Job Opportunity: Museum Development Officer (North), MDNW, maternity cover, 0.8FTE

• Initial contract until 31st March 2015, extension dependent on external funding
• Salary Grade 6 £29,837 to £36,661 per annum pro rata
• 28 hours per week
• Based in Cumbria and Lancashire
• Closing date 28th July 2014
• Reference L&CI-04787

Join the team!

In October Kaye Hardyman, Museum Development Officer (North), will be going on maternity leave. We are looking for someone to join the team to help deliver our programme for 2014-15 and to plan and prepare for beyond then.

You will work specifically with museums in the north of the region (Cumbria, North and East Lancashire), as well as with colleagues to deliver the central aspects of the Museum Development North West (MDNW) programme.

We are looking for an individual with excellent understanding and experience across a broad range of museum practice and service delivery, who can work effectively and dynamically with museums and networks to achieve a real step change in excellence and sustainability by 2015.

You will be the first point of contact and support for small to medium-sized museums, for museum professionals and volunteers: providing advice, brokering relationships, networks and partnerships as well as acting as an advocate for museums.

You will be proactive in promoting excellence in regional museums, alert to contemporary issues of museum practice and able to promote debate and challenge in order to raise ambition across the sector.

You will help make the Museum Development North West programme responsive to sector needs and in tune with national strategy; broadening the impact and reach of expertise across the sector.

This post is available from mid-September for a minimum of six months with a possibility of extension beyond then subject to external funding.

Interviews will take place onThursday 14th August at Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere

For further details and to apply, please go to MDO post

The Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Curators’ Training Programme

With the support of the Art Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum is running two-year pilot programme to help support the development of curatorial expertise in art photography, working with regional museum partners. The V&A is currently seeking two regional museum partners with art photograph collections, but limited photography curatorial expertise, to join the above programme, which will provide training for emerging curators and raise the profile of the collections, making them more publically accessible.

The programme hopes to enable museums in the UK to develop expertise, raise the public profile of their permanent photograph collections and improve public access to them. The scheme is also intended to build collaborative partnerships and lay the foundation for a subject specialist network for photography curators in future.

The two trainees will spend six months training in the photography section of the V&A’s Word and Image Department, and will then undertake a standalone photography project at the partner museum under the guidance of a V&A mentor.

Projects may include an exhibition, publication, cataloguing of the collection or a refocus of collections policy.

The deadline for applications from prospective regional museum partners is 11 August.

RIOT 1831 @ Nottingham Castle – Open Day

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Lenton Road, Nottingham, NG1 6EL
Friday 5th September 2014, 10am-5pm

From Nottingham Castle:

Come along to our free open day to have a look at the new ‘RIOT 1831 @ NottinghamCastle’ exhibition, which uses the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technology to bring history to life. This open day is specifically for arts, heritage and cultural organisations, technology providers, academics, heritage/arts/technology students and freelancers.

Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to listen to all three presentations from those involved in delivering this innovative but challenging project. These include staff from Nottingham City Museums and Galleries; academics from the Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham and from the technology providers, Hot Knife Digital Media. They will discuss how the exhibition was created as a partnership and the lessons learned from the experience. Emphasis will be on practical advice that you can use and issues that need to be considered. The funders encouraged risk-taking with its projects and for honest learning to be captured and disseminated.

There will be chance for you to talk to those involved outside of the sessions if you wish to know more.

Below is a draft schedule for the day. Each talk will be repeated at each session to allow you the opportunity to see the project from each of the partner’s viewpoint.

10:00-10:40    Registration, tea and coffee and chance to explore the exhibition

10:40-10:50    Welcome

11:00-12:00    1st Session

12:00-13:30    Lunch and Networking (lunch is not provided)

13:30-14:15    2nd Session

14:15-14:30    Break

14:30-15:15    3rd Session

15:15-15:45    Coffee and Round-up

15:45-17:00    Opportunity to re-visit the exhibition, speak to project partners and

to ask more details about project resources.

Please be aware that lunch is not provided. The Café will be open, offering a range of hot drinks, homemade cakes, sandwiches and cooked food.

