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Textile Conservation Intern

  • Organisation:National Museums Scotland
  • Location:Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Salary:£20,434
  • 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.

National Museums Scotland, with the generous support of Leslie B. Durst and the Clothworkers’ Company are offering three one-year internships from 2022 to 2025 based in our Textile Conservation team. The internships will start in October each year, with the first one commencing in 2022. The aim of the internships is to help develop the professional skills of emerging conservators.

The successful candidate will join our busy and dynamic conservation team working under the guidance of the experienced Textile Conservation team, gaining experience from and contributing to a range of textile conservation activities to prepare our truly diverse collection for display. Projects are likely to include in-depth conservation treatments and preparing for exhibitions and loans, with scope to consider the individual’s development requirements. The interns will also gain a wider range of experiences through working with teams across NMS including Preventive Conservation, Collections Care and Photography.

The intern will be based in the laboratories at the National Museums Collection Centre in Granton, Edinburgh, but will also work across the other museum sites.

The successful candidate will be a recent graduate with a recognised textile conservation degree and be keen to develop their expertise in this specialism. They will be self-motivated and a good team player with a passion for conservation and will 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: 17 August 2022

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