Assistant Curator, Technology

Assistant Curator, Technology
Employer: National Museums Scotland
Salary: £24,320 - £26,445
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 temporary, full-time post will support the work of the Science & Technology Department. Working with the Principal Curator of Technology and an Assistant Curator of Technology, your duties will include responsibility for the collections; acquisitions; exhibitions; research; publications; and answering public enquiries.

In particular you will assist with the museum’s disposals programme, contribute to a major energy engagement project, (including maintaining relevant contacts in the energy sector), support events involved in the 2018 Year of Engineering and attend and contribute to relevant committees and conferences as well as the department’s research output.

Building on the major suite of new science & technology galleries in the National Museum of Scotland you will also develop the collections further, especially with contemporary material, and contribute to an ongoing review of technology collections at National Museums Scotland’s Collection Centre.

You must have a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area (e.g. engineering; science and technology studies) while a post graduate qualification in Museums Studies, Science Engagement or equivalent is highly desirable. This is an early to mid-career post and you must have experience of working in a museum or similar environment, be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about engineering and technology collections and/or subject areas.

You should be able to demonstrate best practice in collections management and it is expected that you will have experience of undertaking research, responding to public enquiries and 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.

This is a fixed term post until 26 October 2018.

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