Arundells has an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual to join its dedicated team.

 As Curator, you will be responsible for the on-going care and management of the collections, as well as playing a vital role in helping achieve our goal of full Accredited Museum status.


Arundells is located within Salisbury’s beautiful Cathedral Close and was the home of former Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath KG MBE, who lived there from 1985 until his death in 2005. Sir Edward very much wanted the house, garden and his unique personal collections to remain together and to be available for the public to see and enjoy. The Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation was established to honour these wishes and Arundells first opened to the public in 2008.

Arundells is typically open March – November each year and is presented as it was when Sir Edward lived there. The collections include fine art, ceramics, glassware, musical and sailing memorabilia, photographs and political cartoons, as well as personal items and furniture. Best practice standards in housekeeping, collections care and collections management were first introduced in 2016 and much progress has been made in these areas since.  The Curator will continue to improve and develop collections care, documentation and access at the property as we work towards achieving Accredited Museum status.

Please visit our website (www.arundells.org) for further information about Arundells.

Job Role

For full details, please read the detailed job description and person specification carefully. These can be found on our website (www.arundells.org)


2 days per week (15 hours)

Normal working hours will be from 0900 hrs to 1730 hrs, including a one-hour lunch break.

Due to the nature of the role, the post holder will need to work at least some of their hours on days when the house is closed to the public.


£9,400 per annum (£23,500 FTE) payable monthly in arrears, plus employer pension contributions. Overtime will not be payable.


10 days per annum. It is not expected that the post holder will be required to work on bank holidays. If this occurs, an equivalent amount of time will be taken off in lieu on days to be agreed in advance with the Manager

How to apply

Applications in writing (by email) to the Manager, Ivan Smith, at ivan@arundells.org

Please attach a full CV and a detailed covering letter explaining why you feel you would be the right person for this role

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 9th November

Anticipated date for interviews:  To be confirmed

Applications from individuals only. Applications from agencies will not be considered.


Please contact Ivan Smith by email (ivan@arundells.org) if you would like to arrange an informal telephone discussion about this post prior to applying


The house was originally a medieval canonry, with the first recorded occupant being Henry of Blunston, Archdeacon of Dorset, who lived here from 1291 until his death in 1316.


The peaceful garden extends to around two acres in total, with lawns, mature trees, shrubbery and borders and includes sculpture by G E Wade and the bow of Morning Cloud III.


Arundells Collection includes works by well known artists, ceramics, gifts from world leaders, hand painted Chinese wallpaper and Morning Cloud scale model yachts.


Arundells events include talks, music concerts and recitals, seasonal outdoor theatre, children's events and Christmas events.

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