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Treasure Trove Officer (x4)

  • Organisation:National Museums Scotland
  • Location:Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Salary:£27,107 to £29,475 per annum
  • Contract type:Permanent

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.

The Treasure Trove system ensures that significant objects from Scotland’s past, which are discovered either by chance find or through organised archaeological fieldwork, are protected for the nation and preserved in museums across Scotland. The Treasure Trove Unit based at National Museums Scotland is responsible for the operation of the system for the benefit of all Scottish museums, and is the first port of call for new discoveries and finders.

The Treasure Trove Officer works as part of a small team processing the casework of the Unit, liaising with the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer (QLTR) staff, supporting the work of the Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel (SAFAP) and communicating the requirements and benefits of the system to finders, museums and wider audiences.

You will have a degree (or equivalent) in archaeology or a related subject. Knowledge of principles and practice of UK ‘treasure’ systems plus relevant practical experience of working with and identifying archaeological finds would be desirable. Experienced in administrative procedures and practices, you will be organised and methodical, with good verbal and written communication skills and ICT skills in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook. You should also have experience of managing your own time and workload, working to deadlines and handling multiple priorities.

We currently have 4 positions available: 1x permanent and 3x fixed term for 18 months.

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

Application Closing Date: 24 June 2022

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