Category: Jobs

Job Opportunities: Association of Independent Museums

Programmes Manager
Location: AIM office at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
Salary: £33,000 pa
Full time (37.5 hours per week), permanent position
Closing date: 1pm, Wednesday 8th May 2019

You will be responsible for areas of activity including AIM’s grant programmes, the annual AIM national conference and flagship programmes including our Success Guides, Prospering Boards, the AIM Hallmarks and Open Up: museums for everyone, amongst others. It will be essential to develop a creative and effective team working relationship with the Programmes and Finance Officer to ensure high quality programme delivery that meets the needs of our members and our funders.

Applications close Wednesday 8th May

For more information visit the AIM job site.

Head Of Communications
Location: AIM office at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
Salary: £33,000 pa
Full time (37.5 hours per week), permanent position
Closing date: 1pm, Wednesday 8th May 2019

AIM is looking for a Head of Communications to join our staff team to develop and implement an AIM Communications Strategy for our members, partners and stakeholders and take on the role of Editor of the AIM Bulletin, our flagship bimonthly publication. You will need to develop a dynamic, creative and effective team working relationship with our Marketing and Membership Manager to ensure that all aspects of AIM’s digital and print communications match our core purpose, ensure that our members are well informed and have a strong voice and that advertising revenues and commercial opportunities are maximised.

Applications close Wednesday 8th May

For more information visit the AIM job site.

Tender Opportunity: Our Shared Cultural Heritage

The Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) project is requesting proposals for Evaluation work for the three year project.

OSCH is a UK-based initiative to test and evaluate new, sustainable models for heritage and youth organisations to better use cultural heritage as tool to engage young people from the South Asian diaspora and their peers. To deliver this project, British Council is working in partnership with Glasgow Life, Manchester Museums and Galleries, Rathbone Training, and UK Youth. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Kick the Dust programme, a £10 million grants programme for ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people aged 11-25.

The British Council will be appointing an Evaluation Partner to work closely with the OSCH partners and the Youth Evaluators to evaluate the project for three years  in both Glasgow and Manchester. This will include supporting both OSCH project and Kick the Dust programme level evaluation, training project staff in evaluation tools, submitting reports, and updating the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework. Youth Evaluators are young people  who will support project evaluation, who will be trained and coordinated by the Evaluation Partner.

Successful applicants will need to evidence strong experience in youth engagement and training; project and programme level evaluation and creative methodologies for research and data collection. As such we envisage that the successful tender may come from a partnership of researchers, youth work organization(s), sole traders and/or SMEs and would welcome joint proposals. The value of the tender is approximately £49,500 in total.

Proposals need to be submitted to by 9am on Tuesday 30th April. Submission documents can be downloaded from here.

Consultancy Opportunity: Ellisland Farm

Audience Development Consultant
Status: Freelance Contract
Fee: £6,000 (inclusive of expenses)
Closing date: Monday 6th May 2019

Ellisland Farm is the home the national Bard Robert Burns built for himself and his family in rural Dumfries. The Ellisland Trust has recently secured NLHF Resilient Heritage funding to strategically support plans for its future development and to improve sustainability.

The primary purpose of this contract is to support the Trust to better understand its current and potential audiences. You will liaise closely with consultants working on the parallel strands relating to asset and governance reviews, particularly in feeding into the development of business and financial plans.

The required outputs include:

  • To review audience data, identify and consult with target audiences.
  • To work with the team to develop an audience consultation framework and a draft audience development plan.

The closing date for submissions is midnight Monday 6th May 2019.

For a copy of the detailed brief or further information please contact Curator/Project Manager Sue Hughes,

Job Opportunity: Victoria Gallery & Museum (University of Liverpool)

Collections & Exhibitions Officer
Salary: £20,836 – £24,028 pa
Location: Liverpool
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: 24th April 2019, 23:30

 An exciting opportunity to join the Museums & Galleries team at The University of Liverpool has arisen. Based at the Victoria Gallery & Museum, you will support all aspects of developing, installing and maintaining exhibitions and displays curated by the museums and galleries team and will support documentation projects including the updating and improving of object records and administration of loans for exhibitions. This is a wide-ranging and specialist role for an experienced and enthusiastic museum professional, with a broad understanding of Accreditation, collections management and exhibition development.

