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Advert Date:   Friday, 3rd September 2021
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Job Title:   Assistant Curator, Asia
Organisation:   National Museums Scotland
Salary:   £27,107 - £29,475 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Location:   Edinburgh, Scotland
Closing Date:   Friday, 1st October 2021
Job Ref No:   NMS21/46
Other Benefits:membership of Civil Service pension scheme
  Job Description
Supporting our Asia Section with a curatorial focus on the East Asian collections from Japan, China, Korea and the Himalayas.

The Asia Section cares for more than 40,000 objects from China, Japan, Korea, the Himalayas, 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, the military, 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 colonial legacies, gender, environment or nation building processes.

You will work across the respective collections supporting the delivery of our strategic priority projects, loans, exhibitions and digitisation programmes.
  Required Skills / Qualifications
With a degree in a related subject (anthropology, archaeology, art history,history 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 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 apply by visiting the website:
Contact Name:   Ms Louise Dobson
Contact Tel:     0131 247 4094
Contact Fax:   0131 247 4314
Contact Email:
Address:   Chambers Street, Edinburgh.