Museum Development North West Funding Fair

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

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

New Funding Sources Resource

In preparation for our annual Funding Fair tomorrow, we have updated the funding resources information on our blog, with more funders added. Check out the Funding Sources page

Job Opportunity: The Audience Agency

The Audience Agency is looking for a Regional Manager for Yorkshire: someone with expertise in growing cultural audiences and a strong knowledge of the museums and heritage sector in particular.

You’ll have the confidence, initiative and specialist understanding to deliver audience development consultancy, starting with our collaborative museum audience research project Visitor Finder. For this, you’ll need to use your strong networks and facilitation skills to engage clusters of museums in a nationwide visitor insight programme to collect, share and apply visitor data.

You’ll also be responsible for promoting and delivering a range of other services to clients across the region, and nationally. These include audience research, audience development advice and consultancy, evaluation and facilitation, so you’ll need to be excellent at interpreting and communicating audience insights and strongly motivated by the difference you can make to our partners’ and clients’ audiences. In turn, we’ll offer an inspiring, challenging, friendly and always varied environment.

This role will be home-based in accordance with our home-working policy. As the role requires considerable travel within the region we would anticipate that the successful candidate is based in, or near Yorkshire. Regular travel across the North and to our London and Manchester offices will also be required.

This position is offered on a two year fixed term contract with an annual salary in the range of £29.8k-£32.2k.

To apply: Please submit an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form.
Deadline for applications: 12pm on Monday 29th September.
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 8th October at our Manchester office.

For more information and details on how to apply please visit the Audience Agency website

Job Opportunity: AIM

Membership, Marketing and Projects Manager
£28,000 to £30,000, Full-time, Working From Home

A rare opportunity to join a small, friendly team, in an interesting and varied role, making a practical difference to large and small independent museums and heritage organisations across the UK.

AIM’s membership is at an all-time high. You will be responsible for developing our communications with and services for members, including supplier members, and recruiting new members. You will be AIM’s marketing manager, responsible for all our online communications and the redevelopment of our website. You will also be responsible for developing and delivering some of AIM’s partnerships and projects.

Your strengths will be in building relationships, communicating, engaging people and delivering on commitments.

This is a new position. It will be initially a short-term contract to 31 March 2015 with a likely extension to March 2018. The post is part funded by Arts Council England.

For more information about AIM visit

To downloand the Job Description and background information please visit

To apply: please email a two page letter explaining why you would like the job and how you meet the requirements in the person specification, along with a copy of your CV, to Your application should arrive by 1pm on Monday 13th October 2014.

Interviews will be in London or Woking on Thursday 30th October 2014.

If you’d like to discuss the role please email Tamalie Newbery,

AIM’s Executive Director, at to arrange a mutually convenient time.

ACE Museum Resilience Fund Update

Arts Council England have announced that information about the Museum Resilience Fund will not now be available on the ACE website on Wednesday 17th September. They will however be able to share the general principles on the day.

For contact details please visit the Arts Council England contacts page

Job Opportunity: Link4Life, Rochdale

Resource Officer (Museum)
Arts & Heritage Service, Link4Life, Rochdale
Resource Officer (Museum) Job Share (14 Hours 48 minutes)
Arts & Heritage Service, Link4Life
Job Type: Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary:Band 6 – £28,636-£32,800 pro rata
Closing Date:19/9/14

- Day to day management of the Arts & Heritage Resource Centre.

- Care and conservation, documentation of the museum collection in accordance with the Collections Management and Access Policy.

- Programming and curation of the museum collection displays at Touchstones Rochdale.

- To ensure maximum access to museum collections and exhibitions.

- To contribute to the development and promotion of high quality and innovative Arts & Heritage Services Boroughwide.

Principal Responsibilities:

- Maximise public access to museum collections, exhibitions, displays, interpretation and activities at Touchstones Rochdale, Arts & Heritage Resource Centre and Boroughwide.

- Be responsible for the care & conservation, acquisition and disposal, emergency planning, access and documentation of Museum Collections.

- Day to day management of the Arts & Heritage Resource Centre.

