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Bringing history to life with Historic Scotland

10 October 2008

An exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for history has arisen at Urquhart Castle.

The education team is looking for a talented and enthusiastic Local Learning Officer who will help education groups get the most out of a visit to one of our top attractions in Scotland.

The Local Learning Officer will work closely with the Regional Education Officer to develop preparatory support materials and on-site resources  as well as delivering educational workshops to bring the Castle to life.

Sue Mitchell, Historic Scotland Head of Education, said:

“This is a great opportunity for someone to have real input to the educational opportunities at Urquhart Castle. Historic Scotland has an impressive reputation for organising imaginative and fun educational activities at its properties across Scotland. We look forward to welcoming a talented new member to our team.”

The Local Learning Officer is a freelance contract post of 40 days per annum. The contract has been designed to allow the successful candidate to work an average of one day per week during term time, but can be flexible. Rate of pay is £150 per day.

To register interest send a CV and covering letter to: Susanne Stewart, Education Admin Officer, Historic Scotland, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH.  Further information can be obtained by calling Susanne Stewart on 0131 668 8610.  Closing date for applications is 30 October.


Notes for editors

  • Applications are sought from people who have experience of teaching in schools or in a heritage, museum environment.


  • Support will be provided by Historic Scotland staff on site and regional Education Officers.

  • Historic Scotland has a network of Education Officers who coordinate educational activities at sites across Scotland.

  • Urquhart Castle is one of Scotland’s most dramatic locations. The castle has a long and bloody history stretching back to the 13th century. The castle featured prominently in the Scottish struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots. Today, visitors can see the five storey Grant Tower, remains of the kitchens, gatehouse, cellars and other buildings which provided for the lord’s comfort and protection.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.

  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information


Laura Varney
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763
laura.varney@scotland.gsi.gov.uk