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Job Title:    Assistant Curator, Ancient Mediterranean
Organisation:    National Museums Scotland
Salary:    £25,802 - 28,055 p.a.
Type:    Part-Time Position (18.5)
Location:    Edinburgh, Scotland
Closing Date:    Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
Job Ref No:    NMS20/1000
Other Benefits:   Membership of Civil Service pension scheme
Job Description:
Based at the National Museum of Scotland you will support the work of the Department of World Cultures, working on the Ancient Mediterranean collection.

The Department of World Cultures collection is internationally important, incorporating the decorative arts, fine arts, ethnographic and archaeological collections from all the cultures beyond Europe and those of the ancient world. They are extraordinarily diverse, with the oldest piece in the collection an Egyptian Paleolithic hand axe of 40,000 years old and one of the newest acquisitions a mezzoprint diptych entitled Cyathea Cooperi by the Australian Aboriginal artist Danie Mellor donated by the artist in 2014. The Department’s collection is represented throughout the National Museum of Scotland’s permanent galleries, but most especially the eight World Cultures galleries.

The ancient Mediterranean collection includes an internationally important ancient Egyptian collection of over 6000 objects, including statuary and temple reliefs, historically-significant inscriptions, items of daily life, and unique funerary objects, including papyri, painted coffins, and mummy portraits. It is one of the finest in the UK, notable for its comprehensive nature and scale with a significant proportion from archaeological excavations. The Near Eastern archaeological collection comprises a significant transfer from the University of St Andrews in 1987. The most recognised item in this area in the collection is the massive Assyrian limestone relief of Ashurnasirpal II which was donated in 1865 by Sir James Young Simpson (1853–1870). The Classical collection includes ancient Greek and Italian ceramic vases and fine examples of ancient glass.

Duties for this post will include working on the ancient Mediterranean collections, their documentation, storage and display, making them accessible to researchers and other visitors. You will work across the respective Department towards delivering our strategic priority projects, our loans, exhibitions and digitisation programmes.

This is a permanent part time post working 18.5 hours per week, working on an alternate pattern of three days one week and two days the next week.
Required Skills:
You will have a degree in a related subject (anthropology, archaeology, art history, ancient history, classical archaeology, archaeology of the ancient world, or equivalent). You will have knowledge of, or interest in, working with non-European art, archaeology or ethnographic collections, most notably regarding the ancient Mediterranean. Proven experience in paid or unpaid work in museums or similar environment is essential. You will be able to demonstrate existing specialist knowledge, or the potential to develop specialist knowledge, relevant to the collections and subject areas covered by the Section.

You will be organised and methodical, with good verbal and written communication skills and ICT skills in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook. You should also have experience of managing your own time and workload, working to deadlines and handling multiple priorities. A driving licence is desirable.
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/as part of applications and will not be
forwarded to the shortlisting process.

Closing date for completed applications is midnight on 2 February 2020.

It is anticipated that the selection event will take place on 17 February 2020.

National Museums Scotland is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer.
Contact Name:    Ms Martyna Klimek
Contact Tel:    0131 247 4094
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Contact Email:
Address:     Chambers Street, Edinburgh, .