Museum Next Call for Papers

From Museum Next:

We’re pleased to announce the call for papers for MuseumNext Europe which will take place in London in June 2018.

MuseumNext was started a decade ago as a reaction to the disruption of the digital revolution.

In the years since we’ve had many disruptive ideas presented at the conference, from Nina Simon sharing her vision of co-producing museums with the public to Mike Murwaski challenging museums to embrace social action.

We’ve had robots, risk, rebels and revolution. But as we approach our tenth year, what’s the next disruption for museums both from the outside world and from within?

MuseumNext Europe 2018 will take place in South Kensington, London home to some of the world’s greatest museums. Our theme for this our tenth annual European conference will be ‘Disruptions’.

We’re now inviting proposals from our community on the theme ‘disruptions’. We are interested in opinions, case studies and practical approaches to the following :

Disrupted World
What are the disruptions that museums face in the next decade and how must they change to meet these challenges?

Disrupting Museums
How can we disrupt museums in a positive way from leadership to audience engagement to better achieve our missions?

Disrupted Communities
How are our communities changing and how can we act now to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world?

Disrupting Exhibitions
What will the exhibition of the future look like? Will technology or social change transform the museum going experience?

If you feel that you have something to say on one of these subject, we invite you to make a proposal to speak at MuseumNext Europe.

MuseumNext follows a fast paced format of twenty minute presentations with the focus very much on actionable ideas which can positively impact the institutions in attendance.

Proposals should be submitted through this Google Form. Any questions can be addressed to

Please note that each presentation selected will be entitled to one conference ticket only. Additional speakers will have to purchase their conference ticket at the discounted speaker rate. Speakers are responsible for their own travel and accommodation and will not receive payment for taking part.


Job Opportunities

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
Director of Development & Partnerships
Salary – up to £36,000

Open Eye Gallery is seeking a credible and ambitious professional, with a track record in fundraising and, preferably, partnership development, who can contribute at a high level to our future sustainability.

For the full candidate brief, equal opportunities form and application form click here.

Deadline 12:00 Friday 1st December.

Lancashire County Council
Heritage Learning Manager
Full-time, permanent
Salary – £20,138 – £23,398

The aim of the role is to support the Heritage Learning Team in developing, creating, training and delivery of inclusive and stimulating programmes that encourage historical enquiry, creativity, and critical thinking. Our programmes help explain, engage and explore local and national history/heritage coupled with much wider cross curricular themes and learning agendas.

This is a permanent post working 37 hours per week based at Museum Headquarters in Preston, but also working at sites across the County.  More details about the role and the criteria you need to include within your application can be found here. If you would like an informal discussion or any further information please contact David Brookhouse via e-mail:

Deadline Sunday 5th November.

Heritage Mountain Trust
Learning and Engagement Officer
Part-time (2 days/week); 1 year fixed term contract
Salary – £9,200 (full-time equivalent of £23,000/year)

The Learning and Engagement Officer will be responsible for developing events, activities and associated resources for a range of audiences that link to exhibition themes. The role will involve working with organisations including Keswick Museum, Cumbria Youth Alliance, the John Muir Trust and the Field Studies Council. We are therefore seeking an enthusiastic, imaginative, and highly motivated person to fill this role.

More details about the role and the criteria you need to include within your application can be found here.

Deadline – Sunday 19th November.

University Hospitals Leicester
Arts and Heritage Programme Development Officer

12 months fixed-term, 16 hours per week
Salary – £22,128 – £28,746 pro-rata

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to work at Leicester Hospitals with one of the largest publicly accessible art collections in Leicestershire. The collection of art, artefacts and archives provides a unique and important opportunity to celebrate our history as we move into a new phase in our development, enhancing our hospitals’ environment to the benefit of patients and staff and improve our patients’ outcomes by using the existing collections.

The post holder will engage with patients, visitors, staff, the local community and work with both Leicester and De Montfort Universities to develop and research current best practice and innovation in a programme of Healthcare Arts and Art Therapy. They will build relationships with the cultural and arts communities to facilitate access to well-being opportunities, such as arts on prescription and stroke arts groups. They will also assist with the identification and prioritisation of projects; be responsible for the cataloging of the hospitals’ collections; make funding applications; work with partners to recruit and train student interns to assist and link with cultural, museum and arts organisations within Leicester.

For more information and to apply click here. 

Deadline Monday 13th November.

The World Cycling Revival Seeks Museum Partners To Celebrate 200 Years Of The Bicycle

The World Cycling Revival, a new festival of cycling, its glamour and its history, will be taking place in June 2018 at the Herne Hill Velodrome in London. The event will be a high-end heritage sporting, music and lifestyle festival celebrating 200 years of the bicycle and the organisers are working in partnership with the National Cycle Museum. They are now looking for other independent museums and collections to work with to create world-class exhibitions at the first event next year. More news can be found on the AIM website.

