Museum Development North West Funding Fair

People’s History Museum, Manchester
Weds 17th September 2014
10:30 – 15:30
FREE

Tickets are now available for our second regional Funding Fair at People’s History Museum, Manchester. The day will be a great opportunity to speak to lots of funders about their funding streams as well as to organisations that have completed successfully funded projects.

Confirmed organisations that will be present are ACE, Art Fund, Association of Independent Museums, Curious Minds, Heritage Alliance, Heritage Lottery Fund and Museums Association. There will also be a number of roaming experts offering advice to delegates on Gift Aid, Bid Writing Success, fundraising and memberships.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page

Job Opportunity: Grundy Art Gallery

Ref: RTC43
Employer: Blackpool Council
Salary: £28,127 – £30,311 per annum
Salary Grade: H1
Working Pattern: Full Time
Working Hours: 37 hours per week
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Closing date: 21/09/2014 23:59
Job Type: Museums/Galleries/Cultural

Your chance to help shape and develop the future for Blackpool’s amazing historic and arts collections

Blackpool was the first mass seaside resort created for the working classes.  It has an internationally important history.  It is still known around the world for the traditional seaside holiday.  However it is also probably fair to say that until recently Blackpool was not recognised or celebrated for its history.  This has changed dramatically and Blackpool is now investing significantly in its heritage.

The Collections Manager is a brand new post funded by the John Ellerman Foundation.  It is fixed term for three years. The main purpose of the role is to work across all of the council owned collections and take a strategic approach to making the collections more effective, understood, relevant and managed with efficiency and professionalism.  It is about identifying the examples of best practice and extending them in a consistent way.   It is also about introducing the best of collections management nationally into our local context.   Key activities include:

• Working with specialists and volunteers across the collections to research, document and catalogue the content of the collections, much of which is unknown
• Review & revise the collections policy framework and procedure
• Assess the collections in line with the Museums Association’s Effective Collections Framework
• Introduce & imbed EMu documentation system to all collections
• Support the development of a strategic, proactive approach to acquisitions

You will need to have:
• A relevant degree
• Substantial experience of collections management
• Considerable experience of computerised museum database system
• Substantial knowledge & experience of museum accreditation requirements
• Considerable experience of developing museum management policies & procedures

You will also need to be:
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
• Ability to work independently or as part of a team
• High level of ICT skills including word and excel
• Excellent organisational and time management skills
• Strong diplomacy, negotiation and interpersonal skills
• High level of personal work motivation

This post is a fixed term appointment for three years.  This post is supported by the John Ellerman Foundation.

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

For more information and an informal discussion please contact Richard Parry, Curator, Grundy Art Gallery.  Tel: 01253 478170.  Email:richard.parry@blackpool.gov.uk

For more information please visit the Blackpool Council jobs page

Job Opportunity: Whitworth Art Gallery

Cultural Park Keeper (RM)
Closing date : 26/09/2014
Reference : L&CI-05186
Faculty / Organisational unit : Library & Cultural Institutions
School / Directorate : Whitworth Art Gallery
Division : -
Employment type : Fixed Term
Duration : 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2017
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Salary : £30,434 to £37,394 per annum
Hours per week : Full time

In 1889, we were England’s first art gallery to be built in a park. In 2014, we’re transforming the building to bring the inside out, and outside in. The reopened Whitworth will include two new wings, embracing the park, an art garden and orchard garden created by award-winning landscape designer Sarah Price and a significant number of new outdoor sculptures. As part of our work outside and commitment to all things green, we are recruiting two new roles.

The park keeper reimagined for 21st century Manchester; bringing art, nature and people together. As Cultural Park Keeper you will lead, develop and coordinate dedicated engagement and wellbeing programmes, partnerships and activities with a focus on existing park users and new audiences. You will forge new strategic local partnerships, manage a large team of volunteers and create more opportunities for people to get involved.

