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 past decade, we have invested over £110 million in our collections, our museums and the experiences we provide for our visitors. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. This year, the continuing implementation of our Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland has seen the opening of ten inspiring galleries of fashion, applied art and design and of science and technology. At the National Museum of Flight further investment has enabled us to make a step change in the visitor experience through the restoration of two historic hangers and creation of new displays.
National Museums Scotland is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work on the project, Baggage and Belonging, Military Collections and the British Empire (1750-1900). The project is funded by the Art and Humanities Research Council. This is a full-time fixed-term position for three years from the commencement of the project in July 2017.
With a background in historical anthropology, material anthropology, imperial history or military history, you will undertake research into collections and archives relating to campaigns in South Asia and Africa (1750-1900) in military museums throughout the UK and at National Museums Scotland. The project is a collaboration between the Departments of World Cultures and Scottish History and Archaeology, and is led by Professor Henrietta Lidchi and Dr Stuart Allan, specialists in museum anthropology and military collections respectively. Your research will support the project objectives: investigating the meaning of these collected artefacts in military organisational culture, and generating new ways of thinking about military collections as material witnesses of encounters between imperial forces and peoples beyond Europe. You will contribute to the academic and wider impact of the project through events, publications and digital dissemination. You will work with our principal project partner the National Army Museum and with the project’s academic Advisory Board.
Please see here for the full recruitment pack and the application form can be found here.