Job Description


Curator / Manager of Catholic Museum of Scotland

Reporting to

The General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland

Key Working Relationships

The Scottish Catholic Heritage
Collections Trustees
National and Diocesan Archivists
Aberdeen University Archivists

Other Relevant Information

The Scottish Catholic Heritage Collections Trust was established by The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland to oversee, interpret and care for the artefacts, historic archives and library previously held at the former Blairs College, Aberdeenshire.


This post is that of Curator/Manager of the Catholic Museum of Scotland.   The Curator/Manager also provides assistance to the Bishops Conference of Scotland and the dioceses within Scotland to promote and develop the care of the heritage of the Catholic Church in Scotland.   It is intended that the Catholic Museum of Scotland will (re)-apply for Accreditation with Museums Galleries Scotland in due course, and the post-holder will play a lead role in preparing for and submitting the (re)-application.

The Catholic Museum of Scotland is in a period of change. The appointee will be required to contribute to new thinking about the future of the collection, and dynamically manage any change resulting from this.  This will include a move in 2023 to a new location at 229 Orr Street Glasgow (the offices of the Bishops Conference of Scotland), and the (re)-application for accreditation.

After the move, the post-holder will be based in Glasgow.   Until the move is complete, the postholder will be expected to travel between Blairs and Glasgow, to assist the present curator as and when necessary.

The post is full-time and permanent.

Flexible working is possible by prior consent with your line manager, but the candidate must also be available, as necessary, in-person and on site.


  1. To provide reports, half-yearly and annually, to the Trustees of the Scottish Catholic Heritage Collections Trust, and provide regular updates to the Orr Street Working Party
  2. To promote knowledge and appreciation of, and access to, the artefacts belonging to the Scottish Catholic Heritage Trust, the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and the dioceses, and particularly those contained within the Catholic Museum of Scotland.
  3. To promote knowledge and appreciation of Scottish Catholic History and the artefacts; and to attend relevant conferences and meetings, as and when required, subject to prior authorisation by line management.
  4. To develop good working relationships and networks with other local, national and international, heritage and educational institutions, statutory and voluntary organisations, and professionals, as directed by line management.
  5. To liaise with holders of Scottish Catholic Heritage material throughout Scotland and abroad, including the University of Aberdeen, and the seminaries in Rome and Salamanca.
  6. To raise the profile of the Catholic Museum of Scotland and develop new audiences by planning and delivering events and partnership projects.
  7. To develop and implement best collections management and conservation practice, seeking advice from conservation specialists when required.
  8. To update and develop collections records and documentation, according to SPECTRUM standards, undertaking cataloguing tasks to help improve documentation records, using the Adlib collections management system (a move to Axiell Collections is being considered); ensuring that all paperwork and systems required for Accreditation application are up-to-date and meet the required standard.
  9. To work, to a high standard, on the display of the collections, planning and delivering new displays and re-arrangements as required, including initiating temporary exhibitions
  10. To administer Acquisitions, liaising with donors and funders as required
  11. To administer all Loans in and Loans out.
  12. To liaise with the Emergency Services, to ensure that the Emergency Plan for the Catholic Museum of Scotland is kept up to date, and that the maintenance and safety of the Museum meets required Health and Safety standards.
  13. To promote the development and expansion of the role of volunteers and interns in Blairs Museum
  14. To assist in conducting school and group visits
  15. To keep updated the Catholic Museum of Scotland website.
  16. To prepare, in conjunction with the Finance Officer of the Bishops’ Conference, annual service plans and related budgetary estimates, and to manage any allocated budget effectively and accountably.
  17. To undertake any other relevant duties as required by the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference, consistent with job function


Salary is £29,000pa.   This may be increased dependent upon relevant experience.

The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Bishops Conference of Scotland (BCOS) pension scheme.

Other information

28 days annual leave, including public holidays

Closing Date for Applications

Monday 19 December 2022

Applications should comprise CV and covering letter, and be submitted by email to, from whom further information can also be obtained.