Consultancy Opportunity: Silk Museum & Paradise Mill, Silk Heritage Trust

Freelance Community Engagement Co-ordinator
Freelance Fee: £3500 + VAT including expenses
Project Budget: £5000 + VAT
Location: Macclesfield
to start as soon as possible, completed by 31st August 2021
Closing date: Monday 31st May 2021

From Silk Heritage Trust: MM-Brand-BLUE

The Silk Heritage Trust wants to increase local engagement and interest in the Silk Museum and Paradise Mill.  We want to make our work relevant, interesting and connected with local people by developing what we do in partnership with local people.  Covid has made us realise that we need to change and to make that evolve by focussing on the needs of residents.  We need to feel that we are making a strong contribution to the town’s recovery by providing a vibrant cultural and social place for residents and visitors.

Supported by the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Arts Council’s Cultural Recovery Fund, we are launching a programme of events and activities that tests new ways to engage audiences with The Silk Museum and ensure that they are connected to its history and its collections.   This programme needs to create a clear message and build audiences – creating opportunities for new relationships with local audiences, for new partnerships and for extending our reach.  This programme will kick-start not only the Silk Museum’s reopening but will start sharing the vision for the redevelopment and building a supporter-base for this transformation.

The Brief
We need a Freelance Community Engagement Co-ordinator to help test ways of developing our audiences and partnerships with communities: building connections with underserved communities; helping people feel a connection to the museum; creating opportunities for creative commissions across a range of media.

This Co-ordinator will bring experience in:

  • connecting with local groups and networks to develop new partnerships
  • engaging with local people and groups by:
    • Increasing wellbeing
    • Reducing disadvantage and isolation
    • Strengthening skills and experience through volunteering and other opportunities
    • Consulting with communities so that their ideas and views inform our plans
  • making new connections with creativity and heritage
  • communicating with local people through social media and other means
  • capturing data and evaluating initiatives to develop an evidence base to help fundraising opportunities

 For further information and how to apply see Brief for Community Engagement at the Silk Museum

Job Opportunity: Cumbria Museum Consortium

Job Opportunity: Cumbria Museum Consortium (CMC)
Job title: Data Coordinator
Salary: £22,086 – £23,478, pro rata, per annum
Location: Cumbria
Hours: up to 25 hours per week
Contract: fixed term (June 2021-March 2022)
Closing date: 5pm on Tuesday 1 June

Cumbria Museum Consortium (CMC) are recruiting for a Data Coordinator. To view more detilas and to learn how to apply, please visit

Alternative Income Generation Conference Bursaries

With the sector opening up next month, many museums are starting to look at new ways to generate income and we’re keen to support museums to identify new fundraising methods so are offering up to five bursaries to attend the Charity Finance Group’s Alternative Income Generation Conference

Hosted online on Tuesday 6th July, you will hear from the experts offering expertise into alternative income generation routes, including collaborative income generation, corporate partnerships, income generation strategies for small and larger charities and how you can maximise the cooperation between finance and fundraising teams. There will also be practical sessions sharing tips on writing effective grant applications and how to demonstrate the value of what you do.

This is a one-stop shop to discover alternative forms of income and how to take a step towards introducing them into your organisation, with two streams of sessions so you can tailor your day. The event also provides a valuable forum you to connect with those offering specialist services and peers across the UK already achieving success through fresh approaches.

Who is this event useful for?

This event would be valuable for finance directors and finance managers looking to expand income streams as well as chief executives and trustees of smaller charities.

How to apply?

To apply, please send an expression of interest to Alex Bird ( by 5pm on Friday 21st May, to be eligible, you will need to:

  • Commit to attending the whole day
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

Please note that the bursary is only available to people in the North West that work in non-NPO and non-national accredited museums or those in museums officially working towards accreditation. 

Job Opportunity: Judge’s Lodgings, Lancaster

Room Steward Co-ordinator
Salary £18,933-£19,698 Per annum Pro Rata
18 hours per week

Closing date – Monday 31st May

The role involves being the key contact for volunteer and staff room stewards including their day-to-day management, supervision, development and deployment.

Ensure there is a safe, secure, clean and welcoming environment for museum staff, visitors and users.  To support all museum operations and activities in order to ensure visitors gain the best possible experience of their visit to the museum.  Supporting the care of the collections as part of the museum team.

This is a permanent post based Judges Lodgings Museum. The hours are 18hpw, March to early November, rota attached.  This is a seasonal post where the winter hours will be 1hpw; November to March therefore the annual salary quoted will be pro rata.  

More details about the role and the criteria you need to include within your application can be found in the attached additional information sheet.  If you would like an informal discussion or any further information please contact Lynda Jackson on 01524 581254.

Click here for the full details and info on how to apply.

Freelance Opportunity: Humber Museums Partnership

Grants Project Mentor – bid development, delivery and evaluation
Contract – £7,500

Deadline – 5pm Tuesday 1st June 2021

Humber Museums Partnership is seeking an experienced, engaging and forward looking museum/heritage professional to deliver a package of bid application, delivery and evaluation support to our regional museum partners in accessing our unique small grants scheme until March 2022. The small grants scheme forms part of our Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation funded 2018-2022 business plan.

