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Collections Manager

£28,900 (plus pension contribution to the Greater Manchester Pension Fund)

About the role

This is an exciting time to join People’s History Museum (PHM) and lead the Collections Team.  You’ll develop and launch a new sustainable collecting policy and work with the Head of Collections & Engagement to shape plans for a future redevelopment of the main galleries.  You’ll oversee several live externally funded projects to improve cataloguing and digitisation which form vital building blocks to improving collections management and future engagement with the museum’s collection.

We are looking for a dedicated professional to lead the care and management of PHM’s collection.  The ideal candidate will understand current issues and best practice within collections management and curation, and will have strong IT skills to lead on the ongoing development of our digital collections management systems, including our collections management system, EMu, and our new digital asset management system, Axiell DAMS – Powered by Piction.

The Collections Manager is responsible for the management of two Collections Officers, currently working on a project funded by the John Ellerman Foundation to digitise and catalogue PHM’s collection, as well as a new Collections Assistant, funded by the Headley Foundation.

The successful applicant will work closely with the Engagement, Archive, Conservation, and Communications & Marketing Teams on current and upcoming projects, including future exhibition development, digitisation, and sharing our stories with our audiences.

The role would be ideal for someone with experience in collections management and curation, and with strong experience of working with collections management systems.  Direct experience with EMu would be an advantage.

PHM’s collection of over 60,000 objects showcases ideas worth fighting for, including democracy, gender equality, votes for all, co-operation, social justice, disabled people’s rights, and LGBTQI+ rights.  Our vision is of a fairer society where people’s voices and actions make a difference.  We are seeking an individual with a strong commitment to equality, diversity and social justice to care for and democratise this nationally recognised collection.

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How to apply

Please complete the online application form.  Please outline how your experience, knowledge and skills meet the job description and provide details.  Your application will be assessed and scored against the job description using the information provided.

Deadline for applications:  9.00am on Friday 23 June 2023

Interviews:  Tuesday 11 July 2023, in person at PHM

If you require any information or the application form in an alternative format please contact Jackie Royle, Finance & Operations Officer at   Please also contact Jackie if you have any questions or would like to arrange to discuss the role.


PHM prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive organisation, profoundly committed to advancing equality and diversity in the broadest sense.  We highly value the benefits that diverse perspectives bring to PHM’s mission.

We recognise the museum currently underrepresents people of colour, disabled people, LGBTQI+ people and those with intersecting identities in our workforce; PHM is actively working to address this and encourages applications from these backgrounds.  While the successful candidate will be selected purely on merit, in the event of a tie between two candidates with equal experience, we may select a candidate who helps us better represent the communities the museum serves.

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