Working for the National Gallery Company

The National Gallery Company Limited is the 'trading arm' of the Gallery. We're closely linked with the Gallery - we are part of the National Gallery Trust and give all our profits to the National Gallery - but working for us isn't quite the same as working for the Gallery itself. Our commercial focus means staff are just as likely to come from a business background as from the art world, so you're unlikely to need a formal art education… but it's useful if you know your Monet from your Michelangelo.

Current available positions

Picture Researcher – part time role


The National Gallery Company Limited is a commercial company established to provide revenue for the National Gallery from a range of operations including retail, publishing, digital sales and catering. Our work enhances the visitor experience and helps to safeguard some of the country’s most valuable works of art. The Picture Research team is vital to the output of the publishing department, given the highly illustrated content of its publications.

This role will give the post holder the chance to work with experts in the field, the experience of contributing to exciting and interesting publishing projects and the opportunity to support one of the finest collections of Western European paintings in the world.

We are seeking to appoint a part time Picture Researcher to work on the National Gallery’s Collection Catalogues, obtaining images for publication from both external and internal sources. You will have a degree in History of Art (or a closely related field), and ideally post-graduate research experience in a pre-1900 art historical subject. Experience of working in a similar picture research role would be an advantage.

You will have good communication and negotiation skills. An awareness of copyright law and good IT skills would be advantageous. Given the need to negotiate with other institutions/sources around Europe it is essential that, in addition to fluent English, you have at least two additional languages, specifically French/Italian/Spanish/German.

If you are interested in joining our team and would like to apply, please email your CV and a short covering letter to

  • Closing date for applications is Monday 16th February, 2015.
  • Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25th February, 2015.
  • Start date for the successful candidate will be early April, 2015.

  • Salary: Entry Level

    Hours: 14 hours per week, to be worked Thursday and Friday

    Contract type: Permanent