Curator – Maternity Cover (one year)

We are recruiting an interim Curator to cover for Bryony Davies, who will be on maternity leave from August 2022. Closing Date 22 May 2022.


Job Description

The post-holder will be responsible for the range of curatorial duties, including collections care and management of the Museum’s collections, archive and library.

The Curator is a key member of the Museum Management Team. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a curatorial role in a high-profile small museum.

Job Title: Curator (maternity cover)
Reports to: Director
Works with: Staff team, and Board of Trustees. Manages curatorial volunteers
Hours of work: Full-time, 40 hours per week.
Strong part-time applications will be considered
Pay: £27,000 pa


Museum Collections

The collections are divided as follows:

Antiquities: Freud’s personal collection of approximately 2000 Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Near Eastern and Asiatic antiquities, mostly on display in his study or elsewhere in the house.

Household possessions: Freud’s desk and consulting couch, and furniture brought from Austria and later purchased by Anna. The furniture includes Biedermeier furniture and Austrian painted furniture, and later modernist pieces. There are a number of prints and paintings included in the collection, and also a
fine collection of oriental rugs. There are a number of personal effects, for instance Freud’s glasses and boots.

Freud’s Personal Library: This library of over 1600 titles is composed of the volumes that Freud selected to bring from Vienna in 1938. These line the walls of his study and library and include books on a range of topics, including medicine, literature, archaeology and history. The collection also includes rare volumes and offprints of Freud’s own works, and other early psychoanalytic books and journals.

Anna Freud’s Library: This includes books on the theory, practice and history of psychoanalysis collected by Anna, and is the basis of a valuable reference library. The library is continually updated with donations and purchases of contemporary writing in the field of psychoanalysis and Freudian studies.

Archives: The archive holds both original material, and copies of many personal letters and documents otherwise only available at the Library of Congress Freud Archive in Washington. The archive is divided into the following sections:
– Personal letters and documents – approximately 6000 letters to and from
Sigmund Freud, 1500 other letters, and over 1000 documents. This collection consists primarily of copies
– Photographs – approximately 4000. These include images of the Freud
family, friends, relatives and colleagues, early psychoanalytic conferences and events, home and work, and the life of Anna Freud
– Press cuttings – approximately 2000, on all aspects of Freud’s life and work.

Researchers have access by appointment to the reference and Sigmund Freud’s libraries, their personal papers and photograph albums. A number of national and international loans are made annually from the collections, and these provide a significant source of income.

For full details see Curator (maternity cover) Job Description PDF



To apply please send a CV and covering letter outlining suitability for the job and why you are applying to o Bryony Davies at [email protected].

Closing date: Sunday 22 May 2022 at 5pm.

Interviews will be held if possible in the week beginning 30 May.