Job Vacancy – Research Assistant

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Research Assistant

Hours: 37.5 per week

Salary: £18,000 per annum

Duration of contract: 1 year


Job Description


The Devil’s Porridge Museum is looking for a qualified and enthusiastic Research Assistant. You’ll be working to identify, collate and share accounts from the Museum’s World War One Collection. 30,000 people worked at HM Factory at its height during World War One, 12,000 of the employees were women. No extant list of all the employees exists and the Museum is reliant on evidence from scattered sources and archives. Many of the hundreds of accounts we have come from genealogical research. As The Devil’s Porridge Museum enters an exciting new phase, we are working to centralise all that we know about the workers at HM Factory Gretna onto a bespoke database for use by visitors to the Museum and online via our website. This research will be part of our ‘People of the Past, Skills for the Future’ project. This project will work with young people (especially young women) to upload biographies of individuals connected with the Factory onto Wikipedia via Wikithons. This is part of our aim to increase the renown of HM Factory Gretna, to share the accounts we have in our Collection and to increase the representation of historical women online.


We’re looking for someone self-motivated with an enthusiasm for history and skills in research. This person will have to take a lead on this project and work closely with the Museum Manager and the Access and Learning Officer to deliver our project outcomes. An ability to work independently within a small team is essential. You’ll be working on research which will be used online and within exhibitions so you’ll need to be precise and an excellent communicator. The Museum will be working towards Recognised Collection Status for its World War One collection and your work will assist with this goal. Specific knowledge is less important in the candidate than an understanding of research methodologies and the tenacity needed for tracking down historical information. We’re looking for someone who would be confident working with small groups of young people.


The Devil’s Porridge Museum was established nearly 25 years ago to share the story of HM Factory Gretna, the greatest factory on earth in World War One. It is a volunteer led and run organisation with a small team of dedicated staff. Our organisation has young people at its heart and does all it can to serve its local community. In 2018, the Museum achieved Accreditation and it is now working towards gaining Recognised Collection Status for its World War One Collection. The Museum houses nearly 4000 objects relating to World War One and the Solway Military Coast (1939 onwards). We are one of Dumfries and Galloway’s top tourist attractions and were shortlisted for Kids in Museum’s 2019 ‘Most Family Friendly Museum in the UK’ award.


To apply: please email a CV and covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 to Judith Hewitt


Closing date for applications: November 30th at 5pm



Degree in History or a related subject

Research skills



Experience using archives including online archives

Research skills Experience of working with databases

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