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Assistant Curator (Collections & Volunteering)

Duration of post:      Permanent

Salary:                          £23,000 per annum

Place of Work:          The predominant location of the post will be Irvine but there will also be a requirement to work at the Museum’s Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank in Dumbarton.

Hours required:        37.5 hours per week (This may include some occasional weekend or evening work)

Responsible to:          Senior Curator and other delegated members of Museum’s management team

Responsible for:        Other members of staff, volunteers and placements working with the Collections

Main objectives:       Established in 1983, the Scottish Maritime Museum is recognised as the principal repository for material relating to Scotland’s maritime heritage

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. They are also responsible for generating appropriate volunteering opportunities and role descriptions based on the needs of the organisation

This role demands strong project management skills, good interpersonal 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
  • To monitor, support, motivate and accredit volunteers and their work.
  • 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
  • To assist the Senior Management team 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 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 occasionally work weekends, public holidays, and evenings. Must be able and willing to travel as the Museum has sites in Irvine and Dumbarton.

                                    The Museum is strongly committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We value diversity and lived experience, and acknowledge the underrepresentation of people from certain backgrounds, both within our organisation and across the sector. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups, whether these be of ethnicity, gender, identity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or other.

Person Profile Knowledge and experience

General:                    

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 the museum/heritage sector (including voluntary experience).
  • 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, volunteers, 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.

Applications:

To apply please submit a CV and covering letter specifying why you are interested to Abigail McIntyre, Scottish Maritime Museum, 6 Gottries Road, Irvine, KA12 8QE. Email: abigail@scotmaritime.org.uk by 8th August 2021, although the Museum reserves the right to close the application date early if a large number of suitable applications are received.

Interviews:

We plan to invite potential candidates for an interview mid/late August. Interviews can be conducted over zoom on request.

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Learning and Access Officer

Duration of post:     Permanent

Place of Work:          The predominant location of the post will be Irvine but there will also be a requirement to work at the Museum’s Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank in Dumbarton.

Salary:                           £23,000 per annum

Hours required:        37.5 hours (This will include evening and weekend work)

Normal Hours:          Hours are variable to meet the needs of the Service

Responsible to:          Senior Curator and any other delegated member of the Museum    management team

Responsible for:        Access and Learning staff, and Visitor services staff, placements and volunteers who are involved in learning activities

Main objectives:        Established in 1983, the Scottish Maritime Museum is recognised as the principal repository for material relating to Scotland’s maritime heritage.

                                    The role involves developing and delivering the Museum’s educational learning and access programme promoting learning to audiences ranging from early years to lifelong learners, contributing to the Museum’s events programme, delivering talks and demonstrations to visiting groups.

Aims:

The Museum’s Access and Learning programme will aim to offer something for everyone, and is divided into five strands to meet the needs of different audiences:

  • Public Programme (children, young people, families, adults, older people)
  • Formal Education (nurseries and children’s centres, primary and secondary schools, further and higher education institutions,)
  • Informal learning (adult groups such as the RNLI, Coast Watch, clubs (Maritime Makers) and enthusiasts)
  • Health and Wellbeing (community groups and individuals who may not otherwise attend due to perceived physical, intellectual, social or economic barriers (Men’s Shed))
  • Projects; intensive and time-limited periods of workshops and events, usually working with small groups from either community groups or formal education. An opportunity for a greater depth of engagement other than one-off sessions, Princes Trust, Employability Schemes

Key Objectives:

  • Ensure the smooth operation and staffing of the Museum and assist in the development and delivery of learning and access programmes, events and projects in conjunction with other members of the management team.
  • Liaise with schools, facilitating access to the Museum’s Collections and developing curriculum resources.
  • Keep up-to-date with curriculum developments, ensuring that the Museum’s education programmes are relevant to the national curriculum. Production of booklets, guides, social media programmes and information packs promoting our resources for schools, colleges and identified Museum users.
  • Coordinate and/or provide teaching, lectures and guided tours; undertake outreach work, including taking artefacts into the community; organise practical demonstrations, role plays, story-telling sessions; run holiday activities for children and families and other related activities; arrange a programme of events to enhance visitor enjoyment and understanding.
  • Work effectively within multidisciplinary teams and project led development work to provide creative input to the development of exhibitions, events, school activities and programmes and any other projects as required.
  • Identify creative ways to ensure the objectives of the Museum match the needs of our visitors across a range of subject areas.
  • Undertake research and evaluation and deliver reports of findings and outcomes.
  • Supervise staff, volunteers and work placements associated with the department in relation to the Museum’s skills development initiative.
  • Assist in marketing the Learning and Access programme including design and delivery within agreed budgets, either annually or as part of a project budget.
  • Undertake general Museum duties and curatorial assistance including guiding groups, participation in events, assist in interpreting Museum collections.
  • Assist the Visitor Services Manager in ensuring the opening of Museum’s public areas as per the published timetable including special events or other activities out with these times.
  • Manage the learning and access budget, and the delivery of reports to Museum stakeholders.  Provide assistance with funding proposals and identify potential sources of external finance or partnership working. To liaise, where appropriate, with relevant external bodies.
  • To identify and prepare grant aid submissions to the appropriate organisations.
  • Ensure compliance with the Museum’s systems and procedures relating to employment, care of collection and the security of the Museum’s collections.
  • Manage Health and Safety matters related to learning work spaces.
  • Contribute to the general work of the Museum and the delivery of public services as appropriate.
  • Assist in the training and full induction of visitor services.

Additional Notes:

  • The Museum is a visitor attraction and requires staff to work at weekends, public holidays and occasional evenings. The timing of lunch breaks will vary to accommodate the needs of those visiting the Museum.
  • Must be able and willing to travel as the Museum has sites in Irvine and Dumbarton.
  • The Museum is strongly committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We value diversity and lived experience, and acknowledge the underrepresentation of people from certain backgrounds, both within our organisation and across the sector. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups, whether these be of ethnicity, gender, identity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or other.
  • A Full Disclosure check for regulated activity is required for this post.

Person Profile Knowledge and Experience 

General:         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. Strong interpersonal skills are essential to this role.

Essential qualifications:

  • Graduate in a relevant discipline or workplace experience, in museum/heritage or education sector (this may include working with children and/or young people in a formal or informal education setting)
  • Knowledge or experience of developing and delivering formal and informal learning programmes for all ages and a range of audiences
  • Motivation and creative flair
  • Excellent communication skills

Desirable qualifications:

  • A postgraduate qualification in teaching or museum education qualification would be advantageous
  • An interest or background in maritime, industrial or social history
  • Knowledge and understanding of current formal learning, widening participation, audience development and schools engagement agendas within the museum and gallery sector
  • Experience of managing volunteers
  • An interest in life-long learning
  • Experience in fundraising and grant applications

Applications:

To apply please submit a CV and covering letter specifying why you are interested to Abigail McIntyre, Scottish Maritime Museum, 6 Gottries Road, Irvine, KA12 8QE. Email: abigail@scotmaritime.org.uk by 8th August 2021, although the Museum reserves the right to close the application date early if a large number of suitable applications are received.

Interviews:

We plan to invite potential candidates for an interview mid/late August. Interviews can be conducted over zoom on request.

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