The Paul Mellon Centre is a small organisation committed to hiring and nurturing excellent people. Professional opportunities are listed here.

Paul Oppé Library Project Cataloguer

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is an educational charity committed to promoting original, world-class research into the history of British art and architecture of all periods. The Centre (which is a member of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History – ARIAH) has two complementary purposes: to contribute to the understanding of British art and architecture and to act as a research centre for scholars working in this field. We collaborate closely with the Yale Center for British Art, and we are part of Yale University.

This newly created role will support the Paul Mellon Centre’s initiatives by cataloguing the library of Paul Oppé (1878-1957). You will also assess the importance of individual items within the collection and make recommendations about any long-term conservation needs and promote the collection via the Centre’s website, newsletter, social media and other means. 

The library consists of 65 bankers boxes of books and auction catalogues from the collection of the art historian and art collector, Adolph Paul Oppé (1878-1957). The library, together with his archive, was allocated to the Paul Mellon Centre under the Acceptance-in-Lieu scheme in 2017. The subjects covered reflect Oppé’s research interests and include Renaissance art, watercolours and drawings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, British art in general, artists' monographs and biographies, Italian guidebooks and art collecting. The publications include books and rare auction catalogues and date from the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century.

Salary will be in the range of £30,000 to £33,000 per annum, pro rata depending on experience.

This post is a 9-month fixed term full-time contract starting in July 2019 and the hours of work are 35 per week. The Centre would consider offering the post as a secondment.

Application Process

Please email your completed application form to recruitment@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk or by post to the address given on the application form.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is at 23:59 on Friday 3 May 2019.


Interviews for the post will be held on 20 May 2019.


Queries about the post should be addressed to Emma Floyd, Librarian at efloyd@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk.