Organisation Overview

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe, with a growing international reputation for successfully delivering significant cultural, social, educational and economic impact.

Our collection is one of the most diverse in the world, an important resource historically, culturally and intellectually which we seek to share as widely as possible. Numbering over 12 million objects and built up over 200 years, this remarkable multi-disciplinary collection brings together natural sciences, decorative arts, design and fashion, world cultures, science and technology, and Scottish history and archaeology.

Through our world-class research, we aim to better understand and explore the significance of the objects in our care. We collaborate with researchers in the UK and internationally to exchange knowledge, share ideas and build context that helps us interpret our collections in a way that increases public understanding of human history and the natural environment.

Inspired by the objects in our collections and the stories they hold, we help the millions of visitors to our four museums make meaningful connections between themselves and the world. We are inclusive, developing opportunities to encourage participation and engaging with a wide range of audiences through outreach and imaginative public programming.

Key Information

Enquiry Email:
hrenquiries@nms.ac.uk
Website:
www.nms.ac.uk
Company Size:
201 to 500
Our company and its culture:
CreativeGenerous & CollaborativeForward Thinking

Vision, Aims and Values

Our mission
We preserve, interpret and make accessible for all, the past and present of Scotland, other nations and cultures, and the natural world.

Our vision
Inspiring people, connecting Scotland to the world and the world to Scotland.

Our aims
These four aims direct our priorities, activities and actions:

  • Put People First: Create inspiring experiences that help our audiences’ understanding of themselves and the world around them.
  • Value our Collections: Preserve, interpret, share and make them accessible for all.
  • Increase our Reputation and Reach: Connect more with people locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Transform our Organisation: Develop our people, and work together to deliver our ambitions and increase our income.

 

Our priorities

  • Creating inspiring visitor experiences at our Museums and elsewhere.
  • Developing, preserving and increasing access to the National Collections.
  • Strengthening and sharing collections knowledge and research.
  • Reaching out to people across Scotland and the world.
  • Transforming our digital engagement.
  • Valuing, supporting and developing our people and empowering them to work together in new ways.
  • Growing and diversifying our income.

 

Our values

  • Creative: we are innovative and thrive on good ideas
  • Generous: we are open, friendly and enabling
  • Collaborative: we are enquiring, receptive and well connected
  • Forward thinking: we look for the big picture as well as the detail.

 

Key Information

Enquiry Email:
hrenquiries@nms.ac.uk
Website:
www.nms.ac.uk
Company Size:
201 to 500
Our company and its culture:
CreativeGenerous & CollaborativeForward Thinking

Opportunities

National Museums Scotland employs approximately 430 staff working in a variety of roles, including:

  • Curatorial
  • Conservation
  • Building maintenance
  • Facilities management, including cleaning and security
  • Visitor experience
  • Design
  • Exhibitions
  • Human resources
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Media relations
  • Fundraising
  • IT
  • Digital media

Volunteering

Volunteers help in many of our departments and play an important role, increasing our visitors' enjoyment and understanding of our collections.

National Museums Scotland has over 500 volunteers making a valuable contribution to our work.

Our main volunteering opportunities are:

  • Administration
  • Collections
  • Public programmes
  • Events.

Key Information

Enquiry Email:
hrenquiries@nms.ac.uk
Website:
www.nms.ac.uk
Company Size:
201 to 500
Our company and its culture:
CreativeGenerous & CollaborativeForward Thinking

Diverisity, Equality and Inclusion

National Museums Scotland is committed to being a workplace that is equal, diverse and inclusive where no-one is treated less favourably or denied the opportunity to reach their full potential at work because of who they are.

National Museums Scotland aims to be a workplace where employees’ personal and professional perspectives, experiences and skills are important assets harnessed to contribute to the organisation’s ambitions and achievements.

Diversity across the workforce has a natural wider effect of increasing the diversity of our audiences and visitors because we can reflect their needs and experiences in what we do.

Everyone has a responsibility to contribute positively to equality, diversity and inclusion at National Museums Scotland.

Key Information

Enquiry Email:
hrenquiries@nms.ac.uk
Website:
www.nms.ac.uk
Company Size:
201 to 500
Our company and its culture:
CreativeGenerous & CollaborativeForward Thinking

About our Museums

The National Museum of Scotland – a spectacular building in the heart of Edinburgh combining magnificent Victorian architecture with modern architectural design. The completion in February 2019 of a 15-year, £80 million investment in the original Victorian building has created 29 award-winning galleries, vibrant new public and learning spaces and opened up the Museum to a wider range of people. The transformation has made the Museum the most visited attraction in the UK outside London, with 2.3 million visitors in 2018-19. It is a cornerstone of Scotland’s tourism offer and is estimated to generate over £103 million per annum of additional benefit to the Scottish economy, supporting over 4,504 jobs.

The National Museum of Flight – housing the majority of our extensive aviation collection, including Scotland’s Concorde, the Museum is located on the historic former RAF station at East Fortune in East Lothian, one of the best preserved Second World War airfields in the UK. In 2016, the most recent phase of development at the Museum created dramatic new displays of our collections of military and civilian aircraft, increasing visits and engagement, and introducing a programme of engineering skills development for young people. Each year the Museum hosts a series of large events including Scotland’s National Airshow.

The National Museum of Rural Life – comprising a contemporary exhibition building and a 140 acre working farm, the Museum’s historic farm buildings, steading and landscape are of national heritage importance. Located in East Kilbride near Glasgow, its displays explore Scotland’s rural past and farming traditions and it is home to a series of large events celebrating rural life.

The National War Museum – housed in 18th century buildings within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, the Museum explores the Scottish experience of war and military service over the last 400 years.

Our fifth site is the National Museums Collection Centre, an internationally significant facility for collections research, conservation and scientific research laboratories, taxidermy, access and storage. It provides a focal point for cutting-edge collection-based research, interdisciplinary study, specialist training and advanced teaching, and underpins our national and international activities.

Our work reaches out across Scotland and the world. Loans and touring exhibitions help ensure our collections are shared with as many people as possible. As a national centre of excellence, we play a key role in supporting the museum community across Scotland, offering advice and support, and enhancing and developing collections expertise through training, targeted projects and partnerships.

Key Information

Enquiry Email:
hrenquiries@nms.ac.uk
Website:
www.nms.ac.uk
Company Size:
201 to 500
Our company and its culture:
CreativeGenerous & CollaborativeForward Thinking
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