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.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
- 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.