Natural History Collection Survey – Most Unusual Objects

Alongside PR agency Wildfire, Axiell are shortlisting the ten most unusual specimens in the collections of natural history organisations from around the world to help promote the diversity and significance of natural history collections.

The top 10 results will be published on our website, shared with our natural history customers, and released to international news outlets, industry journals and high profile associations for distribution.

If you have a particularly unusual specimen or group of specimens in your collection, they would like to hear from you. If you are successful in being shortlisted for the top 10, your institution and specific collection will be included in the release with details of how to see more of your collection.

All you need to do is fill out this survey & answer the questions required for the shortlisting process.

Child Protection & Safeguarding in the Arts and Cultural Sector

Artsplan are hosting a training workshop with The English National Youth Arts Network, that will focus on child protection & safeguarding in the arts and cultural sector.

The Course, which will take place on Thursday 16th June at HOME in Manchester, will be of benefit to individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of child protection legislation and best practice. This course provides a full update on current child protection legislation, including the Disclosure and Barring service, the Duty to Refer and Working Together.

The day will provide practical advice to help develop sensible structures and build confidence around child protection issues, within the context of developing and delivering creative and cultural projects for children and young people.  The course also includes a “safe touch” section, exploring how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms.

The course costs £130 including lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. English National Youth Arts Network members are eligible for a 10% discount.

For further information and to book your place, please see here.


Job Opportunity: Science Museum Group

Digitisation Manager – Science Museum, London
Full Time Permanent Contract
Closing Date: 2 May 2016

The Science Museum Group is taking a new approach to making its collections more accessible and better appreciated by audiences. Joining up teams across four museums, a new strategy for collection services places a major emphasis on digitisation, together with achieving greater impact for the thousands of objects we lend to others. New roles and new ways of working will enable successful delivery of exciting Masterplan projects at all the museums.

They are looking for someone to lead delivery of an efficient new approach to digitisation and documentation of SMG’ s collection, making it more accessible and accountable. The Digitisation Manager will manage photographic and documentation teams to support the Museums’ strategic objectives through best practice collections Management, they will also be expected to maximise the information available to online visitors, researchers and colleagues, and oversee internal standards and training. They will advocate for digitisation and collections information and ensure delivery of an excellent standard of communication and customer service, as well as develop a culture of integrated teamwork (including volunteers) and continuous improvement across SMG sites, in line with the ‘one collection’ philosophy, and they will be a member of the Collections Services leadership team.

For further information & to apply, please see here.

Heritage Museums and Groups in the North West: Focus on Sustainability

If you are exploring ways to make your industrial heritage site more sustainable economically, socially and environmentally, this free workshop – supported by Historic England and Museum Development North West – is for you.

Many industrial heritage sites have to consider new ways of working to ensure their economic sustainability but there are also plenty of opportunities to improve environmental credentials and to support the Green agenda through public engagement. With speakers from organisations including Historic England/Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Museum Development North West and Heritage Lottery Fund, the day aims to demonstrate ways in which industrial sites can improve their sustainability through presentations, case studies and group sharing and exploration of ideas.

Lunch will be provided and there will also be a guided tour of Catalyst Science Discovery Centre as part of the programme.

For further information, & to book your place, please see here.

Let’s Get Real 2016 Can We Reinvent Our Online Cultural Offer?

The Let’s Get Real Conference 2016, will look at whether we can reinvent our online cultural offer.

The conference, which will take place on 27th October 2016 atThe Whitworth in Manchester, will ask how arts and heritage organisations can get better at recognising, articulating and generating value from online cultural retail. This is a hot topic as public funding is squeezed and organisations look for new income streams and business models that align with their cultural offer.

But online cultural retail is about more than just generating financial value. What we sell and package influences how our audiences engage with organisations. The way we approach new product development challenges the way we think about our overall offer, our brand and our purpose. People want experiences with soul and products with a story – for the cultural sector this is part of our DNA.

The conference will address whether organisations can find a sweet spot between culture and commerce, by asking “Is it all just hype or can we grow this in sustainable ways?

The day will feature keynotes, conversations, critique and provocations, mixed for the first time, with a fabulous late night happening throughout the Whitworth as part of the  Museums at Night festival.

For further information, and to book your place please see here.

Opportunities To Join ACE Designation Panel

Arts Council England (ACE) are seeking to recruit five new members of the Designation Panel to take up positions from August 2016.

The Designation Panel is made up of respected members in the fields of arts, cultural heritage and historical research.We are seeking high level individuals with strong collections experience, as well as individuals who have been closely involved in promoting England’s cultural history.

