Curator (Legacies of Slavery & Empire)

Organisation: Glasgow Museums

Salary: £31,578.25 - £36,678.29

Location: Glasgow

Glasgow Life

Curator (Legacies of Slavery & Empire)
£31,578.25 – £36,678.29
Location: 200 Woodhead road, G53 7NN
Ref: GLA09799

Glasgow Life is looking for a Curator (Legacies of Slavery & Empire) to join us on a 35 hours per week fixed term contract for a period up to two years. As Curator (Legacies of Slavery & Empire) you will be joining our in-demand museums service. You will be part of a dedicated team which supports the largest museum service in the UK outside London with 10 venues across the city and a collection of over one million objects that is one of the finest in Europe.

More about our Museums teams
As a Curator (Legacies of Slavery & Empire) you’ll be joining our Glasgow Life Museums team. From The Burrell Collection to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, our Museums are free for everyone to access. We’re committed to making sure people experience our world-class collections and have the chance to engage with our rich heritage. The cultural programmes we provide bring value to people’s lives. Read more on our website.

About Glasgow Life
Glasgow Life is the charity which inspires people to lead richer, more active lives through culture and sport. Simply put, we believe that everyone deserves a great Glasgow life. We do this by delivering innovative cultural and sporting programmes and events which improve the mental, physical, and economic well-being of Glasgow. Glasgow Life also creates unforgettable experiences for tourists, strengthening the city’s visitor economy. We help put on world-class events, conferences and festivals which enhance Glasgow’s international reputation. Glasgow is the first city to be named European Capital of Sport twice sport and was also the first place in the UK to be named a UNESCO City of Music.

The role
Glasgow Life is committed to telling the story of the impact that transatlantic slavery and empire has had on Glasgow. We seek to collaborate with communities that are part of its legacy. In support of this, we have been awarded funding by Museums Galleries Scotland. As Curator (Legacies of Slavery and Empire) you will be responsible for developing a programme of community engagement and collaborative research to reshape understandings of the connections between slavery’s past and the contemporary legacies of slavery and empire. As part of Glasgow Museums curatorial team you will develop displays on the past and present legacies of transatlantic slavery and empire; a public programme that reflects the legacies of slavery, empire, race and globalisation; and online content.

The candidate
If you’re interested in joining us as Curator (Legacies of Slavery and Empire) you’ll need:
• Degree or equivalent experience in a relevant subject area
• Excellent understanding of the needs of audiences, especially those who do not regularly visit museums
• Demonstrate experience of using collections to develop content and interpretation for diverse audiences within a museum context.
• Ability to work in partnership with other organisations, including community organisations
• Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.

You can read the full person specification for this role under the ‘Job Attachments’ section.

We believe in the transformational power of the programmes and events we provide for the people and visitors of Glasgow. If you would like to be a part of what we do, we’d love to hear from you.

Current Glasgow Life Employees
At the end of the temporary period, eligible employees will have a right to return to a role of their substantive grade within the council family as a minimum. Employees are required to inform their current manager prior to submitting an application.

Benefits at Glasgow Life
We offer a generous holiday allowance of 30 days, rising to 35 days after 5 years, plus 6.5 public holidays (for full-time roles). You’ll also be eligible to join the Strathclyde Pension Fund, which pays 19.3% employer contribution and is one of the largest local authority pension providers in the UK. Additional benefits include staff discounts, cycle to work scheme, option to buy annual leave, flexible retirement as well as family-friendly policies.

Diversity matters at Glasgow Life
We’re determined to reflect the extraordinary diversity of Glasgow in our workforce. Glasgow Life is on a journey to develop a workplace that reflects the communities we serve. Where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. We’re a Disability Confident and Carer Positive employer and invite candidates from all backgrounds to apply. Read more about our commitment to equality and diversity on our website.
To apply for this vacancy online please visit
Closing date is 11.59pm on Sunday 29th January 2023

Information is available in alternative formats, on request.


Application Deadline: Sunday 29/01/2023