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Bringing history to life at the Blackhouse Arnol

4 December 2008

An exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for history has arisen at the Blackhouse,  Arnol.

Building on a previous initiative which saw Historic Scotland and Stornoway’s Museum nan Eilean work together to bring local history to life, Historic Scotland is now looking to recruit a new Local Learning Officer for this fantastic property based on Lewis.  

The education team is looking for a talented and enthusiastic person to help young people and their teachers make the most of their visit to the Blackhouse.   The post will be based at the Blackhouse and the Local Learning Officer will work closely with Historic Scotland staff in developing a Junior Guides Scheme, support materials and on-site resources to bring the past to life.

Sue Mitchell, Historic Scotland Head of Education, said:

“This is a great opportunity for someone to have real input to the education offering at the Blackhouse in Arnol. Historic Scotland has an impressive reputation for organising imaginative and fun educational activities at its properties across Scotland. Schools will be able to work with the local learning officer to develop resources and activities exactly suited to their needs.”  

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 actual hours of work are flexible. Rate of pay is £150 per day.

Applications are sought from people who have experience of teaching in schools or in a heritage, museum environment. Historic Scotland is particularly interested in hearing from Gaelic speakers.

To register interest send a CV and covering letter to: Susanne Stewart, Education Admin Officer, Historic Scotland, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH or email or call 0131 668 8610.  Closing date for applications is 29 December 2008.


  • Informal interviews at the Blackhouse, Arnol are planned for 23 January 2009.

  • 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.

  • The Blackhouse, Arnol is a traditional, fully furnished, thatched house that provides a unique insight into island life. There is also an attached barn, byre and stackyard. Beside the Black House, a furnished 1920s whitehouse can also be seen. Visitor centre with interpretative displays explaining the history of the site and locally-made crafts.

  • 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.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.


For further information

Laura Varney
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763