Research Assistant (Mobile Museum Project)

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant on an AHRC-funded project on The Mobile Museum: Economic Botany in Circulation. This project is a collaboration between Royal Holloway, University of London, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This is a fixed term post offered on a Part-Time basis, equivalent to four days a week (0.8 FTE) for 22 months, starting on 3 January 2018. The Full-Time salary is on the Grade 7 scale (£34,137 to £40,317 p.a., including London Allowance).

The post is based at Royal Holloway and will also involve working at Kew. The post will involve historical research on the educational uses of economic botany artefacts and specimens dispersed by Kew to schools across the UK in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This will involve analysis of collection archives at Kew; investigation of the role of school museums in contemporary educational policy and pedagogic practice at both the national and local levels; and historical research on science education and the broader contexts of nature study in the period. The research will also feed into a schools-based outreach project managed by the Learning & Participation Department at Kew, involving the creation of new museums in two London primary schools.

Applicants should have experience of historical research in a relevant discipline, such as historical geography, history of education and museum history, to PhD level or beyond, and a strong commitment to the dissemination of research. The post will require close collaboration with the Principal Investigator, Professor Felix Driver, and other members of the Mobile Museum project team as well as with members of the learning department at Kew. Good communication skills are required both within the project team and for external audiences. Experience or interest in collections-based research is highly desirable.

For further information about the project, see

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Felix Driver on

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Please quote the reference: 0617-219.

Closing Date: Midnight, 9 August 2017.

Interview Date:12 September 2017.

Published on: 
14 Jul 2017