Job Opportunities

York Museums Trust
HR Manager
Full time, permanent
Salary £32,470 per annum

These are exciting times to join the Trust on the back of our multi award winning redevelopment of York Art Gallery and with ambitious plans for the future.

We are seeking a Human Resources Manager to develop our HR strategy and devise solutions to meet our current and future HR needs, and to provide an effective HR service to the organisation that complies with current legislation and best practice. Additionally, you will support the Chief Executive in change management, where required, ensuring that HR functions are well aligned with the organisation’s strategic priorities.

You will need a CIPD Level 5 qualification (or equivalent), as a minimum, together with a solid track record within a senior generalist HR role. Proven ability to contribute to the evaluation and development of HR strategy and performance is also essential, along with a good understanding of current employment law and best HR practice, and experience of liaising with trade unions.

Access the job description and application form at on the About Us, Jobs Vacancies page.

Closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 20 February.

Interviews will take place in York on Wednesday 1 March.

Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust
Museum Director
£40,000 – £45,000 per annum
Full time, permanent

The Trust is seeking to appoint a highly motivated, energetic and enterprising person to provide outstanding leadership during a period of change. The post holder will be responsible for continuing the successful development of the Trust’s sites, focusing on community engagement, volunteer programme development, addressing the needs of all customers and improving the visitor experience at all sites.

The successful candidate will be joining the Trust at an exciting and challenging time, with considerable potential to make an impact on the organisation. The Trust’s main site, Kelham Island Museum has undergone another £500,000 HLF funded development project and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet has just completed a £1m restoration, including a new Learning Centre. There is a growing partnership with Museums Sheffield and the two trusts have formed a Consortium in a bid to be an ACE funded NPO.

SIMT offers a Career Average Pension Scheme. Find out more about Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust at:

Information and Application Forms (CVs of up to 4 pages are acceptable in place of an application form) are available from: Deborah Rick, Total HR,, Tel: 0114 255 3226.

For an informal discussion: John Hamshere 0114 201 0611.

Closing date 27 February 2017.

Museums Sheffield
Research Curator (British Art 1945-1975)
Salary: £26,000 pro rata
30-hour fixed-term post (12 months) 

Collections and audiences are at the heart of Museums Sheffield. The Research Curator (British Art 1945-1975) will champion access to the Sheffield’s Art collections through research, collections management, displays, events and digital platforms.

The Visual Art collection comprises predominantly British and European Art ranging from the 16th century to the present day. It encompasses over 6000, items including paintings, sculptures and works on paper, of which the most significant area is Modern British Art. This role specifically focuses on researching British Art 1945-1975 in Sheffield’s collection.

The post is supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Apply online at

or for more information contact / 0114 2782620. Please do not send CVs.

Closing date: 10 March 2017 (noon).

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 5 April 2017.

Keeping Heritage Relevant in the 21st Century Relevance 2017 Conference

Saturday 14th – Wednesday 18th October 2017
Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace

Call for papers deadline extended to 8 March 2017

This heritage and learning conference will ask: 

  • Are historic buildings and museums working in the best way to ensure maximum impact on audiences in today’s society?
  • Are we engaging diverse audiences?

Hosted by Historic Royal Palaces – DEMHIST and CECA bring together a host of exciting international speakers to share their knowledge and experience of engaging with audiences in new and authentic ways, through objects and stories that unlock meaning and make them relevant to the 21st century.

Booking will open in Spring 2017.

To download the full call for papers and submit a proposal, visit:

Tate ‘Circuit’ Conference on Youth Work

Friday 10th March 2017
Nottingham Contemporary
10.45am – 5.30pm

Tate has a great, free conference in March sharing the experience of youth and arts sectors working together, and peer-led work by young people – the result of a four-year programme to develop youth-led activities and partnership work, called Circuit. 

We’re aiming to have at the conference a balance of people from museums and galleries who work with young people, their managers or directors who can enable new approaches, youth sector workers and policy changers and, crucially, a strong youth voice taking part. We are also offering some travel bursaries for those who might find it difficult to attend.