This post is supported by a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

If you would like to be a part of our work in the park, you may also be interested in our Landscape and Sustainability Technician role  Ref – L&CI – 05189

www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries can be made to Esme Ward esme.ward@manchester.ac.uk

For more details visit – https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/universityofmanchesterinternal/displayjob.aspx?jobid=8478

 
Landscape and Sustainability Technician
Closing date : 26/09/2014
Reference : L&CI-05189
Faculty / Organisational unit : Library & Cultural Institutions
School / Directorate : Whitworth Art Gallery
Division : -
Employment type : Permanent
Location : Manchester
Salary : £19,632 to £21,391 per annum
Hours per week : Full time

In 1889, we were England’s first art gallery to be built in a park. In 2014, we’re transforming the building to bring the inside out, and outside in.   The reopened Whitworth will include two new wings, embracing the park, an art garden and orchard garden created by award-winning landscape designer Sarah Price and a significant number of new outdoor sculptures.  As part of our work outside and commitment to all things green, we are recruiting two new posts.

As Landscape and Sustainability Technician you will provide year-round care and maintenance of the Gallery’s grounds, landscaping, external sculpture and sustainability work.  You will also actively promote and contribute to sustainability initiatives in landscape and building management.  You will have a formal horticultural qualification/significant skilled horticultural and landscaping experience, be prepared to work in all weathers and be friendly and approachable.

If you would like to be a part of our work in the park, you may also be interested in our Cultural Park Keeper role.

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries can be made to Dean Whiteside dean.whiteside@manchester.ac.uk

For more details visit – https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/universityofmanchesterinternal/displayjob.aspx?jobid=8481

Job Opportunity: Whitworth Art Gallery & Manchester Museum

Buyer and Product Developer
Closing date : 11/09/2014
Reference : L&CI-05120
Faculty / Organisational unit : Library & Cultural Institutions
School / Directorate : Whitworth Art Gallery
Division : -
Employment type : Permanent
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Salary : £25,513 to £29,552 per annum
Hours per week : 35

Retail at the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum

The Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum have a clear direction for their retail experiences: to share the spirit of the gallery and museum and reflect their brands in everything they do – from what the shops sell and where they sell it to how they sell it. The ambition is to be leaders in the field, creating complete curated experiences that live up to the vision, respected expertise, and rich collections of the institutions. A compelling and original, yet highly demanding strategy has been developed for the Whitworth Art Gallery and is currently being implemented for the opening, in order to be taken forward by the right candidates.

You will be responsible for developing and implementing the buying and product development strategies of the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum shops. You will be an analytical and creative problem solver who has the imagination and depth of knowledge to transform brand and strategic direction into reality onto the shop floor. With a firm grasp on commercial realities, you will be the inspiration to see the big picture of every aspect of the offer – from product to print to books – to create a complete and seamless experience and will thrive in an ambitious, collaborative and dynamic retail environment.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries can be made to Jennifer Harris jennifer.harris@manchester.ac.uk

Further particulars
L&CI-05120 Buyer and Product Developer fps;  
https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/universityofmanchesterinternal/displayjob.aspx?jobid=8413


Merchandiser
Closing date : 11/09/2014
Reference : L&CI-05121
Faculty / Organisational unit : Library & Cultural Institutions
School / Directorate : Whitworth Art Gallery
Division : -
Employment type : Permanent
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Salary : £22,029 to £24,775 per annum
Hours per week : 35

Retail at the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum

The Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum have a clear direction for their retail experiences: to share the spirit of the gallery and museum and reflect their brands in everything they do – from what the shops sell and where they sell it to how they sell it. The ambition is to be leaders in the field, creating complete curated experiences that live up to the vision, respected expertise, and rich collections of the institutions. A compelling and original, yet highly demanding strategy has been developed for the Whitworth Art Gallery and is currently being implemented for the opening, in order to be taken forward by the right candidates.

You will be responsible for maximising the profitability of the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum shops. You will be a highly-organised, meticulous and rigorous lover of detail: great with figures, experienced in analysing sales and stock figures, building relationships with suppliers and logical in managing systems. You will take pride in being the foundation that creates an effective and efficient retail operation to inspire the audience and will thrive in an ambitious, collaborative and dynamic retail environment.

