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Project Manager: Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums: Addressing Our Colonial Legacy

Project Manager: Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums: Addressing Our Colonial Legacy

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is the National Development Body for Scotland’s museums and galleries. We support more than 400 museums and galleries, through strategic investment, advice, advocacy and skills development.  

We are looking for a Project Manager to lead on the effective delivery of Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums: Addressing Our Colonial Legacy. This project will explore how Scotland’s existing and future museum collections can better recognise and represent a more accurate portrayal of Scotland’s historic involvement in colonialism and the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved African people. This is a nationwide project led by MGS, on behalf of the Scottish Government, involving a national programme of consultation and coordination of a working group.  

The social, economic, and cultural impact of colonialism are entrenched in museum collections and heritage sites around Scotland. Scotland’s museums sector is increasingly vocal in their commitment to working to show the full history of their collections. As the National Development Body for museums and galleries in Scotland MGS recognises the impact that empire and colonialism has had on our institutions and their collections, and stands with anti-racist movements worldwide. 

You will be an excellent communicator, with strong influencing and facilitation skills as well as experience of public consultation or research coordination. You will also bring an understanding of the ways in which empire and slavery continue to impact Scotland’s culture, society, and economy. The role requires someone who displays warmth and authenticity in their interactions with others; communicates effectively with and is approachable to a range of different audiences; can constructively challenge current practices and thinking; and organises and plans work effectively and efficiently.  

The successful candidate will manifest MGS’s core values: collaboration, integrity, passion for museums, and courageousness.


Closing date: Monday 26th October at 9am

Interviews (Online) are due to be held on 10th or 11th November 2020.


1. Download and complete the application form at the bottom of this page.

2. Submit your application form through our online portal at:

Please note that we can not accept CVs or applications that do not contain the official application form.  

Full job information and the application form are available to download at the bottom of this page.

MGS welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is an equal opportunities employer. We hold Living Wage and Investors in People accreditation.

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Job specification and application pack

ESSM Application Form (DOCX, 70KB) ESSM Project Manager Job Information Pack (PDF, 222KB)
Published 25 September 2020