You should have a Degree (or equivalent qualification or relevant professional experience).

100 Application Limit- APPLY EARLY. Please note that due to the large volume of applications for support posts it is necessary to apply an application limit. If 100 applications are received in advance of the closing date this post will automatically close.

For further information see Collections & Exhibitions; to apply visit


Consultancy Opportunity: People’s History Museum

Evaluation consultant
Budget for work £5,000

From People’s History Museum (PHM):

PHM is seeking an evaluation consultant to devise and implement a robust evaluation strategy to measure the impact of the museum’s 2019 programme of exhibitions, events and learning sessions exploring the past, present and future of protest, including the headline exhibition Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest (23 March 2019 to 23 February 2020).

Overview and brief

PHM is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain, past, present and future.  The museum provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all.  2019 marks 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.  To commemorate this monumental anniversary, PHM is exploring the changing face of protest through a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning sessions exploring creative disobedience and its role in today’s ideas worth fighting for.  This programme of activity is being co-curated with marginalised and underrepresented communities in the spirit of those who gathered on St Peter’s Field on 16 August 1819.

PHM has developed a set of objectives for the 2019 programme:

  • To raise the profile of PHM as the go to place to find out about Peterloo and its historical consequences
  • To raise historical awareness of Peterloo and to provide our audiences with a clear understanding of what happened at St Peter’s Field on 16 August 1819, to explain the historical context as to why the massacre occurred, alongside discussing its legacy as a significant event along the road to democratic reform
  • To demonstrate the significance and relevance of Peterloo today; how it links to ideas people are fighting for today and involving our visitors in this conversation through their interaction with exhibition
  • To raise the profile of PHM as a campaigning museum; to support current and future activists
  • To raise the profile of PHM as a platform for the sharing of radical ideas
  • To ensure that our methods of interpretation are innovative and that the tone is reflective of the overall programme theme, yet accessible to a wide range of audiences
  • To utilise and test new approaches to interpretation through the use of digital technologies

In addition, the museum’s Business Plan for 2018-2022 and Audience Engagement Plan (2018) look to an ambitious aim of 200,000 visits to the museum per year by 2025, and the programme for 2019 will contribute towards this goal, by increasing visitor numbers to the Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest exhibition and the number of participants at our events and learning sessions.

In pure numbers, success looks like:

  • Total museum visitors up 10% from the same period in 2018-2019
  • Engaging 600 participants with the development of the project
  • Engaging 2,000 learners with the schools’ programme
  • Engaging 600 people with the Protest Lab and public programme
  • Engaging 1,000 participants with the Family Friendly programme
  • Engaging 2,000 participants with the events programme

Outputs expected

We require an external evaluator to create an evaluation plan based on these metrics.  The plan will include formative and summative evaluation, allowing us to make changes during the course of the programme to ensure maximum impact.  We also require the generation of a final report to circulate to stakeholders.  Please note that participatory research will be embedded within the evaluation, and evaluation will be ongoing throughout the programme for 2019.

Key milestones:

  • Evaluation plan to be delivered by Wednesday 15 May 2019
  • Formative evaluation at regular intervals to be agreed during the project
  • Summary of key evaluation findings to be made available by Wednesday 1 April 2020 to inform The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s (NLHF) end of project grant report writing process
  • Full external evaluation report produced and submitted by Friday 1 May 2020


The total budget available for this work is £5,000; including all fees, travel expenses and materials.

Expressions of interest

If you would like to submit an expression of interest please return a PDF with the following information to Helen Thackray, Programme Manager on by 9.00am on Tuesday 16 April 2019:

  • Full contact details
  • Brief CV (maximum two side of A4)
  • A statement outlining your suitability for this work and why you would like to undertake it
  • Two testimonials/references

If you have any questions please email or phone 0161 838 9190.

