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Decorative Arts


As curators of decorative arts in the Royal Collection, we look after an extraordinarily wide range of objects, from masterpieces of Baroque sculpture to Civil War munitions armour, from Sèvres porcelain to raffia work from Tuvalu. Our section is responsible for sculpture, furniture, clocks, ceramics, silver, arms and armour, and jewellery, as well as objects produced by many cultures and peoples around the world.

No two days are the same, and we can be researching a piece of Oriental porcelain at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh one day and arranging the layout of an exhibition at The Queen's Gallery in London the next. We answer enquiries from members of the public, give tours of the royal residences, and write books, articles and online catalogue entries. Managing an extensive programme of loans to exhibitions around the world is an important part of our role.

I particularly enjoy working with objects that are still used and enjoyed in the historic interiors for which they were intended. It's wonderful to see the chandeliers lit for evening receptions or silver-gilt objects from the Grand Service at a State Banquet.


The ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team is an important requirement for a role within Decorative Arts. Alongside this, you must be good at managing your own projects and have a real passion for presenting and interpreting works of art for the public.

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