Royal Scots (the Royal Regiment) – The Museum of the Royal Scots (the Royal Regiment) Curator


Job Type: Full Time

Contract Type: Permanent (37 hours net per week)

Closing date: 1200 Friday 8 July        

Salary: £26k- £28k


  1. The Museum of The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) is based in Edinburgh Castle. It is a small Military Museum with a collection of around 15,000 objects and documents covering the Regiments 373 year’s history from its formation in 1633 up until its amalgamation in 2006 with all the other remaining Scottish Infantry Regiments to form The Royal Regiment of Scotland. It was the oldest Infantry Regiment of the Line being The First of Foot. The Museum exists to inform the public and members of the Regimental family of its heritage and traditions. An Education Officer is in post shared between the other two Military Museums within the Castle to run an education programme to schools and youth organisations.
  2. We are looking for a full time curator (37 hours) based in Edinburgh Castle to manage the day-to-day running of the Museum. The post will be responsible to the Chair of the Museum and Heritage Committee for direction and tasking although the post holder will have a good degree of freedom to use his/her initiative.


  1. To assist the Museum Committee of the Royal Scots Regimental Museum in the smooth running of the Museum. This will cover the day-to-day running of the Museum including the security of the collection, the maintenance and care of the artefacts, the accurate documentation of the Collection, welcoming and interacting with visitors, assisting visitors with queries and dealing with enquiries from the general public with regards to research related to the Regiment and its history.


  1. Governance
  • Accountable to the Museum Chair and Committee for the efficient and effective running of the Museum on a day-to-day basis in accordance with current best practice
  • Undertake regular and timely audits for the Collection in accordance with accreditation requirements and in consultation with the Museum Chair to ensure that the Collection is catalogued and accounted for effectively.
  1. Collection Management
  • Managing the Museum collection and ensuring that its display, storage and conservation is conducted in accordance with current accepted practise.
  • Cataloguing all items in the collection on ADLIB and ensuring that adequate records are created, maintained and backed up.
  • Deal with offers of new material for the collection to assess their relevance and importance, and liaise with the Museum Chair and committee to make recommendation for the acceptance or refusal.
  • Creating and maintaining a digital archive that will include video, photographic and audio material.
  • Carryout any historical research necessary for future Museum projects or publications.
  • Maintaining and updating the necessary documentation required to maintain accreditation status.
  • Making the collection with safeguards available to researchers and where possible the wider public in accordance with accepted standards of security and preservation.
  • Managing loans in and out by tracking, checking and packing objects and undertaking courier duties as and when required.
  • Developing good working relationships with other museums and organisations and when required, represent the Museum in the press and media in consultation with Museum chair.
  • Researching and applying for grants as required.
  • Notify the Trustees if important objects relevant to the collection are offered for sale.
  • Supporting the Association of Scottish Military Museums.
  • Keeping up-to-date with current museum practices and policies
  • Attending professional training courses that would benefit the museum and the collection
  1. Front of House
  • Liaise as required with the Museum Chair and cleaning staff to ensure that the fabric of the Museum is presented to the highest possible standard of cleanliness.
  • Staff the Museum Office at agreed core times during the museum opening hours.
  • Welcome and offer assistance to Museum visitors as required to ensure that all visitors are given a memorable visitor experience
  1. Enquiries and Visitors
  • Answering written and telephone enquiries from the public about the collection
  • Receiving visitors and providing short guided tours/presentation to pre-arranged groups when required.
  1. Internal and External Relationships
  • The post holder will endeavour to cooperate fully with the Chair and provide professional museum advice as required to the Committee.
  • Develop good working relationships with the other Regimental Museum in Edinburgh Castle and with relevant Historic Environment staff (HES) in the Castle.
  • Liaise with the Learning Officer over joint projects between the Military Museums and HES.
  • You are to engage with external groups and agencies (e.g. ACE, AMOT, ASMM, MGS) with a view to attending meetings, conferences or training events relating to the role or for continuous personal and professional development purposed.
  1. Security
  • Liaise with the Museum Chair and Museum Volunteers as appropriate to ensure that all regulatory or statutory checks and inspections are undertaken in a timely manner and documented as required.
  • Undertake environmental monitoring of the military museum sector with a view to advising the Museum Committee on current trends and potential effects on Museum Policy and procedures.
  • Assist on a shared, mutual acceptable basis with out-of-hours on–call duty during closed hours.
  1. Office Manager
  • Maintain the main office and library in the Old Provost Marshal’s House (OPMH).
  • Efficiently manage volunteer activity in the OPMH and Museum.
  • Lead for OPMH representation at the HES Castle Safety Working Group and appointed Safety Supervisor for the OPMH.
  1. Knowledge
  • The post holder will be expected to make a concerted effort to develop a sound working knowledge for the history of the Regiment for the delivery of his/her work.
  1. Health and Safety
  • The post holder will be committed to good health and safety and access practice, ensuring familiarity and compliance with museum policies, procedures and guidelines and the health and safety of visitors, staff, volunteers and contractors at all times.


  1. The above job specification sets out the key responsibilities and tasks of the post but is not exhaustive. It may alter with the changing needs of the Museum. This job description may be reviewed and updated annually.
  2. Please forward your contact details and CV telling us how your knowledge, skills, and experience match the job description. (Maximum: 4 sides of A4) to:
  3. If you have any questions about the post please contact: Chair of the Museum and Heritage Committee on: 07969818529.
  4. Successful candidates will be notified the week commencing 11 Jul with interviews scheduled for Tue 19 Jul.
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