Job Opportunities

Churches Conservation Trust
Commercial Manager, North
Fixed term (9 months), Full Time
Salary: £36,000 pro rata, plus excellent pension and benefits
Office (Leeds) or home based within north of England

The Churches Conservation Trust is a national heritage charity with big ambitions. Two million people visit our 350 historic churches each year, in some of the most beautiful locations in England. Some of those visitors are clients of Champing™, our international brand that creates the unique experience of staying somewhere extraordinary.

We have a great opportunity for a dynamic, commercially driven person to help us fully exploit the potential of Champing™ and the commercial opportunities presented at our flagship churches in the north of England. This is a fixed term role, providing maternity cover for at least nine months.

You will be highly motivated with a proven track record of entrepreneurial activity raising significant commercial income. With experience of negotiating commercial partnerships and delivering business plans, excellent communication skills and a passion for our work, you will be someone who is able to work independently at the same time as engaging with your team.

A full job description can be found at:

To apply for this role please complete an application form and send to

Closing date: Monday 26 June 2017 – 10.00 am.

First interviews: Tuesday 4 July 2017 in Shrewsbury.

Leeds University Library Galleries
Events and Marketing Assistant
Full time (Tue-Sat), fixed term: to 31 July 2022
Salary: £16,289 to £17,898

Do you have a passion for rare books, archival material and the visual arts? Do you have great communication skills, and are you comfortable with IT and social media? Are you committed to outstanding service delivery? 

Our galleries provide a showcase for our art collections and treasures of our Special Collections. Visitors range from University students and staff to members of the public, including community groups and school students. We offer a variety of events and exhibitions to promote our collections, and use our website and social media streams to engage and attract people.

The role combines front-of-house duties and backroom support. You will be a point of contact at our reception desks and help supervise our gallery assistants, ensuring security is maintained and reporting maintenance issues. You will help with events and exhibitions: publicity, marketing and evaluation, as well as general administration and the physical preparations – this may involve lifting and handling, working at height and using specialist tools and equipment (training is provided).

Apply online at

Closing Date: Sunday 2 July 2017.

Art UK
Learning and Engagement Manager
Work from home, anywhere in the UK
Full-time temporary post to May 2020
Salary: £28,000 pa

Art UK is recruiting a Learning and Engagement Manager to develop and manage the activity programme for the Art UK Sculpture project.

Art UK Sculpture is a national project using digital and physical engagement to transform the way people access and learn about sculpture. Supported by a National Lottery grant, this ambitious initiative will digitise 150,000 sculptures from inside public collections and outdoors in the nation’s parks, streets and squares and display them on the Art UK website.

A significant part of the project will focus on exciting learning and engagement programmes. Masterpieces in Schools will follow up the successful initiative to take oil paintings into schools with 125 great publicly owned sculptures being transported to schools around the country for a day of hands-on art history.  The Learning and Engagement Manager is a key project role and will develop and manage a wide range of activities across the UK in liaison with schools, collections, project partners, volunteers, artists, community groups and the public. 

To find out more download the PDF brief. To apply, send CV and covering letter via email to Katey Goodwin, Deputy Director, Art UK,

Deadline: 9am, Monday 3 July 2017.

Great Place Scheme (Barnsley)
Programme Development Manager
Full time, Salary: £33,457 – £36,379, fixed term for 3 years

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead on an innovative and ground breaking project called ‘Seamless: transforming communities through culture’. This project is part of a wider externally funded scheme called Great Place enabling heritage and cultural organisations to make a step change in how they work together in order to meet local social and economic objectives.

Delivered in partnership with Rotherham Council and Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, the Project Manager will co-ordinate and oversee the delivery of Seamless over a three year period linked to the approved purposes of the grant. The project will utilise the culture and heritage of Wentworth Woodhouse and Elsecar to establish a long term vision for the area and embed culture and heritage at the heart of strategic plans for both Rotherham and Barnsley providing an opportunity to work across two boroughs for the first time. The project will engage local deprived communities, especially children and young people, in a programme centred around connections to amazing and astonishing local heritage.

