Coin Curator

United Kingdom
Sep 29, 2016
Nov 07, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Job Purpose

The Barber Institute is home to one of the finest collections in the world of Roman, Byzantine, medieval Islamic and medieval and modern Hungarian coins. The Byzantine section is arguably second only to that at Dumbarton Oaks. The whole collection consists of nearly 16,000 pieces, housed in modern storage facilities in a Coin Study Room at the Barber Institute. This room, which is open to students, specialist scholars and the general public by appointment, also provides access to the collection database (currently partially available on-line) and a specialist library of over 2,000 volumes. Selections from the collections are regularly used in themed exhibitions, in the adjacent purpose-built Coin Gallery; these displays are generally curated in-house and accompanied by public programming to which the post-holder will contribute.

The Barber coin collection is supported by a close working relationship with the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham which is recognised internationally for its research and teaching, particularly in Byzantine History. Depending on the interests and experience of the appointed curator, there may be opportunities for contributing to the Centre’s teaching.

The Barber is now seeking a committed, knowledgeable and enthusiastic curator to be a vital part of the Barber team. The post-holder will be the collection specialist and advocate for the Barber’s numismatic holdings, and lead on their management, research, development (including acquisitions), accessibility and promotion.

A priority for the future will be the completion of the online catalogue.

Person Specification


  • • Degree (2.1 or above) in Classical or Medieval History, Art History, Archaeology or Classical Studies with a major component relevant to Byzantine studies
  • • A demonstrable record of interest in and willingness to specialise in Byzantine numismatics
  • • A demonstrable ability to conduct appropriate research at a professional level
  • • Evidence of capacity to balance and progress a role with varied responsibilities
  • • Previous responsibility for numismatic collection care and management, within a museum setting
  • • Experience of collections management systems, digital humanities, and linked-data
  • • Effective knowledge of Latin and Greek languages
  • • Excellent spoken and written English language skills
  • • Proven organisational and administrative skills
  • • Proven ability to manage budgets effectively
  • • Excellent interpersonal skills to build effective relationships with colleagues and users
  • • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office packages (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  • • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant specialism
  • • Specialist knowledge within the subject field of Byzantine numismatics
  • • Experience of public engagement activities with a range of audiences
  • • Experience of collection interpretation and display in a museum setting