Category: Jobs

Job Opportunity: Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere

Education Trainee
Salary: National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage if aged 25 and above
Location: Grasmere, Cumbria
Hours: Full time, including weekends
Contract: Fixed term contract of 11 months

Closing date: Monday 5th August at 9am

From the Wordsworth Trust:

Are you enthusiastic about heritage and learning? Do you enjoy working with children and young people? Are you interested in museum collections and the stories they can tell? Are you open to new experiences?

We are looking for an Education Trainee to join our Collections & Learning Team for an 11 month Traineeship. Our Traineeship programme provides an all-round experience of working in an historic house (Dove Cottage) and museum in a paid, full time role, and aims to equip you with the skills you need to take the next step in your career. As part of our Education Team, you will be given the support and training needed to deliver our inspiring, dynamic and wide-ranging education programme to children and young people of all ages.

You don’t need prior experience or specific qualifications to apply. You do need to be enthusiastic, ready to learn and willing to make the most of this opportunity.

Trainees will be joining us at a very exciting time, as we are undertaking a major redevelopment project, ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’ (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund). This year we are making profound and exciting changes to our site and activities in time to celebrate the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth in April 2020.

The Traineeship will run for 11 months from September 2019 (start date TBC). This is a full time role (5 out of 7 days per week) and will involve working on weekends. Trainee roles are funded by Arts Council England, and Trainees will be paid in line with National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage regulations.

The deadline for applications is Monday 5 August 2019 at 9am.

Please visit to download an application pack.



Job Opportunity: Blackpool Council Heritage Service

Collections Assistant
Salary: NJC Grade D £19,554 – £21,166 pro rata for part time working
Location: Blackpool, UK
Hours: Part-time, 22.2 hours per week
Contract: Temporary until 15th June 2020
Closing date: 29th July 2019

Blackpool Council Heritage Service is seeking a Collections Assistant to support with the delivery of its flagship project, Marvels and Mayhem. Grant funded by the Collection Fund in 2017 the project aims to preserve, document and provide access to the Blackpool Tower Circus Collection of posters, programmes and photographs.

Main purpose of the Job
During the first year the Heritage Service has worked with volunteers and members of the circus community to clean, rehouse, gather research and build knowledge. The time is right to start recording the collections and information gathered in the collections management system.

This is an exciting time for the Heritage Service and the project as it works in partnership with the Blackpool Museum Project to develop displays on Circus. The Collections Assistant will play an important role in making the circus collection information accessible and usable during the delivery phase of the Museum Project.

Main Responsibilities

  1. To collate and compile collections data from various sources including specialist communities, volunteers, heritage team members and collections.
  2. To document collections according to set procedures and protocols using primarily the collections management database, Emu.
  3. Assisting with basic collections care and management (e.g. handling, cleaning, boxing, and digitisation)
  4. Ensuring security of collections by being vigilant and following object handling and security procedures.
  5. To support the Collections Manager in maintaining positive relationships with specialist community members and volunteers.
  6. Support with the delivery of the Blackpool Museum Project, e.g. processing and identifying collections for the project and basic research

As a small team, the post-holder may be required to cover front of house and customer services within the History Centre as and when required.

With strong organisational, communication and computer skills the successful candidate will be someone with an interest in History and Heritage or circus performance.

For further details and to apply see here


Job Opportunity: Lakeland Arts

Project Manager – Abbot Hall
Salary: £40,000 pro rata. Fixed term for 3 years
Location: Kendal, Cumbria
Hours: Full time
Closing date: Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Purpose and key objectives

As Project Manager you’ll be experienced in all aspects of capital developments, and will have a sound track record of delivering multi-million pound projects.

You’ll have a real passion for historic buildings and will thrive on taking ownership and working collaboratively with your colleagues and external partners on an exciting and challenging listed building project. A keen eye for detail is essential, as is pragmatic and proactive approach to engaging key stakeholders and communities alike.

Leading and coordinating input from key stakeholders, you’ll be proactive in working with teams across Lakeland Arts to deliver an international / national quality Art Gallery and Museum that is fit for purpose.

Click here for the full job description.


Job Opportunity: Head of Content, National Football Museum

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Salary: £45k (currently under review)
Location: Manchester
Hours: Full-time
Closing date: no date given


The National Football Museum are looking for someone who can help build thier collections and develop exhibitions and produce a variety of engaging programmes for visitors and specialist groups alike. Find out more about the role here: Job Description

Consultancy Opportunity: Band on the Wall, Manchester

Evaluation Consultant, ‘Keep on Moving’ Project
Band on the Wall wishes to appoint an experienced and skilled evaluation consultant or consultant team to undertake the evaluation of its ambitious Keep on Moving project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The evaluation will focus on its learning and participation programme.

The project focuses on the musical and cultural heritage of the neighbourhoods of New Cross, Ancoats and the city centre area that is now known as the Northern Quarter, of which Band on the Wall and Cocozza are one of the few remaining buildings.

In particular it will look at the musical traditions rooted in some of the migrant communities who have previously called the area home, exploring the impact of music on the development of Manchester’s diverse communities over the last two centuries.

