Curatorial Trainee (Collections and Interpretation) with Aberdeen Martime Museum

Location: Aberdeen

The Museum
Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums service comprises Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall, Provost Skene’s House, Tolbooth Museum and two external storage facilities as well as an active outreach programme. Staff are located at a number of these sites.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city's long relationship with the Sea. This award-winning museum is located on the historic Shiprow and incorporates Provost Ross's House, which was built in 1593. The Maritime Museum houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history. It is also the only place in the UK where you can see displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry.

The Role
Within Collections the trainee would work primarily with the history curators and collections access officers. Projects will involve working across all areas of the service, working particularly closely with the learning, exhibitions and digital engagement staff within Public Programmes.

The traineeship will be structured around three key areas of work:

• Working with the history team at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, the Tolbooth Museum and other historic sites supporting visitor services and engagement, focusing on interpretation of sites and collections. Opportunities will include developing a volunteer programme of tours of venues and surveying UV/lux levels and their impact on collections.
• Working with the industrial history collection, focusing on the large industrial items that require documentation, re-construction, and basic remedial conservation and exploring methods of interpretation and use of this complex collection.
• Working within Collections Storage venues, supporting and implementing collections care procedures including IPM, environmental monitoring and benchmarking collections care.

The Details
The trainee will be part of the Collections Team, supported by a senior Curator. The traineeship will follow a project driven timetable developed with modules in mind. The traineeship will be structured around the three areas of work identified above, with placement in each project team lasting approximately 4 months working on a single, clearly identified project.

The order of the traineeship is planned to ensure the trainee gains the best experience possible during an exciting period for the service. The placement will begin at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, which will become the lead venue after the closure of Aberdeen Art Gallery in March. It will then continue with the Industrial collections after the Gallery’s closure when the Museum Attendant team will be available to support work with these large objects and finish within the Collections Access Team over the period when the new Collections Storage venue opens.

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 Curatorial Traineeship with Aberdeen Martime Museum 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
• CCSCV17 / CCSCCS71: Supporting the organisation of events and exhibitions / Delivering an event or programme of events for learning and interpretation 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
• CCSCCS76: Evaluating the customer, audience or visitor experience of a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCV16: Preparing for and deliver guided tours for visitors to cultural venues

Collections and Interpretation
• CCSCCS72: Delivering interpretation for exhibitions or dipslays for a creative or cultural organisation
• CCSCH54: Providing specific information on a collection for a cultural heritage organisation
• CCSCH64: Protecting cultural heritage through conservation
• CCSCH70: Inspecting and monitoring conservation needs of cultural heritage

Digital Skills
• CCSCCS19: Developing and maintaining information systems for a creative and cultural organisation
• SKSIM29: Managing online engagement
• CCSCCS74: Developing learning resources for a creative and cultural organisation

Volunteer Management
• CCSCCS28: Working with volunteers in a creative and cultural organisation
• SFTMVD1: Planning, organising and monitoring volunteer activities
• SFTMVD3: Supporting the development of volunteers’ knowledge, skills and competence

Optional Modules
• CCSCCS1: Providing effective customer service
• CCSCCS90: Assisting in securing funding for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCV7: Contributing to the care of the premises
• 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.