Job Opportunity: Rochdale Borough Council

Job OpportunityRochdale Borough Council
Job title: Project Management Apprentice

Salary: £12,000 – 1st year £16,881 – 2nd year
Location: Rochdale Town Hall 
Full time – 37 hours per week
Contract: Temporary – 2 years – September 2021 – September 2023 
Closing date: 23.59pm 16th May 2021

From Rochdale Development Agency:

Project Management Apprentice. Location – Rochdale Town Hall

  • 2 years – September 2021 – September 2023
  • Closing date Sunday 16th May 23.59pm
  • Please submit completed application forms to
  • Interviews – 3rd and 4th June

Rochdale Development Agency (RDA), acting on behalf of Rochdale Borough Council is responsible for promoting the economic well-being of Rochdale Borough. The RDA works in partnership with the Council, the private Sector and other stakeholders to deliver new economic investment, physical development and associated jobs for the benefit of the local community.

As part of our ambitious plans to regenerate the Borough there is a strong focus on retaining and enhancing the exceptional range of heritage assets that the Borough has and which provide the Borough with its unique character, including 5 Grade I and 21 Grade II* buildings .

The Council is undertaking an ambitious restoration of its Grade I listed Town Hall, which has been successful in attracting National Lottery Heritage Funding.

The purpose of this apprenticeship is to support the Town Hall team in delivering the final stages of the project whilst gaining working knowledge of the project management process and associated activities whilst completing the Associate Project Management Higher Apprenticeship course at University of Salford.

The successful candidate will be supported by the Senior Project Officer to make an application for the course between June and July 2021. The course will begin in September 2021.

Please refer to the person specification and job description for more information.

Please contact Emma Robinson – if you have any questions about the post or the recruitment process.

To download an application form, please click here.

North West Launch for Creative Kickstart

From Curious Minds:

Curious Minds and The Factory Academy, in partnership with Creative & Cultural Skills invite you to attend the North West launch for Creative Kickstart. 
Find out more about how you can offer a funded training and employment opportunity for young people through the Government’s Kickstart programme, whilst enhancing your business with diverse talent.

This session will give you an overview of the Kickstart programme, how and why to get involved and the training support offers available to you in the North West. You’ll hear from employers and from young people already in a Kickstart placement, about why it’s important to them.

Tuesday April 20th
15:00 – 16:30

To register for the session, please click here.

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector from this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but please check the original source for any updates.

Most of the relevant news is already included in the DCMS Museums & Galleries Sector Coronavirus bulletin published on 12th April – DCMS Bulletin

Anything additional, or updates to the information contained in the DCMS bulletin, is listed below.

Latest government information

Latest information and advice

DCMS have recently published their new GOV.UK guide (Volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)) aimed at members of the public who are currently, or are interested in, volunteering during the pandemic. It sets out clearly, in chapters, everything people need to know to be able to volunteer safely. It includes advice on: 

  • how restrictions affect volunteering
  • travelling safely as a volunteer
  • volunteering safely with other people
  • finding volunteering opportunities with organisations and groups
  • helping others ‘informally’ in your local area
  • accessing testing and vaccinations

Track and Trace Update

Designated venues in certain sectors must have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.

The rules on what you need to do when a group enters your venue have changed.

You must ask every customer or visitor to scan the NHS QR code using their NHS COVID-19 app or provide their name and contact details, not just a lead member of the group.

Read the updated government guidance.

For more information on the app, please download the following documents:

1. Hospitality Fact Sheet: Venue Check in Regulation Sheet 1

2. Hospitality Fact Sheet: Venue Check in Regulation Sheet 2

3. NHS App Check-in Info

4. New Venue Alerts Process: A guide for businesses

Health and Safety Executive GuidanceEasing of COVID-19 Restrictions: Returning to work safely – business considerations

Further guidance from the Health and Safety Executive on working safely during the pandemic can be found here.

National Museums Directors Council – Good practice Guidelines for Reopening Updated

NMDC has updated its Good Practice Guidelines for Reopening Museums in the light of recent Government announcements. The tier system has now moved to a step system, with Step 2 beginning on April 12th with the opening of outdoor areas, and Step 3 from May 17th when museums can reopen their buildings.

Arts Council England

National Lottery Project Grants

National Lottery Project Grants are reopened with additional supplementary guidance which applies until 31 August 2021 to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible. 

The supplementary guidance

outlines what has changed to make the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19. 

Creative People and Places Fund, 2022-25

ACE’s next round of Creative People and Places funding for 2022-25 will bring the programme into the Arts Council’s National Portfolio of organisations, to support the delivery of their ten-year strategy, Let’s Create.

Creative People and Places focuses on parts of the country where involvement in arts and culture is significantly below the national average. It provides National Lottery funding to groups of local organisations, or consortia, who work together to bring creative opportunities to the lives of people who live in that place. 

For full details, click here

National Lottery Heritage Fund – National Lottery Grants for Heritage

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is now accepting applications again for larger projects (from £100,000 up to £5million) as well as small and medium project funding applications. 

Museums Association – COVID-19 Support Scheme

This scheme has been set up to offer grants of £500 to individual MA members whose finances have been significantly affected by the current pandemic. It is open to individual members who have held membership for two or more years and can demonstrate a genuine and measurable need.

Association of Independent Museums

Prospering Boards

AIM’s Prospering Boards governance support programme is now open to new applications. Whether its reviewing basic good practice or dealing with complex challenges, this programme offers the opportunity to work with an experienced and expert consultant. You can apply for two days of online support and applications will be assessed on a rolling basis for as long as funding remains available.

