Doors Open Days Scotland 2015

Glasgowsky

A note from Historic Scotland regarding Doors Open Days 2015 (http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays/)

As part of this year’s Doors Open Days celebrations, Historic Scotland and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) are teaming up with partners across the country to open the doors of places usually closed to the public.
 
Visitors will be able to find out how The Engine Shed is progressing, glimpse behind the scenes at RCAHMS, and explore Trinity House in Leith. Doors are opening in different areas every weekend in September, with planned events ranging from talks on Glasgow’s industrial heritage to guided tours exploring the hidden gems of Perthshire. The first Historic Scotland sites to open their doors are Dundonald Castle and Skelmorlie Aisle on the 5th and 6th of September.
 
In Stirling on September 12th, visitors are encouraged to release their inner stonemason, archivist or architect with a day of family-friendly fun at the Engine Shed conservation centre.  Visitors can try their hand at traditional skills as well as speaking to Stirling Council archives about the history of their home, and Historic Scotland staff will be on hand to explain about this ambitious conservation project.
 
In Edinburgh on the 26th, RCAHMS will open the doors to its incredible archives for a special day dedicated to Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. Unique photographs and drawings of historical shops, pubs, distilleries and factories will take centre stage, and experts will give talks and behind-the-scenes tours.
 
Trinity House is also gearing up for a family weekend of fun on September 26th and 27th, with the chance to handle objects and enjoy craft activities, quizzes and family trails. Visitors can take a self-led tour of Leith’s maritime gem, and use the latest technologies to uncover the stories behind our collections. Historic Scotland conservators will also be on hand to talk about the work we carry out on our vast painting collections.
 
Commenting on this year’s Doors Open Days, Rosie Wylie, National Tourism and Community Manager for Historic Scotland said: “we are proud to take part in Doors Open Days, which offer visitors the chance to see some of the nation’s most interesting hidden gems.
 
“It’s a fantastic initiative coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust, and a huge team effort. The range of events we support wouldn’t be possible without the help of groups like The Friends of Dundonald, Largs Museum Trust, Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society and the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative who run fantastic guided tours to help visitors experience these sites.”
Some of the tours are very limited and you will need to book ahead. Please see our website for a full list of participating sites, and booking details: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/doorsopendays
For the full programme of buildings opening across Scotland, visit the Doors Open Days website http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays/

Visitor Services Assistants

Muness Castle

hello folks,

no, I haven’t become a blog for jobs in Scotland. 🙂  I’ve just seen a couple recently that would be oh so perfect if I lived in Scotland.  This job that I am posting below is a dream job of mine and maybe one summer I will move over for the months it’s on.  Long have I wanted to work at Stirling Castle.  Unfortunately it is highly impractical for commuting.

However, that being said … here they are … a couple of postings for summer workers with Historic Scotland.   I’d love to hear from you if you are working for any of the Historic Scotland properties this summer.

Job summary

Salary Band £15000 – £16764
Location Central and West
Hours 37 per week
Closing Date 30 January 2015 at midnight
Reference HSC/15/012

Applications are invited for the post of Seasonal Visitor Services Assistants based at Stirling Castle. These are full time, fixed term (April to September) pensionable appointments. The post holder will work 37 hours per week working 5 days out of 7 which will include weekends.

Please apply by the closing date of midnight on Friday 30th January 2015 with the successful candidates expected to take up post during the last week in March 2015.

or alternatively, if you prefer Edinburgh Castle:

Job summary

Salary Band £15000 – £16764
Location Edinburgh and the Lothians
Hours 37 per week
Closing Date 11 February 2015 at midday
Reference HSC/15/002

We are recruiting for seasonal staff for 2015 for all areas within the Castle with various dates starting March through to October.

You will provide the highest standard of customer care to all visitors at all times; enthusiastically provide information and assistance to visitors throughout their visit, whilst also ensuring visitor safety at Edinburgh Castle; and ensure high standards of presentation and professionalism are maintained at all times. There are 3 areas in which positions are available within the Visitor Services Team: Admissions, Retail and Stewarding.

Completed application pack and relevant baseline security documents (please see attached sheet confirming the required baseline documents) should be brought along to one of our recruitment days at Edinburgh Castle. The recruitment open days are from 9th February – 11th February 2015, 11.00am – 4.00pm.

Online applications will not be accepted for these posts please make sure that you download and bring all required documents with you to the open day of your choice as these are essential. Failure to bring a completed application pack and all the required baseline security documents to a Recruitment Open Day will exclude you from the recruitment process.

Urquhart Castle Gaelic Drama Days for Children

Urquhart Castle Gaelic drama

This just in from Historic Scotland:

“An exciting new half-day Gaelic drama activity will be running on the 7th, 8th and 9th of October at Urquhart Castle. As well as developing their Gaelic language skills, pupils will be immersed in Medieval Castle life through interactive drama, performance and storytelling. The activity is suitable for Gaelic medium pupils from P4 to S2 and is FREE. This activity has received financial support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

For more information and to book, contact Historic Scotland Learning Services on 0131 652 8155/8156 or email HSlearning@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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A luchd-teagaisg! Bidh seiseanan drama ùra leth-latha a’ gabhail àite airson sgoilearan ann am foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig ann an Caisteal Ghleann Urchadain air 7, 8 agus 9 Dàmhair. A bharrachd air a bhith a’ cur ris na sgilean Gàidhlig aca, bidh a’ chlann gam bogadh ann am beatha ann an caisteal meadhan-aoiseach tro dhràma, sgeulachdan is eile. Tha na seiseanan seo, a tha SAOR IS AN-ASGAIDH, ag amas air sgoilearan ann am foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig bho BS4 gu AS2. Fhuair na seiseanan seo taic airgid bho Bòrd na Gàidhlig

Airson barrachd fiosrachaidh agus gus àite a chur air dòigh, cuir fios gu Seirbheisean Ionnsachaidh aig Alba Aosmhor air 0131 652 8155/8156 no cuir post-d gu HSlearning@scotland.gsi.gov.uk’

Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle Historic Scotland

 

Historic Scotland says, “Fancy meeting the father of conservation? Visit Blackness Castle this Sunday (June 8) where Quids In Theatre Company and Scottish Natural Heritage present ‘Mad about Muir’. Visitors will be led on a guided walk by John Muir himself, stopping along the way to meet figures from his life – a unique way to engage with nature and wilderness through his eyes. Perhaps best of all, the event is free – although booking is essential! For tickets, please email jmwevents@snh.gov.uk or phone 0131 316 2638” (picture credit: Historic Scotland)

Want to work at Edinburgh Castle?

Visit Scotland
Visit Scotland

 

EDINBURGH CASTLE

We are recruiting for seasonal staff for 2014 for all areas within the Castle with various dates starting April through to September, with possibility of extension.

You will provide the highest standard of customer care to all visitors at all times; enthusiastically provide information and assistance to visitors throughout their visit, whilst also ensuring visitor safety at Edinburgh Castle; and ensure high standards of presentation and professionalism are maintained at all times. There are 3 areas in which positions are available within the Visitor Services Team: Admissions, Retail and Stewarding.

Completed application pack and relevant baseline security documents should be brought along to one of our recruitment days at Edinburgh Castle. The recruitment open days are from 10th – 12th February 2014 between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm. 

Online applications will not be accepted for these posts please make sure that you download and bring all required documents with you to the open day of your choice as these are essential. Failure to do so will eliminate you from any selection process.

This information is taken from the Historic Scotland site and more details can be found here.