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Assistant Textile Conservator

  • Organisation:National Museums Scotland
  • Location:National Museums Collection Centre, Granton, Edinburgh
  • Salary:£27,107 to £29,475 per annum
  • Contract type:Fixed Term Contract / Full Time

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe. With one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world, we are responsible for the acquisition, preservation and display of a substantial part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and national heritage.

Millions of local and international visitors enjoy our four museums each year, and we also introduce our collections to a much wider audience than can physically visit our museums through, touring exhibitions, loans, community engagement, digital programmes and research.

Over the last decade, we have invested over £120 million in our sites and have more than doubled our visitor numbers, with over 3 million people now visiting our four museums. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. 2019 has seen the completion of our Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland with the opening of three new galleries dedicated to Ancient Egypt, East Asia and the Art of Ceramics.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Textile Conservator to join our busy and dynamic conservation team on a 14-month, fixed-term contract with the primary aim of assisting in the delivery of our diverse exhibition and loan programme. The post will be part of the Paper and Textile conservation team based in our laboratories at the National Museums Collection Centre in Granton, Edinburgh.

The post will work across the programme of textile conservation, gaining experience from and contributing to a range of textile conservation activities to prepare our truly diverse collection for display.

As a successful post-holder, you will hold a recognised a conservation degree with the ability to work independently on the examination and treatment of textiles. You will bring your expert conservation knowledge to our acclaimed exhibitions, displays and loans programmes, and be a good communicator with the ability to supervise volunteers. You will have strong documentation and IT skills to document conservation treatments and the condition of items. You will be a team player, able to work to tight deadlines and effectively plan and prioritise your work programme. You will also have a passion for conservation and be able to communicate this to our audiences.

Please see here for the full recruitment pack and the application form can be found here.

Application Closing Date: 21 November 2022

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