Working for the National Portrait Gallery


Working for the National Portrait Gallery offers you a unique opportunity to gain experience and develop skills in a nationally renowned museum.  Employees are part of a modern and changing organisation that welcomes over 1.8 million visitors a year and has an international reputation. We pride ourselves on having a workforce that is friendly, committed and hard working. Although the Gallery is a small organisation employing about 200 employees we have a wide range of job types from educationalists to visitor services assistants and from IT specialists to curators, with many others besides.

The Gallery aims to be a good employer with fair employment practices and personnel policies to support this ambition. As a prospective employee you would need to be committed to ensuring that all individuals are treated with respect and valued for their contribution.

Employment Package

We offer a comprehensive employment package, including:

  • competitive basic salary
  • an occupational defined benefit pension scheme with low employee contribution rates
  • competitive annual holiday entitlement of 25 days plus all statutory Public Holidays
  • work-life balance policies
  • comprehensive training and development opportunities
  • staff discounts in the Gallery's shops and free entry to the Gallery's paying exhibitions

Some restriction may apply, depending on length of service.

Recruitment and Equality

The Gallery is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all staff and welcomes application from all individuals for advertised jobs that match their skills and interests.

It is our policy that permanent posts are advertised nationally in press or professional journals or on the internet, according to the nature and level of the job. We also advertise through local job centres and with specialist press and websites to encourage applications from groups that are under-represented in the Gallery.

All applicants must complete a Gallery Application Form when applying for a vacancy rather than sending a CV. We prefer not to receive speculative enquiries about employment in the Gallery.

The Gallery follows an Equality Action Plan and is a member of some national campaigns that aim to improve opportunities for everyone, these include the Employers Forum on Disability, Race for Opportunity and the Equality Exchange.


The Gallery's way of working is based on:

  • an organisation structure that has the minimum number of hierarchical levels and encourages cross functional working
  • having flexible and enthusiastic staff who identify closely with the aims and objectives of the Gallery
  • ensuring everyone that works for the Gallery has an opportunity to express their views and feelings about the work of the Gallery.

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