The Society of Antiquaries of London (SAL) is one of the Europe’s oldest learned societies. Founded in 1707, it has formed the focus for those interested in the material past for over three centuries. Today it comprises a Fellowship of about 3000, elected in recognition of their knowledge and expertise in the study and communication of the material past. Through its grants, publications and programme of events, the Society plays a significant role in encouraging and nurturing scholarship nationally and internationally. As an independent leading non-governmental organisation in its sector, the Society is uniquely placed to encourage and facilitate public debate on the management, conservation, presentation, and wider understanding of cultural heritage. In addition the Society owns and manages Kelmscott Manor in Oxfordshire, country home to William Morris, which houses an exceptional collection relating to the Arts and Crafts Movement.
The Society of Antiquaries is now seeking a new General Secretary/Chief Executive in succession to John Lewis, who has held the post since 2010. The coming years have the potential to be some of the most critical in the Society’s history. Over the past few years the SAL has been increasingly focused on engaging and educating a wider public by opening up its collections through exhibitions, by increasing online access, and through developing Kelmscott Manor as a visitor attraction and educational centre. Alongside continuing these ambitions, the future home of the Society in London at New Burlington House is also under consideration, with either a wholesale move or a major refurbishment project on the horizon. The Society needs therefore a senior strategic leader to work with the President, Officers, Members of Council and staff to take the organisation through this period of change. Candidates will be need strong strategic and business planning experience and will be an inspiring team leader and a compelling communicator. Exemplary stakeholder management and ambassadorial skills will also be required, as will a commitment to promoting equality and diversity and a sound understanding of cultural heritage.
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Society of Antiquaries of London on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference EARAVA. Alternatively, telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Monday 1st November 2021.