Collections and Creative Projects Trainee with Scottish Borders Council Museum & Gallery Service

Location: Selkirk

The Museum
SBC Museum Service comprises 12 museums/galleries and a countryside visitor centre, one of which is the Old Gala House in Galashiels. The Old Gala House is an important and vibrant museum set in a historic house dating back to 1583. It is a centre for presenting permanent collections relating to the town of Galashiels and environs plus temporary exhibitions.

The Role
The trainee will assist with delivering varied programmes during 2015 including gaining experience of collections management and documentation tasks while working on SBC and partner organisation collections.

There will be opportunities to help a range of venues deliver local history exhibitions, visual art programmes, special projects to mark the anniversary of WW1 (Gallipoli) in Galashiels, Selkirk, Kelso and Hawick and to support education projects including a new initiative working with young people planned for delivery in 2015. In addition the partners will be delivering a number of new initiatives as part of their development plans including collections management, community engagement and creative activities.

The trainee will have the opportunity for work-shadowing and hands-on learning including participation in The Big Draw; a Museums and Gallipoli Education UK WW1 themed project; an Arts Award creative programme for young people and a range of community and local history focused partnership projects. It will be a learning journey adventure where the trainee will experience a bit of everything: from Art to Zoology, as well as contributing some social media and web content to help publicise the partners’ programmes! The trainee will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm, desire to learn, ability to multi-task, passion for arts and heritage, be I.T savvy, and have bags of energy.

The Details
The usual work base will be located at SBC museums HQ, currently in Selkirk and while the trainee will experience work in all SBC museum service venues, the main focus for the traineeship will be collections and programmes at Old Gala House in Galashiels.

The trainee will report to the Senior Curator. Although based in the Museums HQ office, the trainee will be required to travel to other venues in particular the Trimontium Museum (aka Three hills Roman heritage Centre) in Melrose and The Steading in Nether Blainslie near Lauder. As this is a rural area with partner venues located across the Scottish Borders it will be essential that the trainee can access rural locations without relying on public transport, therefore a full driving license and access to own transport would be highly advantageous. (Approved mileage will be paid for travel required to work at project venues in Melrose and Nether Blainslie.)

Some weekend and evening work will be required to cover events outwith normal office hours.

The Modules

As part of the SVQ Level 3 in Museums Practice all traineeships will cover mandatory units in background and workplace skills which will focus on:
• CCSCCS30: Understanding the sector in which you work and the wider creative and cultural context
• CCSCCS32: Taking responsibility for your work in a creative and cultural organisation and self-evaluation
• CCSCCS33: Planning and implementing your professional development in the creative and cultural industries
• CCSCV9: Cataloguing objects and collections within a cultural venue
• CCSCV15: Contributing to the care of items within a cultural venue

Within the Collections and Creative Projects Traineeship with Scottish Borders Council Museum & Gallery Service you will also have the opportunity to complete 4 of the following modules: (Trainees must complete 2 from their chosen stream plus an additional 2 from any other stream or optional modules)

Learning and Engagement
• CCSCCS70: Assisting with learning for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS22: Assisting customers, visitors or audiences in getting the best from their experience of a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS73: Delivering community engagement for a creative and cultural organisation

Collections and Interpretation
• CCSCCS72: Delivering interpretation for exhibitions or displays for a creative or cultural organisation
• CCSCH54: Providing specific information on a collection for a cultural heritage organisation
• CCSCH56: Contribute to the design of exhibitions and displays in a cultural heritage organisation
• CCSCH57: Contribute to the build of exhibitions and displays in a cultural heritage organisation

Digital Skills
• CCSCV8: Photographing items for records
• SKSIM29: Managing online engagement

Volunteer Management
No available modules

Optional Modules
• CCSCCS1: Providing effective customer service
• CCSCV14: Monitoring the security and environment of items within a cultural venue


Closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 24 November.

Interviews will take place at the hosting organisations during the week of 10-17 December, 2014.

In order to apply for an MGS traineeship you must be able to demonstrate that you have a right to work legally in the UK and that you have not already studied at graduate level.