Category: Freelance

Freelance Opportunity: Curious Minds

Researcher for LCEP Evaluation

From Curious Minds:

We’re looking for an experienced researcher with knowledge of participative evaluation practice, to support the evaluation of the Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP). 

We need your help to capture and tell the story of the LCEP so far by:

  • Undertaking broad ranging stakeholder consultation and data analysis to create an evaluation framework and evidence base of qualitative and quantitative outcomes across all LCEP activity
  • Working with LCEP partners to review current approaches to measuring the positive impact on learning when children and young people have participated in arts and cultural activities
  • Producing a final report and recommendations that can be used to communicate and celebrate the achievements of the LCEP to funders and other stakeholders, and to inform future planning and impact assessment

The value of the contract is up to £5000 and the deadline for applications is Monday 17 July.

For the full brief and details of how to apply, please visit our vacancies page.

Freelance Opportunity: My Primary School is at the Museum

Research brief

At the heart of the My Primary School is at the Museum concept is a symbiotic strategy to place school classes within museums and galleries for extended periods, potentially leading to co-location. An innovative project was developed by King’s College London to test the hypothesis that there may be beneficial learning, social and cultural outcomes for primary school children and their families when a significant portion of their learning takes place in a museum setting, as well as demonstrating the benefits for museums. Groups of pupils from two primary schools and a nursery, from Tyne & Wear, Swansea and Liverpool, were based at their local museum for up to a term between January and June 2016. Further information on the project is available here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/SchoolsinMuseums.

In order to build on these initial pilots and move the concept forwards, we are looking for a researcher to support us in the following work to gather evidence in support of the education and community benefits of museum/arts based learning, as well as the potential economic benefits of co-location of a whole school and a museum or gallery.

Part I. Desk-based research

  • Identify sources of information (policy reports, sector publications, published research studies) that address aspects related to museum-school partnerships with a particular focus on the benefits of extended exposure to museums and cultural experiences; and also address the innovative delivery of broad aspects of the school curriculum in museum settings.
  • Gather relevant and robust case studies (published articles, or evaluation reports, also known as ‘grey’ literature) from the above review.
  • Compile potential ‘arguments’ to support greater museum-school partnerships. Such arguments may be in the form of research evidence indicating cognitive or social/behavioural gains on the part of the audience; financial reports indicating cost efficacies of co-location; etc.

The emphasis for the above is very much on ‘mapping’ and identifying what sorts and sources of information are available (or equally, unavailable).

Estimated time frame: 5 days.

Part II. Analysis of case studies

  Following the identification of case studies as part of the scoping exercise, this task involves synthesising the findings/experiences of various initiatives into a coherent whole such that insights and recommendations may be drawn out.

  • Collate and summarise case studies and gather more information if necessary to build complete data set which collectively encompasses the impacts of formal curriculum delivery in a museum setting (we currently envisage around 8 – 12 case studies).
  • Compare and contrast experiences and lessons learnt.
  • Develop recommendations/insights for the broader field, and for the development of the project, My primary school is at the Museum.

Estimated time frame: 5 days

We envisage the same researcher taking on both parts I and II.

Timeframe: the work is to be completed by 1 September 2017.

Reporting to: Dr Heather King, School of Education, Communication & Society, King’s College London and Kate Measures, Heritage Insider Ltd.

Fee: The role will be remunerated at £120/day for doctoral students or £140/day for post-docs, including London weighting.

Apply by: CV and cover email to Steven McEvoy, Innovation Coordinator, Cultural Institute at King’s College London, steven.mcevoy@kcl.ac.uk, by Monday 10 July.

Freelance Opportunity: International Museum Academy

The British Council is inviting proposals for the content development and delivery of the following courses as part of International Museums Academy in Greece 

  1. Commercial Enterprise  Athens October 2017 Thessaloniki November 2017

Develop and deliver the content for a practical five day CPD course that will teach 15-20  Greek mid carer museum professionals how to develop entrepreneurial skills, and implement innovative business models

     2. Resilience and Sustainability Athens October 2017 Thessaloniki November 2017

Develop and deliver the content for a practical five day CPD course that will teach 15-20  Greek mid carer museum professionals different and new business modeling and strategy to become more agile and able to respond and change in response to economic factors.  

       3. Museum and Community Engagement Athens October 2017 Thessaloniki November 2017

Develop and deliver the content for a practical five day CPD course that will teach 15-20  Greek mid carer museum professionals the role that museums can play in developing their offer to attract audiences and build a greater sense of community cohesion.

