NMS19/923 - Assistant Curator, East Asia Collections Review Project

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Posted: 05/03/2019 16:14
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £25,050 - £27,238
Location: National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers Street
Level: Collections Care/Conservation
Deadline: 26/03/2019 23:59
Hours: 37
Benefits: Membership of the civil service pension scheme
Job Type: Temporary

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 last decade, we have invested over £120 million in our sites and have more than doubled our visitor numbers, with over 3 million people now visiting our four museums. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. 2019 will see the completion of our Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland with the opening of three new galleries dedicated to Ancient Egypt, East Asia and the Art of Ceramics.

Based at the National Museum of Scotland, this temporary, full-time post will support the work of an East Asia Collections Review across various cultural institutions in Scotland. The aim of the project is to increase understanding of and public access to Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections in Scotland. Working within the East & Central Asia section of the World Cultures department (the Senior Curator for Japan collections, the Curator for Chinese collections and the Japan Foundation Assistant Curator), liaising with the National Programme Co-ordinator in the National and International Partnerships department, and working closely with staff from the partner museums, your duties will include visiting collections throughout Scotland to identify and document collections, gathering and collating information (both image and text), consulting museum documentation, writing reports, and presenting results.

You must have a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area (e.g. art history; history, with a demonstrable interest in the arts and culture) while a postgraduate qualification in a museum-related subject or art history (or equivalent) is desirable. The duties of this post require the post holder to have relevant experience of working in a museum or similar environment and be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about cultural collections and/or subject areas.

It is expected that you will have experience of undertaking research and of preparing and delivering presentations. Equally essential are ICT skills in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook together with knowledge of collections management databases. 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.

This is either a fixed-term post for 6 months, or part-time for 9 months.

Please see here for the full recruitment pack and the application form can be found here.



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