Museum & Gallery Services Queensland

Position Vacant: Supreme Court of Queensland Library

Position: Legal History Museum Curator
Organisation: Supreme Court of Queensland Library (for a new museum facility)
Closes: 28 February 2011

The new Supreme and District Courts building in the Brisbane CBD will incorporate a unique legal history museum on the ground floor, showcasing Queensland’s legal heritage to Court visitors and members of the public. The building is scheduled for completion in early 2012 and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library is seeking expressions of interest from experienced museum curators. The Curator will assist the Librarian with the delivery of the project on a part-time basis over the coming year.

The inaugural exhibition is planned to centre on Queensland’s legal history over the past 150 years and will be pitched at a broad audience including school students, members of the legal profession and other community groups and visitors to the Courts. It is anticipated that the Curator will develop and coordinate the installation of the inaugural exhibition, as directed by the Librarian and the Library Committee.

The Curator’s primary role will be the construction and organisation of content for the exhibition drawing from both SCQL holdings and external collections. The role will require a flexible and creative person who is able to undertake tasks independently, or as part of a team. The Curator will ideally have experience in historical research and should have demonstrated ability to:
• Manage, plan and develop research projects to produce high level research and storylines for exhibitions;
• Coordinate the development and installation of new exhibitions, including design components and conservation of historical items;
• Liaise with third party contractors and stakeholders, including architects, designers and other consultants as required for the project;
• Manage projects, including preparation of work plans and budgetary reports.

Strong oral and written communication skills are essential, as well as a sound understanding of Australian and / or legal history. Previous experience in the development of interactive or digital exhibition features is desirable.

It is expected that the Curator will have an ongoing interest in the Library’s legal heritage collections and may, in the future, have the opportunity to contribute to the management of collections and the production of public programs, which incorporate exhibitions and associated online projects.

A tertiary qualification in museum studies is highly desirable, however applicants from other disciplines and with relevant experience will also be considered.

Applications, including a cover letter and CV, should be sent to:
Aladin Rahemtula
Supreme Court of Queensland Library
Post: PO Box 15019, City East, 4002.

Enquiries by email to or phone 07 3247 4267.