Closing Date: 14 July 2017 at 11.59pm.

Further details and how to apply are available from our website at or (01226) 772250.

Up and Coming Training Opportunities

Access in Museums: Strategies for welcoming visitors and students with ASD

Thursday 27th July, National Civil War Centre, Newark

Access in Mind will be delivering a one day workshop looking at strategies to improving access to setting facilities and activities for people with ASD, ADHD and sensory processing difficulties. This training day will include recognising characteristics, understanding the effect of the environment on sensory processing and managing challenging behaviour.

Claire Jackson and Juanita Lendon from Access in Mind are qualified teachers, with more than 20 years experience each, of supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They will be providing their expertise to help you make your museums more accessible to visitors with ASD, ADHD and sensory processing difficulties.

Due to the support of Museum Development East Midlands this event is free for both GEM members and non-members. Priority booking will be given to those from Accredited museums or working towards Accreditation.

For more details and to book your place please follow this link.

Depicting Dress: a professional workshop on male and female dress in 18th-century portraits

Wednesday 20th September, 
School of Historical Dress, London

Learning colleagues working with portraits or costume are welcome to apply for this upcoming workshop, a collaborative event offered by the Understanding British Portraits professional network and The School of Historical Dress

This practical workshop will be delivered by the School of Historical Dress at its new premises in Lambeth. Delegates will have a special opportunity to learn from three of the School’s experienced teachers, and observe practical clothing demonstrations and dressings using its remarkable private archive. Participants will also have the chance to handle historical fabrics and garments, and discuss costume in particular portraits in their collections.

Please visit the website for details of how to apply.

Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 28 July 2017.

Funding News

AHF Launches Heritage Mortgage Scheme for the UK

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), an independent charity, encourages and supports the work of organisations dedicated to the preservation and renewal of buildings of architectural and historic significance which have failed to find a viable re-use on the open market.

Through the new Heritage Mortgage Scheme the AHF is offering mortgage-style loans of between £150,000 and £500,000 over terms of between 10 and 20 years (30 in exceptional circumstances) to assist registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to acquire buildings, or provide working capital for restoration projects.

All AHF loans are typically fixed at 4-6% but can be linked to Base Rate.

The AHF can normally lend applicants up to 70% of the estimated open market resale value of any acceptable property or land over which it takes a first charge. If this is the project building for which the loan is required, it can lend up to 70% of the property’s estimated ‘end value’ (the projected value once work has been completed).

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered on a quarterly basis. Find out more at:

AIM Grant Schemes

Deadline: various – see below

AIM administers grants for museums to help AIM members with a variety of needs including training, conservation, development and exhibitions. There are different eligibility criteria and closing dates for each grant scheme, so please check each grant programme for further information about how to apply and the priorities for funding for each scheme.

We recommend that you contact us to discuss your project before applying, so we can help you ensure your application fits the scheme you intend to apply to.

Please contact Helen Wilkinson, Assistant Director for Hallmarks Awards –

For all other Grant Schemes contact Justeen Stone, Grants & Finance Officer –

Current AIM Grant Deadlines 2017

  • Conservation Scheme – 30 September
  • Collection Care Audit Scheme For Smaller Museums – 30 September
  • Preventive Conservation Scheme -30 September
  • AIM Training Grants – accepted on a rolling basis.
  • AIM Biffa Award History Makers – October 31

For more information visit:

Catalyst Small Grants

Opens 13 July

The £3 million programme aims to build fundraising capacity and encourage more private giving to arts and culture. This fund supports organisations to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. 

This is one of the measures ACE is putting in place to help create a more sustainable and resilient art and culture sector. Further information can be found on their website at:

Application deadline: 10 August.

National Manuscripts Conservation Trusts Grants

The NMCT offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives. Since the NMCT was founded in 1990 it has awarded grants of over £3m, which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents. Their grants ensure that these important collections can once more be made accessible to the public and researchers. 

