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Director of Development

Location. London, UK

Salary. Excellent Salary & Benefits

Closing Date. Wednesday 1st May

Founded in 1753, the British Museum was the first national public museum in the world.  From the outset, it granted free admission to all 'studious and curious persons'.  Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today.

The British Museum exists to tell the story of cultural achievement throughout the world, from the dawn of human history over two million years ago until the present day. The Museum is a unique global resource: the breadth and depth of our collection allows a wide public to re-examine cultural identities and explore the complex network of interconnected human cultures.

We are reaching an important moment in our long history. Exciting new plans for the presentation of our extraordinary collection are being developed together with the capital investment needed to make our Bloomsbury site fit for the 21st century.  We are seeking a Director of Development to help us realise this vision. 

Your ability to operate at this level will be underpinned by substantial experience delivering highly successful philanthropic income generating activities. You will be an inspirational, inclusive and collaborative leader with experience of leading and motivating teams. You will have achieved outstanding results and be able to demonstrate a resourceful and flexible approach when faced with obstacles. As a member of the Museum Management Group, you will contribute to wider museum strategy, act as an advocate for the organisation, and be involved in on-going liaison with Trustees and senior staff across all departments.  Your sophisticated communication and influencing skills combined with an enterprising spirit will inspire those around you and build long-lasting and beneficial relationships for the Museum.

If you are interested in playing a key role in the future growth and development of our world-renowned institution, please get in touch.




The British Museum is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest, finest, and most comprehensive in existence.




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