Museum Curator

Organisation: Almond Valley Heritage Centre

Salary: £28,500

Location: Livingston

Almond Valley Heritage Trust is the proud custodian of one of Scotland’s Recognised collections which, along with an extensive business archive, records the fascinating story of Scotland’s shale oil industry. Much of the museum’s energies are investing in sharing these resources, and the knowledge associated with them, through our on-line platform, and associated social media. A small team of volunteers contribute much to an ongoing programme of digitisation, research and content creation that supports the continuous development of this digital presence.

Almond Valley is also a favourite destination for many families with young children who enjoy a great day out with animals and playgrounds. Many also rampage through the museum, offering wonderful opportunities to engage young folk in experiences that bring joy, provide insight and spark enthusiasms.

Role of the Curator

The Curator’s main consideration (of course) is for the collection; ensuring that standards and good practice are maintained in all respects.

The Curator will also nurture and direct volunteers, and directly contribute to the development of the on-line museum presence. Through these and other activities they will promote participation and partnerships that sustain interest and knowledge of the shale oil industry.

In association with the team at Almond Valley, the Curator will also develop displays, events, and activities that appeal to family visitors, engage their interest, and add value to the visitor experience.

Essential Qualities

• An appropriate museum or heritage qualification at degree level or above
• Appropriate curatorial and collections management experience
• Well developed digital skills

Desirable Qualities

• Competence in maintaining content managed websites
• Good communication skills and confidence in creating engaging social media
• Experience in supporting and directing volunteers
• Interest and insight into industrial and social history
• Insight and affinity with our family visitors
• Being methodical, organised and systematic, (but also being playful and creative)

Application Deadline: Monday 25/09/2023