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Our successful island Historical Society is embarking on an exciting new project, and we are looking for a multi-talented individual to work as a historical researcher on an 18-month fixed-term contract.


Based in the community-owned Nurse's Cottage on the Isle of Berneray, our project is called 'A' tilleadh ar n-eachdraidh dhachaigh' (Bringing our history home).


It is concerned with examining the historical and cultural impact of emigrations from Berneray, in particular the aspects of Gaelic culture which the emigrants took with them.


The role will involve working with some of those whose ancestors left the island in past centuries, many of whom are already contacts of The Historical Society. The project will involve digitising, archiving and displaying a wide range of historical material.


The historical researcher will be responsible for inputting material to our own database and also online databases. The role will also involve training Historical Society volunteers, so that they can provide support and continuity to the project.


The successful candidate will be educated to at least Highers/A-level and probably to degree level or equivalent, and will be able to demonstrate a strong research background, preferably with information management and presentation experience.


Knowledge of Gaelic is preferred, while an appreciation of Gaelic culture and historical issues, especially emigration, as they affect small island communities will be expected.


This position will suit a motivated and enthusiastic individual with verbal and written communication skills and good computer literacy. The opportunity to work as a lead team member on an exciting historical project on the beautiful Isle of Berneray awaits the successful



We can offer a salary of circa £18,000 pro rata per annum, for two days per week.


The duration of the project will be 18 months from May 2011.


Please send your CV with a covering letter, which sets out your suitability for this post, by 30 April to The Secretary, Berneray Historical Society, The Nurse's Cottage, Berneray, Isle of North Uist, HS6 5BD.




This project is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community LEADER Innse Gall 2007-2013 programme