Student / Work experience and internship Fine Art

Volunteer Collections Assistant (Japanese Collection)

Student / Work experience and internship Fine Art – Published 23rd Jun 17

The Russell-Cotes

The Russell-Cotes is a Grade2* listed historic house on the seafront at Bournemouth.

It was built by hoteliers Annie and Merton Russell-Cotes in 1901 as a home for themselves and for their extensive collections of art and souvenirs from their travels.

In 1885, on a trip around the world Merton and Annie were entranced by Japan and its culture and sent back 100 packing cases of Japanese objects and souvenirs.

Their important ‘time-capsule’ collection has been added to since, and is the subject of this project.

The Project

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer with, or working towards, a Museum Studies degree.

The ideal candidate will have experience of SPECTRUM standards and Japanese culture, and preferably language. They will carry out information and interpretation work on our Japanese Collection.

Further details:

Company name:
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
Work pattern:
3 - 6 weeks over the summer
Closing date:
Sun, 2nd July 2017


  • to research the archives – paper and digital – and draw together all relevant documentation, references and reports on the Russell-Cotes’ Japanese Collection
  • to prepare a coherent and searchable suite of documents in preparation for a potential National Designated Collection application
  • To carry out supporting research on the collection
  • To develop new interpretation material for the ‘Mikado Room’ in the Museum
  • Possibly to use the methodologies developed to apply to other areas of the collection

The Volunteer Collections Assistant will be supported by the Collections Team and receive training in object handling, documentation, MODES and interpretation.

Hours and time frame

Ideally the applicant should be available between the hours of 10am and 4pm for between 2 and 5 days per week. The placement will commence in July 2017.

Days and times can be flexible. It may be possible to give help with local travel expenses.

How to apply

Send a CV and covering letter to Sarah Newman, Programmes Officer, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum by Sunday 2 July:  01202 451812