Informal enquiries
Informal enquiries can be made to Jennifer Harris jennifer.harris@manchester.ac.uk

Further particulars
L&CI-05121 Merchandiser fps;  
https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/universityofmanchesterinternal/displayjob.aspx?jobid=8396


Retail Supervisor
Closing date : 11/09/2014
Reference : L&CI-05104
Faculty / Organisational unit : Library & Cultural Institutions
School / Directorate : Whitworth Art Gallery
Division : -
Employment type : Permanent
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Salary : £25,513 to £29,552 per annum
Hours per week : Full time

Retail at the Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery has direction for its retail experience: to share the spirit of the gallery and reflect their brand in everything they do – from what the shop sells and where they sell it to how they sell it. The ambition is to be leaders in the field, creating complete curated experiences that live up to the vision, respected expertise, and rich collections of the institution. A compelling and original, yet highly demanding strategy has been developed for the Whitworth Art Gallery and is currently being implemented for the opening, in order to be taken forward by the right candidates.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day profitable operations of The Whitworth. You will be an energetic, motivating and hands on leader who can be the operational heart of our retail operation, ensure that everything runs smoothly and create a culture of exceptional service. With an entrepreneurial attitude to maximising profits and an original and meticulous eye for visual merchandising, the right candidate will thrive in an ambitious, collaborative and dynamic retail environment.

Informal enquiries
Informal enquiries can be made to Jennifer Harris jennifer.harris@manchester.ac.uk

Further particulars
L&CI-05104 Retail Supervisor fps;  

engage Conference 2014 Funded Place

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that we are offering a FREE places at this year’s engage Conference n Weds 10th – Thurs 11th September in Leeds.

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.

The 2014 engage International Conference will explore the broad and inspiring theme of innovation in the context of education and learning in galleries, museums and the visual arts.

The programme will consider gallery education, examining where practice has been innovative in the past, in the present, and how it can continue to innovate in the future. There will be a focus on the potential of digital technologies to encourage new ways of engaging with art and ideas, and discussion about the importance of innovation, provocation and disruption in learning and education across different art forms.

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 and accommodation 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

For the full programme please click here

Please send an expression of interest to Alex Bird by Fri 29th August 2014.

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

Job Opportunity: Victoria Baths, Manchester

Salary £17,382(3/5 pro rata of £28,970)
21 hours per week
Closes 12 noon, 10th September

Victoria Baths Trust is seeking a Temporary Operations Manager for six months from October 2014, with a possible extension of three months. The post is to cover part of the role of the Project Manager who is taking leave of absence.

The Temporary Operations Manager will be responsible for the management of Victoria Baths, will promote the project and supervise all the activities of the Trust including management of three staff and supporting the Friends of Victoria Baths.

The postholder will understand historic buildings, have excellent communication skills, good organisational and management skills, including financial management, and ability to use websites and social media.

Job description, person specification, background information and an application form are on the Victoria Baths website in the Restoration section.

www.victoriabaths.org.uk/restoration

Visits to Victoria Baths by potential applicants are encouraged on Sunday, 7th September 2014 when Victoria Baths is open to the public from 12-4pm.  If you would like to speak to the current project manager and/or one of our trustees during this time please call Gill Wright on 0161 224 2020, or email her at gill.wright@victoriabaths.org.uk, to arrange a time.

Closes 12 noon, 10th September

Interviews Tues 23rd September

MDNW Proposed Priorities 2015-18

Mission of Cumbria Museum Consortium and Manchester Partnership 

“The aim of the Partnership is to manage the delivery of the North West Museums Development Programme in the context of the Partners’ regional leadership responsibilities through the Arts Council’s Major Partner Museums Programme and its Museums Development Programme. It will do this by ensuring suitable development support to all museums which are Accredited or working towards Accreditation so that they maximise their benefits to audiences and communities.”

Subject to Arts Council England funding for 2015-18, Museum Development North West (MDNW) propose to continue to support all Accredited sites and those working towards Accreditation in the North West, covering Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Cumbria primarily targeting those museums not in receipt of major or strategic funding.

For more information  – 2015-18 proposed priorities information

Great Heritage Fundraising Training Opportunity

International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester
Thurs 11th September 2014

09:45 – 17:00
£20.00

The Heritage Alliance will be running a training day on 11th September in Manchester to help you produce an effective case for support for donors and other funders.  It should be a really useful, practical day and the cost is only £20. It would also be suitable for key members of Friends’ organisations or development boards that you work with.

Who should attend this Workshop?

Any member of staff, volunteer, committee member or trusteeor Heritage Open Day organiser from a heritage or community group; with responsibility for developing and delivering fundraising activities for a heritage project or organisation.

