Category: Job oppotunities

Job Opportunities: People’s History Museum

Head of Business Development
Salary: c. £30,000 plus Greater Manchester Pension Fund membership
Contract: Four years (with possible extension)
Hours: Full time, 35 hours
Closing date: 9am 12th March 2018
Interview date: 20th or 21st March 2018

Are you looking for an exciting new senior management opportunity leading a diverse Business Development Team? Are you dynamic, enthusiastic, experienced and able to think creatively about business development within a values driven organisation?

The People’s History Museum (PHM) is seeking to appoint a Head of Business Development who will sit within the museum’s Senior Management Team (SMT) as the museum becomes an Arts Council NPO for the first time.

This is an exciting time for a business development professional to join the team. With a new Business Plan in place for 2018-2022 the museum is ambitious for the future and looking to maximise the impact of all of its business development activities. The museum is implementing a new programme-led approach and you and your team will make the most of the fundraising, income generation, communications and digital opportunities this new approach creates over the coming four years.


Executive Assistant
Salary: c. £20,000 plus Greater Manchester Pension Fund membership
Contract: Two years (with possible extension)
Hours: Full time, 35 hours
Closing date: 9am 12th March 2018
Interview date: 20th or 21st March 2018

Are you looking for a new administrative or executive opportunity within the museums, arts and culture sector, working as part of a passionate and enthusiastic team?

The People’s History Museum (PHM) is looking to appoint a highly professional, organised and friendly Executive Assistant to support the Director and Senior Management Team (SMT).

This is a new post created to provide administrative and executive support to SMT at an exciting time for the museum. Becoming an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) for the first time and with a new Business Plan in place for 2018-2022 the museum is incredibly ambitious for the future.

You will be responsible for a wide range of administrative and executive tasks as required by the team, including:

  • The administration and organisation of the museum’s Board of Trustees meetings, Trading Company Board meetings and Audit & Risk Committee meetings
  • Assistance with fundraising and business development as set out in the museum’s Business Plan and Fundraising Strategy
  • Support with the monitoring and reporting required for each of the museum’s main funders and stakeholders, as well as maintaining relationships with stakeholders through effective communications and timely reporting

For further details and to download the job descriptions please go to

For enquires relating to either post, please contact Katy Ashton, Director at or 0161 838 9190.



Job Opportunity: National Justice Museum

Casual Education Facilitator
Manchester / Lancashire
Job Type: Casual contract
Salary: £7.80 per hour

Responsible to: Learning Manager
Closing Date: 16th March 2018

The National Justice Museum is seeking enthusiastic and committed casual delivery staff to join its expanding learning team in Manchester and Lancashire, delivering high quality learning sessions in courtrooms at various locations. You will have experience of working with people in a teaching or education environment, have excellent communication skills and be able to motivate and inspire the young people you work with.

National Justice Museum Education is a leading provider of cultural learning experiences related to law and justice. Using real and historic courtrooms in Manchester, Lancashire, Nottingham and London, it is an education charity that seeks to provide opportunities for all to learn about the law. The education programmes offered at these locations provide unique learning experiences to inspire and motivate young people to learn from the past, act in the present and change their future. It offers a broad range of courtroom workshops, engaging with learners from KS1 to university level.

Please visit the website for more details:

Casual education facilitators in the North West are responsible for delivering learning sessions in the National Justice Museum at either the Crown Court, Manchester, the Police Museum, Manchester or Burnley Combined Courts.

To apply, please read the job description and person specification ManchesterNational Justice Museum Casual Education Facilitator role profile and JD (003) and send a covering letter illustrating how your experience and skills meet the role with an up-to-date CV. For further information and completed applications please email either Kath Downs or Gill Brailey:


Job Opportunity: Lakeland Arts

HR Development Manager
£29,000 – £32,000 depending on experience
Duration: Full Time 2 year fixed term contract (with the opportunity to extend)
Location: You will be required to visit all Lakeland Arts sites, and will be based at Blackwell/Windermere Jetty
Closing date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Interview date: Thursday 15 March 2018

If you want to help shape the future of Lakeland Arts, are passionate about recruiting and developing staff and volunteers, and want to be part of the largest Heritage Lottery Funded project in the north of England please read on.

Lakeland Arts is seeking a HR professional who is seeking a new challenge, working to open the Lake District’s major visitor attraction Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, and make Lakeland Arts an employer of choice.

As an ambitious arts and heritage trust, it already operates Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House, and Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry with a team of 60 plus colleagues. When Windermere Jetty opens its doors later this year, this team of colleagues will grow significantly. Lakeland Arts is seeking a committed individual to develop recruitment, training and development plans as well as modernise the Trust’s people management ways of working.

