|National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe. With one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world, we are responsible for the acquisition, preservation and display of a substantial part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and national heritage.
Millions of local and international visitors enjoy our four museums each year, and we also introduce our collections to a much wider audience than can physically visit our museums through, touring exhibitions, loans, community engagement, digital programmes and research.
Over the last decade, we have invested over £120 million in our sites and have more than doubled our visitor numbers, with over 3 million people now visiting our four museums. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. 2019 has seen the completion of our Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland with the opening of three new galleries dedicated to Ancient Egypt, East Asia and the Art of Ceramics.
This post offers an exciting opportunity to develop your career at the intersection of academic and practice-based research. Alongside another Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, you will be based at National Museums Scotland, which holds relevant material across its multi-disciplinary collections. Although you will report to Dr Alberti as Director of Collections, you will be embedded in the Transport Section within Science & Technology, which will provide a home department and locale from which to work with the wider project team.
You will undertake literature reviews, material culture studies, and analyse exhibitions within and beyond National Museums Scotland. You will contribute to academic, professional and public outputs, including digital and prints publications, knowledge exchange, an international conference and a major exhibition. You will also shape new collecting in this area for National Museums Scotland. As a full member of the project team, you will participate in team activities including meetings and workshops, which will include external partners and members of relevant stakeholders. You will be provided with relevant heritage training at National Museums Scotland and academic development at the University of Stirling.
With a PhD in a relevant discipline, you will have specialised knowledge of either twentiethcentury history and/or history curating, and a demonstrable interest in both. You must have proven research ability, be able to work effectively to meet deadlines (both independently and as part of a team), and possess excellent communication and ICT skills. You will be expected to travel to undertake research at other institutions, as well as to attend project meetings, workshops and conferences.
This is a fixed-term full-time post for 36 months