Curator/Senior Curator, Medieval Archaeology & History

National Museums Scotland

Based at the National Museum of Scotland this permanent, full-time post will support the work of the Scottish History and Archaeology Department. Working within the Department’s Medieval Archaeology and History Section, which is concerned with the period in Scotland’s history from the Romans to the Renaissance, your duties will include responsibility for collections; acquisitions; exhibitions; research; publications; and responding to public enquiries.

National Museums Scotland curates the premier collection of Scottish archaeological and historical material culture, which is of international significance. The medieval collections are the lynch-pin for understanding Scotland’s earliest history and subsequent development into the modern nation of Scotland.

You will bring specialist archaeological and historical knowledge, which complements and enhances our existing areas of expertise. We will especially welcome applications from potential candidates with expertise in the central or late Middle Ages and a clear commitment to the material culture of Scotland.

With a track record of delivery in research, you will develop an ambitious research agenda focused on understanding and interpreting the collections in line with our Research Strategy and with an emphasis on externally-funded collaborative research. You will be closely involved with the section’s commitment to our programme of special exhibitions, and in developing our vision for new permanent gallery displays of Scottish History and Archaeology in the longer term.

You must have a degree of minimum 2:1 standard and a post-graduate qualification in Archaeology, Medieval History, Art History, History or a cognate field, or equivalent experience. A doctoral degree in a relevant subject area would be desirable. This is an early to mid-career post. Experience of working in a museum or similar environment, and knowledge and enthusiasm for the study and communication of Scottish archaeology, history, and material culture are desirable.

It is expected that you will have experience of undertaking research, responding to public enquiries, using best practice in working with collections, and of preparing and delivering presentations. Equally essential are ICT skills in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook, knowledge of collections management databases would also be of benefit. You must also be able to demonstrate your ability to plan and organise your 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 NMS17/755

Closing date for completed applications is Sunday, 29 October 2017.

It is anticipated that the selection event will take place on/around Monday, 13 November 2017.

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

Share this job
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role: