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Advert Date:   Tuesday, 26th April 2022
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Job Title:   Principal Curator, Modern & Contemporary History
Organisation:   National Museums Scotland
Salary:   £40,158 - £51,248 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Location:   Edinburgh, Scotland
Closing Date:   Tuesday, 31st May 2022
Job Ref No:   NMS21/93
Other Benefits:plus membership of Civil Service pension scheme
  Job Description
This is an exciting opportunity to manage and develop a section within the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology. The modern and contemporary history collections represent cultural, social, political, military and domestic history in Scotland from c.1750 into the twenty-first century.

The collections document the impact and legacies of Enlightenment, industry and empire that marked the transformation of Scotland during the later-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They chart a line through the major international conflicts and profound social shifts of the twentieth century, telling stories about continuity and change in Scottish life right up to the present day.  

Strengths include Scottish decorative arts, including jewellery, glass and ceramics; the material culture of working life; bagpiping collections, and extensive material representing military history and rural life reflecting the strength of the foundational collections of the National War Museum and National Museum of Rural Life.  The collections are strongly represented on display in the Scotland Galleries of the National Museum of Scotland.

Our innovative contemporary collecting programme is focused on representing the twenty-first century with an emphasis on what is distinctive about Scotland in a globalised world, and of regional and cultural differences within the country.

As head of section the Principal Curator will have responsibility for developing these collections, realising their research potential and extending their profile. The successful candidate will lead, manage and participate in the research, interpretation and public programme activities of the section and will be expected to contribute to the Department’s input to National Museums Scotland’s special exhibition programme. As Principal Curator, you should have acknowledged demonstrable research expertise in a relevant specialist area and an established reputation in your discipline. The post-holder will also be required to support the Keeper in managing the Department and helping to achieve its aims and ambitions.
  Required Skills / Qualifications
Applicants should have a minimum 2:1 degree and postgraduate qualifications in a relevant subject, in addition to proven relevant work experience. An excellent communicator with a proven track record of research and publication, the successful candidate will be organised, methodical, adept at problem solving, a team worker and a strategic thinker. Experience in managing staff and projects, and good ICT skills are also essential.
  Application Instructions
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Contact Name:   Mr Radek Slomnicki
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Address:   Chambers Street, Edinburgh.