Archaeological Pottery Specialist

South West Heritage Trust Historic Environment Service
Closing date: 
Monday, August 2, 2021
Fixed-term, starting from October 2021 with variable duration of up to two years dependent on agreed working hours.
£24,534 per annum, paid on a pro rata basis
Somerset Heritage Centre, Taunton


Hours: This role may be delivered flexibly within the budget available. Options may include:

  • Working full-time at 37 hours per week for up to eight months
  • Working part-time at 29.6 hours per week for up to ten months
  • Working part-time at 22.2 hours per week for thirteen months
  • Working part-time at 14.8 hours per week for nineteen months

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person to develop the Somerset Pottery Fabric Type Series (Medieval and Post-Medieval) and to make it accessible to a wide range of people through this Historic England funded project.


You will need a passion for heritage and material culture as well as a sustained interest in and curiosity about archaeological pottery. You will also require the ability to work flexibly as part of a team and in collaboration with others. As part of the role you will receive mentoring from Medieval and Post-Medieval pottery specialists and complete a bespoke induction and training programme. We welcome applications from individuals who, with the agreement of their organisation, wish to undertake the role as a secondment.

The South West Heritage Trust is an independent charity which delivers a broad range of heritage services across Somerset and Devon. With a turnover exceeding £3.5 million each year, we manage and run two Archives and Local Studies services, three museums (including the Museum of Somerset), and we look after the historic environment in Somerset, including over 400 acres of reserves.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Amal Khreisheh (Curator of Archaeology) on 01823 347443.

The South West Heritage Trust encourages applications from all sections of the community. We particularly encourage applications from people from those sections of the community which are currently under-represented in the heritage sector including black, ethnic minority, and/or disabled applicants.

​For more information about the role, the Trust and the application process, please download the Recruitment Information Pack and Job Description, available here:

To apply for the role, please complete the application form and equal opportunities form and return by email to:

Please note that CVs are not accepted for this position.

Interviews: To be held in the week commencing 6 September 2021

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