To find out more and book your free place please visit:

GEM’s Foundation Course: Museum Learning 2017

Book now for GEM’s next foundation courses taking place in Manchester this spring and London this autumn.

Are you in your first year or so of a museum education career or looking to take up an education position in the heritage sector? Or perhaps you have recently acquired managerial responsibility for learning in a heritage organisation?

Then GEM’s foundation course may be for you! It’s an ideal opportunity to find out more about learning in museums, archives and other heritage organisations. The course consists of six days of formal training, site visits and activities spread over three months, which allows time for reflection and professional development planning. Each participant is assigned a mentor and undertakes a work-based assignment.

‘I have come home with so many ideas and an enormous enthusiasm to pursue this new direction in my career.’ – Foundation Course participant 2014

Find out more at

Grants for Conservation of Manuscripts

Next deadline 1 April 2017

The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust 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. Our grants ensure that these important collections can once more be made accessible to the public and researchers.

We welcome grant applications from non-national institutions such as county record offices, museums, university archives/special collections, cathedral archives and libraries, as well as owners of manuscripts that are exempt from capital taxation or owned by a charitable trust.

Our grants can cover conservation, binding and other preservation measures, including digitisation (providing it is part of a wider conservation project). The significance of the collection or items to be conserved, as well as the proposed conservation treatment, are carefully reviewed by Trustees when making their decisions.

Applications must be submitted online at:

Explore Historic Kelham Island Museum… in Virtual Reality!

The first ever VR experience has been launched on Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust’s Kelham Island Museum website – the open stores and Engineer’s workshop area of the museum have been meticulously scanned and recreated in a digital immersive space. 

Allowing you to virtually walk around areas of the museum that are ordinarily inaccessible to visitors, it is intended to show more objects from the museum’s vast collection.

Requiring nothing more than a simple cardboard headset and modern smartphone, the downloadable experience is compatible with most Android and Apple phones and Samsung Gear VR headsets.

Whilst VR mode is a first for the museum, it’s not the only medium with which to explore the immersive experience. It can also be accessed in 2D mode on computer, laptop and smartphones. 

Find out more at:

Energy, Ethics and Finance for Culture

Julie’s Bicycle would like to invite you to attend a new series of events for 2017 exploring issues around clean energy, capital development, and ethical investment for the cultural sector.  The events kick off in Birmingham and London with more to follow.

For the full programme details and info on how to book visit the Julie’s Bicycle website.

Retail in Museums – is a new 10 part series dedicated to the heritage retail sector, offering expert advice, ideas and insights on how to make your museum or gallery shop the very best it can be. The series showcases a variety of inspirational case studies, with learnings applicable to every heritage retail environment. Each episode is accompanied by handy downloadable guides on key topics such as buying, visual merchandising and finance. The series has been produced by the Association for Cultural Enterprises (ACE) as part of its Retail Resilience Programme funded by the Arts Council. Episodes 1 and 2 are available to watch now at the link below, with the remaining 8 episodes to follow over the coming weeks.

Capital Development Network: Working with architects

Manchester Museum
Wednesday 29th March
10:30 – 12:30

Developed in collaboration with Heritage Lottery Fund during this workshop we will hear from Meneka Munroe, Museum Client Representative, Courtyard Project from Manchester Museum and Sam Johnson from the University of Manchester who will talk about their experience of working with architects and share best practice when going through a capital development project. The session is also an opportunity to hear from ARUP and us about our new U-Values publication.

To book a place please visit the eventbrite page.

If you have any questions please contact Alex Bird –

Gift Aid and Intermediaries New Guidance from HMRC

HMRC has published new guidance on intermediaries creating Gift Aid declarations for donors. 

From 6 April 2017, donors can give intermediaries the authority to create Gift Aid declarations on their donations for the rest of the tax year.

Find out more at: