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Assistant Curator

Job typepermanent
Salary£8.95 per hour (F.T.E. £17,220)
Contact personAbigail McIntyre
Closing date 1 August 2016


Established in 1983, the Scottish Maritime Museum is recognised as the principal repository for material relating to Scottish maritime history, in particular, shipbuilding and marine engineering. 

The Assistant Curator is responsible for the implementation of an agreed programme of research, exhibition, recording, acquisition and care of the Museum’s Recognised Collection.

This role demands strong project management skills, and a knowledge and understanding of collections.  

Key Activities:

-       To assist with the curation of the collections of the Scottish Maritime Museum. This includes all duties relating to the care, conservation and interpretation.

-       To undertake cataloguing duties relating to the Museum’s collections.

-       To operate the appropriate computer system within the service as required including the inputting of data, operation of database and production of reports as required.

-       To identify relevant exhibition themes and select, interpret and prepare artefacts and other materials for exhibition.

-       To prepare material from the collections for special exhibitions, loan exhibitions and other displays as required.

-       To answer public requests for information and research on the collections in an efficient and responsive manner.

-       To undertake effective research on the Museum's collections and other collections outside the ownership of the Scottish Maritime Museum which will enhance the interpretation of the Museum's own collections.

-       To prepare papers, talks and lectures on subjects relating to the collections of the Scottish Maritime Museum and to present such papers, talks and lectures as required.

-       To represent the Museum at meetings and with external agencies and organisations as required.

-       To assist the Director and other museum staff in the effective operation of the Scottish Maritime Museum as and when required.

-       To work in all such locations as required for the effective performance of the duties of Assistant Curator.

-       To prepare budgets relating to the care of the collections as and when required by the Curator.

-       To identify and prepare grant aid submissions to the appropriate organisations as required.

-       Supervise staff, including volunteers, students and work placements.

Additional Notes: The Museum is a visitor attraction and requires staff to work at weekends, public holidays and occasional evenings. The Museum strives to maintain very high standards and failure to comply with these standards may result in disciplinary action. The timing of lunch breaks will vary to accommodate the needs of those visiting the Museum.  Must be willing to travel as the duties require e.g. other Museum site, meetings.



You will have an organised and methodical approach to your work, with an eye for detail. You will also have the ability to prioritise tasks, work independently, and to use your own initiative. Essential to this role is that you must be able to multi-task and work in a demanding environment and have strong interpersonal skills. 

Essential qualifications:

-       Graduate in a relevant discipline, ideally with a postgraduate qualification, or workplace experience in museum/heritage sector.  Voluntary experience will be considered.

-       Experience of object cataloguing and use of collections management databases.

-       Demonstrable experience of handling original objects and planning exhibition displays.

-       Motivation and creative flair.

-       Excellent organisational, time and project management skills.

-       Demonstrable high levels of interpersonal and communication skills and confidence in dealing with a wide range of staff, visitors and other stakeholders. 

Desirable qualifications:

-       An interest or background in maritime, industrial or social history.

-       An interest in collections care.

-       A current driving license and willingness to travel.

-       IOSH training or equivalent Health & Safety awareness.


How to respond

Application details: Application is by CV and covering letter which should detail how you feel you fulfil the outlined criteria. Email application to or by post to Abigail McIntyre, Curator, Scottish Maritime Museum, 6 Gottries Road, Irvine KA12 8QE , Tel: 01294 278 283                   

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