      4. Digital Skills Athens October 2017 Thessaloniki November 2017

Develop and deliver the content for a practical five day CPD course that will teach 15-20  Greek mid carer museum professionals to develop their strategic thinking and provide practical advice on how digital platforms can be used to enhance their content and communication.  The course will provide practical insight into innovative contemporary practice. The course will equip participants to confidently implement a digital project in their organisation.

The fixed fee for this work is £9,000 GBP (+VAT).

For more information see the following documents:

Request for Informtation IMA_Greece_Digital Skills _VR
Request for Informtation IMA_Greece_Museums and Community Engagement _VR
Request for Informtation IMA_Greece_Comercial Enterprise _VR
Request for Informtation IMA_Greece_Resilience and Sustainability _VR
FAQs IMA Greece_Transforming Future Museums VR

Please direct any questions you have any to myself and to Dina Ntziora, Cultural Skills Co-ordinator |Transforming Future Museums Dina.Ntziora@britishcouncil.gr  

The application deadline is Wednesday 19th July 2017.  Please send applications to Chantal.Harrison-Lee@Britishcouncil.org

Consultancy Opportunity: People’s History Museum

Fundraising Support – practical & strategic

From People’s History Museum:

With investment from Arts Council England through its Resilience programme,
People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is looking to work with a fundraising consultancy to create, nurture and capitalise on opportunities for revenue fundraising.

We are looking for a consultant or consultancy to work with PHM to scope a fundraising strategy for the coming years as well as providing actual fundraising support for the museum, building on the museum’s previous track record.

You are invited to submit your proposal for devising a Fundraising Strategy for People’s History Museum. Overall we are seeking a commitment to work with the museum, from July onwards to prepare and delivery a strategy by mid October 2017 to help us grow our fundraising capacity over time.

You are invited to submit your proposal for how you would work with People’s History Museum to support our revenue fundraising in 2017/2018. We are seeking a commitment to work with the museum, from July onwards to create, nurture and capitalise on opportunities for revenue fundraising in 2017/2018, combined with a firm eye on the future capacity of the museum.

Budget

  • We have a total amount available of £25k (ex VAT)
  • Please quote a cost breakdown along with your proposal

Timetable

  • Closing date for proposals is Friday 7 July 2017 10am
  • The Senior Management Team and Chair of Trustees Baroness Jan Royall will shortlist
  • Interviews will take place week commencing 17 July 2017 at PHM and we would expect to interview project leads
  • The work should ideally begin by end July 2017

For the full consultancy brief please click here.

Please provide a short written submission for the above in accordance with the brief below by Friday 7 July 2017.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Janneke Geene, Acting Director, week commencing 26 June at janneke.geene@phm.org.uk

Consultancy Opportunity: People’s History Museum, Manchester

From the People’s History Museum:

You are invited to submit your proposal for devising an Audience Development Plan for the People’s History Museum. Funded through Arts Council England Resilience.

Overall we are seeking a commitment to work with the museum, from the start of July through to mid October, to prepare and deliver a strategy to help us develop ways of serving existing audiences and engaging with new ones.

Please visit the People’s History Museum website for more information.

Proposal deadline: Wednesday 28 June 2017.

Consultancy Opportunity: British Council

This will provide a contextual overview of UK museum governance. The report will be translated, published and distributed by a partner organisation in the People’s Republic of China so that the museum sector in China achieves a greater understanding of best practice in museum governance. The aim of the report is to focus solely on UK policy and practice. Subsequently, expertise on China isn’t necessary. It is preferable that the applicant have experience connected with the UK museum sector. This report should contribute to a greater understanding of the UK museum sector and will be made available in the UK by the British Council.

Visit the British Council website for more information.

Deadline: Monday 26th June 2017

Consultancy Opportunity: Bolton Museum

Improving our Commercial Offer

The brief

Bolton Museum is undergoing a major redevelopment project which will transform the Egypt, Art and Nature galleries to appropriately and effectively showcase our collections and create a unique visitor experience. The redevelopment of the Egyptology galleries will create a journey through Egyptian life to showcase our world famous collections. The project will include a facsimile copy of Thutmose III tomb which will be the only one of its kind in the UK. The galleries are currently under construction and will be complete in 2018.

Bolton is well known for its significant Egyptology collection and since the establishment of the museum in its first home at Chadwick Museum it has grown a rich and varied collection of artefacts.

As part of the capital project we want to take the opportunity to maximise the potential of a new shop space and venue hire for commercial events.

Bolton museum service is commissioning this piece of work to:

  • Gain an understanding about how to configure the new shop to maximise display space
  • Develop retail lines appropriate to our visitor demographic
  • Train staff to equip them with retail knowledge to enable us to maintain the shop and provide a successful and consistent income stream
  • Explore the potential of our spaces for events hire and ensure we are equipped to offer a professional and well organised service.
  • Maximise our potential as an events hire venue during a time of strong investment from businesses in the town.

