Museum Trainee with Groam House Museum

Location: Black Isle

The Museum
Groam House Museum (GHM) is a small independent Pictish and Celtic Art fully accredited Museum. It is located in Rosemarkie on the Black Isle, 17 miles from Inverness (and on a regular bus route).

In November 2013, the George Bain art and design collection (GB) cared for by GHM was awarded National Recognition status by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS). GHM recently completed a community engagement Mosaics project, sponsored by Scottish National Heritage and Heritage Lottery Fund, in which 20 Mosaics were developed by 18 groups of children and less engaged adults and situated in many key locations around the Black Isle.

From January 2015 GHM is committed to “bringing the George Bain Collection alive” with many exciting planned activities over 2 years which will include 
curating both a local exhibition at the Museum and a National exhibition in Glasgow and developing the Mosaics Trail and Museum under the overall theme project of improving visitor experience. GHM has been awarded further funding from HLF, Highlife Highland and MGS to develop Mosaic workshops in areas of deprivation, to develop art projects for exhibiting at Celtic Connections in Glasgow 2016 and is seeking to extend its outreach activities further and enhance the visitor experience through the innovative use of technology.

The Role
As a Museums Trainee at Groam House Museum your main responsibilities will be:
• Planning, marketing and conducting events for the Museum and for “bringing the GB Collection” alive
• Improving visitor experience
• Assisting in conducting outreach activities
• Helping manage GHM’s online engagement

• Contributing to the cataloguing and care of GHM’s collections

The role will facilitate the use of many diverse skills on the part of the trainee and would not only provide practical working experience for an arts interested person but also a business or a marketing interested person. The demands of working in GHM will enable the trainee to learn to communicate across disciplines and with people of various levels of seniority as well as eventually take on certain responsibilities for delivery.

The trainee role will encompass some traditional business tasks including
• Administration
• IT
• Communication and teamwork
• Organisation
• Social media

The trainee will also help enhance the GHM traditional exhibits and knowledge base to meet the needs of an ever changing and growing marketplace through the use of technology and social media.

The Details

Throughout the duration of the traineeship the successful Museums Trainee will work both in the Museum in Rosemarkie and in the office in Rosehaugh Estate, Avoch. Both are situated on the Black Isle, 17 miles from Inverness. The trainee will receive hands on support from the Curator, Marketing Director, IT & Admin Director, Collections Advisor and Volunteer Coordinator. Some weekend and evening work will be required to cover events outwith normal office hours.

Initially, the trainee will gain a full understanding of GHM through an Induction programme organised by the supervisor and then through subsequent meetings with key Volunteers, Volunteer Coordinator, Treasurer and Retail Shop Manager.

Following the Induction, the next stage for the trainee will be to discuss and confirm the learning plan with the supervisor and then participate in some activities as described above.

Initially, there will be close monitoring by the supervisor and leader of the relevant activity in which the trainee is learning/participating but it will be expected that as the trainee gains experience, he or she will take on responsibilities for their own learning outcomes, develop ideas and initiatives and then lead some activities.

The Museum has a team small in number but strong in culture where ideas and contributions are welcomed and people are respected for their knowledge and their willingness to contribute. It is an atmosphere where a less socially confident trainee would feel valued and could gain personal confidence as well as invaluable employability skills.

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 Museum Traineeship with Groam House 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
• CCSCC72: 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: Contributing to the design of exhibitions and displays in cultural heritage organisation
• CCSCH57: Contributing to the build of exhibitions and displays in 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
• CCSCV8: Photographing items for record
SKSIM29: Managing online engagement
• CCSCCS81: Conducting marketing for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS74: Developing learning resources for a creative and cultural organisation

Volunteer Management
• CCSCCS28: Working with volunteers in a creative and cultural organisation
• SFTMVC3: Recruiting and placing volunteers
• SFTMVD1: Planning, organising and monitoring volunteering activities
• SFTMVD3: Supporting the development of volunteer knowledge skills and competence
• SFTA5: Evaluating volunteers’ contribution to strategic goals

Optional Modules
• CCSCCS1: Providing effective customer service
• CCSCCS80: Assisting with marketing for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS90: Assisting in securing funding for a creative and cultural organisation


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.