- Management and development of the Museum Collection in line with the Acquisition and Disposals Policy, liaising with the Arts and Heritage Team to ensure a consistent approach to acquisition, disposals etc.

- Ensure Museum Accreditation is maintained for Touchstones Rochdale and Arts & Heritage Resource Centre through developing and implementing policies on care & conservation, acquisition and disposal, emergency planning, access and documentation, including the KE Emu collections database, in partnership with the Arts & Heritage Team.

- Advise the Head of Service on matters relating to acquisition and disposal, loan, documentation, conservation, security and storage of museum collections.

- To be responsible for delivering training programmes for staff (as appropriate) on museum collection management systems (including KE Emu).

- To contribute to the development and operation of the Arts & Heritage Service in accordance with service objectives.

- Ensure that the concept of Lifelong Learning informs all areas of museum section.

- To liaise and support the voluntary, independent and commercial sectors in ensuring the contribution of the service to social inclusion and social and economic regeneration, offering advice and professional expertise where appropriate.

- Contribute to the development of a broad based strategies for heritage activities Boroughwide.

- Encourage, seek and develop partnerships through supporting and advising groups and organisations to encourage and facilitate community engagement and access with museum collections Boroughwide.

For further information visit:

or contact Julian Jefferson Head of Arts & Heritage 01706 924916

Julian Jefferson, Head of Arts & Heritage –

All applications must be made on our official application form. We do not accept CVs.

We prefer applications to be submitted by email to however, we appreciate that not all applicants have access to email therefore we will accept applications by post. If you do apply by post, we encourage you to contact the HR department to confirm receipt.

Applications for vacancies will be accepted on the closing date only and late applications will not be accepted.

Job Opportunity: MoSI

Curator of Science and Technology
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Job Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed term
Salary: £26,694
Closing Date: 14/09/2014 at 23:59
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £26,694
Hours: 36.25
Benefits: 24 days annual leave plus bank holidays, discount in restaurant and gift shop
Job Type: Full Time – Fixed Term

The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), a member of the Science Museum Group, is seeking an experienced curator to play a key part in the Collections team.

The museum occupies one of the nation’s most historic industrial heritage sites, telling the story of where science met industry and the modern world began and showcases Manchester as a 21st century city of science, technology and innovation. MOSI’s seven acre site is home to five listed buildings, including the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, and attracts over 600,000 visitors every year.

Since becoming part of the Science Museum Group in 2012, MOSI has initiated a Masterplan to realise its ambition to be an internationally significant museum with a strong Manchester personality. A dynamic forward programme is in place and a range of priority projects have been identified for development and delivery over the next ten years which will transform the Museum’s site and its impact as a cultural attraction.

They are looking to recruit a Curator of Science & Technology on a Fixed Term contract to cover maternity leave.

You will play a central role in developing and delivering a major temporary exhibition about graphene, Manchester’s latest global scientific export.

Based in the Curatorial team and working on a range of projects across the museum, you must be able to research and deliver innovative, accessible and audience-focussed outputs based around our collections and themes.

You will need experience of developing sound curatorial ideas and innovative ways of engaging audiences with the subject.

Your excellent teamworking, motivational and management skills will be supported by your ability to deal confidently with people at all levels.

As the role involves working across the collections, you will have demonstrable knowledge of an area of history of science and technology, and have the commitment to gain knowledge in other areas.

For a full job description and for details on how to apply, please visit our website

Craft Retail for the Non-Specialist workshop

Manchester Craft and Design Centre
Wednesday 22nd October
12:00 – 15:15

Working alongside the Northern Craft Network and Lakeland Arts Trust this workshop has been developed to give you an idea of how to curate the best craft retail offer for your museum. Offering advice from sector experts and a craft maker this day will give you an idea of how to develop your retail offer:

