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HR Advisor

The Garden Museum

Britain’s only Museum dedicated to gardens re-opened in June 2017 after an £8.2 million restoration, refurbishment and extension. Five galleries of garden history and an archive of garden design are housed within a medieval and Victorian church, and a new extension is formed of two pavilions for learning and a café opening on to a new garden designed by Dan Pearson.

In the current year the Museum will be visited by 77,000 people, including seventy schools, and will host over 150 public events, from high-profile lectures and garden history symposia to our Neighbours Day and Britain’s first food learning programme in a Museum. Recent awards include from The Architects’ Journal for a cultural project, for working with Arts 4 Dementia, and from Leading Cultural Venues for best Museum restaurant.

The Role

This role has been created to reflect the growing needs of a successful Museum. We are a team of 26 FTEs with ever expanding needs and we are looking for someone to successfully usher in a positive change, reflecting our desire to improve staff experience and job satisfaction. We are looking for someone to be on hand for all staff at all levels, offering a comprehensive and confidential HR advisory service. The successful applicant will also be tasked with the operational, day to day management of our HR processes and procedures, supporting the wider team in the ongoing success of the museum.

The Museum also operates the Garden Café. This role would encompass the General Manager and Head Chef but the HR resource for its team of casual staff will continue to be out-sourced to a specialist agency (Croner). We are committed to Croner in a three year contract and the successful applicant will need to work alongside them, assisting the Garden Café General Manager with this professional relationship.

The role reports to The Executive Committee of Trustees which is a sub-committee to The Board of Trustees, who meet once every two months to discuss and review operations, governance and financial performance.

This is a broad and new role and we welcome applicants’ views on how they will approach this.

Download full details via the Job Description button above.


Either upload your application below, or send a CV and cover letter to marking the subject box ‘HR ADVISOR’, by midnight on Sunday 16th May 2021.

Please note, the successful applicant will be required to work from the museum and not from home, your physical presence is required.

We regret that we are unable to respond to all applicants and you will only hear from us if we wish to invite you to interview.

Interviews will be held the week commencing Monday 24th May 2021, with second interviews for successful applicants being held the week after.


  • Apply by: 16/05/2021
  • Part time, two days per week
  • Permanent
  • £38,000 per annum pro-rata
Job Description