Category: Freelance

Freelance Opportunity: Museum Development Yorkshire

Visitor Experience Consortium

Museum Development Yorkshire are looking for a contractor to manage their region wide Visitor Experience Consortium. The contractor will be expected to work with the MDO team and consortium museums to:

  • assign visits
  • ensure museums are adequately briefed
  • quality check reports
  • distribute reports to museums.

The project will run from April 2018 to March 2019.

For a detailed brief email or for an informal discussion about the project call Alan Bentley on 07595 609782.


Freelance Opportunity: VisitEngland

Quality Assessor
Fees – £138, £168 or £230 depending on the size of the attraction concerned

VisitEngland Assessment Services invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced visitor attraction and tourism industry professionals to join its part-time self-employed freelance assessor team to work on the high profile Quality Assured Visitor Attraction, Racecourse, Motorway Service Area and Pubs accreditation schemes.

The successful candidates will have an in-depth practical and theoretical understanding of the UK visitor attraction and tourism industry demonstrated by extensive recent work experience at a visitor attraction or similar tourism business and will undertake an annual allocation of quality assessment visits according to scheme guidelines and standards. A full clean driving license with access to own transport and vehicle insurance for business use is essential as is a personal computer, telephone and office equipment to deliver work as required for the role.

We are particularly seeking applications from candidates to work regionally in the North West of England (Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria) and the South West of England (Avon, Gloucestershire, Somerset).

A full job description outlining the key skills, experience and attributes required is available here.

Applications in the form of a full CV and covering letter should be submitted by e-mail to: by 5:00pm on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

It is anticipated interviews and a selection centre for short-listed candidates will take place in Lincolnshire on Thursday 8 March 2018. Successful applicants will be expected to be available for an Assessor Conference in Basingstoke on 19 & 20 March 2018 followed by initial training from 1 April 2018.

VisitEngland Quality Assessment Services,
The AA, Fanum House, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4EA Telephone: 01256 491111

VisitEngland Assessment Services is managed by AA Hotel and Hospitality Services under contract to VisitEngland.

Freelance Opportunity: MDNW / Manchester Museum

Project Coordinator, Carbon Literacy Centre pilot
Status: Freelance Contract
Duration: March 2018 – April/May 2018
Fee: £6,000 inclusive of travel costs. Can be home-based or office-based in Manchester
Closing date: 26th February 2018

Cooler Projects/Carbon Literacy Trust, Manchester Museum and Museum Development North West (MDNW) are looking for a freelance consultant to undertake research and scoping for a pilot project to trial Manchester Museum as the world’s first ‘Carbon Literacy Centre’, where individuals can become Carbon Literate – creating a model that is adaptable to museums of different sizes and locations.

The Carbon Literacy Project, originating in Manchester, offers everyone who works, lives or studies in the city and beyond a day’s worth of Carbon Literacy learning: climate change, carbon footprints, how you can do your bit, and why it’s relevant to you and your audience. More than just small, personal changes, Carbon Literacy highlights the need for substantial change and supports each individual to have a cascade effect on a much wider audience – whether it’s in the individual’s workplace, community, school, university, place of worship, or other setting.

This first phase, running from March to April/May 2018, will scope and research different possible models of how to use Manchester Museum as a Carbon Literacy Centre to enable individuals to qualify as Carbon Literate, including how this might be funded and how the model could be replicated by museums of differing sizes, types and collections.

Subject to funding, the second phase will pilot Manchester Museum as a Carbon Literacy Centre during the Season for Change in June to December 2018. If Phase 2 is to go ahead any coordination or administrative support required for the project will be advertised separately.

 We are looking for a consultant with proven experience of working in museums, preferably with a learning background. Experience of working in environmental sustainability is not essential but an interest in the subject would be desirable.

For further details please see the full brief here – Carbon Literacy Centre brief. For any queries contact Lynsey Jones, Museum Development Officer, Museum Development North West,

Freelance Opportunity: Paintings in Hospitals

Freelance Opportunity: Loans Coordinator
(London & South East)
Contract: 24 months+, 30 hours per week (estimate). The role may include some evening and weekend hours.
Fee: £1,300 – £1,500 per month depending on experience, exclusive of travel expenses

From Paintings in Hospitals:

Do you believe art can have an impact on our wellbeing? Are you able to convince other people of the value of art? Would you like to see more art in health and social care spaces in London & South East?  If so, then this challenging role is for you! 

Paintings in Hospitals is seeking a Loans Coordinator to provide an outstanding loan service across London & the South East that promotes health, wellbeing and empowerment for all.