12:00 – Arrival, tea, coffee

12:15 – Intro – Alex Bird

12:20 – What is Craft – Kate Day

12:50 – What the Makers Want – Ella McIntosh, This is Pewter

13:10 – Sourcing Quality work – Beth Hughes

13:30 – Lunch and opportunity to look around the MCDC

14:15 – Exhibiting work – Beth Hughes

14:45 – The Craft Network – What it can do for you –  Kate Day

15:00 – Final Thoughts

15:15 – Close

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page

Freelance Opportunities: Treasures of Cumbria

One day in Cumbria project coordinator (south)
Freelance contract
Rate of pay £150/day (24 days between 1 October and 31 December 2014)

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust is leading a new project to commemorate the First World War in Cumbria. From October to December this year, we’re going to be working with community groups and museums across the county to research life in the county in 1914. We’re looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated freelance coordinator with a passion for history to lead activities in the north of the county.

This role will involve coordinating and supporting two groups of volunteers across south Cumbria to undertake local history research. You will work with The Dock Museum, the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, Cumbria County Council Archives, Cumbria County Council Library and others. Volunteers will respond creatively to their research to create timelines of a typical day in the life of characters living in Cumbria in 1914. These timelines will be shared online on a brand new website.

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 12 September 2014
Interviews: TBC

Project Coordinator South specifications

One day in Cumbria project coordinator (north)
Freelance contract
Rate of pay £150/day (36 days between 1 October and 31 December 2014)

This role will involve coordinating and supporting three groups of volunteers across north Cumbria to undertake local history research. You will work with Haig Pit Mining Museum, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust, Cumbria County Council Archives, Cumbria County Council Library and others. Volunteers will respond creatively to their research to create timelines of a typical day in the life of characters living in Cumbria in 1914. These timelines will be shared online on a brand new website.

Closing date:
5pm, Friday 12 September 2014
Interviews: Tuesday 16 September 2014

Project Coordinator North specifications

Politics, Posters, Protest: British Political Posters 1914 – 2014

People’s History Museum, Manchester 
Friday 10 October 2014
09:30 – 17:15

Cost £25 / £15 concessions

Curators, campaigners and designers explore the significance of the poster to the past, current and future British political debate

Posters have been used in every general election of the 20th century.  In the run up to the general election 2015, curators, campaigners and designers will explore the significance of the poster to the past, current and future British political debate.

Topics will include the history of posters, design as activism, the management and manipulation of billboards, subversions and internet spoofs and the influence of new media on how political posters are conceived and deployed.

Confirmed speakers include Jeremy Sinclair, founder of Saatchi & Saatchi and creator of many of the Conservative Party’s most famous adverts, and Peter Kennard, Senior Research Reader in Photography, Art and the Public Domain at the Royal College of Art, best known for the images he created for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in the 1970s-80s.

Come and debate posters at the People’s History Museum (PHM), organised in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

For the full programme and to book please visit the People’s History Museum website

Looking Through a Lens: Preserving and presenting the past through digitisation wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

We’re pleased to announce that Kendal Museum has been awarded a grant of £53,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the digitisation of two of its important collections; the geology and herbarium. This exciting and innovative project is being led by Curator Manager Carol Davies and Digital Imaging Consultant Tony Riley.

The project will take place over a two year period starting in October 2014 to September 2016 with the photographing of these rare specimens in the Museum’s collections. A touring exhibition of the completed photographs will then be shown in various venues in Cumbria. There is also the opportunity for volunteers, the community and school groups to get involved with the project in workshops, family days and seed planting. This will help with developing links with the wider community and bring new audiences to the Museum.

Carol Davies Curator Manager of Kendal Museum says “the museum team are absolutely thrilled to be awarded the Heritage Lottery Funding to digitise our collections. We are looking forward to Tony bringing these artefacts that belong to the public to life to a global standard, the first to do so in Cumbria. Our direction and energies as a teaching museum working with Kendal College together with our students are now defined for the next two years, bringing two of our most precious and delicate treasured collections to the public attention”.

Sara Hilton, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West said, “This is an engaging project which will actively involve people with Kendal Museum’s important mineral and herbarium collections. Volunteers and the wider local community will have great fun while learning about the collections, and HLF is delighted to be able to help people connect with their natural heritage.”


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