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Exhibitions and Events Officer

Job typecontract
Salary£19,000 per annum
Contact personAbigail McIntyre
Closing date 1 August 2016


Duration of post:      Eighteen months 

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.  Following a successful application to Museum Galleries Scotland’s Recognition Fund we are seeking a creative Exhibitions and Events Officer.

This role involves the planning, development and delivery of a programme of engaging exhibitions and events based on, or inspired by the Scottish Maritime Museum’s Recognised Collection.  

This role demands strong project management skills, and a knowledge and understanding of exhibitions and audience needs in museums.  You must be able to demonstrate your creative and practical approach to exhibition production.

Key Activities:          

The post holder will:

-       have a key role in the development of a five year exhibition and events programme, working closely with Museum staff and volunteers to deliver the project outcomes.

-       curate at least three special temporary exhibitions over an eighteen month period, researching and interpreting materials and writing content to appear in print and online.

-       develop and deliver a series of public events to enhance the exhibitions programme.

-       develop robust processes for evaluation and gathering audience evaluation.

-       liaise with staff on producing information on events and activities for marketing and promotional purposes, including contributing to social media and webpage content.

-       assist with project administration; contribute to management and funders reports.

-       carry out conservation reports on objects selected for display.

-       Securing and administering loans for exhibition.

-       Assisting with the installation of exhibitions and displays.

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.



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 developing and delivering creative exhibitions and events in a professional capacity.

-       Experience of working with collections management databases.

-       Good communication skills.

-       Excellent organisational, time and project management skills.

-       Willing to participate in further training and development.

-       Experience in audience evaluation.

Desirable qualifications:

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

-       An interest in Collections Care .

-       IOSH training or equivalent Health & Safety awareness.

-       Practical manual handling skills.

How to respond

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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