VACANCY – Learning Programme Development

freelance contract: Learning Programme Development

The Highlanders’ Museum is seeking quotations for the development of learning programme strategy. Going forward the Learning Programme must be sustainable both in terms of finances and administrative commitment by the staff. Up to a value of £15,000, including VAT and all expenses. This contract is supported by Museum and Galleries Scotland’s Museum Recovery Fund and must be delivered by 01/03/2023.

The Highlanders’ Museum tells the story of the Highland Regiments from just after the Battle of Culloden to the present day and is home to the largest collection of military artefacts outside of Edinburgh representing almost 250 years of history.

The Highlanders’ Museum (THM) is an Accredited, Visit Scotland 5-star rated, independent military museum situated within Fort George. It is a visitor attraction showcasing highland military history and is the jewel in the crown of the historic fort, which is still a working military barracks. This key historic site is visited by 60,000 people a year pre-pandemic.

THM has 7 permanent members of staff and a dedicated team of around 30 volunteers. 


Develop a sustainable Learning Programme for The Highlanders’ Museum. To include a review of
current opportunities to increase our learning engagement, development of learning packs targeted
at key demographics, linking to the Curriculum for Excellence where applicable, and identifying a
sustainable delivery model. Due to our remote location, we are keen to develop a learning
programme that accommodates both digital and in-person learning to increase access/accessibility,
inclusion, and diversity. This could include:

  • Review of existing provision and community engagement opportunities.
    Use recent Accreditation return documents – Audience Identification and Development Plan, Communications
  • Plan, Learning and Discovery Programme as well as the Access Policy and Plan – to inform strategy.
  • Additional mapping of our communities to better understand their needs to inform the Learning Programme.
  • Explore joint working opportunities with HES, a key partnership onsite at Fort George.
  • Develop 5-year sustainable learning strategy with comprehensive plans, budgets and resourcing, and delivery model that directly link to the museum’s objectives. Years 1-3 in detail with proposed KPIs.
  • Develop engaging new learning resources designed to accommodate flexible delivery methods and different strands of participation (for example: creative learning, education, outreach).
  • Link new resources to Curriculum for Excellent and its focus on experiences and outcomes, and principals and practice, where applicable.
  • Develop sustainable marketing and administrative workflows.
  • Review evaluation processes and record keeping.
  • Review relevant H&S procedures, legal requirements, and risk assessments.

For more information and how to apply, click below. You can also view the organisational structure of staff at The Highlanders’ Museum.