“Symbiosis: a new model of resilience for small museums” free one-day workshop

10.30-3.30, 14 March 2018
British Plastics Federation, London

 The aim of this project is to create and pilot a new model of economic resilience for smaller museums by building a resource to support them in developing deeper, mutually beneficial collaborations with their relevant industries.

At this free, one-day event you will hear what has been learnt and what the partner museums have accomplished. You will also have the opportunity to talk individually to the Industry Consultant about the challenges your museum faces and to network with other museums on how to improve industry engagement. It is also an opportunity to preview the Symbiosis resource and to provide feedback.

This is a fantastic networking opportunity to discuss an issue of vital importance to us all in these times of reduced funding. Participants will leave with more confidence in how to effect change in their organisations.

See the programme here Symbiosis Masterclass Programme.

Lunch will be provided and there is funding available to cover travel costs. Please contact dbeasley@aub.ac.uk for further details.


Job Opportunities: People’s History Museum

Head of Business Development
Salary: c. £30,000 plus Greater Manchester Pension Fund membership
Contract: Four years (with possible extension)
Hours: Full time, 35 hours
Closing date: 9am 12th March 2018
Interview date: 20th or 21st March 2018

Are you looking for an exciting new senior management opportunity leading a diverse Business Development Team? Are you dynamic, enthusiastic, experienced and able to think creatively about business development within a values driven organisation?

The People’s History Museum (PHM) is seeking to appoint a Head of Business Development who will sit within the museum’s Senior Management Team (SMT) as the museum becomes an Arts Council NPO for the first time.

This is an exciting time for a business development professional to join the team. With a new Business Plan in place for 2018-2022 the museum is ambitious for the future and looking to maximise the impact of all of its business development activities. The museum is implementing a new programme-led approach and you and your team will make the most of the fundraising, income generation, communications and digital opportunities this new approach creates over the coming four years.


Executive Assistant
Salary: c. £20,000 plus Greater Manchester Pension Fund membership
Contract: Two years (with possible extension)
Hours: Full time, 35 hours
Closing date: 9am 12th March 2018
Interview date: 20th or 21st March 2018

Are you looking for a new administrative or executive opportunity within the museums, arts and culture sector, working as part of a passionate and enthusiastic team?

The People’s History Museum (PHM) is looking to appoint a highly professional, organised and friendly Executive Assistant to support the Director and Senior Management Team (SMT).

This is a new post created to provide administrative and executive support to SMT at an exciting time for the museum. Becoming an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) for the first time and with a new Business Plan in place for 2018-2022 the museum is incredibly ambitious for the future.

You will be responsible for a wide range of administrative and executive tasks as required by the team, including:

  • The administration and organisation of the museum’s Board of Trustees meetings, Trading Company Board meetings and Audit & Risk Committee meetings
  • Assistance with fundraising and business development as set out in the museum’s Business Plan and Fundraising Strategy
  • Support with the monitoring and reporting required for each of the museum’s main funders and stakeholders, as well as maintaining relationships with stakeholders through effective communications and timely reporting

For further details and to download the job descriptions please go to http://www.phm.org.uk/about-us/vacancies/.

For enquires relating to either post, please contact Katy Ashton, Director at katy.ashton@phm.org.uk or 0161 838 9190.


Tender Opportunity: Dippy On Tour – A Natural History Adventure

Bid development, activity planning & fundraising
Fee: Up to £20,000 inclusive of VAT and all expenses
Deadline for Quotations: 5pm, Friday 9 March 2018
Commencement: It is expected the work will commence Monday 19 March 2018
Contract Duration: April 2018 – March 2019

Link4Life (the Rochdale Borough-wide Cultural Trust) in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council are working together to deliver Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure in the North West.

Dippy on Tour will see the Natural History Museum’s iconic diplodocus skeleton tour the country to eight venues during 2018-2020. Dippy will be present in Rochdale from February to June 2020 (the penultimate venue), at Number One Riverside, representing the North West leg of the tour.

Link4Life, a registered charity, is leading fundraising and activity development for the programme in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council and are therefore seeking to appoint a consultant to develop a Second Round HLF bid, produce an Activity Plan and deliver the £300,000 in matched funding required to deliver our ambitious programme.

To see the full brief please visit https://link4life.org/news/539-dippy-on-tour-a-natural-history-adventure-north-west.

Association of Volunteer Managers Conference funded places

The Whitworth, Manchester
15th March 2018

The North West Volunteer Managers Network, with funding from MDNW, is delighted to be able to offer five places at the Association of Volunteer Managers conference in Manchester on Thursday March 15th at the Whitworth in Manchester.

Further details are here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/avms-volunteering-for-all-measuring-the-health-and-wellbeing-benefits-tickets-42078689493?aff=TwitterExternal.

The funding is for ticket only and does not include travel. If you would like to apply for a funded place, please send an expression of interest to Darren Collingwood, darren.collingwood@nationalfootballmuseum.com.

Job Opportunity: National Justice Museum

Casual Education Facilitator
Manchester / Lancashire
Job Type: Casual contract
Salary: £7.80 per hour

Responsible to: Learning Manager
Closing Date: 16th March 2018

The National Justice Museum is seeking enthusiastic and committed casual delivery staff to join its expanding learning team in Manchester and Lancashire, delivering high quality learning sessions in courtrooms at various locations. You will have experience of working with people in a teaching or education environment, have excellent communication skills and be able to motivate and inspire the young people you work with.

