Category: Job oppotunities

Job Opportunity: Contemporary Visual Arts North NW Network Manager

Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West (CVAN NW) is a regional network creating opportunities for artists, organisations and professionals to develop their practice, share ideas, knowledge and resources and cultivate relationships. They provide platforms to promote and support the work of the region’s visual arts ecology.
CVAN North West comprises three sub-regional groups:

  • Visual Arts in Liverpool (VAiL)
  • Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester (CVAM)
  • North by NorthWest (NbyNW)

Contemporary Visual Arts North (CVAN) NW is seeking a new Network Manager to be responsible for coordinating and managing the work of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West, assisting in the formulation and implementation of a new regional strategy and delivery plan,and facilitating knowledge sharing across the regional network, and between other CVAN networks, nationally.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 13th September. Interviews will be held week commencing 1stOctober 2018.
For more information on the job role, specification and how to apply click here.

Job Opportunity: Programme Manager, Cumbria Tourism

Cumbria Tourism have recently been successful in applying for Discover England Funding for the Northern World Heritage Collection project and are looking for an experienced Programme Manager to lead the project.

If you have senior tourism experience, knowledge of UNESCO World Heritage sites and recent programme management experience they would be delighted to hear from you.

The closing date is Monday 13 August. Interviews will be held 15 August 2018. For more information please click here.

For more information about the role please contact Sue Clarke –


Consultancy opportunity: Museum Development Network- Formative Evaluation of Museums’ Self-Assessment Methodology

The Museum Development Network (MDN) seeks a consultant with relevant experience and expertise to evaluate the national pilot of a methodology of museums’ self-assessment. The methodology is currently operating as a national pilot in each region during 2018-19 and builds on the East Midlands Museum Development self-assessment business diagnostic. The evaluation findings will inform the development of a national self-assessment methodology in preparation for implementation from January 2019.

This work will support MDN to develop a collective response to Arts Council England’s Museum Development (MD) SMART objectives and to support: MD programme development; resilience of museums in the nine English regions; identification of national trends and needs of museums; track some of the impact of MD interventions and support given to museums.

The deadline for proposal submission is 5pm on the7thSeptember 2018. The interview date for short-listed proposals is 25thSeptember 2018. 

For more information please read the full brief here.

Job Opportunity: Treasurer, The Atkinson Trust Development Fund

Job OpportunityThe Atkinson Trust Development Fund
Job title: Treasurer
Salary: Voluntary
The Atkinson, Southport
Minimum one meeting per month 5.30-7 pm 
Contract: Term of office is three years
Closing date: 21 August 2018, 5 pm

The Atkinson Development Trust is a charity run by a small, committed group of skilled volunteers who have a shared love of Sefton and The Atkinson. Established in 2015, the Trust is still growing and developing.

The aim of the Trust, in short, is to raise money. What interests the Trust is what can be done with the funds raised. The Trustees believe in the transformative power of art and that communities thrive best when they have civic pride and a sense of place.  So, the Trust was established to work in partnership with The Atkinson to use its collections to make a positive impact on local people’s lives.

The Treasurer’s role is to:

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation, ensuring they are legal and constitutional
  • Ensure that proper records are kept, and effective financial procedures are in place
  • Oversee the production and adoption of annual budgets, financial reports/returns, accounts and audits
  • Appraise the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies
  • Liaise with Trustees making them aware of their financial obligations and ensuring the financial viability of the organisation
  • Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors/an independent examiner
  • Contribute to the pool of expertise and advice i.e. making advice and expertise available to the Board, staff and volunteers
  • Make an active contribution in organising fundraising on behalf of The Atkinson Development Trust
  • Govern i.e. directing and controlling the organisation through collective decision-making.  This is a mandatory requirement of every Trustee.

Please see the attached for more information about the role:

Recruitment of a Treasurer for The Atkinson Development Trust and Role Description

If you have any questions, please email:

The Atkinson website:



Job Opportunity: Bahamas Locomotive Society, West Yorkshire

Bahamas Locomotive Society

Museum Assistant
Salary £16,882-£17,391pa
35 hours per week – working days to be determined (5 days out of 7) and with some weekend working and flexibility essential

Fixed term contract (six months – from appointment date, anticipated Sept 2018 to Feb 2019)

Closing date: Friday 3rdAugust 2018

Interview candidates notified by: Wed 15thAug

Interview date: Wednesday 22ndAugust 2018

The Bahamas Locomotive Society (BLS) operates its museum and workshop ‘Ingrow Loco’ (now branded as ‘The Engine Shed’) as part of the Rail Story partnership based at Ingrow West Station on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (KWVR).  For details about Rail Story please visit

Role Summary

This role has been established to support a range of museum operations and activities and will involve working alongside an existing small team of Duty Officers and Education Facilitators, supported by Volunteers and Directors, to provide a first class experience for all visitors including school parties, science club, community groups and other special interest groups.  A key element of the role is to liaise with schools and to take bookings, plan visits, attend to administrative tasks and to be pro-active in the maintenance and delivery of the existing schools programme including direct delivery to schools alongside the Education Facilitators.

