has transformed our history and our heritage into something tangible, something engaging. As our journey continues, we embrace the idea of renewal and the opportunity to once again delve into Aotearoa, its past, present, and future. We pride ourselves on what our predecessors have created, something that is contemporary, cutting-edge, and unique to our country.

Here is a rare opportunity. We are looking for a new generation Curator, New Zealand Histories and Cultures. As Te Papa embarks on a monumental renewal process, you will be the newest member of a hard working team that produces public history in a museum setting, working with national collections and other forms of cultural heritage. You will help tell stories and interpret New Zealand’s past for audiences that are both local and global, real and virtual, and who want to know more about where we have come from and where we are going.

Do you have:

  • a PhD or equivalent experience and skills in historical or material culture research in relation to New Zealand history post-1920, with a focus on one or more Asian communities?
  • a personal record of research and inquiry in your chosen field or speciality?
  • experience of working with objects, collections and forms of intangible knowledge?
  • experience and comfort in communicating in a range of forms and media to diverse audiences?
  • familiarity with digital platforms and social media?
  • the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams on a range of museological outputs across exhibitions, digital channels, research publications, and public programmes?
  • a network of experts, communities and stakeholders you can bring to complement the team’s existing contacts?

If you are ready to take part in one of the most important, challenging and inspiring evolutions in both New Zealand and the museum sector worldwide, then we would love to hear from you.

For more information or to apply visit the Te Papa website.


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