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Current Vacancy:

NMS18/873 Treasure Trove Manager

Salary: £34,151 – £37,136 per annum
Location: National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers Street
Level: Curatorial
Deadline: 26/10/2018 23:59
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: membership of Civil Service pension scheme
Job Type: Permanent

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 past decade, we have invested over £110 million in our collections, our museums and the experiences we provide for our visitors. Alongside this, we have continued to transform how we communicate and engage with our audiences. 2019 will see 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.

The Treasure Trove system ensures that significant objects from Scotland’s past, which are discovered either by chance find or through organised archaeological fieldwork, are protected for the nation and preserved in museums across Scotland. The Treasure Trove Unit based at National Museums Scotland is responsible for the operation of the system for the benefit of all Scottish museums, and is the first port of call for new discoveries and finders.

Based at the National Museum of Scotland, this permanent, full-time post will manage and develop the work of the Treasure Trove Unit, providing advice and support to the Queen’s & Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer and the Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel on all Treasure Trove matters in Scotland.

With a post-graduate qualification in an archaeology-related subject or equivalent experience, a demonstrable knowledge of best practice in archaeology and collections management, and specialist curatorial knowledge of artefacts passing through the system, you will implement effective processes relating to finds of archaeological material in Scotland. With your knowledge of UK and other treasure systems, and your understanding of the Scottish archaeological sector, you will promote best practice in the recovery, reporting and recording of finds through outreach initiatives and events, and develop positive relationships through the museum, archaeological, heritage and metal-detecting sectors. With excellent communication and creative thinking skills you will liaise with stakeholder organisations and contribute to the development of strategy and policy to enhance the efficiency and visibility of Treasure Trove.

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Next SAFAP meeting: 5th December 2018


Treasure Trove Unit

The role of Treasure Trove is to ensure that objects of cultural significance from Scotland’s past are protected for the benefit of the nation and preserved in museums across the country.

Treasure Trove is based on the principles of the Scots common law bona vacantia (ownerless goods). The Treasure Act (1996) does not apply in Scotland.

In Scotland, any ownerless objects found by chance or through activities such as metal-detecting, field-walking, or archaeological excavation become the property of the Crown and therefore may be claimed as treasure trove.

With the exception of modern objects, e.g. Victorian coins and machinery fragments, etc., any object considered to be significant, regardless of its age or composition, may be claimed as treasure by the Crown.


Contact us


For any enquires relating to the Treasure Trove Unit, or if you have an archaeological object to report please don’t hesitate to get in touch. For TTU staff please see ‘People’.

email: TreasureTrove@nms.ac.uk

phone: 0131 247 4082/4025

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