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Paid Heritage Placement Opportunities for BAME Young People in Scotland

Heritage Placements in Scottish Museums

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Scottish Heritage: Paid Heritage Placement Opportunities for BAME Young People in Scotland

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Scottish Heritage is a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council led by the University of Strathclyde, and working in collaboration with Museums Galleries Scotland and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. The project explores the equality, diversity and inclusion issues and barriers in heritage, focusing specifically on race. Visit Museums Galleries Scotland | Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Scottish Heritage for more information about the project.

As part of the project, we are offering four paid work placement opportunities for young people (18-25) from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds living in Scotland to work in a heritage organisation. The placements have been designed to equip young BAME people with skills and knowledge relevant to the heritage sector, as well as for careers outside of heritage. Placements may involve research, developing an exhibition and/or webinars, creating resources for secondary school pupils, as well as reflections on the project through digital material.

Applications for these opportunities have now closed.

Placements will be based in one of four heritage organisations:

-David Livingstone Birthplace

-HMS Unicorn

-Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

-The Scottish Crannog Centre

Placements will be supported by the University of Strathclyde project team, as well as a supervisor from the host organisation. The placements will take place over 8 weeks (16 hours per week) and will be provided with a bursary of £1216.

To find out more about each placement, click on the links on the placement descriptions below to take you to the PDF file for each placement.

David Livingstone Birthplace- Decolonising Livingstone’s story for 21st century schools

The David Livingstone Birthplace is the only independent museum in Scotland that is dedicated to preserving the legacy of David Livingstone and examining his work within the complex and painful realities of slavery, colonialism and 19th-century European attitudes towards African people and community groups.

At David Livingstone Birthplace, you will have the chance to influence how the museum’s histories are diversified and represented through engagement with the school curriculum and the development of educational resources. You will work at the intersections between education, heritage and equality and also be given the opportunity to disseminate work digitally.

HMS Unicorn- Unicorn Connections

HMS Unicorn is a historic ship based in Dundee and preserved as a museum and visitor site for 55 years. You will be involved in researching the ship’s role as a community hub, its connections to Dundee and the wider region, and how HMS Unicorn’s role in the community might change in the future. At HMS Unicorn, you will get the opportunity to develop an exhibition on board the ship, as well as the chance to create a school workshop or educational resources aimed at secondary school pupils.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow- South Asians in Scottish Medicine

The RCPSG is a learning institution with a worldwide community of health professionals. It offers training, exams and courses in medicine, surgery and allied health professions. The heritage team at RCPSG work to bring alive the College’s rich history spanning 6 centuries through the development of exhibitions, as well as a programme of events, including the Reframed: Conversations about Heritage and Inclusion series.

Working with the heritage team at RCPSG, you will explore archive, museum and library material covering the time of the British Empire, looking specifically at the histories of doctors and surgeons from the colonised Indian sub-continent. You will contribute to digital content sharing this work and will have the opportunity to showcase your work on the Reframed programme.

The Scottish Crannog Centre- Iron Age Activism

The Scottish Crannog Centre is a living history museum based in Kenmore, Perthshire. It brings alive Scotland’s Iron Age histories, telling the stories of the crannog dwellers of the Iron Age through workshops and demonstrations of ancient crafts and technologies. The team at the Crannog Centre are also active in public outreach across Scotland, with the aim of being a national treasure with social justice at its heart.

The placement opportunity at the Scottish Crannog Centre will give you the opportunity to explore and research how the Crannog Centre might work to encourage more visitors from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. You will also work with the Development team at the Crannog on ensuring visitors from different backgrounds are embedded in the Crannog’s stories, as well as having the opportunity to play a part in shaping the Crannog’s new site development.


Applications for these opportunities have now closed.

Shortlisted candidates to be notified by: 19th November

Interviews: 25th & 26th November

Published 25 September 2020