The next deadline for the submission of applications is the 1 October 2017.

For further information, please visit their website:

Deadline: 1 October.

HLF Resilient Heritage Fund

Apply anytime

Resilient Heritage grants of £3,000 – £250,000 can help you to strengthen your organisation, and build the capacity of your staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term.

This programme is available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply.

Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.

For more information visit:

University Museums Group Annual Conference

Stuff and Knowledge: An exploration of the future of teaching and learning within university museums

Monday 11th – Tuesday 12th September 2017
University of Birmingham

Dr Ellen McAdam – Director of Birmingham Museums Trust

Unfortunately, Professor Alice Roberts is no longer available to give the keynote address at the conference. However, we are delighted to announce that the brilliant Dr Ellen McAdam, Director of Birmingham Museums Trust, has stepped in and will share her thoughts on the future of teaching and learning and university museums. 

DAY 1 Monday 11th September 2017

  • Lightning Museum Tours 11.00 – 11.30 and 11.45 – 12.15
  • Keynotes and panels sessions 14.00 – 18.00

Panel session 1 – What Next? Pedagogy and Policy Drivers in Object-Based Learning

What will the Teaching Excellence Framework, the employability agenda, and emerging learning paradigms mean for the future of object-based learning? Representatives from the frontline of object based learning in universities discuss the challenges and opportunities that they are facing in a changing Higher Education landscape.

Panel session 2 – ‘Where is the leading edge for teaching and learning in university museums?

The panel will unpick the unique qualities of university museums as contexts for teaching, covering object-based learning, digital, working across disciplines and reaching out to non-HE audiences and debate which should take priority.

18.15 – 19.30 –    Conference drinks reception at the Lapworth Museum of Geology

Finalist for Art Fund Museum of the Year
supported by

DAY 2 Tuesday 12th September 2017

  • Keynote and short presentations – teaching and learning and university museums 9.30-13.15
  • Lightning Museum Tours 14.00 – 14.30 and 14.45 – 15.15

For further details of the conference programme, speakers, events and to book a place, please see the UMG website.

Job Opportunity: Lancaster City Museum

Museum Manager
Employment Type: Permanent
Hours per week: 37
Salary: £
23,398-27,668 per annum
Location: Lancaster
Closing Date: 2/7/2017

Are you ready to act quickly and decisively for an exciting career move?

Lancashire’s Museum Service is looking for a new colleague for its busiest museum. Based in the heart of Lancaster, the Museum Manager leads a team of staff providing a comprehensive museum offer to its visitors. The new Museum Manager will look to broaden the visitor base, find new ways of reaching audiences and seek new partnerships.

Supported by talented colleagues in the central services teams – Heritage Learning Team, Lancashire Conservation Studios, Collections Team, Technical and Design – the Museum Manager works in partnership with the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum housed within Lancaster City Museum.

Lancaster is one of England’s Heritage Cities. The Museum Manager links into a group of professionals working hard in the field of heritage and the arts to raise awareness of the city’s rich history and its potential to inspire and delight people of all ages.

The Museum Manager’s team also covers the tiny 18th century Cottage Museum nestled opposite Lancaster Castle. The contrast of scale could not be more spectacular.

For more details and your online application form please go to:-

Time is tight – will you seize the opportunity?

For more information and an informal conversation about the role please contact Susan Ashworth, Senior Museums Manager

GEM Conference 2017 Bursaries

GEM is offering a number of bursaries for this year’s annual conference Facing the Future, Forging Ahead in Hull from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 September 2017.  Each conference bursary is worth £320, which enables you to attend all the conference sessions (excludes travel and accommodation).  Priority this year will be given to GEM members attending conference for the first time who are volunteers, or work for small organisations or otherwise unable to pay the conference fees.

You could qualify for a free place at GEM conference 2017 if you satisfy several of the following criteria:

  • Be a volunteer
  • Attending GEM conference for the first time
  • Unable to afford the conference fees
  • Be a museum or heritage studies student
  • Be an overseas GEM member
  • Be a GEM member (or will join GEM).