Coronavirus resources

Job Opportunity: People’s History Museum

People’s History Museum

Job Opportunity People’s History Museum
Head of Development 

Salary: £32,234 – £36,922
Location: Manchester
 Full time (35 hours)
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Tuesday 4 May

From the People’s History Museum:

Are you an excellent communicator, relationship builder and networker looking for an exciting opportunity to join the Senior Leadership Team at People’s History Museum (PHM)?  Do you have a track record of success in fundraising, enterprise or income generation, and a passion for communication and marketing?

PHM is looking for a Head of Development to take on strategic responsibility for a portfolio of development activities including commercial income (retail, cafe, venue hire), enterprise, fundraising, communications and marketing.  You will work with the rest of the museum’s Senior Leadership Team, the Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers, stakeholders and partners to build on PHM’s existing success and help deliver an ambitious Business Plan for 2021-2022 and beyond.

You will demonstrate strong leadership skills, with income generation, fundraising and communications experience.  You will be confident in securing income and support from diverse sources for the museum to enable the delivery of Business Plan aims and priorities.  You will be passionate about clear and effective communications, and keen to help promote the museum to audiences, communities, stakeholders and others through a wide range of marketing, social media and digital channels.

You will believe passionately in everything that PHM, the national museum of democracy stands for and the award winning work we deliver in collaboration with our communities, partners and audiences – helping achieve the museum’s vision to challenge inequality and apathy and inspire positive action through the inspiring stories of activism told at PHM.

For more details and how to apply, click here.

Job Opportunity: Turner Contemporary

Job Opportunity: Turner Contemporary
Job title: Trusts and Foundations Manager
Salary: up to £32,000 per annum
Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent and home-based
25 days per annum plus 8 Bank Holidays (total 33 days)
Closing date: 9am on Monday 26 April 2021

Turner Contemporary is look for a Trusts and Foundations Manager. Do you have experience in fundraising? Are you able to develop budgets? For more details and to apply please go to

Boost resilience with up to £10k grant – deadline 1pm 16 April

From Heritage Fund:

Applications open for Heritage Trade Up enterprise development programme until 1pm 16 April.

Calling all leaders of UK heritage organisations…

  • Are you looking to strengthen the financial resilience and governance capabilities of your organisation?
  • Do you want to create positive change within your organisation and for the communities you work with?
  • Would you like to bring heritage to a wider audience and help shape a vibrant, diverse and resilient heritage sector?

We are supporting Heritage Trade Up, a fully funded programme run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

The programme includes:

  • eight days of peer-based learning between October 2021 and June 2022
  • up to £10,000 Trade Back grant, supporting recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  • a support network of like-minded peers

To find out more and to apply to the programme, please click here.

Digital Takeover Day – 25 June 2021

From Kids in Museums:

Looking to engage young people? Thinking about starting a TikTok account? Want to understand what interests young people at your venue? There’s no better opportunity than this Friday 25 June. 

Now in its eighth year, Digital Takeover Day is when heritage organisations hand over their social media channels to under 25s. The aim of the initiative is to give young people a voice and help them learn about the heritage sector.

For heritage organisations, it’s a great opportunity to get a fresh perspective on your venue, shake up your content and even boost your profile. In previous years, young people’s #TakeoverDay posts have trended on Twitter.

To find out more and to sign up, please click here.

Job Opportunity: Wordsworth Grasmere

Job Opportunity: Wordsworth Grasmere
Job title: Traineeship (Digital Engagement, Visitor Experience, Education)
Salary: National Minimum Wage/Living Wage if age 23+
Location: Grasmere, Cumbria
Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Contract: Fixed Term (11 months)
Closing date: Monday 26 April, 9AM

Wordsworth Grasmere are looking for a Digital Engagement Trainee, Education Trainee and Visitor Experience Trainee to join them for an 11 month Traineeship, starting June 2021.

The Traineeship programme provides an all-round experience of working in an historic house and museum in a paid, full-time role, and aims to equip you with the skills you need to take the next step in your career. They are looking for people who are enthusiastic about heritage and learning, committed to self-development, and who will benefit from the training opportunities on offer.

For more information, and to apply, please visit our website:

Volunteer Leader of the Year Award for 2021

From the Heritage Volunteering Group:

We are excited to be launching our Volunteer Leader of the Year Award for 2021 recognising and rewarding contribution to the world of heritage volunteering. 2020 has seen its own challenges and we are looking forward to reviewing nominations that demonstrate how these have been met for the benefit of our volunteers, audiences, and collections.

Nominations are now live.  Please read the guidance, frequently asked questions and complete the nomination form by Friday 14 May, the successful winner and those commended being celebrated at our volunteering conference in July. Copies of these documents can be found on the HVG website. 

For more information or questions please email entering the subject heading “Volunteer Leader of the Year”. #HVGVolunteerLeader2021

Museum Collections on Prescription: Health, Wellbeing and Inclusivity, online series April 2021 – now booking

From Understanding British Portraits:

Museum Collections on Prescription: Health, Wellbeing and Inclusivity, online series April 2021 – now booking

A Subject Specialist Networks series
15, 22 and 29 April 2021, 15:00–17:00 (BST)

We’re delighted to be collaborating with two other professional networks on this series, the British Art Network, and the European Paintings pre-1900 network. Join us to explore the topic of health, wellbeing and inclusivity in the context of arts and heritage collections. Over a series of three online webinars, these themes will be discussed by a panel of arts and healthcare professionals.

The sessions will be led by Tony Heaton OBE, sculptor and disability activist (15 April); Catsou Roberts, Director of Vital Arts, Barts Health NHS Trust (22 April); Dr Errol Francis, Artistic Director and CEO of Culture& (29 April)

Subtitles and a British Sign Language interpreter will be included in all the sessions.

For more information and to book your place, please click here.