Arts Council England Publish Q&A For The Accreditation Review

Arts Council England is leading the Accreditation Review on behalf of partners in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and has recently published some frequently asked questions all about the Museum Accreditation Scheme review. Arts Council England will also be opening a consultation later this Autumn which museums from across the UK can feed into. All information here: Arts Council England Publish Q&A For The Accreditation Review

Job Opportunity: University of Liverpool

Curator of Exhibitions
University of Liverpool
Salary: £28,098 – £32,548
Closing Date: 6th November 2017 23:30

We are seeking a creative and experienced individual to co-ordinate the University’s Museums and Galleries temporary exhibition programme and manage the University’s Fine and Decorative Art collections. You will have relevant experience of developing and curating high quality temporary exhibitions and working with a range of internal and external partners.

You should have a degree in Art History (or equivalent qualification) and a postgraduate qualification in Museum Studies, Gallery Management or equivalent subject. Relevant and extensive exhibition organisation experience, ideally gained in an equivalent organisation or similar is essential. You should have experience of team working in a busy service environment and a commitment to excellent customer care. You will be well-motivated with the ability to produce work of consistent high quality and to work effectively under pressure.

Travel within the UK will be required from time to time. Out of hours and weekend work may be necessary during busy periods, in particular in the run up to exhibition openings. Time off in lieu will be offered to cover this.

For further details and to apply please visit The University of Liverpool’s website:

Job Opportunity: Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

Learning Manager
22.5 hours per week (
fixed term contract- Maternity Cover: Dec 2017-Oct 2018)
Salary: £25,000 p.a. pro rata

Please note: the deadline for applications has been extended to 9am on 1st November


We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced professional in heritage learning to join our busy team as Learning Manager, on a fixed term contract providing maternity cover from December 2017-October 2018.

This is a key position within our learning team with specific responsibilities for the strategic management of the learning department. The post holder will work closely with the museum’s CEO and Leadership Team and will directly manage the Learning Officer, Learning Assistant, Learning Administrator, Education Session Leaders and Volunteers, with an additional role and some changes within the team from April 2018, with the introduction of NPO-funded posts.

The successful applicant will be highly motivated, audience focused, have excellent organisational skills and be fully committed to high standards of work. She or he will have experience of managing a busy heritage learning department, leading the development and delivery of both formal and informal learning activities and managing a team of both paid and voluntary staff.

With knowledge of the current national curriculum, commercial acumen, good IT skills and the ability to communicate effectively, the successful candidate will be able to manage a busy workload and possess excellent interpersonal skills.

This is an exciting opportunity to bring your skills into an ambitious organisation, and contribute to a busy and successful learning department, leading a team through a period of organisational change.

Application forms, a detailed Job Description and a Person Spec is available here.

Completed application forms should be sent to or by post to Thackray Medical Museum, Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7LN.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Liz Egan on 0113 2056522.

The deadline for applications is 09.00 on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

Interviews will take place on Monday 13 November 2017.

Museums as hosts in a divided society

Manchester Museum
Wednesday 15th November

We are confronted on a daily basis by evidence of divisions in our society and communities. These divisions crystallised last year in the Referendum vote and continue in the debate over the Brexit process and outcome.

This Happy Museum workshop builds on a previous event to investigate the psychology and neuroscience behind societal divisions and investigate the particular role of museums and cultural organisations in building empathy and connection.

‘I think this is going to affect my work profoundly – in fact I have found myself thinking differently in ALL aspects of life since the workshop.’ previous delegate

We will learn about work in Manchester Museum and the wider city which builds on these insights to build shared connections and to promote civic participation, community resilience, and wellbeing.

It brings together thinking from neuropsychologist Kris De Meyer in relation to the psychology of the referendum and how in building our beliefs we may have become more divided. Meanwhile Tom Crompton of Common Cause investigates our values and considers what we share, as well as what divides us.The workshop will be hosted by Gaby Porter, Chair of the Happy Museum.

The event will take a workshop format with ample time for discussion.

Lunch will not be provided but there will be light refreshments during the afternoon. Delegates to the MA conference can attend before joining the conference reception in the Whitworth Gallery at 7pm.

We are charging a nominal price of £40 to defray our costs for this event, however if the ticket price will prevent you from attending please get in touch with us at to discuss concessions.

‘I really appreciated the risk which this workshop took in subject matter, expertise and format. The risk was really worth taking.’ previous delegate

For more background read this blog from Tony Butler and a report of our successful workshop in Derby this February which considered the role of museums in supporting cohesion in post-Brexit communities.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

Job Opportunity: Lancashire County Council

Conservation Officer – Paintings
Job Number: LANCS09077
Salary: £27,668-£31,601 pro rata per year
Location: Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
Contract Type: Six months, fixed term contract
Working hours: 29.6 hrs per week
Closing date: 31st October 2017

 About the Role
Lancashire Country Council are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join our specialist teams working with Libraries, Museums, Culture and Registrars Department (LMCR).

