With the city of Dundee topping the world’s New Year travel lists, the operator of two of Dundee’s favourite visitor attractions is recruiting as it gears up for a busy 2018, including a dramatic £500,000 facelift.
Dundee Heritage Trust, which operates RRS Discovery and Verdant Works, is currently looking for an enthusiastic and creative Audience Engagement Officer. This new position is a two-year post funded by Museums Galleries Scotland and the Foyle Foundation. The successful candidate will help develop and deliver a programme of events, activities and resources to attract new audiences to the Trust’s two accredited and 5-star rated museums, Discovery Point and social history and jute museum Verdant Works.
The appointment comes as DHT prepares to play its part in welcoming visitors from across the globe. 2018 is set to be an important and exciting year for Dundee, which features on a set of prestigious New Year travel lists.
The Wall Street Journal recently named Dundee as one of the top 5 locations in the world alongside the likes of Madagascar and Shanghai, The Observer named it a must-see destination for 2018, while leading US business magazine Bloomberg ranking the UNESCO City of Design next to Los Angeles, Singapore and Florence in their roundup of the 22 best places to visit this year.
A recent VisitScotland survey highlighted that 40% of visitors are drawn to Dundee and Angus to visit an attraction, far more than the Scotland national average.
With the neighbouring V&A opening in the second half of 2018, Discovery Point has begun its own £523,000 facelift project, to dramatically enhance the award-winning visitor attraction and capitalise on the anticipated surge in visitors to Dundee’s waterfront.
Generous funding from the Coastal Communities Fund and Dundee City Council has contributed towards significant improvements and several new Antarctic-related exhibits at Discovery Point, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary in the summer of 2018.
The new gallery spaces will feature fresh graphics, audio visual shows, and hands-on digital interactives, as well as displays of objects from the museum’s nationally significant polar collection that are not presently on view. The redevelopment will also create a new multi-purpose learning and activity space.
Paul Jennings, executive director of Dundee Heritage Trust, said: “Dundee is now firmly on the international map as a cultural and design centre, and we’re proud to be part of that. The innovative High Mill Project at Verdant Works has just secured a prestigious award for its outstanding architecture and RRS Discovery itself is nearing the end of a £350,000 restoration and preservation programme.
Our venues welcome more than 190,000 visitors a year. As we head into an exciting event and exhibition programme for 2018, the creation of this new position will ensure we exceed expectations and engage with visitors in new and interesting ways.”
The closing date for applications for the DHT post is 19th January 2018.
For job description and application forms please email Val King on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit www.rrsdiscovery.com