The successful applicant will deliver a comprehensive project evaluation, which is to include baseline, interim and summative reporting with actions and recommendations throughout the life of the project. This will be in line with current Heritage Fund guidance on evaluation and we are keen to explore robust yet engaging methods of capturing feedback and impact which could include film, sound and music as well as clear and concise reports for internal and external dissemination.

The work will be carried out in four phases, from start of project in June/July 2019 to the end of the project in March 2023. This to enable us to capture baseline information and to be able to act on feedback during the life of projects as well as gaining summative information to feed into the next phase of our learning and community programming.

A total of £16,000 is available for this work, which will take place over four financial years.

Application Information

Please provide the following information (in a maximum of six single sides of A4 portrait (excluding front cover and contents page):

• Your approach and methodology
• A proposed timetable of your work, including appropriate milestones and dates, taking into account the work will be undertaken throughout this four-year project.
• Costings to carry out the evaluation, including a daily rate and work plan plus any other associated costs.
• Details of members of your team, if any, with an explanation of individual roles, responsibilities and relevant experience
• Experience of similar work, including examples where appropriate of experience of evaluative research for Heritage Fund learning and community programmes
• Experience of working with different culture and arts organisations, community and learning agencies and groups, and our target audiences
• Declaration and confirmation of Insurances held form

Closing date: 5pm Friday 2nd August 2019. Applications to be sent to

Further Information can be found here.

Job Opportunity: Keswick Museum

Learning and Engagement Co-ordinator
Salary: £17,611
Hours: 30 hours per week over 4 days
Contract: 1 year contract
Closing date: Wednesday 31st July 2019

From Keswick Museum:

Are you a creative, flexible and energetic individual able to deliver high quality, creative learning programmes and take responsibility regularly for supervising volunteers and our fantastic museum? This is an excellent opportunity for an early career museum professional or someone with teaching experience.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and well organised Learning & Activity Co-ordinator to join our small, dynamic staff team. The post holder will develop and deliver formal and informal learning programmes at Keswick Museum and act as duty manager when required.

Interviews: Thursday 8th August 2019

Applications by CV and Covering Letter to:

For the full job description, click here.

Tender Opportunity: Keswick Museum

Exhibition 2020
Exhibition Design and Fit Out
Budget: £48,500 (Ex VAT) including fees
Contract: Freelance
Closing Date: Friday 2nd August 2019

Exhibitions 2020 supported by the Heritage Fund, is a project to develop the exhibition spaces at Keswick Museum to create a more resilient organisation providing an attractive offer to its local and visitor communities.   The project will re-interpret the two main gallery spaces, support community outreach work through the Fitz Park Gallery space and develop related learning programmes.  A design company is required to develop and deliver the reinterpretation of Gallery spaces 1 and 2 to open February 2020.

For more information, please see the full tender brief.

Job Opportunity: Lakeland Arts

John Ellerman Curatorial and Programme Assistant
Salary: £20,000 pro rata. Fixed term for 3 years
Location: Kendal, Cumbria
Hours: Part time, (3 days / 22.5 hours / 0.6 FTE)
Closing date: Monday 29th July 2019


Are you an aspiring curator, keen to gain a good grounding in collections and exhibition administration and research? This is an exciting opportunity for an aspiring Collections Manager to gain skills during a major redevelopment at Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry.

You’ll assist the Curatorial team at Lakeland Arts in the administration of internal long-term loans and external national and international loans. Working closely with the Exhibitions and Collections Technical Coordinator you will manage Lakeland Arts’ collections stores and logistics. You’ll also work with the Assistant Curator to lead a group of volunteers to improve collection documentation, and care for the collection. You’ll also get hands experience overseeing our libraries, archives and will have the opportunity to work in partnership with other organisations and researchers.

Lakeland Arts works to a model of Co-Production with both the Participation and Curatorial team working in partnership to produce high quality programming for a broad range of audiences.

For the full job description, click here.

Job Opportunity: Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Exhibitions Manager (Maternity Cover)
Salary: £26,137 – £28,786 pro rata
Location: Salford
28.8 (4 days) per week
Contract: 1 year maternity cover. September 2019 – September 2020
Closing date: Monday 29th July 2019

Salford Community Leisure (SCL) has an exciting position available for an Exhibitions Manager whose role is to devise, manage, co-ordinate and deliver the programme of exhibitions at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

Your main role will be to deliver the programme of temporary exhibitions for 2019/20 and to select, coordinate and plan a varied, engaging and inspiring programme for 2021. Highlights of the 2020 programme include: ‘The Superlative Artistry of Japan’, an international touring show from the Japan Foundation, of which Salford Museum & Art Gallery is the premier UK venue; working with the artists from Central Station Design to curate a retrospective exhibition; and organising the second Salford Open. You will also work with partners on future exhibitions including the Royal Horticultural Society, North West craft collections and the University of Salford.

Salford Community Leisure (SCL)  is looking for someone who has:

  • Experience of managing exhibitions including planning, research, installation and evaluation
  • Knowledge of best practice in handling and displaying art work and museum collections
  • The ability to manage a team and work with other museum teams and external partners
  • A creative and flexible approach to working with exhibiting artists
  • The ability to consistently demonstrate SCL’s behaviours

If you wish to be considered for this role and join the team please return your application form to by 5pm on Monday 29th July ensuring you detail how you meet and demonstrate the skills, experience, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the person specification.

For further information, including the job description and person specification see here.