For more information and how to apply, please visit the conference page on the GEM websiteDeadline for applications is Friday 23 June 2017 at 12.00 (noon).  

Volunteering Opportunity: Heritage Railway Association

Secretary, Heritage Committee 

As the result of a sudden vacancy arising, the HRA Heritage Committee is seeking applications for the role of Committee Secretary.

This is a volunteer role with no remuneration. Travel and subsistence costs (and any other appropriate outlays) can be reimbursed under the terms of the current HRA Expenses Guidelines. No specific hours of duty but the successful applicant will have sufficient time to undertake the role. Meetings are held four times a year at the NRM, York, generally on weekday afternoons (the next meeting being scheduled for 19th September 2017).

Core tasks will include taking and circulating the Minutes of meetings, for which at least some previous experience would be helpful. An interest in railways or industrial heritage would be an advantage. You should be computer literate and have good communicating skills. The Secretary is responsible to the committee Chairman for organising meetings, including liaising with the host venue, drafting agendas and circulation of other related documents.

In addition to the core tasks, you would be welcome, if you wish, to assist with other elements of the Committee’s work, specific tasks being shared out amongst Committee members.

Please reply in the first instance to: Sam Bee (Committee Chairman) at, with C.V. and any further detail which you think might be relevant.

Expressions of interest would be appreciated by 4th August.

British Museum Opportunities

NEW: Collections Skills Sharing Session 7 August 2017 – ‘Collections Moves: A Case Study’

Booking is now open for a free collections skills sharing session on Monday 7 August at the British Museum, using a recent emergency decant as a case study for collections moves. The session is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector, with travel bursaries available for those who might otherwise not be able to attend thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite.

REMINDER: Marsh Awards – 3 weeks to go!

Applications are still open for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust. The award celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom. Winners of the twelve regional awards will each receive a £500 prize. An overall national winner will also be chosen and they will receive an additional £2,000. Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at the British Museum in September 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the British Museum website. The closing date for applications is Friday, 14 July 2017.


North West Young Museum Assessors Programme

Museum Development North West

Have you ever wanted to engage with more young people in your museum and get their opinion on the work you do?

After the success of our first Young Evaluators Programme, we’re running a second programme in collaboration with Curious Minds and their group of Young AssociatesThe programme offers 6 North West museums the chance to have their marketing strategy assessed by young people (aged 16-24) with the opportunity to implement some of the recommendations made.

The programme will consist of desk-based research and mystery shopping site visits undertaken by the young people, who will draft reports and feedback to staff and Boards, giving a no holds barred view of your marketing strategies and how it can be improved to attract a younger and more diverse audience. Participating museums will then have the opportunity to bid for funding to support the implementation of the recommendations.


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Job Opportunity: University of Manchester, School of Medical Sciences

Oral History and Public Engagement Officer x 2 (part time)
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration :
1 August 2017 until 28 February 2018
Hours Per week : 0.75FTE
Salary : £26,052 (pro rata) per annum
Location : various locations, Manchester
Closing Date : 29/06/2017

A unique opportunity to join an ambitious public history project focusing on the NHS. 2 Oral History and Public Engagement Officers to fill part-time (0.75FTE) 7 month fixed-term posts during the development phase of From Cradle to Grave: The NHS at 70 – a major programme of work funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to preserve NHS heritage and mark its 70thanniversary in 2018 by capturing memories and memorabilia from a diverse range of communities.

Your role will be to deliver the oral histories collection in Greater Manchester/South Wales, organise community events and contribute to the evaluation process. You will be self-motivated and enthusiastic, with excellent oral history and communication skills. You will have proven experience of engaging and motivating people, and be comfortable interacting with all levels of the community to build networks. You will be able to use your initiative to solve problems and effectively prioritise your workload.

You must be willing to travel throughout the project area (Greater Manchester / South Wales) and have access to transport.

Please refer to the job description and person specification for more details of the roles – These are part-time, fixed term positions (consultancy options can also be considered).