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Museum Curator

Closing Date 09 July 2022
Contract Type Permanent
Location Edinburgh Castle
Employer The Royal Scots Regimental Museum

£26,000 - £28,000

About the Role

Military Museum with a collection of around 15,000 objects and documents covering the Regiments 373 year’s history from its formation in 1633 up until its amalgamation in 2006 with all the other remaining Scottish Infantry Regiments to form The Royal Regiment of Scotland. It was the oldest Infantry Regiment of the Line being The First of Foot. The Museum exists to inform the public and members of the Regimental family of its heritage and traditions. An Education Officer is in post shared between the other two Military Museums within the Castle to run an education program to schools and youth organisations. We are looking for a full time curator (37 hours) based in Edinburgh Castle to manage the day-to-day running of the Museum. The post will be responsible to the Chair of the Museum and Heritage Committee for direction and tasking although the post holder will have a good degree of freedom to use their initiative.


  • Accountable to the Museum Chair and Committee for the efficient and effective running of the Museum in accordance with current best practice.
  • Undertake regular and timely audits for the Collection in accordance with accreditation requirements to ensure that the Collection is catalogued and accounted for effectively. Collection Management
  • Managing the Museum collection and ensuring that it’s display, storage and conservation is conducted in accordance with current accepted practice.
  • Cataloguing all items in the collection on ADLIB and ensuring that adequate records are created, maintained and backed up.
  • Deal with offers of new material for the collection to assess their relevance and liaise with the Museum Chair to make recommendation for the acceptance or refusal.
  • Creating and maintain a digital archive: video, photographic and audio material.
  • Carryout any historical research necessary for future projects or publications.
  • Maintain and update the documentation required to maintain accreditation status.
  • Making the collection, with safeguards, available to researchers and where possible the wider public in accordance with accepted standards of security and preservation.
  • Managing loans by tracking, checking, packing and undertake courier duties as required.
  • Researching and applying for grants as required.
  • Attending training courses that would benefit the museum and the collection Front of House/Inquiries
  • Liaise as required with the Museum Chair and cleaning staff to ensure that the fabric of the Museum is presented to the highest possible standard of cleanliness.
  • Staff the Museum Office at agreed core times during the museum opening hours.
  • Welcome and offer assistance to Museum visitors as required.
  • Answering written and telephone inquiries from the public about the collection.
  • Receiving visitors and providing short guided tours/presentation when required. Internal and External Relationships
  • The post holder will provide professional advice as required to the Committee.
  • Develop good working relationships with the other Regimental Museum in Edinburgh Castle and with relevant Historic Environment staff (HES) in the Castle.
  • Liaise with the Learning Officer on joint projects with the Military Museums and HES.
  • You are to engage with external agencies with a view to attending meetings/conferences or training relating to the role and for continuous professional development. Security
  • Liaise with the Museum Committee to ensure that all regulatory or statutory checks and inspections are undertaken and documented as required.
  • Undertake environmental monitoring of the museum sector with a view to advising the Committee on current trends and effects on Museum Policy and procedures.
  • Assist on a shared, mutual acceptable basis, on–call duty during closed hours. Office Manager
  • Maintain the main office and library in the Old Provost Marshal’s House (OPMH).
  • Lead for OPMH representation at the HES Castle Safety Working Group and appointed Safety Supervisor for the OPMH. SUMMARY The post holder will be expected to make a concerted effort to develop a sound working knowledge for the history of the Regiment for the delivery of their work. In addition the post holder will be committed to good health and safety and access practice, ensuring familiarity and compliance with museum policies, procedures and guidelines and the health and safety of visitors, staff, volunteers and contractors at all times. The above job description is not exhaustive and may alter with the changing needs of the Museum. This job description may be reviewed and updated annually. Please forward your contact details and CV telling us how your knowledge, skills, and experience match the job description. (Maximum: 4 sides of A4) to: Successful candidates will be notified the W/C 11 Jul with interviews scheduled for Tue 19 Jul

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