The Senior Curator/Curator for Maritime Archaeology will research, interpret, and make accessible to the public ACM’s collections relating to maritime archaeology and the history of maritime trade in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
ACM is custodian of an extensive collection of Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramics, including many found in documented shipwrecks – most prominently, the cargo of the ninth century Tang Shipwreck. Travelling shows from ACM featuring the treasures of the Tang Shipwreck are in high demand from museums all around the world.
These maritime archaeology collections also include more than 9 tonnes of archaeological materials (ceramics, metal and some organic objects) dating to the 14th and the 18th centuries, providing insights into the early maritime trading history of Singapore and the region.
– Lead ACM-TPM curatorial team in designing conceptual frameworks and narrative themes for permanent galleries and special exhibitions relating to maritime archaeology
– Oversee the development of interpretive strategies for permanent galleries and special exhibitions for a wide range of visitors
– Act as overall project manager for local and travelling exhibitions, working collaboratively with collection managers, conservators, designers, and related parties
– Research and maintain a senior level expertise in the museum’s maritime archaeology collections, and act as subject matter expert in responding to queries from internal and external parties
– Conceive, develop, and publish exhibition catalogues, scholarly articles, and related works, including via digital formats
– In-depth involvement in acquisition of new artefacts, maintaining relationships with donors, and securing loans of collections and objects from other institutions and private collectors
– Cultivate and sustain good working relationships with existing and potential patrons, trustees, key stakeholders, and museum colleagues across the country and abroad, as well as with the academic community, art dealers, and collectors.
– Oversee the learning and accessibility programmes
– Develop strong partnerships with various educational institutions to promote the museum’s school programmes
– Work closely with docents to deliver content related to maritime archaeology
– A Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in archaeology, applied arts, or art history, with preferably at least five years of work experience in a museum and/or related educational/research institution with equivalent focus on Asian art.
– Express strong interest and possess specialised knowledge in maritime archaeology or ceramics
– Excellent research and writing skills in English. Proficiency in other languages would be advantageous
– Strong organisational, project management, and inter-personal skills, able to work independently and as part of a team
All applicants will be notified on whether they are shortlisted or not within 4 weeks of the closing date of this job posting.