The role of Designation Scheme Panel member provides an opportunity for you to use your experience to ensure appropriate decisions are made: recognising the most significant collections held outside of the National institutions and ensuring these collections are safeguarded and developed for wider enjoyment, learning and research.

For further information and to apply, please see here.

ICA Artists’ Film Biennial 2015: Bursaries for Curators

The Art Fund is offering 66 fully funded places for curators for selected events at this year’s ICA Artists’ Film Biennial.

The ICA Artists’ Film Biennial 2016, supported by the Art Fund, is a five-day celebration of artists’ film and moving image, taking place at the ICA from 25 to 29 May 2016. The biennial, now in its second edition, will offer audiences the opportunity to see some of the best new film and rarely seen works in one place, and engage directly with artists, curators and industry practitioners from all over the world.

At the centre of the programme are the profile screenings, presenting comprehensive bodies of work by American artist Ellen Cantor and Norwegian artist Lars Laumann. Artists Ahmet Öğüt, Charlotte Prodger, Martine Syms and Ming Wong will present works as part of the artist-selected screenings. The ICA will also host a series of events exploring the interconnected relationship between the artist, production, distribution, collection, and exhibition of artists’ moving image. Presentations and panel discussions will draw upon key individuals from Film and Video Umbrella (FVU), the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), Frieze, HOME, LUX and Soda Film + Art.

Applications are open to all museum and gallery professionals who work with public collections. For further information, please see here.

Job Opportunity: Lakeland Arts

Director of Finance and Resources
Salary: £40,000 – £44,000
Full Time Permanent Contract
Closing Date: Monday 16 May 2016

Lakeland Arts, based in one of the most beautiful corners of England is one of the most significant arts and heritage organisations in the North with a national and international reputation for the quality of its historic buildings, museum and gallery collections and programming.

They are looking for a director of finance and resources to play a key role in driving forward the organisation’s strategic plans and take a lead on crucial governance matters. The ideal candidate would be an accountant with outstanding financial experience who is able to demonstrate the capabilities required to execute the role, and lead and inspire the finance, HR and resources team. They should have excellent communication and organisational skills with the ability to influence and manage a variety of stakeholders. As well as experience of operating and delivering results at a senior level.

This is an exciting opportunity for a driven financial expert to take ownership of a finance, HR and resources function within an organisation in the middle of an exciting growth phase. Applications are firmly welcomed from those with purely commercial backgrounds  as well as proven performers already working within the not for profit sector.

For further information and to apply, please see here.

Job Opportunity: National Gallery

Development Manager – Major Gifts
Salary:£34,961 to £43,807
Permanent Full-Time Contract
Closing date:6 May 2016

This is an exciting opportunity to join an ambitious and successful fundraising team at the National Gallery. The gallery’s Trusts and Individual Giving team plays a vital role in raising support of over £7million each year, which in turn helps to maintain and enhance the Gallery`s world-class collection for the benefit of visitors from the UK and overseas.

The Development Manager will be responsible for securing major donations from individuals who will support the Gallery in a range of ways: from p4unrestricted support to joining major donor schemes or supporting specific projects and departments. They will work closely with colleagues across the Gallery, and senior volunteers, as they steward existing supporters within their portfolio, and look to secure new major donors for the National Gallery. The successful candidate will also work closely with fellow Development Managers, the Patrons Manager, Development Officer and the Head of Trusts and Individual Giving, and work together to fulfil the teams objectives. You will play a key role in the Trusts and Individual Giving team, and in the wider Development Department.

The successful candidate will have considerable experience of developing high value relationships with donors, and have a track record of success in securing major gifts. Strong experience of fundraising from UK donors is vital, as is the ability to convey a strong case for support, both in person and in writing. Ideally there will also be experience of fundraising from overseas donors. A knowledge in and enthusiasm for the arts, and the National Gallery`s collection is desirable.

For further information and to apply, please see here.

Job Opportunity: Lancaster City Museum

Museum Assistant
Salary: £15917  – £15941
Fixed Term Full Time Contract
Closing Date: 10 May 2016

Lancaster City Museum are looking for a Museum Assistant to help provide assistance and information for visitors. As well as conduct guided tours, demonstrate exhibits as directed, and assist with use of equipment such as audio visual.

The Museum Assistant will be expected to patrol the museum, invigilate and supervise visitors, and generally assist in ensuring the security of the property, its contents, staff and public. They will also assist members of the public when leaving the building in the event of an evacuation. This varied role will also include working with reception, ticketing, shop/café sales, cashing-up, stock control answering telephone and relaying messages.

For further information and to apply, please see here.