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Job vacancy – Freelance Project Curator at Chiswick House and Gardens
Job title: Freelance Project Curator
Term: 2 to 3 days / week from 30 November 2020 to 31 March 2021
Salary: Fee:£9,500 (inclusive of VAT and expenses)
Location: Chiswick House and Gardens, West London
Responsible to: Director until the Head of Visitor Experience is in post
Responsible for: Delivery of interpretation assets and overall programme management of the Culture Recovery Fund project
Funded by: Culture Recovery Fund
Closing date: 16 November 2020
Chiswick House and Gardens Trust (CHGT) has been awarded a Culture Recovery Fund grant to enable us to prepare Chiswick House for a Covid secure reopening in April 2021. We seek a Project Curator to help us adapt, develop and deliver our interpretation assets which form part of this programme of work. This role will also take on overall programme management to ensure we are on track to meet our deadline.
The onset of lockdown had a devasting impact on our income from private and commercial events which meant we have focused our limited resources on essential maintenance to ensure the grounds and gardens remain open and are clean and safe. Our café is open every day providing a takeaway service and seating outside. However, facilities that are usually open are now currently closed including the Conservatory and Chiswick House itself. In a typical year Chiswick House is open for four days per week from the beginning of April to the end of October.
We have been awarded a Culture Recovery Fund grant to carry out a rapid interpretation project – using low cost interpretative tools ready for the reopening of the House in 2021. The key driver is to ensure we are Covid-secure for re-opening, but this also provides us with an opportunity to rethink our visitor experience and deal with some of the known issues identified over the years.