Outputs

The successful consultant will deliver the following outputs:

  1. Recommendations for planning, marketing and delivering successful event hire
  2. A report outlining the best use of shop space and gallery space for events hire
  3. Training for staff around selecting appropriate product lines including bespoke products, effective marketing and display and maintaining stock.

Budget

The budget is £4500 inclusive of expenses

Conditions

Tender showing relevant experience to be submitted by 23 June 2017
Interviews will be held week beginning 10 July 2017
Training and advice sessions to take place between July and November 2017
Report to be produced by 29 January 2018

Submit your tender to: Jennifer.rudd@bolton.gov.uk

Phone 01204 332731 for further information

Freelance Opportunity: Eden Rivers Trust & Tullie House

Brief for expressions of interest:

Phase 1 Exhibition Concept Design, branding & visual identity

Overview:

Eden Rivers Trust and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery are working in partnership to create a major new exhibition exploring the life and story of the River Eden which is part of the Cherish Eden project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The exhibition will be displayed at Tullie House from 16 June 2018 until 30 September 2018. The exhibition will be targeted at a family audience, particularly families with children aged 7 – 11 years old (Key Stage 2).

The exhibition will explore the idea that “the River Eden is an amazing place, making it a great place to explore”. This idea will be explored through 4 main themes:

  1. There are awe inspiring places to visit on the Eden
  2. The River Eden is bursting with life and home to amazing creatures
  3. We need to keep the river amazing
  4. You can take inspiration and get creative with the river

Tullie House’s natural history collection will provide an exploration of the creatures that can be seen in the river catchment, highlighting the animal’s unique features, special abilities and amazing adaptations (Theme 2.1). The total exhibition budget for design and build is approximately £40,000.

We would like to invite Design companies to tender to provide an Exhibition Concept Design for the project. This is the first design phase in the production of the exhibition. We are looking to commission an external designer with experience of working with organisations to produce high quality visitor experiences. The designer will work with Eden Rivers Trust and Tullie House to realise and establish the exhibition’s brand identity and to develop visual content.

Scope and Specification:

We require an external designer to create a Concept Design which will form the visual identity for the exhibition which will connect with and inspire our visitors. The design should shape the visitor experience within the exhibition.

Phase 1 Concept Design must include the following elements:

  • A design concept to run throughout exhibition. This will create the visual identity of the exhibition, the look and feel and visitor experience. Ideally the partnership would like to explore a range of concept options as part of the design process.
  • Design elements which will realise the exhibition concept such as colour themes, fonts and typography and other graphic elements.
  • A range of ideas for other exhibition content e.g. staging ideas, use of commissioned art work, sound, lighting and projection.
  • Creation and supply of a logo for exhibition.
  • Creation of a minimum of 3 family-friendly characters, based upon creatures to act as family guides throughout the exhibition.
  • Cost estimates for the design and build.

The above elements of the exhibition will require design, and artwork provided to the project team by the designer. The copyright for the artwork will sit with the project partners for use in promotional and commercial activity before, during and after the exhibition.

Phase 2 of the exhibition design (this is not part of this tender but provided for context)

Using the visual identity/style created above a detailed exhibition design will be created (phase 2). This will be fulfilled by a range of external contractors (which may or may not involve the phase 1 designer) and Tullie House in-house team.

We anticipate that the following elements will be produced:

  • Exhibition graphics: approx. 40 interpretation panels (text); approx. 20 graphic; panels. Approx. 100 labels
  • Exhibition staging: Lighting and projection; Sound. Structures: Display cabinets for exhibits; Temporary structures to add to the visitor experience
  • Exhibition layout
  • Detailed costings
  • Promotional material to include, but not limited to: 2-3 leaflets; Posters (with resizing); banners (print and digital and resizing); advertising (print and digital and resizing); signage; activity sheets

Budget for Phase 1 Concept Design:

Phase 1 Exhibition Design Concept Creation – £2000.00 plus vat

Key Contacts at Eden Rivers Trust:

Jane Davies, Heritage and Outreach Coordinator , jane@edenrt.org; 01768866788

Process for applying:

Submit expressions of interest to:

Jane Davies, Jane@edenrt.org, Eden Rivers Trust, Dunmail Building, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH. Deadline for expressions of interest: Monday 5th of June 2017 by 12.00 noon.

As part of your expression of interest please describe your relevant experience referencing projects of a similar nature. Please include images and or references to websites where examples can be seen.

