Paid Work Placement
HMS Unicorn, Dundee

As part of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Scottish Heritage project, HMS Unicorn are offering a paid work placement for a young person (16-25) from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background living in Scotland.  

Unicorn Connections is a heritage placement scheme at HMS Unicorn focused on creating opportunities for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people in Scotland to explore HMS Unicorn’s history as a community hub.  Working at HMS Unicorn, you will have the chance to work alongside heritage professionals working to diversify access to Scotland’s rich heritage opportunities. 

HMS Unicorn is a historic ship, preserved as a museum and visitor site for 55 years.  This placement will give you the chance to research HMS Unicorn’s role in the local community, and future challenges and possibilities, as well as giving you the opportunity to develop an exhibition on board the ship.  This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills and influence how these stories are told to a wider audience.  No previous experience in the heritage sector is required.

Bursary: A bursary of £1,216 will be paid in two installments, at the beginning and midpoint of the placement.

When: Placements will run for 8 weeks, starting from late November/early December 2021 and running until early February (with a break over the Christmas period).
Hours: 16 hours per week. There is some flexibility around which days and times these hours are worked.

Where: HMS Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee.  Some of the work will take place online.  expenses incurred during the placement for travel and/or accommodation will be paid for through the project budget.

What you will do on the placement: During the placement you will have the opportunity to get involved in:
• Researching HMS Unicorn’s role as a community hub, its connections to Dundee and the wider region, and how HMS Unicorn’s role in the community might change in the future
• Producing an exhibition on board the ship
• Creating and publishing digital content for EDISH and HMS Unicorn webpages and social media
• Developing a school workshop or educational resource aimed at secondary school pupils
At the end of the placement you will be invited to share your thoughts and experiences in order to develop templates for what future EDI-focused heritage placements could look like.

Person Specification: The placement opportunity is open to young people (18-25) from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds based in Scotland.  We are looking for transferable skills and interests which you may have gained from a range of experiences, whether work-based or other activities such as school or further education, volunteering, family life and history or participating in clubs or hobbies.

Successful applicants will demonstrate:
• Interest in heritage (broadly defined)
• Interest in equality, diversity and inclusion
• Good communication skills (written and verbal)
• Good interpersonal skills
• Teamworking skills
• Positive attitude
• Be conscientious and self-motivated
• Ability to use Microsoft Office or equivalent

• Research skills
• Creating digital content

Closing date for applications: Sunday 14th November (6pm)

Shortlisted candidates to be notified by: 19th November

Interviews: 25th & 26th November

How to apply: Please complete the application form at:


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Email Nathar Iqbal for any questions about the placement opportunity.  Please include the reference number UC001 in the subject heading of your email.

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