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Job Title:    Curator/Senior Curator, 19th Century Decorative Arts
Organisation:    National Museums Scotland
Salary:    £29,141 - 37,136 p.a.
Type:    Full-Time Position
 Contract: up to 12 months
Location:    Edinburgh, Scotland
Closing Date:    Sunday, October 27th, 2019
Job Ref No:    NMS19/982
Other Benefits:   membership of Civil Service pension scheme
Job Description:
Based at the National Museum of Scotland this post will support the work of the Art and Design Department. Working within the Department’s Modern and Contemporary Design and Fashion Section, the post-holder’s duties will include responsibility for collections; acquisitions; exhibitions; research; publications; and answering public enquiries. Building on the major suite of new galleries in the National Museum of Scotland the post-holder will support development of the collection and displays.

Applicants should have a degree and a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject area, such as Art History or Design History, with demonstrable specialism in 19th century decorative arts topics, in addition to proven relevant work experience. A doctoral degree in a relevant subject will be an advantage. This is an early-mid career post and applicants should have experience of working in a museum or similar environment, and be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the study and communication of 19th century decorative arts.

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. Your strategic collecting will build the national history collections for future interpretation, including support for contemporary collecting. You will contribute to the wider activities of the section and the department. You will support the section’s commitment to our programme of special exhibitions.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate best practice in collections management. It is expected that applicants will have experience of undertaking research at multiple levels, 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. Applicants must be able to demonstrate ability to plan and organise their own workload, manage projects and build relationships within and outside National Museums Scotland. A driving licence will be highly desirable.

This is a fixed term post for up to 12 months.
Application Instructions:
Please apply via our website where you will find the full Recruitment Pack and the Application Form:

Please note that CVs are not considered as part of applications and will not be forwarded to the shortlisting process.

It is anticipated that the selection event will take place around late November 2019.
Contact Name:    Ms Martyna Klimek
Contact Tel:    0131 247 4094
Contact Fax:    0131 247 4314
Contact Email:
Address:     Chambers Street, Edinburgh, .