Please describe your methodology, including key stages and timescales, and a breakdown of how the specification can be achieved within this budget. If additional costs are anticipated to meet the specification please outline these.

The successful applicant will be expected to begin work on the project in June 2017 for completion by the 18th August 2017 or earlier.

If you have any enquiries regarding the project please contact Jane Davies, by email to jane@edenrt.org. An interpretation plan for the project is available on request.

Freelance Opportunities: The Atkinson

Freelance Research
Sacrifice: the impact and aftermath of conflict on lives and minds
June – October 2017

Freelance Project Co-ordinator
Sacrifice: the impact and aftermath of conflict on lives and minds
June 2017 – November 2018

From The Atkinson:

During the First World War the term shell shock was used to describe either a psychological or physical condition. This type of injury was not well understood and men who were suffering were sometimes dismissed as being cowards or weak. As the war progressed the number of cases increased, with a shell shock crisis from 1916 onwards. The increase in cases led to official recognition of this condition and treatment: the War Office decided that direct referral to specialist treatment centres staffed by trained professionals would best aid the return of men to the battlefield.

Our project is about the heritage of Moss Side Military Hospital in Maghull: the memories, the visual and written records of its role as a training as well as a treatment centre. The hospital became a focus for experiment in the developing field of psychological medicine as clinicians from diverse backgrounds and disciplines gathered at this specialist unit. Patients were first admitted to the 300 available beds in December 1914; the number of beds was expanded to 500 in 1917. Between 1914 and 1919 the hospital treated a total of 3,638 patients. The clinical staff were described as “the brilliant band of workers who at that time made Maghull the centre for the study of abnormal psychology.”

We seek a researcher and freelance project co-ordinator who will work with us to develop research, understanding and engagement with the heritage of Moss Side Military Hospital in Maghull, Sefton, which developed as a centre of excellence and innovation in the treatment of shellshock during the First World War. This hospital no longer exists, the buildings are being knocked down, and this important social and medical heritage is in danger of vanishing.

Research Project Brief

Project Co-ordinator Brief

 

Freelance Opportunity: Lakeland Arts

Support for museum object-inspired soft play creations for toddler group activity

Brief 2017

Lakeland Arts is one of the leading Arts organisations in the North West, managing Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museums of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House in Bowness and is developing the Windermere Jetty- Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.

Lakeland Arts (LA) is seeking to contract an experienced craftsperson to make textile ‘soft-play’ objects inspired by the objects at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry (MOLLI). The objects will accompany a programme of activities we run for toddlers and their parents / guardians.

The Programme

Known as Crawl at the Hall, this well-established programme for children and parents was suspended following the damage to Abbot Hall caused by the December 2015 floods. We are planning to re-launch this popular programme with soft play-inspired interactives created for MOLLI, inspired by the collection.

The Crawl sessions are multi-sensory and encourage expression, exploration, language and movement for under 5s and their parent(s). The successful craftsperson will need to consider the needs of this audience group when creating the soft play objects. Please note that participant children are supervised at all times by their parent / guardian and the activity leader.

Brief specification

Lakeland Arts wants to commission the creation of 8-10 ‘soft play’ items that relate to the museum collection. We are looking for large scale, high quality, 3-dimensional objects in different shapes that are colourful and tactile, made robust textiles with zip covers (so that we can wash).

Objects should be stuffed with foam and or toy stuffing and made from materials that are varied in colour, texture and pattern, whilst ensuring that no parts can be easily unravel or removed (no choke hazards given young age range of participants). The materials must be non-hazardous and comply with relevant health and safety standards including fire resistance.

For example, we have a typewriter that belonged to Cumbrian author, Arthur Ransome.

The successful contractor will to create a large scale, soft toy version of a typewriter. See example for inspiration through this link.

Though this on-line example is overly elaborate, we are looking for soft play objects that are fun and colourful and interpreted in a way that turns the object ‘on its head’. In terms of scale we want objects to be roughly the size of large throw cushions or beach balls.

Timetable

Research, design and selection of fabrics to be developed by end of February 2017 (to be submitted and discussed with client for approval and so that we can test ideas with parents of under 5s).

Soft Play objects made and delivered to client by end of Easter 2017.

Budget
£1000 inclusive of VAT and expenses.

Tendering process

Please submit a proposal of no more than 4 sides outlining how you will deliver the commission together with a timetable, breakdown of costs, two referees and 2-3 photographs with examples of similar work from your portfolio (or a link to websites where this can be viewed).

For the full brief please click here.

Please submit your proposal by noon on Monday 13 February 2017 to: Jennie Pitceathly, Head of Learning jpitceathly@lakelandarts.org.uk