Job Description

Job Title: Research Assistant

Line Manager: Deputy Director

Contract: 12 month fixed-term contract

Hours: 0.5 FTE (c.2.5 days per week)

Salary: £23,000 pro rata

Holiday: 25 days plus bank holidays pro rata

Areas of Work

Assisting the Deputy Director in the delivery of the narratives and displays in a new experience of Handel House, including exhibition spaces spanning both Handel and Hendrix themes.

Work will include:

  • Sourcing ephemera to dress displays
  • Researching London in context for Handel and Hendrix
  • Researching the Handel House Trust, 23 and 25 Brook Street and the making of the museum
  • Researching and contributing to the writing of content for a new web app and other digital content
  • Researching and contributing to the writing of Room Steward script
  • Helping to bring together academics and scholars to review and contribute to final decisions

Person Specification

  • Academic background in a relevant field
  • Rich experience in researching primary sources and reviewing literary and scholarly text
  • Experience in managing stakeholder relationships
  • Experience in contributing to creative processes from an academic viewpoint
  • Extremely organised with an aptitude for working at a fast pace with attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent standard of written English
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office applications in an every-day working environment
  • Ability to self-motivate and work both from home and in an office environment with focus and productivity
  • A demonstrable interest and enthusiasm for the subject matter, as well as for telling stories that bring objects and spaces to life

 

Handel & Hendrix in London and the Hallelujah Project

Handel & Hendrix in London cares for and presents the houses of the greatest musicians to have made London their home. George Frideric Handel lived at 25 Brook Street from 1723 until his death in 1759. It was here that Handel wrote and rehearsed his greatest works, including Messiah. In 1968, Jimi Hendrix moved into a flat in the adjoining 23 Brook Street. The only place in which he felt truly at home, in this flat Hendrix entertained and collaborated with a with a roll call of the leading figures of British rock music.

Open to the public since 2001, Handel & Hendrix in London is an independent charity and an accredited museum. We generate all our own funds.  Through visitor admissions, learning programmes, digital, and live performances our aim is to share the lives, stories and music of George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix to the widest audience.

We have begun a major programme of redevelopment works to inspire more people with heritage, music and learning.  Through the ‘Hallelujah Project’ we will: complete the restoration of Handel’s home by reacquiring the ground floor and basement of 25 Brook Street, restoring the front façade and re-presenting the interiors as the composer might have known them; introduce new displays about Handel and Hendrix’s music and times; and provide inclusive access throughout the museum.

The transformed museum will offer an immersive experience of London in the 18th century and the 1960s, and an inspiring personal encounter with Handel and Hendrix. The museum is currently closed to the public whilst the project works take place. We will re-open the transformed museum in spring 2023.

We aim to increase the reach and impact of the museum by sustainably growing annual visits from the previous 20,000 to 30,000. New learning programmes will provide a broader curriculum-linked offer for young people, and activities in our local communities will ensure all feel welcome to explore London’s musical heritage at the museum.  We will offer new opportunities for performance by well-known musicians and rising stars.

Handel & Hendrix in London is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

Application Details

Please send a CV and Cover Letter to Claire Davies, [email protected]

Closing Date: Wednesday 15th June 2022, Midnight.