In addition, applicants should be:

  • Actively engaged in fundraising
  • Willing to cascade the learning within their organisation
  • Willing to demonstrate how their organisation would benefit from the fundraising training

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, it is expected that learners will be able to:

  • Understand the role that the Case for Support plays in fundraising for a heritage project
  • Use the four pillars exercise to develop the case statement
  • Source and assemble case components to create and update an internal generic case for support
  • Select appropriate market research methods to inform how to adapt the generic case for a specific audience
  • Create an adapted written and verbal case for support to communicate to a specific prospect/donor
  • Test and refine case for support messages to reduce risk of complaints and comply with ethical and legal requirements

For more information and to book visit the Institute of Fundrasing website

How to…Improve your Museum Marketing

Quaker Tapestry, Kendal
Wednesday 1st October 2014
10:30 – 15:30
FREE

Places for our next “How to…” workshop are now available. Lead by Jeanette Edgar, Director of Marketing and Communications for Lakeland Arts Trust this hands-on session will give you some advice and ideas of what you need when creating a marketing strategy.

10:30 – Arrival, tea, coffee

10:45 – Welcome

10:50 – Lift Pitch – Sell your museum in 2 minutes – round table

11:20 – Existing Audience – What does your current audience look like?

11:50 – Desired Audience – What does your desired audience look like?

12:30 – Lunch

13:15 – Routes to market

13:45 – How to find your audience

14:15 – How to market to your existing and desired audiences

14:45 –Five step plan to creating a marketing strategy

15:30 – Close

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page

ACE and MA subsidised MA Conference offer

To celebrate the Museums Association’s (MA) 125th anniversary, Arts Council England (ACE) and the MA are offering 50 subsidised places at £125 each for first-time delegates from small- to medium- sized museums at the annual conference and exhibition in Cardiff.

The places, worth £460 at full price, include all sessions, receptions, workshops, refreshments, lunch and evening events on both days. The offer does not include travel or accommodation.

Delegates at Cardiff 2014 will benefit from a series of practical sessions over two days on collaborative working, partnerships, fundraising, and entrepreneurial skills, as well as keynote speeches from sector leaders and a number of networking opportunities.

This special offer is first-come-first-served, and is open to first-time delegates from small- to medium-sized museums (ie with an annual operating budget of less than £305,000) in England, with priority given to organisations that have not sent delegates before. Subsidised places will be available for one delegate per museum.

John Orna-Ornstein, ACE’s director of museums, said: “Conferences like this one help shape the sector and should be accessible to as many people as possible.

“The arts council is delighted to support 50 first-time conference attendees, especially in the MA’s 125th year. If you’ve never been before we’d encourage you to come and be part of one of the biggest museum conversations of the year.”

William Adams, the MA’s head of sales and marketing, said: “As the MA celebrates its 125th anniversary we are delighted to announce these special discounted places that we hope will really benefit staff from smaller museums, made possible with the generous support of the arts council.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has not previously attended conference to meet and share ideas with their peers, learn about the latest and best practice, see recently-launched products, and hear the latest thinking from sector leaders.

“We would encourage anyone who has not been to conference before to consider this offer.”

To apply, please download a special offer booking form, and send it to the MA’s events coordinator, Lorraine O’Leary:lorraine@museumsassociation.org

Links and downloads

Special offer booking form (word)

Conference guide

Job Opportunity: Whitworth Art Gallery

Whitworth Art Gallery are recruiting a number of posts in time for the re-opening later in the year:

Visitor Team Assistant – 8 Posts 

Closing Date : 29/08/2014
Employment Type : Permanent
Duration :
Faculty / Organisational unit : Library & Cultural Institutions
School/Directorate : Whitworth Art Gallery
Division : -
Hours Per Week: 7 full time 1 part time
Salary : £16,252 to £18,708 per annum (pro rata for part time post)
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Reference : L&CI-04852

Visitor Team Manager 

Closing Date : 28/08/2014
Employment Type : Permanent
Duration :
Faculty / Organisational unit : Library & Cultural Institutions
School/Directorate : Whitworth Art Gallery
Division : -
Hours Per Week: 35 hours per week
Salary : £21,597 to £24,289 per annum
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Reference : L&CI-04850
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