Keeper of Scottish History & Archaeology

Keeper of Scottish History & Archaeology
Employer: National Museums Scotland
Salary: £Competitive
Location: Edinburgh

One of the UK’s leading museum organisations, National Museums Scotland (NMS) has a national and international reach. It is responsible for the acquisition, preservation and display of a substantial part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and national heritage. Built up over 150 years the collections comprise over twelve million objects from across the globe. The National Museum of Scotland is now the most visited attraction in the UK outside London, with 3 million visitors being welcomed across four museum sites: the National Museum of Scotland; the National War Museum; the National Museum of Flight; and the National Museum of Rural Life.

NMS now seeks exceptional candidates for the role of Keeper, Scottish History and Archaeology. This department’s collection of over two million items includes some of the museum’s greatest treasures, from enigmatic Neolithic carvings to the famous Lewis chessmen, stunning Iron Age gold torcs to jewellery associated with Mary, Queen of Scots.

The Keeper will be tasked with leading a significant gallery development in the coming years which will serve as a rare opportunity to help tell Scotland’s story.

Reporting to the Director of Collections, the successful candidate will lead and manage the development, organisation, preservation and public access to the collections in the department in support of the overall strategy and objectives of NMS. S/he will be expected to contribute and participate at a senior level in the development and delivery of NMS’s policy and strategy. A key focus for the department over the next decade will be the comprehensive redevelopment of the Scottish Galleries of the National Museum. The appointed candidate will determine, manage and participate in departmental research activity in areas relevant to the department’s collections and activities, nationally and internationally, including in personal areas of expertise. Candidates will have experience of managing a comparable collection and will be cognisant of issues relating to access, research and collections care.

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