Job Opportunities

Lakeland Arts
Business Support Officer
Salary: £20,000 pro rata
Location: Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
Hours: Part time, (3 days / 22.5 hours / 0.6 FTE)
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Friday 26th April 2019 


As Business Support Officer supporting the Marketing and Development functions at Lakeland Arts you’ll be responsible for working with the Heads of Marketing and Development on the delivery of various activities and campaigns to support fundraising and membership, and to promote Lakeland Arts to increase our visitor numbers, extend our reputation for high quality programming and as quality visitor destinations and improve our earned income.

Fore more info and details on how to apply, click here.

Williamson Art Gallery
Documentation Officer
Salary – £19,945 to £21,166
Fixed-term – Three years
Closing date – Monday 22nd April 2019

Wirral Museums Service has funding to address a significant backlog in the accessioning and documentation programme. They have contracted MODES to provide the collections management database software.

They are now recruiting a small team to contribute to the reduction of the documentation and accessioning backlog, in line with Museums Service and Departmental Plans.

They want people who are driven and ready to deliver. It is a fantastic place to live, work and visit. They are an employer who supports, who is flexible but who demands the very best.

For more information, the Job Description and details on how to apply, click here.

Williamson Art Gallery
Documentation Assistant
Salary – £9,032 to £9,213
Fixed-term contract
18.36 Hours per week

Closing date – Monday 22nd April 2019

Wirral Museums Service has funding to address a significant backlog in the accessioning and documentation programme. They have contracted MODES to provide the collections management database software.

They are now recruiting a small team to contribute to the reduction of the documentation and accessioning backlog, in line with Museums Service and Departmental Plans.

They want people who are driven and ready to deliver. It is a fantastic place to live, work and visit. They are an employer who supports, who is flexible but who demands the very best.

For more information, the Job Description and details on how to apply, click here.

Victoria Baths
Office Coordinator
Salary – £16,761  (pro rata of full-time salary of £19,554)
30 hours per week
Closing date: 4pm Thursday 18th April 2019

Victoria Baths, Manchester is a historic swimming pool which the Trust is restoring in phases. Meanwhile, it operates as a heritage visitor centre, events, arts and weddings venue.

The Trust wishes to appoint an Office Coordinator starting on or before 17th June 2019 for a two-week handover, to provide comprehensive administrative and financial support to the Victoria Baths’ management and staff team. The role covers a very wide variety of duties.

You will need to have excellent organisational, communication, cash-handling and Microsoft Office skills, with the ability to work independently, maintaining accurate administrative systems.

The job description, person specification and application form are available on the Victoria Baths website.

Interviews: Wednesday 1st May 2019 

We reserve the right to close applications early if we receive a high volume


Job Opportunities: Manchester Museum & National Football Museum

Manchester Museum
Curatorial Assistant (Entomology) (Part-Time)
Contract Hours: 14 hours per week
Salary: £27,025 – £31,302 per annum pro rata (according to experience)
Permanent role

The Manchester Museum is seeking to appoint a part-time Curatorial Assistant to work in the Entomology Department, which constitutes the third largest and one of the most scientifically important entomological depositories in the UK.

We encourage an enthusiastic and innovative person, who has a keen interest in working with museum natural history collections, to apply for this post.

You will be responsible for (re)curating, documenting and providing access to the entomological collections, supervising visitors and volunteers, and helping the Museum to develop and deliver public programmes. Ideally, you will have previous experience of working with entomological collections (whether professionally or otherwise) and with museum documentation systems. Handling skills to work with small sized objects are essential for this post.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the black and minority ethnic (BME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.  All appointments will be made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

For more information and details on how to apply, visit the University of Manchester job page.

National Football Museum
Visitor Experience Coordinator
Contract Hours: 35 hours a week
Salary/Rate of Pay – £24,972 p.a.

Job Purpose 

To facilitate the mission of being a department dedicated to the development of great people who deliver world class service & enrich the experience of our diverse visitor demographic, whilst maximising income across all revenue streams.