In reward you will be an integral part of the opening of a new piece of history for Cumbria.

For further details see the recruitment pack HR Development Manager Recruitment Pack 2018 or at

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.

Job Opportunity: Culture Syndicates

Projects Officer
Salary: £18,000 pro rata (£10,800 for 21 hours per week)
Contract length: ongoing
Anticipated start date: 1st June 2018

Culture Syndicates is seeking an innovative and efficient individual to work with the Head of Projects to deliver our services.

You will have experience in the cultural sector, with the proven ability to lead a team to complete cultural projects. This can be in a paid or voluntary capacity.

Our team at Culture Syndicates are dynamic and forward thinking, seeking and creating opportunities to fulfil our social mission to ‘enable culture’ and ‘build employability.’ We are seeking someone who is entrepreneurial and full of creative ideas to push the sector, and our sales, forward within the remit of Culture Syndicates’ business plan. You will be able to create opportunities to generate income, building excellent relationships with existing and potential clients. You will view networking as a vital part of your role and professional integrity, using your strong industry awareness to maintain up to date information to inform new opportunities. You will also work conscientiously, ensuring you meet deadlines and provide a high quality of service to their team, clients and stakeholders.

Your role will vary from day to day, as Culture Syndicates’ portfolio of projects reflects the needs of our diverse clients. You will be responsible for smaller and more straight-forward projects (usually with budgets around £2,000, up to £10,000), managing our team of freelance Heritage Assistants to deliver projects. One week, for example, you may be:

• Running a team to gather audience data at a museum
• Helping to create a project plan and a budget to support a tendering application for new work
• Attending a networking event to learn more about the industry and promote Culture Syndicates’ services
• Reporting to a client on project progress
• Making the most of down time to research the latest changes to the funding landscape to create new opportunities with existing contacts

To apply for the role, please complete the Application Form and return it by the closing date.

The Application Form and further information can be found here.

CVs will not be accepted.

Culture Syndicates are committed to opening opportunities to more people. If you would like to discuss the role, please contact Charlotte Pratley on 07456661337 or

Closing date: midnight on Monday 26th February 2018
Interview date: Friday 9th March 2018

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

Job Opportunity: Arts & Heritage

Start date: April 2018
Salary: £25,000 pro rata, depending on experience
Contract: Part-time 2.5 days a week, permanent, subject to satisfactory probationary period of 3 months; 1 month’s notice period
Holiday entitlement: 25 working days pro rata plus bank holidays

Arts&Heritage is an agency that supports heritage organisations and museums to place contemporary art at the heart of their programming to bring alive narratives, architecture and history and a new perspective to heritage contexts.

It is based in Hexham, Northumberland but operates nationally. It was established in 2009, following a period of research by Judith King into this area of practice and has built up a large clientele of heritage organisations such as the National Trust, English Heritage and Compton Verney, museums such as the National Railway Museum and a host of smaller museums seeking to engage with a wider audience. Artists and audience remain at the core of what we do and through our work with museums and heritage sites we aim to inspire and bring audiences closer to art and artists, supporting the development of innovative new work in exceptional contexts.

Arts&Heritage is a Community Interest Company (CIC) and a Company Limited by Guarantee with a Board of eight Directors. It has a small staff team comprising an Executive Director, a Creative Director, a senior Curator and a Coordinator. The Board meets a minimum of four times a year.

Arts&Heritage is an Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation – a Sector Support Organisation (from April 2018).

Its aims are:

  • to be the national cultural leader in the field of commissioning contemporary art in the heritage sector
  • to nurture and develop the skills and experience of those working in the sector
  • to develop innovative commissioning opportunities for artists
  • to inspire, increase and diversify audiences
  • to be a sustainable and financially resilient organisation.

Role of the Coordinator

The role of the Coordinator is to support the small agency team and lead on the website content, all social media and external communications.

S/he will act as the central point of information for all external partners, arranging the logistics of meetings, taking minutes and together with the rest of team develop CPD events for museums and heritage organisations as part of the Meeting Point programme. These visits will be to artists’ studios, cultural organisations and museums/galleries. The majority of these visits and workshops will take place in the North of England in 2018/19.

Arts&Heritage is based in Hexham Northumberland and a desk is available at their main office. The Co-ordinator could be home based, but willing to meet regularly with the A&H team in Hexham.


