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Posted: Tuesday, February 14th 2017
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Job Title:     Curator/Senior Curator Late Modern and Contemporary History
Organisation:     National Museums Scotland
Salary:     £28,012 - 35,697 p.a.
Type:     Full-Time Position
Location:     Edinburgh, Scotland
Closing Date:     Friday, March 17th, 2017
Job Ref No:     NMS17/714
Other Benefits:   Plus membership of Civil Service pension scheme
Job Description:
Based at the National Museum of Scotland this permanent, full-time post will support the work of the Scottish History and Archaeology Department. Working within the Department’s Late Modern Section, which is concerned with the material culture and history of Scotland from c.1750 to the present day, your duties will include responsibility for collections; acquisitions; exhibitions; research; publications; and responding to public enquiries. In particular, you will lead on the Department’s programme of strategic contemporary collecting, building the national history collections for future interpretation of twenty-first century Scotland.
Required Skills:
The Late Modern section has strengths in cultural, political, social and domestic history, including working life and rural life collections, military history, bagpiping and decorative art collections. You will bring specialist knowledge in late modern and contemporary Scotland which complements and enhances our existing areas of expertise. We welcome applications from potential candidates with any expertise in the late modern and contemporary periods, and desirable expertise might include the wider international dimensions of Scottish history in the late modern period, the history of the Scottish diaspora, or Highland and Gaelic culture, or a willingness to develop expertise in these areas. You will work with Section colleagues, and curators from other departments, to develop and deliver a programme of contemporary collecting across the range of the Late Modern collections, with an emphasis on recording and interpreting public life and politics in contemporary Scotland.

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. You will be closely involved with the Section’s commitment to our programme of special exhibitions which includes major exhibitions for 2018 and 2019 currently in planning, and in developing our vision for new permanent gallery displays of Scottish History and Archaeology in the longer term.

You must have a degree of minimum 2:1 standard and a post-graduate qualification in History, Art History, Museum Studies, Heritage Management or a cognate field, or equivalent experience. A doctoral degree in a relevant subject area will be an advantage. This is an early to mid-career post and you should have experience of working in a museum or similar environment, and be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the study and communication of Scottish history and culture.
You should be able to demonstrate best practice in collections management. It is expected that you will have experience of undertaking research, responding to public enquiries and of 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.
Application Instructions:
To make an online application for this post and to find further details of this post and of all our vacancies please visit

If you require further information telephone 0131 247 4094 (answerphone) or email, stating reference NMS17/714

Closing date for completed applications is Friday 17th March 2017.
It is anticipated that the selection event will take place on/around Thursday 6th April 2017.

Please note that CVs are not considered as/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 Louise Dobson
Contact Tel:     0131 247 4094
Contact Fax:     0131 247 4314
Contact Email:
Address:     Chambers Street, Edinburgh, .

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