In addition the post-holder will have a range of curatorial and visitor services responsibilities which are outlined in the full job description.

How to Apply

For further job details click here and visit the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s Website: where the job description, person specification and details of how to apply can be downloaded.

Job opportunity: Assistant Curator, Towneley Hall, Burnley

Towneley Hall

Assistant Curator

21.00 hours per week

Grade 7   £13,388 to  £14,750

Closing date for applications: Monday 23rd July 2018

Interview date: Friday 24thAugust 2018

Towneley Hall are recruiting an Assistant Curator to help in the management, care, development and promotion of Towneley Hall and its collections. The position is part-time averaging 21 hours per week with some flexibility in when the hours are worked.

The successful candidate will support senior staff in managing Towneley Hall art gallery & museum and its collections. Duties will include collections management, organising exhibitions and loans, leading talks and guided tours and ensuring compliance with the Museums Accreditation Scheme. You will also assist in supporting the museums volunteer programme.

Candidates must be qualified to degree level in History of Art or other relevant subject. A relevant professional qualification or relevant postgraduate qualification is desirable. Experience of working in a museum or gallery, whether paid or voluntary, is essential. Candidates must also have excellent communication skills, the ability to plan and organise work and be able to engage with and interest the public in the collections and must also be available to undertake weekend work when required (for which appropriate time off in lieu will be granted).

Burnley Borough Council offers a flexible working week, generous holidays, training opportunities and a pension scheme.

For an informal discussion on the content of the job description or person specification, please contact Mike Townend (Senior Curator) on  01282 425011 Ex 3183

For a recruitment pack and to apply online click here.

Job Opportunity: Blackpool Museum Project- Assistant Curator

Blackpool Council

Assistant Curator


Contract Type: Temporary until 31/03/2019

Hours: 37hrs

Salary: £21,074.00- £23,111.00

Blackpool Council are seeking an Assistant Curator to join the Blackpool Museum Project Team.  The Blackpool Museum Project is an exciting, new development to create Blackpool’s first museum which will celebrate its unique heritage and Britain’s enduring love of seaside holidays and popular entertainment.

The post-holder will support the Curator in the development of interpretative content, research collections, stories and interpretative material for display.  They will also support in the development of exhibition briefs.  They will create, update and maintain accurate object and loan records, assist in the organisation of transport and conservation of artefacts and support our Performers’ Network.  They will capture personal stories using a range of techniques including interviews, oral histories and digital storytelling.  They will also support community engagement with the project, including co-creation projects.

They are looking for an individual with experience of working in a museum environment, research and museum interpretation.  Their ideal candidate will have experience of museum documentation and practical experience of object handling.  They will have good communication skills, are happy working as part of a team and able to engage effectively with a wide range of people.

This post is temporary to 31 March 2019 in the first instance, but with the potential to extend as the Museum Project moves into the Delivery Phase.

For more information and an informal conversation please contact Emma Heslewood, the Project Curator on 07469 020862.
Click here to view the Job Description and to apply.

Job opportunity: National Football Museum- Executive Assistant

Job opportunity: National Football Museum

Executive Assistant

Salary: £22,000 – £25,000

Location: National Football Museum, Manchester

Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours p/w

Contract: Permanent

Closing date: Monday 18 June 2018

The National Football Museum is moving to a new exciting period in its development as they aim to become a world class museum with a social purpose.

To help them achieve their ambitions they are looking to recruit the new position of Executive Assistant to support the Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer.

The successful candidate will have the responsibility of playing a key role in the administration of the charity and working directly with the Leadership Team and Trustees.