We are looking for a painting conservator to provide a practical and preventative specialist conservation advice and support service, for Lancashire County Council Museum Service, its staff and its users. The successful candidate will also contribute to the income generation activities of the Lancashire Conservation Studios by the provision of direct practical work and advice to our external clients across the North West and beyond.

The post is part-time four days a week, Grade 8 local authority salary scales pro rata. The post is for a period of 6 months.

The scope of the role will include:
To program and undertake the practical & preventative conservation of specific specialist collections and materials, including all required documentation.

To assist in achieving & maintaining Museum Accreditation at museum sites, and the preparation and the implementation of emergency, disaster and collection care planning and training.

To promote conservation and the museums’ collections to a wider public through education, public events and activities and outreach work.

To contribute to the income generating activities of the Lancashire County Museum Service, including estimating and undertaking project work with special reference to their specialism and collection care.

To ensure high standards of H&S with regard to working practices and procedures within the Conservation Studio’s Laboratories and at other external site including the maintenance of the COSHH register.

 For an informal discussion on this post please contact:
Phillip Bourne, Conservator on 01772 530225 or
Heather Davis, Conservation & Collections Manager at

 For further details follow this link –

Conservation Officer – Paintings, Lancashire Conservation Studios, Lancashire County Council Museum Service.

Pioneering Volunteer Makers – A New Era for Engaging Audiences

Volunteer Makers is delighted to announce its speakers for the Pioneering Volunteer Makers conference on 17th November.

Participants will hear from the museums themselves who are pioneering Volunteer Makers and the steps they have taken to create an organisational-wide engagement culture and implement new thinking in volunteer engagement.

  • Laura Kinnear, Curator, Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham
  • Hannah Mather, Jarrow Hall, NE EMP Chair and TWAM Volunteer
  • Fran Riando, Volunteer Manager, Geffrye Museum, London
  • Jessica Hartshorn, Learning and Outreach Officer, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
  • Amanda Hart, Director, Corinium Museum, Cirencester

I could see instantly the potential to grow a community of what Volunteer Makers call ‘blended volunteers’, and how this could start from someone volunteering to lay our fire once a week to eventually becoming a Visitor Experience Assistant’. Laura Kinnear

Volunteering can make a real difference not only to the organisation which you are supporting but it can also have a positive impact on your own life. I know from my own experience how rewarding it can be to give a little’. Hannah Mather

Everyone was buzzing and excited after the session, and I can honestly say I have never had such heart felt positive feedback about a change of system before!’ Jessica Hartshorn

Volunteer Makers is a national programme of volunteer engagement training and a digital application for museums supported by Arts Council England.

A third of people in the UK are volunteering and the value of volunteering is worth billions. With shifts in demographics, digital and funding models a new way of thinking is necessary if museums are to engage volunteers in a way to sustain and diversify their audiences.

Volunteer Makers is a different model for engaging and inspiring volunteers which grows a museum’s community of active supporters, providing a measurable value exchange.

Volunteer Makers National Conference is a FREE fringe event for Visitors and Delegates at the Museums Association Conference, Manchester, Friday 17th November, 1:30-16:20. Includes lunch and refreshments.

This is a chance for museums to further participate in Volunteer Makers and understand the benefits of Blended and Micro-Volunteering and how this affects the workforce now and into the future.

Please register here for the Volunteer Makers event: as places are limited. If you are attending as a Visitor you can access the MA free Exhibition programme too. If you are planning to attend the MA Conference as a Delegate, please also register as places are limited.

For more information please contact: Anna Bryant, Project Engagement and Marketing Manager @VolunteerMakers

New opportunities – British Museum National Programmes

NEW training opportunity: Getting Loan Ready

Colleagues are invited to register their interest for this free four-day residential course of in-depth training on borrowing at the British Museum from 23-26 January 2018. The training is designed for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of the loans process so that their organisations will be better able to borrow from national collections in future. Generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, there are travel and accommodation bursaries available for all delegates.

Places are limited to 10 delegates, and will be allocated by the British Museum. As the training has so far only been delivered in England, museum colleagues applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be prioritised. All expressions of interest must be received by 15 November 2017 via the Eventbrite booking form here:

NEW Collections Skills Sharing sessions

Booking is now open for the final round of free collections skills sharing sessions at the British Museum. Designed for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector, there are travel bursaries available thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite using the links below:


NEW resource: Palaeo Network UK (PALNETUK)

Colleagues are invited to join a new a forum for the archaeological and scientific understanding of the Pleistocene and Palaeolithic record in the United Kingdom: PALNETUK. It aims to support communication and networking across the sector to improve our approach to the human and environmental records of the Ice Age. As a first step in developing this network we invite you to join the mailing list, hosted by JISCMAIL. To subscribe, please email the words “SUBSCRIBE PALNETUK” to PALNETUK-REQUEST@JISCMAIL.AC.UK. Further information on PALNETUK is attached.