To book your FREE ticket please visit our eventbrite page

At your arrival, there will the opportunity to book your priority session during your registration.

Please print off your ticket and bring it along with you on the day.

If you do have any queries, or access requirements, please contact:

Adrian Davies – Adrian.Davies@nottinghamcity.gov.uk; 01158761423 (Project Lead)

Job Opportunity: The Museum for Blackpool Project

Blackpool was the first mass seaside resort created for the working classes. It has an internationally important history. It is still known around the epitome of the seaside holiday, but nowhere is this fascinating story told. Blackpool Council has set out to create a brand new Museum for Blackpool which will bring together the heritage, artefacts, stories and memories which together tell the Blackpool Story. The Museum will be based in the in the Pavilion Theatre within the Blackpool Winter Gardens.

They have been successful in securing a Round 1 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This money will pay for the Development Phase (from now until autumn 2015). We will then submit a Round 2 Heritage Lottery application which should unlock the Delivery Phase money to actually create the museum. Our aim is to open the museum in 2018.

There is a lot of work to be done before we can make our Round 2 application. This means that we need to recruit a new team of people. A range of new posts are being created now.

Project Senior Administrator – Grade H1 – £28,127 to £30,311

Closing Date: 31st July 2014

This post-holder is responsible for a full range of business support duties to ensure the efficient and effective administration of the Museum for Blackpool project.
 

Administrative Assistant – Grade D – £17,333 to £19,317

Closing Date: 31st July 2014

The purpose of this post is to support the Senior Project Administrator in ensuring the smooth organisation and running of the project by providing proactive and effective administrative support.

Curator – Grade H2 – £31,160 to £34,894

Closing Date: 28th August 2014

This post-holder is the professional lead for all aspects of the historic collections and artefacts within the project. They will be responsible for, and take a lead in, developing an imaginative and adventurous vision for the historic collections. This will include taking a lead in collections care and management and historical research.

Learning & Skills Manager – Grade H2 – £31,160 to £34,894

Closing Date: 28th August 2014

This post-holder is the professional lead for learning, education and skills development. They will be responsible for, and take a lead in, developing an imaginative and adventurous vision for learning and skills within the museum.

Community Engagement Manager – Grade H2 – £31,160 to £34,894

Closing Date: 28th August 2014

This post-holder is the professional lead for community engagement, consultation and participation. They will be responsible for, and take a lead in, developing and embedding the ethos of genuine community involvement and engagement within the museum.

Community Engagement Assistant – Grade E – £19,817 to £21,734

Closing Date: 28th August 2014

The role of this post is to support the Community Engagement Manager in the development and delivery of the community engagement and consultation activities relating to the Blackpool Museum project. 

Exhibitions Coordinator – Grade H1 – £28,127 to £30,311

Closing Date: 28th August 2014

This post-holder is responsible for the research, development and delivery of the major, international temporary exhibition programme which is an important component within the Museum for Blackpool project.

These posts will be temporary in the first instance (until February 2016). This is because we only have the money guaranteed up to this date. However, assuming we are successful with the Round 2 Heritage Lottery application, they could be extended through to the end of the project (2018). It is possible that they may become permanent and part of the museum staff running the museum in the long term.

These posts are supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For more information and to apply please visit www.yourcounciljobs.co.uk/blackpool

Please note all applications must be submitted on line on the required form via Blackpool Council’s jobs page. CVs cannot be accepted.

For an informal discussion please contact Heather Morrow, Head of Heritage, Blackpool Council.

Tel: 01253 478727. Email: heather.morrow@blackpool.gov.uk

Blackpool Museum Project Recruitment Pack

Teen Twitter Takeover

 

Take part in Teen Twitter Takeover on Wednesday 27th August, a day where teens help to run your twitter feed.

It’s an opportunity to start a conversation and to highlight the positive benefits of taking part in Take Over Museum Day. This year it takes place on Friday 21st November 2014

From curators to cafe workers, visitor welcome hosts to tweeters, Kids in Museums are looking forward to teenagers taking charge.

