Monument Trust Visiting Fellow in the British Museum: Department of Prints and Drawings

London (GB)
15 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Monument Trust Visiting Fellow in the British Museum: Department of Prints and Drawings

The British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings is home to the national collection of works on paper, and one of the most important collections of its kind in the world. Approximately 50,000 drawings and over two million prints chart the development of the graphic arts in the western tradition from the 1400s to the present, with comprehensive holdings of the principal artists, as well extensive collections of historical, satirical, portrait prints, book illustrations, and an important collection of Georgian printed ephemera and trade cards. 

We are seeking to appoint the inaugural Monument Trust Visiting Fellow, a full-time researcher, and scholar, expected to spend at least three days a week for a period from 6 to a maximum of 12 months in the Department of Prints and Drawings. The aim of the Fellowship is to initiate or substantially develop original research principally focussed on the British Museum’s graphic collection, but not excluding the opportunity to look at related material in other areas of the collection. Applications from scholars in fields not usually associated with the study of the graphic arts (such as history; geography; modern and classical languages; literature; and social and political sciences) are also welcomed as the Fellowship is intended to encourage new approaches and perspectives on prints and drawings. The Fellow will work in the busy, open-plan Prints and Drawings Study Room, have access to all parts of the collection and to the library, and will be expected to participate in the activities of the Department and contribute to the department and wider Museum throughout the Fellowship period. At the conclusion of their Fellowship they will present their collection-based research at a seminar for curators, cataloguers, and invited scholars. 

Qualifications and Selection

Monument Trust Visiting Fellows are intended for those who are recognised as leading scholars or specialists in their field with a proven record of publications and original research. 

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of a mixture of internal and external scholars in the history of art and related disciplines. Outside readers may assist in the evaluation of proposals. 
Salary and allowances 

The Monument Trust Visiting Fellow can either be directly employed by the British Museum, or arranged as funded secondment from the Fellows employer. 

A salary of circa £45,000 if employed by the Museum. If seconded from an external organisation, we would discuss remuneration to the employer of the Visiting Fellow and where possible, cover employment costs.

The Fellow will be responsible for arranging their accommodation during the period of their time in the Museum. 


Candidates for the Monument Trust Visiting Fellowship must submit an application consisting of a short covering letter, a CV with a list of relevant publications of no more than three sides of A4, and a case for support of no more than two sides of A4. This would outline the key research questions to be addressed and the area of the graphic collection to be studied; the intended approach in the study of this material; why the project is important and original; provide details of the timetable, outcome and if required visits to comparable material in the UK or abroad of the research. Applications should provide the names and contact details of two professional references who can be contacted in the event they are selected. All documents must be submitted no later than 15th March 2018. 

For information contact:
Hugo Chapman