Curator/Senior Curator, Prehistory (Bronze Age)

Curator/Senior Curator, Prehistory (Bronze Age)
Employer: National Museums Scotland
Salary: £28,292 - £36,054 per annum
Location: Edinburgh

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe. With one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world, we are responsible for the acquisition, preservation and display of a substantial part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and national heritage.

Millions of local and international visitors enjoy our four museums each year, and we also introduce our collections to a much wider audience than can physically visit our museums through, touring exhibitions, loans, community engagement, digital programmes and research.

Over the past decade, we have invested over £110 million in our collections, our museums and the experiences we provide for our visitors. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. This year, the continuing implementation of our Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland has seen the opening of ten inspiring galleries of fashion, applied art and design and of science and technology. At the National Museum of Flight further investment has enabled us to make a step change in the visitor experience through the restoration of two historic hangers and creation of new displays.

Based at the National Museum of Scotland this permanent, full-time post will support the work of the Scottish History and Archaeology Department. Working within the Department’s Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology Section, which is concerned with the period from the first human settlement of Scotland to c. AD400, your duties will include responsibility for collections; acquisitions; exhibitions; research; publications; and responding to public enquiries.

National Museums Scotland curates the premier collection of Scottish prehistoric and Roman material culture, which is of international significance. The prehistory collections encompass Europe north of the Alps, ranging from the Palaeolithic to the end of the Iron Age, with a strong focus on Scottish material.

You will bring specialist archaeological knowledge which complements and enhances our existing areas of expertise. We welcome applications from potential candidates with clear commitment to material relevant to Scotland, demonstrable period specialisation in the Bronze Age, and expertise or clear potential to develop an expertise in a category or categories of relevant material culture.

With a track record of delivery in research, you will develop an ambitious research agenda focused on understanding and interpreting the collections in line with our Research Strategy and with an emphasis on externally-funded collaborative research. You will be closely involved with the Section’s commitment to our programme of special exhibitions, and in developing our vision for new permanent gallery displays of Scottish History and Archaeology in the longer term.

You must have a degree of minimum 2:1 standard and a post-graduate qualification in Archaeology or a cognate field, or equivalent experience. A doctoral degree in a relevant subject area will be an advantage. This is an early to mid-career post and you should have experience of working in a museum or similar environment, and be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the study and communication of Scottish archaeology and material culture.

It is expected that you will have experience of undertaking research, responding to public enquiries, using best practice in working with collections, and of preparing and delivering presentations. Equally essential are ICT skills in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook together with knowledge of collections management databases. You must also be able to demonstrate your ability to plan and organise your workload, manage projects and build relationships within and outside of National Museums Scotland.

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