Based in London Bridge (2 days a week) and then working from home and at partner sites, you will help us grow the number of new care partners using our loan services, whilst providing excellent guidance and assistance to our current partners. As part of this, you will develop and deliver innovative engagement activities with service-users, patients and staff from new and existing care partners, leading to sites borrowing artworks from the collection. You will be responsible for renewing current loans and will support the care and display of artworks in the region. You will have an understanding of the ways in which Paintings in Hospitals’ services improve health and wellbeing.

Our successful candidate will have two years’ experience brokering and maintaining partnerships with organisations; a track record of promoting or selling art to non-art audiences; outstanding communication skills; knowledge of the health and social care, and a passion for visual arts. A motivated and determined individual, you will be results-driven with a track record of consistently meeting or exceeding targets and a strong desire to help people. You will have the organisational skills to prioritise and manage a challenging and diverse workload, and the ability to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds. 

A full copy of the role description can be downloaded here.

To apply, please click here.

Application deadline: Thursday 1st March, 12pm

Consultancy Opportunity: The Corinium Museum

Commercial Hire Consultant

The Corinium Museum has been awarded funding from the Arts Council England Resilience Fund to create a commercial strategy.

The strategy is part of a larger project entitled ‘Beyond Corinium’ which aims to radically transform the current museum website, create a strong museum brand identity, identify the most effective and efficient ways of maximising the existing building spaces to improve commercial capacity, and develop the workforce to enable the delivery of a new commercial strategy.

To do this we are looking to appoint a business and planning consultancy to produce a strategic plan for the existing building spaces.

Budget and timescale

The total budget for the work is £5,000 + VAT. The budget will include consultancy, research and analysis, and final strategy and action plan. The commercial strategy must be completed by the end of March 2018.

How to apply

Please download the Commercial Hire Strategy Brief

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 9th February 2018.


For further information and to make a submission please contact the key contact Amanda Hart, Museum Director:

Tel: 01285 655611


Resilient Freelancing: A Museum Freelance Network event for freelancers, by freelancers

Monday 12 March 2018
London Canal Museum
10:30 – 16:15

Join other museum freelancers for this insightful, valuable and practical day of training and networking, aimed at freelancers working across all disciplines in the museums and heritage sector and those considering embarking on a freelance career.

Speakers will explore key future challenges and opportunities that no museum freelancer will be able to ignore; the tools and techniques that are useful in helping freelancers balance their working lives and ultimately find time to do things other than work; a client’s point of view about what clients look for in freelancers; how freelancers can be more effective in relating to others; and ideas and inspiration to break the cycle of trading time for services delivered, create regular recurring work, and increase your value to your clients.

There will also be bitesize talks from freelancers as they share what tools, tips and lessons have made them resilient, and an optional social session at the end of the day.

For the full programme and to book please click here.

Early bird rate until 15 December: £70, after which tickets are £90. There are 3 free spaces with travel expenses paid for – for more information and to apply click here.

Freelance Opportunity: Gallery Oldham

Freelance Museums & Schools Learning Assistant
Fee £12,000

The Freelance Museums & Schools Learning Assistant would be expected to;

  • Complete school bookings received by telephone and email
  • Book freelance artists and educators
  • Liaise with finance staff to raise invoices and purchase orders
  • Meet and greet schools coming to Gallery Oldham on visits and assist with signing in procedures
  • Take photographs of sessions where permissions have been obtained
  • Collate schools visitor figure data onto excel spreadsheet
  • Collate schools evaluation data
  • Create leaflets and posters where appropriate and check and replenish stock in house
  • Market schools offer via council First Class, Gallery Oldham website, social media platforms, print and conference stands
  • Assist with design of schools resources
  • Attend Team briefs to keep wider team up to date with school bookings
  • Assist learning staff in keeping the Education Suite tidy and ordering supplies
  • Any other administrative duties as required
  • Any other duties commensurate with level of responsibility

Essential Skills

  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Experience of Excel
  • Experience of Word
  • Experience of Publisher
  • Experience of Power point
  • Excellent communication skills verbally and in print

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of photography
  • Experience of social media
  • Experience of working in a busy office environment
  • Experience of working with schools

This is a six months, full time, freelancer position based at Gallery Oldham

Application is by submitting a CV and covering letter to Joy Thorpe by Sunday 22nd October.

Interviews will be held at Gallery Oldham on Monday 30th October.


