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Job Title:    Assistant Curator, World Cultures
Organisation:    National Museums Scotland
Salary:    £25,802 - 28,055 p.a.
Type:    Full-Time Position
Location:    Edinburgh, Scotland
Closing Date:    Sunday, August 9th, 2020
Job Ref No:    NMS20/1031
   
Other Benefits:   membership of Civil Service pension scheme
   
 
Job Description:
You will support the work of our Mediterranean, Africa, Americas and Oceania (MAAO) Section and our Asia Section, with a focus on Africa, Americas and Oceania in MAAO and the Middle East and South Asia in the Asia Section.

The World Cultures collections held by National Museums Scotland are internationally important, incorporating the decorative arts, fine arts, ethnographic and archaeological collections from cultures beyond Europe and those of the ancient world. In 2011, six new World Cultures galleries were opened at the National Museum of Scotland, and in 2019, new galleries of ancient Egypt, East Asia, and Ceramics opened.

Within the Department of World Cultures, the Mediterranean, Africa, Americas, and Oceania Section encompasses over 36,000 objects from across the globe. The internationally recognised early ethnographic collections, covering principally Oceania, Africa and North America are connected to early voyages of exploration, trade, and government. They can be traced to Captain James Cook (1776-1779), Sir William Parry (1790–1855), Sir Thomas Brisbane (1771–1860), Frederick Beechey (1796–1856) and Dr John Rae (1813–1893), amongst others. The Jean Jenkins Collection of sound archives features pioneering records of traditional music. The Mediterranean collections include an internationally important ancient Egyptian collection, largely acquired through excavation, a significant collection of ancient Greek, Italian, and Cypriot ceramic vases, fine examples of ancient glass, a notable collection of ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets, and archaeological material from Sudan, Cyprus, and elsewhere. Collecting of contemporary work in the field of non-European arts and material culture remains an important expression of our public role and remit.

The Asia Section cares for more than 40,000 objects from China, Japan, Korea, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia. Collecting started from the middle of the 19th century, focussing on the arts and crafts of this region but also included prehistoric and ethnographical material. Particularly noteworthy, for example, are our Chinese ceramics which represent the production of many kilns in China from the late Neolithic period to the Cultural Revolution era. The strength of the Iranian collection is attributable largely to the influence of Sir Robert Murdoch Smith (1835-1900) who contributed significantly during his tenure as director between 1885-1900. Our collections from South and Southeast Asia are mainly a legacy of missionaries, military men, and civil administrators of the British empire. We regularly add to these collections through donations and purchase acquisitions from the art market, artists, and private individuals, strengthening existing and developing new areas in response to contemporary issues such as gender, environment or nation building processes.

You will work approximately half of your time in the MAAO Section and half your time in the Asia Section supporting the delivery of our strategic priority projects, loans, exhibitions and digitisation programmes.
Required Skills:
With 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. You will be able to demonstrate existing specialist knowledge, or the potential to develop specialist knowledge, relevant to one or more of the collections and subject areas of the role.

Proven experience in paid or unpaid work in museums or similar environment is essential. You will be organised and methodical, with good verbal and written communication skills and Office 365 skills. You should also have experience of managing your own time and workload, working to deadlines and handling multiple priorities.
 
Application Instructions:
Please note that this is a full-time, temporary role (maternity cover until 18 June 2021).

To apply visit https://vacancies.nms.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?MenuID=6Dqy3cKIDOg=

The closing date for completed applications is 9 August 2020. It is anticipated that interviews will take place by video call on or around w/c 24 August 2020.

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

National Museums Scotland is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer.
 
Contact Name:    Ms Martyna Klimek
Contact Tel:    0131 247 4094
Contact Fax:    0131 247 4314
Contact Email:     applications@nms.ac.uk
Website:     http://www.nms.ac.uk
Address:     Chambers Street, Edinburgh, .