Find our current job vacancies, get information about what it is like to work at the Horniman, and our culture.

Come and work with us!

The Horniman connects us all with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future for the world we all share.

We can only help achieve this through our amazing members of staff who work at our Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, and our Study Collections Centre. We are so proud of the work we do together, and were recently awarded Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022.

Find out more about working at the Horniman as well as our current vacancies.

Current vacancies

Event Programming Manager (maternity cover)

Closing date: 22/04/2024
  • £42,571 pro rata (£43,440 pro rata after probation)
  • Fixed term contract. Part-time, 28 hours per week, Monday-Thursday, with evening and weekend working as required

We’re looking for a talented Events Programming Manager to lead on the planning and delivery of our public programme, covering a range of large-scale events and regular weekly activities, alongside our commercial events business.

You’ll have significant experience of successful event delivery across a busy site including the handling of enquiries and booking processes, and managing staff.

Interested? Find out more and apply by 10am on 22 April 2024.

Trustees x 3 (Legal, Finance and Capital Projects)

Closing date: 23/04/2024

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is currently looking to recruit three new Trustees. The Trustees provide vision, direction, control and accountability in fulfilling the Horniman’s public purpose.

We’re looking for candidates with experience in the following areas:

  • Legal Trustee – Significant legal expertise, most likely gained at either a law firm or as an in-house counsel in a commercial, Government or non-profit organisation.
  • Finance Trustee – Significant experience in accountancy and/or finance.
  • Capital Projects Trustee – Significant experience of large scale capital projects and/or the built environment and/or design.

The Horniman supports equal opportunities and applications are particularly welcomed from people who have been historically excluded or under-recognised on boards.

Interested? Find out more and apply on the DCMS website by 11.59pm on 23 April 2024.

Senior Curator of Anthropology

Closing date: 23/04/2024
  • £42,571 pro rata per annum (rising to £43,440 pro rata p.a. after probation)
  • Job share (17.5 hours per week, occasional evening and weekend work will be required with time off in lieu)

We are looking for a Senior Curator of Anthropology to help deliver the Horniman’s Reset Agenda. You’ll have the skills and experience to help us develop, preserve, research and open up our collections to a wider range of audiences – including source and diaspora communities – and deliver content for our programmes, projects and to audiences.

The Content Team comprises experts in our collections of Anthropology, Musical Instruments, and Natural Sciences, and in social practice, schools learning, community engagement and volunteering. The collaboration and expertise in the team helps share knowledge, deepen understanding and tell stories emanating from our collections to our visitors, in ways that achieve our mission and priorities, and raise the profile of the Horniman nationally and internationally.

Interested? Find out more and apply by 10am on 23 April 2024.

Facilities Manager

Closing date: 07/05/2024
  • £38,896 per annum (rising to £39,960 after probation)
  • Full time, 35 Hours a week, Monday to Friday

We are looking for a Facilities Manager who will ensure that the Horniman estate is maintained to an exceptionally high standard for both visitors and workforce.

You’ll have professional and practical experience in the field of buildings, and infrastructure management for a heritage / visitor attraction or other public building, ideally with a relevant professional qualification in estates management, construction, surveying or health and safety.

If you have a proven track record of successfully managing contractors and service contracts, ensuring quality of outcome and value for money, in addition to managing and delivering successful building and infrastructure repair and refurbishment projects then we want to hear from you.

Interested? Find out more and apply via the link below by 10am on 7 May 2024.

Director of Audiences and Income

Closing date: 07/05/2024
  •  c. £75,000
  • Full time, 35 hours per week, Monday–Friday (with some evening and weekend working as required)

We’re looking for a talented Director of Audiences and Income with experience of leading successful teams that welcome audiences, and generate commercial and/or fundraising revenue in a cultural, heritage or visitor attraction organisation.

You’ll have significant experience of managing staff, enjoy juggling multiple tasks in a busy environment and have a proven ability to work at the senior level this post demands.

Interested? Find out more and apply by 10am on 7 May 2024.

Working at the Horniman

We recognise that our organisation is built upon the skills and commitment of our staff.

The success of our operations and your personal development and well-being depend largely upon maintaining high levels of trust, respect and cooperation between all levels of staff.

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We offer a range of opportunities for staff:

  • Flexible working
  • 30 days annual leave + Bank Holidays
  • Auto-enrolment into the NEST pension scheme with the option to join the LPFA pension scheme
  • Employee assistance programme – counselling, resources and 24/7 advice line
  • Discounts in our café and shops
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Electric car lease for less scheme
  • Discount scheme for shopping and leisure activities
  • A family ticket for Horniman exhibitions
  • Free entry to exhibitions at many other museums and galleries
  • Eligibility to join the Civil Service Social Club

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Our culture

The Horniman has a huge variety of activities on offer, and subsequently, our staff are very diverse in their skills and expertise.

You could be working directly with our visitors, curating, documenting or maintaining our collections, publicising what we do, fundraising or working in Finance, Facilities, IT or Human Resources.

Our values are:

  • We are inclusive and welcoming to everyone
  • We are caring and respectful towards each other, our visitors and all our stakeholders
  • We are friendly, open and positive, embracing collaboration and fresh ways of thinking.

Our culture is based on the above core values and the delivery of our mission. We behave in ways that prioritise:

  • Amplifying diverse voices, histories, and perspectives
  • Being environmentally sustainable and encouraging biodiversity
  • Communicating clearly and with warmth
  • Encouraging creativity and enterprise.

Our staff meets for regular coffee mornings to hear updates from the Senior Management Team, and share news from across the organisation.

Staff social activities include a book club, knitting and craft group, a bowling tournament, as well as our Christmas party and summer picnics. Our active social committee organises regular events like comedy nights, staff meet the animals sessions and pub outings.

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Because the Horniman connects global cultures with the natural world, sustainable working practices and encouraging everyone (including ourselves) to into green living is important to us. Our mission is central to everything we do, whilst our values represent our core beliefs and set the tone for our interactions with staff, visitors and other stakeholders. Our behaviours are the practical application of our values – translating them into day-to-day actions.

We value our diverse workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We encourage people from ethnically diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities to apply.

If you meet the minimum shortlisting criteria for a job at the Horniman and have a disability we will offer you an interview.