The partnership is looking for a professional with a strong track record of delivering museum collection/exhibition content using externally sourced grants. Covering the core deliveries of grant application, timely delivery, evaluation and promotion of projects. You will engage with our regional museum partners and give them the opportunity to deliver successful projects to share their ‘Story of the Humber region’ with diverse/new audiences.

Click here for more details and the full brief. 

Job Opportunity: West Cheshire Museums

Job Opportunity: West Cheshire Museums
Job title: Exhibition and Marketing Assistant
Salary: £18,198 – £18,933 pro rata per annum
Location: The Grosvenor Museum, Chester
Hours: Part-time, 6 hours per week
Contract: fixed term, 6 months (July – December)
Closing date: Monday 24th May 2021

From West Cheshire Museums:

Are you aged 18-25? Would you like to start a career in Heritage but are currently facing challenging circumstances preventing you from doing so? If the answer to both questions is yes, then please read on.

The Grosvenor Museum in Chester, part of West Cheshire Museums, is offering a paid, part-time, six-month placement as an Exhibition and Marketing Assistant. During this placement you would assist with the marketing and public engagement of our Curated Closet exhibition. If you are interested in working in a museum environment and have a genuine passion for various digital technologies, then visit for more details.

Please note that this post is funded by Curious Minds as part of the Hope Streets project, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund. As a result of funding restrictions, the post can only be offered to young people aged 18 – 25 years old. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you are facing challenging circumstances at the moment and feel that you would benefit from this opportunity. You may be required to give evidence of your circumstances as part of the application process. All applications will be treated confidentially. If you are interested, but uncertain as to whether you are eligible or not, then please contact for an informal chat about the placement.

On Monday 17 May from 6-7pm we are holding an online information session about the placement, where you can find out a bit more about the Museum and the role. If you would like to attend this session, or have any other questions about the role, please contact Amelia Bain-McCullough at

We are expecting to hold interviews online on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 June. If you apply for this position, please make sure that you keep these days free as we will not be able to hold interviews at any other time.

The Turnpike’s Making of Us Artist Bursaries

Applications are now open for the second round of artists for the Making of Us, a professional development programme for socially engaged artists, which includes:

  • A £2,000 bursary, travel and subsistence expenses, and a project materials budget
  • A professional development and training programme to build skills and knowledge in social/community arts practice working with adults and young people
  • The opportunity to work with at least one other artist on the co-design and co-creation of a collaborative project with participants from a partner organisation
  • The chance to develop reflective practice with our programme evaluator and contribute to the Making of Us conference in March 2022

This opportunity is for artists currently living and working in Greater Manchester and who are early to mid career with at least 2 years experience of delivering socially engaged/participatory/collaborative project with communities.

Applications are being sought from people who experience racism; identify with coming from a disadvantaged background; people who are D/deaf, disabled or neurodiverse; and people who identify as LGBTQIA+.

A full recruitment pack and details on how to apply can be found on the website

Nice Things For Museum People – Reopening playlist

We couldn’t resist another ‘Nice Things’ post for this momentous Monday. We know that not every museum is reopening this day, this week or this month, but the fact that they can seemed worthy of another one of our little playlists.

So for everyone who has despaired at times of their museum ever reopening here’s our contribution – our ‘Museums are back, we’re reopen’ mix tape for background listening (socially distanced dancing optional) whilst you deep clean the museum, stock the cafe with cake and open the doors.

And from all of us – the very best of luck!

Job Opportunity: Venture Arts

Job title: Business Development and Fundraising Officer (maternity cover)
Salary: £27,000 pro rata
Location: Manchester (some home working will be considered)
Hours: Part time 30 hours per week
Contract: fixed term, 10 months (July 2021-May 2022)
Closing date: Friday 4th June, 12pm

From Venture Arts:

Venture Arts is an award-winning charity in Manchester that nurtures the talents of learning disabled artists and ensures they are visible and valued in arts and culture.

We’re looking for someone with recent and relevant fundraising experience to lead grant funding bids of various sizes; monitoring of grants and reporting to funders; managing our individual giving programme and maintaining good relationships with all our supporters.

For more information and how to apply, click here.

Curious Minds’ Creative Providers Map

From Curious Minds:

The government has made over £400m available to fund summer schools and holiday activity clubs across England.

You may have recently seen (and signed) Curious Minds’ open letter, in which we called on the Government and school leaders to ‘pass the baton’ on summer learning to the nation’s army of teaching artists and creative educators. We also highlighted the very real and pressing need amongst our country’s young people for a summer of creative fun, freedom and friendship, that will give them the best possible route to effective learning when the new academic year begins in autumn.

As part of this campaign, we have developed an interactive digital map of creative learning providers to make it easier for schools and local authority commissioners to visualise and connect with the creative and cultural workforce in their local area. We are now working with colleagues in the national network of Bridge Organisations to take this message out to schools and the cultural sector nationwide.

Whether you’re a freelance artist, grassroots cultural organisation or an Arts Council England NPO… If you work with young people to offer creative learning opportunities, click below and put your marker on the map now!

Click here to add your marker.