The Executive Assistant will have:

  • Work Experience
    • Proven experience as an Executive Assistant/Secretary/PA
    • Experience of working with senior management or Boards of Trustees or similar
  • Education / Qualifications
    • High degree of IT literacy – including using the full suite of Microsoft Office
    • Programmes (including MS Outlook and PowerPoint)
    • Professional or vocational qualification in Administration or equivalent qualification
  • Skills / Abilities/ Attributes
    • Strong organisational skills
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills – able to write coherently and effectively
    • Ability to assimilate and effectively deal with important and confidential and sensitive Information
    • High degree of diplomatic and social skills – confident communicating effectively at all levels and with a diverse range of stakeholders
    • Typing skills (40 words per minute)
    • Short hand or speed writing
    • Able to act on own initiative, prioritise and meet deadlines
    • Proven ability to take and produce professional meeting minutes
    • Effective diary management
    • Eye for detail and ability to proof read with attention to spelling and grammar
    • Team player
    • Work well under pressure and changing circumstances
    • Commitment to the NFM vision
    • Willingness to work flexible hours on occasion to meet deadlines

For further information please visit

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to :

Closing Date: Monday 18th June 2018

Interviews will take place Friday 29th June 2018

Job opportunity: Link4Life

Heritage Officer – Dippy on Tour, A Natural History Adventure (L1828)
Salary: Band 5, £25,902, (pro rata)
Location: Arts and Heritage Resource Centre, Rochdale
Hours: 18.5 hours per week, 2.5 days per week
Contract: 12 months fixed term, with possibility of extension
Closing date: Tuesday 8May 2018

 The Natural History Museum’s famous dinosaur skeleton, Dippy will be visiting Rochdale in 2020.

Your role will be to lead on the creation, development, management and delivery of the community engagement programme related to Dippy’s visit to Rochdale. You will be expected to manage the project, from the initial planning stage through to the final stage, liaising with a range of partner organisations and multiple stakeholders throughout the process.

A significant aim of the role is to engage visitors with the key themes of the Dippy Programme, ensuring that the community have a sense of ownership of the project.  You will consult different communities to develop and, where needed, deliver a range of exciting events and activities linked to the exhibition, and to the wider aims of Touchstones Rochdale. The post holder will be expected to enable activities and events to be as ambitious and accessible as possible to all residents from within the Borough and to attract the many visitors from outside the Borough that will be visiting Rochdale during the Dippy project.

In addition, the post holder will be expected to take a flexible approach to work in order to meet groups out of the usual office hours.

Please visit for further details and to download the Application Form.  If you do not have access to the Internet please telephone 01706 926268 / 926215 to request an Application Form through the post, quoting the job reference number above.

All applications must be made using the Link4Life Application Form, CVs are not accepted.




Job Opportunity: Mountain Heritage Trust

Collections Manager
Term: 1 year (maternity cover), with initial 3 month probationary period
Start date: First half of July 2018
Hours: 35 hours per week (Monday-Friday) with occasional weekend or evening meetings
Location: Blencathra Field Centre, Threlkeld, Cumbria, CA12 4SG, with travel to other locations on an ad hoc basis

Reporting to: Chair of MHT
Remuneration: £26,000/annum

Job summary

The Collections Manager is a key role for the Mountain Heritage Trust. As the only full-time professional member of staff, you will work with the Trust’s dedicated board of volunteer Trustees to support the growth and development of the Mountain Heritage Trust. An exciting and varied role, you will be responsible for managing the Trust’s collections; curating exhibitions and displays; acting as a professional archives advisor to associated clubs and organisations; as well as managing staff and volunteers.

Main Activities and Responsibilities

  • To ensure long-term preservation of archives and artefacts held by the Trust by controlling environment and security factors over four sites
  • To be responsible for processing new accessions and updating existing catalogue entries in accordance with international standards
  • To ensure appropriate insurance provision
  • To review and update policy and process documentation
  • To undertake survey visits and produce reports for the Trustees
  • To manage the records produced by the Trust and attend Board meetings
  • To manage the MHT Administrator, Learning and Engagement Officer and Volunteers
  • To communicate/network with a range of organisations, nationally and internationally
  • To answer enquiries and provide assistance/advice wherever possible
  • To act as press liaison circulating key information and responding to press enquiries
  • To keep abreast of professional and specialist developments through a variety of activities and membership of appropriate bodies, and to promote the work of the Trust externally including through publications, talks and visits; to take personal responsibility for and participate in professional training and development opportunities
  • To assume responsibility for special projects/areas of activity as agreed with the Trustees
  • To work with individual Trustees on activities relating to their specific areas of responsibility

To support Trustees with fundraising activities

For more information visit the job page.


Informal enquiries may be directed to Kelda Roe, Collections Manager via email: Or telephone during office hours (Monday-Friday 9am-4pm): 0770 913 5285