The Scottish Maritime Museum is calling on people from all over South West Scotland to apply for a paid learning placement to get their foot in the door to the heritage sector. One placement at an entry level is open to non-graduates with an interest in museums.

The one-year programme starting in September is funded by the National Lottery ‘Skills for the Future’ programme and managed by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS). Learners will complete an accredited vocational programme designed to offer a new entry route into museums work. The programme aims to increase diversity and bring new skills to the sector by bypassing the traditional requirement for academic qualifications and volunteering experience.

The successful candidate will be placed in The Scottish Maritime Museum, working alongside museum professionals and learning a range of skills including creating and delivering STEM learning workshops across our two sites in Irvine and Dumbarton and developing a handling collection for educational use. You will be supported by the Learning and Access Officer and learn how to develop and deliver learning experiences for a wide and diverse audience. You will work with partner organisations (e.g. Princes Trust, Engage Scotland, Recruit with Convictions, SCVO) to design and deliver a programme of work with young adults to improve confidence, skills and knowledge, resulting in employability.

The deadline for applications is 9am on 30th May 2018.  To apply visit:     

Museums Galleries Scotland

David Mann, Director of the Scottish Maritime Museum said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to start a career in our sector. We have taken part in these programmes since the beginning and all or previous interns are in full time employment with most in the museum sector.”

John McLeish, Interim CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:

“MGS has been running intern and trainee programmes since 2011, building on our successes and learning from each iteration.

Skills for Success is the most ambitious, open and accessible programme yet, introducing new methods of recruitment and management level positions. We are delighted to be working with The Scottish Maritime Museum to attract new, diverse group of learners to the sector.”


Notes to Editors

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK.

Please see below for a list of museums who are hosting trainees and are accepting applications.

  • Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
  • The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders’ Museum
  • City of Edinburgh Council (working across City Art Centre/Lauriston Castle/Museum of Childhood/People’s Story Museum/Writers’ Museum/Museum of Edinburgh)
  • David Livingstone Centre
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council (working across Annan Museum/Dumfries Muse-um/Old Bridge House Museum/Robert Burns Centre, Robert Burns House)
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Gallery of Modern Art
  • The Open Museum, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
  • Hawick Museum
  • Halliwell’s House Museum/Trimontium Museum
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage and Museum
  • Pier Arts Centre
  • Paisley Museum and Art Gallery
  • The Scottish Crannog Centre
  • Scottish Fisheries Museum
  • Scottish Maritime Museum
  • The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
  • University of Stirling

For further information

Jamie Menzies
Learning and Access Officer
[email protected]
01294 278283