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National Galleries of Scotland

Research Volunteer - Fishing

Do you have an eye for detail? Do you love delving deep into a project? Would you like to learn more about the history of fishing in Scotland? If so, then join us a Research Volunteer!

Why we want you
This is an exciting time for the National Galleries of Scotland, as we are currently undergoing a major redevelopment to make Gallery spaces more accessible, and better showcase the incredible collection of Scottish art.
Many pieces in the collection reflect the importance of fishing in Scotland’s history- whether that is the towns built around the industry, or the boats themselves. We are looking for volunteers to undergo a research project studying the history of fishing in your area.

What you will be doing

  • You will be helping to inform displays and interpretation by: – Choosing a particular area of study, e.g., the dangers of fishing, and pieces in the collection that speak to this.
  • Studying the records and resources at the your local research centre, whether photographs, written records or objects, and compiling information about this topic. You will be provided with a framework to help you write down your information.
  • Sharing this information over video conferencing software with other volunteers doing similar research across Scotland and with staff from the National Galleries.
  • This research being saved in our records to inform interpretation of pieces in the collection and potentially being shared on the Scottish National Gallery Webpage

What’s in it for you

  • Training and supervision by NGS staff
  • Develop communication and research skills
  • Gain and share knowledge of local and Scottish history
  • Contribute to the interpretation and understanding of artworks in the Scottish Collection and to the body of research in your local area