How

-Recruit a young person/people for the day

- Pass this onto your networks e.g. youth forums

Invite them to

-          Take over your twitter feed for the day

 

Use our top tips guide to tweet about

-          What makes a good Take Over Museums Day

-          What they are doing for Take Over Museums Day 2014

 

On the 27th August

-          Please join the conversation and get your organisation to tweet and retweet on the day

-          Use the hashtag #takeoverday @takeovermuseums @Kidsinmuseums

Get in touch

-          Contact Kids in Museums by Tuesday 29th July to let us know who will take part

Book now! Kids in Museums Workshops

 

Family Fortunes Workshop 10th September 2014, People’s History Museum, Manchester

Teen Workshop, 3rd October 2014, London Transport Museum, Covent Garden

Youth Panel Workshop, 6th October 2014, Geffrye Museum, London

www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk/workshops

 

Museum Ideas Conference 2014 Funded Places

Museums in the Era of Participatory Culture

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there are a number of FREE places at this year’s Museums Ideas conference in London on 2nd October.

Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development.

Join hundreds of museum colleagues from around the world to share the latest insights and developments globally. Museum Ideas attracts a truly international crowd – delegates from 15 countries – including the US, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Norway, France, Sweden and China – have already reserved tickets. Last year the event sold out with delegates from 20 countries taking part. Along with participants from across the UK and an extensive range of European countries, the event welcomed delegates from Canada, Australia, South Korea and Russia. There will be the same global mix of speakers and delegates this year.

If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

  • Confirm that you are a first time attendee
  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Cover your own travel costs and all expenses
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

Please send an expression of interest to Alex Bird by Fri 5th September 2014.

For the full programme please visit the Museum Ideas website

Please note that these places are only available to people working in museums in the North West.

Museums Association Conference 2014 Funded Places

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there are a number of FREE places at this year’s Museums Association conference in Cardiff on 9-10 October.

Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development.

If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

  • Confirm that you are a first time attendee
  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Cover your own travel costs and all expenses
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

Please send an expression of interest to Alex Bird by Fri 5th September 2014.

For the full programme please visit Museums Association Conference 2014

Please note that these places are only available to people working in museums in the North West.

Working Internationally Regional Project – Development Survey

From International Council of Museums:

We have now launched the Working Internationally Regional Project survey, which gives colleagues in the museum and heritage sector an opportunity to tell us about international work being carried out, or ambitions to do so.

Through the survey we would also like colleagues to tell us what support they require to work internationally so that we can develop and deliver the content of the regional workshops in line with the needs of the sector.

To complete the survey, click on the URL below or copy and paste it into your web browser.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W-I-R-P

Please complete the survey before Friday 8 August to be entered into a prize draw to win a free place and travel bursary (up to £75) to attend one of the regional workshops.  One free place and travel bursary is available for each of the five workshops (one in each ACE geographic area).

The Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Curators’ Training Programme

Supported by the The Art Fund

Background

Art photography collections are held at regional museums, libraries and archives across the country but often without specialist curatorial expertise. Peer support for curators working with photography collections is limited. There is currently no Subject Specialist Network for Photography, and no active planning, programming, research, information exchange, scholarship or training that is more formally coordinated between UK institutions. As a result, many photography collections tend to be ‘dormant’ and inaccessible to experts and audiences, and curators responsible for photography collections do not have access to the necessary staffing and financial resources, or knowledge and specialist skills to actively develop their collections.

With the support of the Art Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum is running a two-year pilot programme to help support the development of curatorial expertise in art photography, working with regional museum partners.

Programme Aims

  • To provide an unparalleled practical training opportunity in photograph scuratorship in the UK to build expertise in the field and, specifically, to equip two curators with specialist knowledge of photography and ability to care for and develop photograph collections;
  • To enable UK organisations to raise the public profile of their permanent collections of photographs and to improve public access, both physically and intellectually;
  • To provide the opportunity for collaborative partnerships and lay the foundation for an active future UK photographs subject specialist network.