National Justice Museum Education is a leading provider of cultural learning experiences related to law and justice. Using real and historic courtrooms in Manchester, Lancashire, Nottingham and London, it is an education charity that seeks to provide opportunities for all to learn about the law. The education programmes offered at these locations provide unique learning experiences to inspire and motivate young people to learn from the past, act in the present and change their future. It offers a broad range of courtroom workshops, engaging with learners from KS1 to university level.

Please visit the website for more details: www.nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk

Casual education facilitators in the North West are responsible for delivering learning sessions in the National Justice Museum at either the Crown Court, Manchester, the Police Museum, Manchester or Burnley Combined Courts.

To apply, please read the job description and person specification ManchesterNational Justice Museum Casual Education Facilitator role profile and JD (003) and send a covering letter illustrating how your experience and skills meet the role with an up-to-date CV. For further information and completed applications please email either Kath Downs or Gill Brailey:




Heritage Volunteering Conference funded places

Museum of London
13th April 2018

The North West Volunteer Managers Network, with thanks to MDNW, has two places available at the Heritage Volunteering Conference at the Museum of London on 13th April 2018. This is a fantastic networking event with Volunteer Managers/Co-ordinators from across the country and also a great way to pick up new skills.

“The Future of Volunteering: A Time to Think Differently” will explore the changing nature of volunteering within our sector. For further information please see https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/heritage-volu.

The funding is for ticket only and does not include travel. If you would like to apply for a funded place, please send an expression of interest to Darren Collingwood, darren.collingwood@nationalfootballmuseum.com, by Friday 23rd February 2018.


Job Opportunity: Curious Minds

Cultural Education Manager
Weekly hours: Between 30- 37 (hours may be negotiated)
Salary: £29,000 – £32,000 FTE
Based: Preston Office
Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Friday 16th March 2018
Interviews will take place on Thursday 29th March in Preston

Curious Minds is the North West’s sector support organisation for cultural and creative education. Its team includes experts from across the worlds of culture, heritage, education and young people’s services. As Arts Council England’s regional Bridge organisation it is working across the North West to support cultural organisations, schools and other providers of children services to take on The Cultural Education Challenge.

It requires a Cultural Education Manager to help it achieve the mission of ensuring all children and young people have access to great art and culture.

This post-holder will be involved in a broad range of programmes and initiatives and needs to be a flexible and passionate project manager. Their first 18 months will largely be spent helping in the Bridge role to develop and grow Local Cultural Education Partnerships in Lancashire and Greater Manchester. These multi-sector partnerships bring people together to explore how arts and culture can improve outcomes for children and young people in their local area.

Curious Minds is looking for someone who:

  • Is a passionate and credible advocate for cultural education and the impact it can have on children and young people
  • Enjoys (and has a good track record in) building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders from a variety of sectors, and supporting partnership working
  • Is a confident trainer and/or facilitator, and is comfortable presenting to small and large groups
  • Can take on a complex and varied role, with excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Is able and willing to travel regularly throughout the North West of England (using a car or public transport)

This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to develop their knowledge and understanding of innovation and best practice in cultural education, to work as part of a supportive and expert team, and make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in the North West.

Curious Minds is based in Preston but the team lives and works across the North West. The post involves working some set days each week within the Preston office, as well as region-wide travel and opportunities for home working.

For further details and how to apply see http://curiousminds.org.uk/about/vacancies/.

Call for Papers for Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities 2018

From The National Archives and Research Libraries UK :

DCDC18: Memory and Transformation
19 – 21 November 2018 


The National Archives and Research Libraries UK invite submissions for this year’s Discovering Collections Discovering Communities (DCDC) conference, which takes place 19 – 21 November 2018 in Birmingham.

Memory and transformation will be the theme of DCDC18, as we seek to examine how, through developing new points of entry to collections, archives, libraries, museums, and galleries, we can work collaboratively with each other and academic organisations to meet strategic ambitions.

We are calling for papers or workshops from heritage and cultural organisations, as well as the academic community. The deadline for abstracts is Friday 27 April 2018. You can find out more information on the conference theme and how to submit an abstract here: http://dcdcconference.com/cfp/.



Funding Opportunity: Weston Anniversary Fund

In 2018 the Garfield Weston Foundation will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. As part of these celebrations they have launched the Weston Anniversary Fund. This one-off grants scheme will fund capital projects that provide new, or improve existing, community facilities for people across the UK.

  • One-off grants scheme to run exclusively in 2018 to support capital projects that will make a difference to local charities across the UK
  • Open to UK registered charities and CIOs
  • Grants will range from £30,000 – £150,000
  • Applications close on 30th June 2018
  • Grants will need to be spent and projects completed by the end of 2020
  • You can apply to the Fund even if your organisation is currently in receipt of a grant or has been rejected by the Foundation within the past 12 months

Applications close 30 June. For more details and to apply, please see the website


Culture24 news round up

Museum Lates and the night-time economy: new research published
Culture24 have just released three research reports into the impact of after-hours in cultural and heritage organisations on the night-time economy and cultural tourism, relevant for museums keen to attract new visitors and generate income through creative programming.

The reports are free to download here: http://museumsatnight.org.uk/festival-resources/news/our-research-reports-on-museum-lates-are-here/#.WnSbhjfLdhF

Event registration deadlines for Museums at Night, 16-19 May 2018
Museums, galleries and heritage sites across the UK are warmly invited to take part in the Museums at Night festival – www.museumsatnight.org.uk. Now’s the time to register events in Culture24’s database: the first deadline is Friday 23 February for the chance to appear in long lead press releases, and the final deadline is Friday 20 April for short lead press releases.

Here’s how to register festival events: http://museumsatnight.org.uk/how-to-register-your-museums-at-night-event/#.WnfAgahl-Uk