Curator, Late Modern and Military Collections

National Museums Scotland

Based at the National Museum of Scotland this one-year full-time post will support the work of the Scottish History and Archaeology Department.

Working within the Department’s Late Modern Section, concerned with the material culture and history of Scotland from c.1750 to the present day, duties will include responsibility for collections; acquisitions; exhibitions; research; publications; and answering public enquiries. The post-holder will regularly undertake duties at the National War Museum, based at Edinburgh Castle. It is also anticipated the post-holder will be required to contribute to an ongoing project at Fort George, Inverness-shire.

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. The successful candidate will bring specialist knowledge and enthusiasm about late modern military collections and / or Scottish military history. In particular, the post-holder will enhance our documentation of the late modern collections, especially the military collections, with particular reference to long-term loans and recent acquisitions. The post-holder will support the development of contemporary collecting at NMS with particular reference to recording and interpreting military and strategic issues.

The post holder will also contribute to the wider activities of the section and the department. They will be required to support the section’s commitment to our programme of special exhibitions which involves major exhibitions for 2018 and 2019, currently in planning; it will also involve participating in developing our vision for new permanent gallery displays of Scottish History and Archaeology in the longer term.

Applicants must have a degree in a relevant field. A postgraduate qualification at masters or doctoral level in History, Art History, Museum Studies, Heritage Management or a cognate discipline will be an advantage. This is an early-mid career post and applicants 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.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate best practice in collections management. It is expected that applicants will have experience of undertaking research, responding to public enquiries and preparing and delivering presentations. Equally essential are ICT skills in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook together with knowledge of collections management databases. Applicants must be able to demonstrate ability to plan and organise their own workload, manage projects and build relationships within and outside of National Museums Scotland.

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 NMS17/716

Closing date for completed applications is midnight on Sunday 16 April 2017.

It is anticipated that the selection event will take place on/around 19 May 2017.

The successful candidate would be expected to take up the role in July 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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.

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