The successful candidate will play a vital part in each visitor’s experience. You will be expected to both deliver yourself and lead the team to ensure a warm welcome and a truly memorable level of customer service. Proactively engaging with all visitors ensuring that they feel welcome and valued, enjoying a rewarding experience within the museum. A key part of your role will be to motivate and influence the team to maximise revenue opportunities by encouraging visitors to pay entry fees, make purchases and donations.

Closing date is Friday 12th April 2019

For more info and details on how to apply, visit the NFM jobs page.

Job Opportunity: National Justice Museum – North West

Casual Education Facilitator
Salary: £8.21 per hour
Location: Various locations around the North West
Hours: Casual
Closing date: Monday 6th May 2019

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, we are 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. We offer a broad range of courtroom workshops, engaging with learners from KS1 to university level.

For more details and info on how to apply visit the National Justice Museum website for more details.

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

To apply, please read the job description and person specification and send a covering letter illustrating how your experience and skills meet the role with an up-to-date CV.

For Nottingham, please send to

For North West venues, please send to

Job opportunity: Collections Manager, Ravenglass Railway Museum


 Location – Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1SW

 Hours – 16 hours per week. It is envisaged that a degree of flexible working will be required to cover meetings, events, training etc.

Salary – £12,000

Duration – Permanent (with 6 months probationary period)

Background – Ravenglass Railway Museum reopened in June 2017 after a comprehensive Lottery-funded redevelopment overseen by a Project Manager, a position which has now ended and will be succeeded by the new Collections Manager role. In 2018 the Museum received an outstanding achievement award from the Heritage Railway Association and was awarded full Accreditation status by Arts Council England. The role of the Collections Manager will be to maintain these high standards by managing the museum’s collections and exhibitions including meeting Accreditation criteria; maintaining exhibits; overseeing recruitment and work of volunteers; development of education/schools programmes and liaising with their partner attraction, Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Co., for spending and budget control, events planning and marketing.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collections management including cataloguing, auditing, environmental monitoring and conservation programmes adhering to SPECTRUM criteria.
  • Working with the Museum Curator to ensure collections development in accordance with approved policies including liaising with R&ER Co. and members of the public for acquisition of small objects (e.g. papers etc.) and large objects (e.g. representative redundant rolling stock).
  • Monitoring and updating museum procedures to maintain accreditation standards.
  • Facilitating research access to archive whilst maintaining correct archive standards of storage and reproduction.
  • Liaising with R&ER Co. regarding budget control and reporting relating to museum costs and purchasing.
  • Management of volunteers including recruitment, training and attendance.
  • Liaising with R&ER Co. Marketing Officer to promote the museum via events, media, and social media.
  • Managing Community Exhibition Gallery including programming displays and liaising with participating groups.
  • Managing the development of the schools’ education programme, liaising with R&ER Co. for promotion and delivery.



  • Relevant degree or equivalent experience in related professional discipline.
  • Further training or experience of Museum management.
  • Familiarity with MS Outlook/Office Suite/Museum CMS/Web and Graphics programmes.


  • Knowledge of museum operation and collections management (to include cataloguing, auditing and conservation programmes adhering to SPECTRUM criteria and Arts Council Accreditation standards).
  • Detailed knowledge of budget and office management and knowledge and experience of delivering to deadlines and external criteria.
  • Knowledge of funding sources and grant funding processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge of, or experience in relation to, the National Curriculum.
  • Appreciation of the history of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

Relevant Experience 

  • Understanding of maintenance of museum artefacts, exhibits and building fabric.
  • Experience of managing groups of people, project management, or office/ facilities and budget management.
  • Presentation and/or teaching or instruction experience.

For further information or to discuss the role contact David Rounce, Project Manager, Ravenglass Railway Museum,, 01229 717171,

To apply send a CV and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability for the role to Rachel Mather –

Deadline for submissions 5pm on Tuesday 30thApril.
Interviews will be held on Monday 13thMay.

