Assistant Conservator, Engineering National Museum of Flight

National Museums Scotland
Arts, Culture & Sport, Conservation & Land Management, Engineering
East Fortune
Salary Details
£26,576 - £28,897 per annum
Contract Type
Hours per Week
37 hours per week
Closing Date
An exciting opportunity for an Assistant Conservator, with a background in technology/aviation conservation & restoration to support our Aviation Conservator with the care & maintenance of our aviation collection at the National Museum of Flight.

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian for a competent Assistant Conservator, with a background in technology / aviation conservation and restoration to support our Aviation Conservator with the care and maintenance of our aviation collection.

As the successful candidate, you will have experience working with a range of technology artefacts, preferably in aviation, and have a practical understanding of materials and treatments. As part of the conservation / restoration process you will be competent in dismantling and re-assembling complex objects with many mechanical parts. You will be aware of professional conservation standards and best practice. With a degree in a relevant subject, you will likely have a conservation qualification, or be able to demonstrate relevant experience in an engineering or aviation context within the cultural heritage sector.  You will be adept at problem solving, able to manage your time and work alone or with others, to meet deadlines.  You will have strong communication and ICT skills.  

This post is predominantly based at the National Museum of Flight, but the successful candidate will be expected to work at the other NMS sites when necessary. This post will involve occasional working at heights in an outdoor environment and a degree of manual handling. A driving licence will be required to operate the aircraft tug on site. 

  • This is an exciting opportunity for someone who enjoys practical projects and takes pride in their work. 
  • This post is fixed term until 31st October 2021 to cover the family leave of the substantive post holder.

You will be required to produce a “relevant” portfolio of previous experience, this will be used as part of the interview process in place of a practical exercise.  For this interview we will expect an electronic copy of your portfolio 24 hours in advance of the interview. You will also be required to give a short visual presentation on a relevant conservation / restoration project you have recently completed.

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Company Description

National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in Europe. With one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world, we are responsible for the acquisition, preservation and display of a substantial part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and national heritage. 

Millions of local and international visitors enjoy our four museums each year, and we also introduce our collections to a much wider audience than can physically visit our museums through, touring exhibitions, loans, community engagement, digital programmes and research.

Over the last decade, we have invested over £120 million in our sites and have more than doubled our visitor numbers, with over 3 million people now visiting our four museums. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. 2019 has seen the completion of our Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland with the opening of three new galleries dedicated to Ancient Egypt, East Asia and the Art of Ceramics.