Digital Collections Trainee with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum

Location: Stirling

The Museum
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders is a Regimental Museum situated in Stirling Castle. It operates within a unique cultural environment within one of the busiest museum and heritage environments in Scotland.

The collection contains over 1200 artefacts and documents which cover a wide range of social history, art, textiles, weapons, militaria, silver and literature. It covers a period in history from the Napoleonic Wars to the present day.

The Role
The museum is developing a digitisation programme that will engage with audiences across West Central Scotland who do not visit the Museum in person.
 
The trainee will have the opportunity to acquire new skills with the support of the staff within the museum. The trainee will learn the skills required to manage a collection within a museum and in particular ways in which the collection can be digitised.
 
The trainee will be involved in all aspects of the museum, and will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of a virtual exhibition. The traineeship will focus on digital collections and the ways they can be used for the education programme both in and out with the museum. The trainee will have the opportunity to work alongside volunteers during the traineeship.
 

The Details
The successful trainee will be supported by all museum staff and supervised by the Museum CE. Some weekend and evening work will be required to cover events outwith normal office hours.

The project will begin with the trainee shadowing museum staff in a range of tasks to familiarise them with the collections, buildings, procedures, activities and the people they will be working with. Regular meetings will address progress against targets, raise any areas of concern etc.

The programme will use hands on activities i.e. doing, reviewing and assessment, formal training sessions where applicable e.g. social media training from local business organisations, National Army Museum curators course, self study tasking the trainee to research and report back, speaking to others who are involved in digitisation. Each stage of the traineeship will require writing a short report discussing objectives, outcomes and lessons learned or producing outcomes examples of data entry or photographs to build a portfolio of work.


The Modules

As part of the SVQ Level 3 in Museums Practice all traineeships will cover mandatory units in background and workplace skills which will focus on:
• CCSCCS30: Understanding the sector in which you work and the wider creative and cultural context
• CS32: Taking responsibility for your work in a creative and cultural organisation and self-evaluation
• CS33: Planning and implementing your professional development in the creative and cultural industries
• V9: Cataloguing objects and collections within a cultural venue
• V15: Contributing to the care of items within a cultural venue

Within the Digital Collections Traineeship with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum you will also have the opportunity to complete 4 of the following modules: (Trainees must complete 2 from their chosen stream plus an additional 2 from any other stream or optional modules)

Learning and Engagement
• CCSCCS70: Assisting with learning for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCV17 / CCSCCS71: Supporting the organisation of events and exhibitions / Delivering an event or programme of events for learning and interpretation for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS22: Assisting customers, visitors or audiences in getting the best from their experience of a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS73: Delivering community engagement for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS76: Evaluating the customer, audience or visitor experience of a creative and cultural organisation

Collections and Interpretation
• CCSCCS72: Delivering interpretation for exhibitions or displays for a creative or cultural organisation
• CCSCH54: Providing specific information on a collection for a cultural heritage organisation
• CCSCH56: Contributing to the design of exhibitions and displays in a cultural heritage organisation
• CCSCH57: Contributing to the build of exhibitions and displays in a cultural heritage organisation
• CCSCH70: Inspecting and monitoring conservation needs of cultural heritage

Digital Skills
• CCSCCS19: Developing and maintaining information systems for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCV8: Photographing items for records
• SKSIM29: Managing online engagement
• CCSCCS81: Conducting marketing for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS74: Developing learning resources for a creative and cultural organisation

Volunteer Management
• CCSCCS28: Working with volunteers in a creative and cultural organisation
• SFTMVD1: Planning, organising and monitoring volunteering activities
• SFTMVD3: Supporting the development of volunteers’ knowledge, skills and competence
• SFTA5: Evaluating volunteers’ contribution to strategic goals

Optional Modules
• CCSCA16: Embracing diversity in your service provision
• CCSCCS1: Providing effective customer service
• CCSCCS2: Assisting with daily financial issues within your organisation
• CCSCCS80: Assisting with marketing for a creative and cultural organisation

 

 

Closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 24 November.

Interviews will take place at the hosting organisations during the week of 10-17 December, 2014.

In order to apply for an MGS traineeship you must be able to demonstrate that you have a right to work legally in the UK and that you have not already studied at graduate level.

 


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