Tender Opportunity: Museum Development Network

MDN 2015-18 Headline Publication Request to Quote

1. Background

The Museum Development Network (MDN) was set up to support collaborative working across museum development services in the UK. MDN is directed by the Museum Development Committee (MDC), which is made up of representatives from each MD team.

The Museum Development Programme (MDP) in England is a programme of support for museums across the nine regions of England. Museum Development believes in thriving museums. It raises standards and drives excellence by enabling, guiding and supporting people working in museums.

Each MD team has secured funding from Arts Council England (ACE) to be Sector Support Organisations (SSO) for 2018-22 and run central programmes of development to enhance museum services based around Arts Council England’s 5 strategic goals: ACE 5 Goals

2. Purpose of the Brief

The MDN is seeking to raise awareness of the impact of the work of Museum Development Providers amongst both museums and stakeholders. As part of this, the MDC wishes to develop a short publication or infographic for dissemination.

The MDC seeks to contract a copywriter to develop and design a short publication / infographic for print and for digital download that highlights the work of MD nationally for the investment period 2015-18.

The information and images will be pulled and collated from each region’s annual reports and investment period reports for 2015-18. The publication will give headline information about the development programmes, funding and impact through the presentation of quantitative and qualitative data to promote and advocate for the Museum Development Programme to stakeholders and funders and to promote and advocate for the museums sector (with particular focus on the Independent sector).

3. Areas to be covered and outputs

The contract fee is £2,300 to include the production of copy text and the collation of data and images from across the MDN into a publication. Draft versions of the publication will be reviewed by representatives from MDN committee and final approval will be signed off by the chair of the committee. MDN will be responsible for printing and publishing. The final publication should be provided in three formats:

  • x1 editable format
  • x1 format for print quality reproduction
  • x1 format for online publication

The selected contractor will deliver the following:

  • Draft publication by 3rd May 2019
  • Final proofed and designed publication ready for approval by 31st May 2019
  • The publication will be launched in June 2019 at AIM conference.

Required Key Skills:

  • Copywriting and design – MDN desire to develop a publication that conveys a strong, nationally cohesive network to stakeholders through highlighting the programmes delivered and their impact on museums for the investment period 2015-18.
  • Arts Marketing experience– experience of developing advocacy and marketing materials is required to ensure the publication has the right tone MDN would like to convey to varying stakeholders.
  • Understanding of MD and museum sector – to carry out this work it is important the contracted consultant has an understanding of the museum sector and is familiar with the work of Museum Development nationally.

4. Project Management

The principal contact for the contract is Michael Turnpenny, Head of Museum Development Yorkshire.

Consultees include members of the Museum Development Committee.

Final authorisation of the publication will be made by Claire Browne, Chair of the Museum Development Network.

5. Method of Appointment

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 09:00 Friday 5th April2019. Proposal documents should include:

  • Details of the methods or approach proposed
  • An indicative project plan and timetable, including time allocation
  • An full breakdown of costs (inclusive of VAT and all costs) and stating planned number of days to be worked
  • Details of relevant knowledge and experience with specific reference to potential areas of support
  • CV of key project personnel
  • Declaration of any potential conflicts of interest e.g. where the consultant is currently a museum trustee or has pre-existing relationships with specific
  • museums
  • Contact details for two referees

Proposal documents should not exceed 12 sides A4 including CVs.

Selection will be according to the following criteria:

  • Experience in and knowledge of the areas detailed in the specification
  • Knowledge and understanding of the museums sector
  • Evidence of ability to deliver to specification
  • Value for money

6. Timescale

  • Receipt of proposals by 09:00 Friday 5th April
  • Selection notification by 17:00 Friday 12th April
  • Inception meeting wb 15th April
  • Draft publication by 17:00 Friday 3rd May
  • Final publication by 17:00 Friday 31st May
  • Publication issued 19th June

7. Submission of Proposals

Proposals, to be received by 09:00Friday5th April, should be sent to:

If you have any queries, or would like to discuss this brief, please contact: Michael Turnpenny, Head of Museum Development Yorkshire
M: 07917220227