Collections Development Manager

Wellcome Collection

Job Summary

Are you able to provide leadership for a diverse mix of collecting activity, ranging from managing large scale strategic initiatives to negotiating the purchase of a single rare item or the donation of a historically significant archive?

Additional Info

Wellcome Collection is looking for a talented individual to join their team as a Collections Development Manager on a 12-month basis to cover maternity.


The successful candidate will play a key role in ensuring that our collections, both physical and digital, remain an outstanding resource for challenging the way we all think and feel about health by linking science, medicine, life and art.

The team takes a holistic view of our collections, making collection development decisions based on knowledge and understanding of the whole. They work flexibly across types of material, such as archives, printed and published, visual culture and moving image and sound.


To be successful in this role, you will have:

Highly-developed people management skills with demonstrable experience of developing talent, managing team performance and building an inclusive team culture

An excellent grasp of the main issues relating to the acquisition, management and disposal of materials commonly found in heritage collections

Proven experience of working with born-digital material

A good understanding of sectoral theory relating to collections development and experience of putting this into practice

Knowledge of legal and ethical frameworks relating to collections development activity

Experience of developing innovative and proactive collections development initiatives or methodologies

A passion for inclusive approaches to collections development

How to Apply

To find out more, please click the application link below to view the full Job Description.

Diversity and Inclusion is a priority at Wellcome. We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. We are happy to discuss flexible working options for all roles. We work to ensure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you would like us to make adjustments during the application process, please contact us at

Posted on March 3