Category: Jobs

Job Opportunity: Curious Minds

Cultural Education Manager
Weekly hours: Between 30- 37 (hours may be negotiated)
Salary: £29,000 – £32,000 FTE
Based: Preston Office
Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Friday 16th March 2018
Interviews will take place on Thursday 29th March in Preston

Curious Minds is the North West’s sector support organisation for cultural and creative education. Its team includes experts from across the worlds of culture, heritage, education and young people’s services. As Arts Council England’s regional Bridge organisation it is working across the North West to support cultural organisations, schools and other providers of children services to take on The Cultural Education Challenge.

It requires a Cultural Education Manager to help it achieve the mission of ensuring all children and young people have access to great art and culture.

This post-holder will be involved in a broad range of programmes and initiatives and needs to be a flexible and passionate project manager. Their first 18 months will largely be spent helping in the Bridge role to develop and grow Local Cultural Education Partnerships in Lancashire and Greater Manchester. These multi-sector partnerships bring people together to explore how arts and culture can improve outcomes for children and young people in their local area.

Curious Minds is looking for someone who:

  • Is a passionate and credible advocate for cultural education and the impact it can have on children and young people
  • Enjoys (and has a good track record in) building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders from a variety of sectors, and supporting partnership working
  • Is a confident trainer and/or facilitator, and is comfortable presenting to small and large groups
  • Can take on a complex and varied role, with excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Is able and willing to travel regularly throughout the North West of England (using a car or public transport)

This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to develop their knowledge and understanding of innovation and best practice in cultural education, to work as part of a supportive and expert team, and make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in the North West.

Curious Minds is based in Preston but the team lives and works across the North West. The post involves working some set days each week within the Preston office, as well as region-wide travel and opportunities for home working.

For further details and how to apply see


Job Opportunity: British Museum

Museum Futures Programme Manager
Salary: £28,098 per annum
Contract: Fixed Term until 31 March 2022 (full time)
Closing date: 28 February 2018

The British Museum is looking for a Programme Manager to lead on the Museum Futures Skills for the Future programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The programme will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals to equip them with a dynamic understanding of digital data management, preservation and access practices relating to museum collections, whilst at the same time building a strong foundation in general cultural heritage skills.

The main responsibilities of the job will be to coordinate the many different elements of this innovative programme. This will include the selection of partner museums and supporting the museum partnership in the positive action recruitment of 27 trainees. The establishment of an online network of sharing and learning, and day to day trainee provision will be key priorities of the role, which will involve championing the trainees across the partnership and ensuring that all training and accreditation is delivered.

The successful candidate will have an interest in the digital challenges facing the heritage and cultural sector, with an aptitude to broaden their knowledge of digital preservation and access. They will have had experience of coordinating training programmes and managing budgets with excellent administrative and communication skills. Strong initiative will be essential in the post holder and they will be an effective influencer and motivator, being able to build strong collaborative relationships.

For further details see


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

Job Opportunity: Culture Warrington

Cultural Manager
Salary – 
Fixed term contract – 2 years
Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Based at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Culture Warrington has an exciting opportunity for an experienced inspirational leader to join our team. Culture Warrington is a charitable organisation at the heart of culture in the North West and incorporates Pyramid & Parr Hall and Warrington Museum & Art Gallery delivering arts, heritage and events across Warrington. Culture Warrington plays a key role in the delivery of a range of programmes and festivals throughout the year including; Warrington Festival, Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival and Christmas activities.

We are looking for an outstanding, innovative, inspirational and experienced leader to join Culture Warrington’s Management Team to take responsibility for leading the Outreach & Engagement Team, build upon the achievements and strengths of the company, and share their knowledge and experience to further raise the company’s standards and reputation. Two key projects for the job holder is to develop the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival through their network of cultural and arts organisations and artists to strengthen and broaden the festival; in turn creating new opportunities that enliven and enhance the individual and the collective experience for all. Secondly, the job will lead and coordinate Culture Warrington’s application to become a National Portfolio Organisation, through creating an integrated strategy for a cultural arts programme and service reaching across all Culture Warrington venues.

Strong, proven leadership and management skills are essential as is a passion for success with an ability to relate and engage with stakeholders, partners and board members. Excellent communication skills and experience leading and inspiring diverse teams with the ability to create a proactive culture.

You will have experience of developing strategies to develop cultural programmes, generate income and responding to commissions that have achieved positive results.  Proven experience of managing high profile projects and implementing change to create cultural arts opportunities that are strategically aligned with the company’s Business Plan.  In addition, you will have excellent interpersonal skills with the confidence to work with and liaise with stakeholders, commissioners and potential funders and sponsors.  The ability to conduct research, analyse and evaluate data is also important.

For more information and details on how to apply visit the Culture Warrington Job Page

Closing date: 9am, Monday 5 February 2018