  • Attend all steering group meetings, and other meetings as requested by A&H, take notes and circulate
  • Support the A&H team on all CPD events for museums and heritage organisations
  • Act as the central communication point for museums and heritage organisations, liaising with them about meetings, sending schedules, information etc
  • Lead on the development of artist networking days
  • Create case studies for the A&H website, collating images and information as required
  • Collate all evaluation on a regular basis with both artists and museums and lead on all evaluation
  • Contribute to the strategic direction and planning of the organisation
  • Undertake any other duties as appropriate and requested by the Executive Director.

Person Specification

The post-holder is expected to have the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Knowledgeable about digital communications
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the contemporary arts sector
  • Proven ability to work in partnership, connect and collaborate with others both internally and externally
  • Outstanding presentation skills
  • A genuine commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, cultural diversity and broadening access to the arts


How to apply:

Please send a CV and a letter of application outlining your suitability for the post to:

To Timandra Nichols

Deadline          5pm Thursday 1 March 2018

Interviews       Monday 12 March in Hexham

Job Opportunity: The Dock Museum Collection and Exhibitions Manager (Maternity Cover)



(Maternity Cover – up to 12 months)

Salary: Senior Officer Grade 1-2 (from £25,951 per annum)

The Dock Museum is a striking modern building on a scenic channelside site; a flagship attraction which has over 55,000 visitors per year. The museum has a strong social and industrial history collection and an exciting changing exhibitions programme.

You will be based at the Dock Museum, reporting to the Assistant Director – Community Services with responsibility for the museum’s collections, exhibitions, oversight over operational management, staff line management; and financial control.

This is a fixed-term appointment to provide maternity cover with a 37 hour week.



To apply for this vacancy you need to complete an application form.  Please click here to apply online.

Any queries please contact the HR Department, Town Hall, Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 2LD on (01229) 876543 or e-mail

Closing date for applications:    Friday, 16th February 2018

Interview Date:     Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Tender Opportunity: People’s History Museum

Website Design Opportunity

The People’s History Museum (PHM) has an exciting opportunity for an agency to deliver a new website for the museum at a time of ambitious growth and change for the museum.  Becoming an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) for the first time in 2018, the museum is keen to develop its online presence to better reflect its creative, dynamic and collaborative programming.

Please visit the museum’s website for more information.

Proposal deadline: Midnight, Thursday 15 February 2018.

Interviews: Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February 2018.

Job Opportunity: Nantwich Museum Manager (Maternity Cover)

Job ref: 50806
Position: Museum Manager
Organisation: Nantwich Museum Trust Ltd.
Location: UK, England, Nantwich
Closing date: 07/02/2018 d/m/y
Job Type: M
Salary: £21,000 p.a.


Location: Nantwich Museum, Pillory Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5BQ
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Temporary (Maternity Cover)
Salary: £21,000 p.a.

Closing Date: February 7th, 2018

This is an exciting developmental opportunity to manage all aspects of a thriving local museum. Nantwich Museum is at the heart of this Cheshire market town attracting around 30,000 visitors a year.

It seeks to reflect the long history of the community and the town which embraces Roman salt production, a great Tudor fire, the Civil War Battle of Nantwich and displays on latter day local trades and industry, including a recently revamped room dedicated to the famous Cheshire cheese and dairy producing agriculture of the district.

There are several exhibitions each year ranging from Civil War subjects to local children’s art in conjunction with Nantwich schools.

The Trustees and staff are also very proud of the engagement with local schools and colleges. Last year around 1750 pupils attended curriculum based educational sessions.

A popular group of people living with dementia and their carers meets regularly. Other local groups such as the Civic Society use the Museum for meetings and events.

The museum has a part time, paid administrator supporting the Manager and a part time Museum Assistant.

There are currently around 60 active volunteers and 150 Members who contribute to the life of the museum in a variety of ways from staffing the thriving shop to maintaining the collection of locally related historical and archaeological artefacts and material.

The Manager is responsible to the Chair and the Board of Management of the museum who take a keen interest in the well being of the organisation.

The Museum is almost 50% funded by local authority grants and the balance is made up from the shop, events and sundry revenue donations and specific grants.

We are looking for a professionally qualified person to manage all aspects of the Museum’s activities whilst the present post holder is on maternity leave.

The successful candidate will need to be adaptable and flexible in their approach to managing the many activities of the Museum; someone who is able to inspire and motivate volunteers and professionals in a team and who appreciates the need for a business like approach to leading the organisation.

We are currently considering a refurbishment programme and some support with this may be required.

Job Description and further details can be obtained by contacting the email address below.

Closing date for applications, which should comprise a letter of application and relevant, up to date CV, is February 7th 2018.

Nick Dyer
Chair, Board of Management