Our client is seeking a Researcher with excellent critical thinking skills and a strong academic background, to join their team in London. The gallery specialises in the field of Ancient Art and Natural History and are searching for a sharp and experienced researcher to research and describe important works of art and natural history objects. There is exciting potential for the right candidate to join a growing company.

The purpose of the role is to add value to objects in the gallery’s collection and those considered for future acquisition through exceptional, time-critical research and creative writing, contextualising works as well as uncovering lost information such as ownership history.



  1. Develop a deep understanding of the materials/libraries available for provenance research and art historical research in the relevant fields. 
  2. Develop a deep understanding of the objects the gallery deals in, their aesthetic qualities and the areas where value can most be added by research. 
  3. Develop an understanding of the pitfalls and risks involved in potential acquisitions. 


  1. Working on multiple research projects simultaneously, both at the gallery and at
    libraries/archives, prioritising and re-prioritising tasks where necessary.
  2. Produce exceptional creative writing in the form of tear sheets/PDFs for artworks, summarising important points in concise and powerful ways.
  3. Working in a small team environment and following up on feedback from the directors.
    Abstract/creative thinking for uncovering information.
  4. Excellent manner in communicating with academics, scholars and archivists where required.
    Ability to proofread catalogue entries for works of art.
  5. Working to tight deadlines around art fairs/exhibitions/auctions.
  6. Keeping well organised records and entering data in a meticulous way on the gallery’s internal inventory management software.


  1. Demonstrable exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail.
  2. Exceptional creative writing skills.
  3. Master’s level candidate required, PhD level desirable, ideally in art history or a related field.
  4. Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  5. Strong interest in the field of ancient art and/or natural history.
  6. Highly motivated and able to demonstrate initiative.
  7. Good time management skills. An ability to set priorities, manage several tasks concurrently and function with limited supervision.
  8. Right to live and work in the UK
  9. Knowledge of French & German would be desirable but not essential.
  10. Proficient with InDesign desirable but not essential.

Start date: Asap
Location: London; Largely on gallery premises in west London, off-site library work may be required. Limited opportunities to work from home subject to discussion
Hours: FT and Permanent
Salary: up to £37k DOE


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