Freelance opportunity: Quarry Bank

Project conservator
Fee: £15,000
Duration: October 2017 – 31st July 2018

Quarry Bank (National Trust) are looking to appoint a freelance Project Conservator.

Quarry Bank in Styal, Cheshire is arguably the most important early textile manufacturing community in England. The National Trust (NT) has owned Quarry Bank Mill and the Styal Estate since 1939 but for many years aspects of the site were in private ownership, preventing us from telling the complete story. Over the past 10 years the Trust has acquired the final elements of the estate. The Quarry Bank Project is now transforming the property from a series of component parts to one cohesive story.

The total project cost is £9.5M, with £3.88M being contributed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

At the heart of this work is our archive and collections. We now have an extraordinary opportunity to reshape the way that we use our historic archive and collections to bring them to the fore of all the most significant developments across the property. The project will ensure the long-term preservation and access to the archive and collections and promote conservation across the site.

We have now reached a point in the project where the preparation of the Mill and its contents requires the focussed time of a project conservator. We would like to appoint this role by the end of October to ensure involvement in the movement and protection of items in the Mill before construction work starts on site towards the end of November. Liaison with the main contractor and members of the property team will be a key part of the role. The role would continue until July 31st 2018 and consist of a number of key phases (further details available).

There is a fixed fee of £15,000 for this work with the contract period envisaged from 24th October 2017 to July 31st 2018. If this role is of interest to you and would like a further discussion, please contact either:

Ally Tsilika, Archive & Collections Manager – 01625 445871
Sara Burdett, Project Curator – 0161 925 4340; 07785 738870

Consultancy Opportunity: MDNW

Project Co-ordinator, Women in STEM (working title) Phase 1

Job Title: Project Coordinator
Status: Freelance Contract
Duration: November 2017 – March 2018
Fee: £5,000 inclusive of travel costs. Can be home-based or office-based in Manchester. The post involves some travel around the North West

We are looking for an organised project co-ordinator to work with us to scope out the potential, and to develop a funding bid, for an industrial heritage-based project. The project will use museum collections to showcase the achievements of women in the North West in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Across the North West there are museum collections that tell the stories of the achievements of women in the traditionally male-dominated STEM fields, from Paradise Mill in Macclesfield which featured in a recent BBC documentary about Ada Lovelace who worked on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general purpose computer, to the Armitt’s collection of Beatrix Potter’s botanical drawings which supported her research as a mycologist. Some stories are better known that others and this project is an opportunity to give prominence to some of these lesser known women alongside the more familiar.

The scoping part of the project will run from November 2017 to March 2018.  Phase 2, the delivery of the project, is intended to run through 2018 and 2019, overlapping with the Great Exhibition of the North, the centenaries of the Representation of the People Act giving some women the vote and of Nancy Astor taking her place in Parliament as the first female MP.

Please see the full brief for details of key tasks in the contract – Women in STEM coordinator brief

For further details about Museum Development North West visit our website, If you have any questions about the project please contact Lynsey Jones, Museum Development Officer,

To apply:
Please send a proposal outlining how you will deliver the contract, submitted by email to Lynsey Jones, by 5pm Monday 23rd October 2017. Full requirements are outlined in the brief.

Interviews will take place in Manchester on Wednesday 1st November 2017.

Freelance Opportunity: Sefton Library Service

Beyond the War Memorials – the stories behind the men listed on Sefton’s Civic War Memorials.

Freelance Researcher – £4250 + VAT – total fee including all travel costs and expenses

This is a Fixed Term Opportunity for a 4month period, completed over 17 days’ work delivered flexibly as required.

We are looking for an enthusiastic freelance researcher  who has the skills, experience and enthusiasm to undertake a piece of research on Sefton’s Civic War memorials.

You will research and write the history of the 11 civic war memorials in Sefton with a view to this being published on a website.

Working with volunteers and schools, you will find the stories behind the names on the war memorials including personal stories before the war, military records, manner and time of death. Where available, you will collate photographs and addresses of the fallen.

You will run a series of educational sessions with schools about the research being undertaken.

You will create a training plan to equip volunteers with the skills and knowledge to support the research with children.

Working with a web designer, you will support the collation of information and development of a website and digital map

Previous experience and knowledge of researching First World War records is desirable.

Closing Date: 12 noon, 06 Oct 2017

For the research brief please click here.

To request background information, make project enquiries and to submit your application please contact:

Dave Ewing – Senior Development Manager, Information and Heritage, Sefton Library Service, C/O Crosby Library Crosby Road North, Waterloo. L22 0LQ 0151 934 4890