The Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) owns the Museum of Scottish Railways and the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and manages the core collection that has been Recognised as being of National Significance through the Scottish Government’s Recognition Scheme. Most of the collection is owned by the Scottish Railway Museum Collections Trust (SRMCT) and SRPS manages it on behalf of the owner. Visitors to the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway can see parts of the collection and other rolling stock in operation on the railway and visit the Museum of Scottish Railways.
The post holder will work with our collection to make it more accessible through better presentation, documentation, storage and use of a searchable online collections database. There will also be a requirement to work closely with the Board and with a team of volunteers. The post will be supervised by an appropriate member of the Board of the SRPS.
1. To represent the interests of the Museum of Scottish Railways within the SRPS, including by attending meetings of the Board and other management committees.
2. To manage the staffing, maintenance and running of the Museum.
3. To manage the delivery of the customer experience in visiting the Museum.
4. To lead and advise the team of volunteers who maintain the collection.
5. To ensure the Board is provided with informed recommendations on acquisitions, loans and disposals.
6. To ensure the creation of a searchable collection database on our website.
7. To facilitate public access to the collection, including through management of the museum’s social media accounts.
8. To ensure compliance with the Museum Accreditation Scheme and with Scottish Government’s Recognition guidelines.
9. To manage the interactions between the Museum and other parts of the SRPS, particularly with regard to ownership of vehicles.
10. To represent the SRPS within national museum-supporting organisations.
11. To identify opportunities to apply for grants which would enhance the Museum’s ability to operate or improve the customer experience and then direct the production of grant applications.
12. To manage projects and contractors involved in developing the Museum’s infrastructure as it expands.
13. To direct general curatorial duties as required.
1. Applicants must be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject
2. Relevant experience of working with a museum collection
3. Familiarity with the use of collections management databases
4. Excellent attention to detail
5. Confident IT skills with experience of collections management systems
6. Flexible, confident approach with the ability to work independently or as part of a team
7. High standard of written and spoken English
1. Museum studies qualification
2. Interest in Scottish Railway History
3. Experience of working with volunteers
4. Experience of working with Adlib
5. Experience of project management
6. Knowledge of the Scottish Museum-supporting environment, including of grant giving organisations
|Closing date for this position is 23rd October 2020 with interviews to be held in the week beginning 9th November 2020. Applications should include a CV and covering letter with your reasons for applying. Completed applications should be emailed to email@example.com (preferably) or sent to:
Scottish Railway Preservation Society,
17-19 North Street,