    The Programme

    The V&A will work with one regional museum for each of the two years. The partners will be chosen by open competition and both partners will be selected at the same time so they can participate in the development and delivery of the programme. Museums wishing to be considered should have a permanent collection of art photography and be able to identify a discrete project for the trainee curator to deliver which will benefit the collection, the museum and its audiences. This project will result in material outcomes for the regional partner which could include, but are not limited to, an exhibition, a refocus of the collecting policy, a publication or cataloguing of the collection. The project may be related to a specific theme, for

example, processes and techniques, British industry, British colonialism, Protest, Childhood, or Landscape.

The partners will work together to support the aims of the programme and the selected museums will be required to enter into a contract with the V&A regarding the delivery of the project, including confirmation of the museum’s capacity to support the trainee, by providing a nominated support manager for the trainee, normally a section curator and agreeing a regular reporting process.

Once the partners are selected and project agreed, a trainee curatorial assistant will be recruited for the first year’s partner. Participants will spend approximately six months in the Photographs section of the Word and Image Department at the V&A, with a V&A curator as mentor and six months at the partner museum working on the agreed project.

The V&A will support the curator/trainee in developing their curatorial skills through work with the V&A photography collection and via participation in relevant V&A training modules. The V&A mentor will assist the participant in defining and developing their placement museum project and provide mentoring support over the six months they deliver the project at the partner museum.

The Art Fund will provide the V&A with funding to employ the trainees for the duration of the project on a 12 month fixed term contract each and travel expenses to enable the trainee to work between the V&A and the regional partner. There will also be attendance at relevant conferences and visits to other important photographic collections.

Timescale

Partner selection:
Deadline for museums applications: 11 August 2014
Panel meet to select regional partners: 18 August 2014
Selected regional partners to attend selection panel for curatorial trainees: late October 2014 or early November 2014

Curatorial trainees’ selection:
Trainee 1: based at the V&A December 2014 to May/June 2015

based at the regional partner May/June 2015 to December 2015 Trainee 2: based at the V&A September 2015 t0 March 2016

based at the regional partner April 2016 to September 2016 Contact

Application Form

Should you have any questions, please contact Julia Brettell, National Programmes Manager

Victoria and Albert Museum South Kensington
London
SW7 2RL

Tel: 020 7942 2537
Email: j.brettell@vam.ac.uk

Legal guidance on using tick boxes for donations and Gift Aid on admissions

Originally posted on AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites:

Charity law specialist, Farrer & Co, have produced very helpful guidance on recent changes to the law which need to be complied with when using tick boxes to add donations to transactions or when using the ‘plus 10%’ Gift Aid on admissions scheme.

The written guidance follows on from the briefing they gave at AIM’s National Conference in June at Black Country Living Museum about some of the legal implications of the implementation of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013.

The new regulations need to be born in mind if your online purchasing systems offer the opportunity to give an extra donation to your charity when making a purchase (for tickets or anything else). The purchaser must consciously opt in to this extra donation. It is not sufficient to give them the opportunity to un-tick a pre-selected donation amount.

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TRAILBLAZE – The Alternative Saturday Job Scheme

 

Would you like to support the creative workforce of the future and bring new ideas and energy into your organisation at the same time?

·         TRAILBLAZE  – The Alternative Saturday Job Scheme

·         FREE Funding for arts and cultural organisations

·         Become a Trailblaze Host

Curious Minds is delighted to be able to offer arts and cultural organisations based in the North West the opportunity to be part of Trailblaze – an exciting new scheme providing opportunities for young people to gain PAID work-experience within the sector.

Trailblaze is part of their offer to give young people the opportunity to gain valuable part-time paid experience in a role that is tailored to their needs and aspirations.

Throughout their placement young people will be encouraged and supported to network with other Trailblaze Trainees and work towards vocational and academic qualifications to enhance their CV.

Arts and cultural organisations will receive financial and practical support to become ‘Trailblaze Hosts’. 

Curious Minds is inviting expressions of interest from arts and cultural organisations able to provide a meaningful and worthwhile experience for young people and an interesting and genuine role to for them to fulfil.

Here is some information that outlines what is expected of host organisations and what you will receive in return.

If you’re interested and want to be involved in this exciting opportunity for young people and your organisation, please let them know by Friday 01 August and they’ll send you more information after that date - holly.ball@curiousminds.org.uk

 

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