Exhibitions and Events Trainee with Museum nan Eilean

Location: Stornoway

The Museum
Comhairle nan Eilean has two Accredited Museums, one in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis where the Trainee will be based, and a second in Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula. The Museums are relatively young, having been established in the mid 1980’s. The accessioned collections contain Archaeology, Social history, Local photographs, ephemera and paintings and Natural History. They also have an archive which is a collection of business records of the Comhairle as well as deposits from other local industries.

The public galleries of Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway closed to visitors October 2012 but museum and archive staff have refocused their work to deliver the HLF Lews Castle Museum and Archive Project. The new museum and archive opens July 2015.

The Role
The Trainee will have the opportunity to learn skills, increase knowledge and gain experience in installing collections to new galleries and the first special exhibition, as well as working with visitors to a new facility.

Working alongside the Heritage Service team, who provide advice and support to 17 historical societies across the islands (including 4 are independent Accredited Museums), the Exhibition and Events Trainee will contribute to a number of key tasks including:

• Development and delivery of a temporary exhibitions and events programme across its two Accredited Museums, supporting activities island-wide across the venues, and collections of the Heritage Service
• Development of strategic partnerships with Comainn Eachdraidh, other Accredited Museums and national bodies to develop and deliver opportunities for joint programming
• Planning, developing, organising, marketing, producing, and maintaining exhibitions in the new museum and archive facilities Special Exhibition Gallery
• Writing draft proposals for exhibitions, contracts for creative practitioners, carrying out risk assessments, production of exhibition catalogues and other appropriate administrative paperwork.

The Details
The traineeship will be based in Museum nan Eilean, Francis Street until July 2015, where office space will be moved to the new museum facility. Some weekend and evening work will be required to cover events outwith normal office hours.

Part of the Audience Development and Learning Team and supervised by the Heritage Manager the trainee will undertake a number of structured training days, workshops, task-based training, directed reading, mentoring, coaching and work shadowing throughout the duration of the traineeship. The wider Heritage Team will also coach and mentor the trainee to provide advice and support as the trainee develops new skills, experience and knowledge in this area.

The costs of travel and accommodation for the trainee to work across the Western Isles is the exhibitions and events require it will be paid for from the HLF Lews Castle Museum and Archive Project – Activity Plan Budget. 

Two traineeships are available at Museum nan Eilean.

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 Exhibitions and Events Traineeship with Museum nan Eilean 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
• 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

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 creative or cultural organisation

Digital Skills
• CCSCCS74: Developing learning resources for a creative and cultural organisation

Volunteer Management
No available modules

Optional Modules
No available modules



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.