Collections Care Officer

Organisation: Museums and Galleries Edinburgh

Salary: £36,312 - £42,717 per year

Location: City Art Centre 2 Market Street Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Museums & Galleries Edinburgh as Collections Care Officer. The post-holder of this key role has responsibility for preventative conservation across all our museum and gallery venues and our varied collections, a number of which are Recognised as being of National Significance. The role includes practical conservation as well as working alongside curatorial and technical colleagues, advising and assisting with objects on permanent display as well as those on temporary loan.

The post-holder will be based at the Museums Collection Centre, the primary storage facility for the reserve collections, and will be responsible for managing its operation. Providing specialist advice on the care and maintenance of the city’s monument estate is an important component of the post, as is coordinating a service wide programme of housekeeping, training and responding to stakeholder and public enquiries.

Purpose of Job

To ensure the preventative conservation of Museums & Galleries Edinburgh collections which include Recognised Collections of National Significance of c.200,000 objects, on display and in store; and to monitor the physical condition of objects on loan to the service. Assist with the care and maintenance of the City’s c.200 monuments.


In liaison with curators ensure that the methods of displaying, loaning and storing objects in the collections meet National Accreditation Standards.

Manage the operation of the Museum Collections Centre, the primary storage facility for the reserve collections.

Undertake guided tours for visitors of the Museum Collections Centre.

Undertake a programme of inspections of the City’s history, art and archaeology collections and make recommendations for their care and preventative conservation to the Museums Management Team and relevant curators.

Undertake, or make recommendations to commission conservation work on the collections.

Coordinate an annual programme of housekeeping across all museum venues.

Contribute to the development and maintenance of emergency plans for the rescue and recovery of museum collections in the event of an incident such as fire, flood, and infestation.

Provide assistance on the care and maintenance of the city’s monuments estate and advise on requests for new commemorative structures.

Give talks/lectures to professional bodies and local organisations.

Monitor the physical condition of objects on loan to the service.

Prepare Condition Reports for outgoing and incoming loans.

Monitor the maintenance of appropriate environmental conditions for all museum and gallery venues.

We’re committed to creating a workplace culture where all our people feel valued, included and able to be their best at work, and we recognise the benefits that a diverse workforce with different values, beliefs, experience, and backgrounds brings to us as an organisation.

Our salary range typically reflects the initial starting salary and annually increases until it reaches the top of the range.

Application Deadline: Thursday 29/02/2024