Heritage Careers Day

Heritage Careers Day

Issued: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:53:00 BST

Thinking about a career in heritage? This one-day seminar for arts and humanities PhD students will help you plan for a variety of job roles in this wide ranging sector, which covers museums, galleries, historic buildings, archaeology, archives and conservation.

Wednesday 18 October 2017, from 10:30 to 16:30
Museums Galleries Scotland, Waverley Gate 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG

Our expert line-up of speakers will share their own experiences of working in the sector, and how their PhD provided them with the transferable skills, knowledge and experience needed. The programme will cover:

  • Types of heritage – an introduction to the heritage sector and what we mean when we talk about heritage;
  • Breaking in – participants will be encouraged to think about what skills and experience they may need to prepare them for careers in the heritage sector;
  • Beyond curating – an introduction to the different careers available in the sector, from a curator position to a job in development;
  • Pathways not pipelines – participants will hear from a range of heritage professionals about their career path since completing their PhD.


  • Dr Devon McHugh, Partnerships Manager, Museums Galleries Scotland
  • Dr Jeff Sanders, Dig It! 2017 Project Manager, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
  • Dr Lisa Brown, Archaeological Science Manager, Historic Environment Scotland
  • Dr Callum Watson, Battle Coordinator, Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre
  • Dr Sarah Deters, Learning and Engagement Curator, St Cecilia's Hall, University of Edinburgh
  • Lucie Whitmore, PhD student, University of Glasgow and SGSAH intern at Museum of Edinburgh 2015-17
  • Audrey Scardina, PhD student, University of Edinburgh and SGSAH intern at Auchindrain Trust 2015-16


Lunch will be provided. Please indicate any dietary requirements when you register.

Walking tour

There will be a walking tour in the afternoon, which will include Museum of Edinburgh, St Cecilias Hall, University of Edinburgh, Society for Antiquaries of Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and will finish with drinks at Usher’s of Edinburgh, 32b West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD. Please indicate any special requirements when you register.


The programme is open to arts and humanities PhD students in Scotland registered at a SGSAH member HEI (SGSAH will cover reasonable travel expenses from home HEIs).


You can register to attend the event by visiting our eventbrite page.

Image Credit: Printing the past: 3-D archaeology and the first Americans by Matt Christenson, BLM Licensed under CC BY 2.0