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A Place to Work - The National Gallery Company Ltd

National Gallery Company Limited (NGC) is owned and operated by the National Gallery Trust. The Company's main business activity is to produce a range of products and publications designed both to enhance the experience of visitors to the Gallery and to reflect and extend the Gallery's educational and scholarly activities. The aim is that by thus supporting the Gallery in the fulfilment of its purposes the Company will also generate income for the Trust.

The Company's principal activities are:

  • Publishing books and making merchandise based on the paintings in the collection
  • Operating shops in the Gallery
  • Licensing other people to reproduce the Gallery's paintings
  • Selling its products to customers outside the Gallery
  • Managing the Gallery's catering contracts

Most jobs are based in Central London, with retail teams located in shops within the Gallery and finance, publishing, buying, picture library and administration staff located in a modern block tucked behind the Gallery's Sainsbury Wing. The warehouse and e-commerce teams are based in Tufnell Park in North London.

Do I need an art qualification to work for the National Gallery Company?
It is not necessary to have a formal art education for most positions in the company, though any knowledge will be advantageous and an interest is desirable, particularly when dealing with visitors to the Gallery and some Gallery colleagues.

What experience do I need?
Experience is relevant to the position applied for; editorial, buying, picture library and finance positions will require applicants to have relevant previous experience. Retail posts do not require experience of work in similar establishments, though some retail experience is useful together with an enthusiasm for the Gallery and the collection.

What training is provided?
Training provision will vary according to position; till system training is given to all new staff, computer training (excel, word, access) is available where it will be useful for staff or is required in their daily work.

Do you offer temporary employment?
There are frequently periods during busy exhibitions, and over Christmas when temporary retail staff are required.

Do you take on work placement students?
Yes - students are offered unpaid work placements in several departments, particularly in Publishing and Picture Library. Retail also welcomes work placement students from time to time.

What benefits are there?
There are numerous non-contractual benefits to working with NGC including discount in Gallery shops, free admission to Sainsbury Wing exhibitions for staff and up to 3 guests, concessions at other museums and galleries, admittance to select private views, together with the opportunity to work in a building which houses the country's finest collection of European art.

Are there promotion prospects?
All retail staff are generally promoted internally, rising from Sales Assistant, through Supervisor to Management. Vacancies are advertised internally, and all staff are free to apply for any vacancy. Many existing and previous members of the administration departments originated from the retail team. Wherever possible the company will try to recruit from within.