Category: Jobs

Researcher Opportunity: Blackpool Museum Project

Film Researcher for the Blackpool Museum Project

Blackpool Council is seeking an individual or a company to undertake film research for the AV briefs required for the development the displays within the new Blackpool Museum.

We are contacting companies who may be able to provide this service to enquire whether you wish to submit a quotation for this contract. The contract will run from appointment to December 2018.

If you wish to submit a quote for this service please provide a proposal in the format described in the briefing document.

The closing date for submission is midnight, 26 October 2018. The interview date (if required) is 31 October 2018.

Your quotation must stay open for acceptance for a period of 90 days.

Film Researcher Brief

Quotation Return Document


Job Opportunities: Ordsall Hall, Salford

Salford Community Leisure (SCL) is committed to Building a Great Place to Work; with over 500 employees servicing more than 3 million customer visits at 40 venues across the city each year. We exist to ‘enhance the lives of people living in Salford through providing sport, leisure and cultural opportunities’.

We pride ourselves on recruiting the right people with the right values into the right roles. We are looking for professional, respectful, knowledgeable, passionate and solution driven people to join our team as we strive to deliver excellence to our customers.

Both roles will be based at Ordsall Hall, Salford’s ‘jewel in the crown,’ – a Grade 1 listed Tudor mansion house that is surrounded by 2 acres of gardens. Ordsall Hall operates as an engaging heritage site that is open to the public all year round.

Front of House Assistant
Salary/Grade: Grade 2 £16,863 (pro rata)
Working Hours: 10 hours per week
Location: Ordsall Hall, Salford
Closing Date: 9.00am Monday 5 November 2018

We have an exciting position available for a Front of House Assistant whose role is to act as the first point of contact for all our visitors. Manning the reception desk, working the till, answering the phone, serving in the café and engaging customers in the public areas of the Hall, this is a customer focussed role. It is central to the delivery of a first class experience to all of our visitors.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is customer focussed and enjoys working with people
  • Is able to work on the reception, café, shop and public areas at Ordsall Hall
  • Has an excellent telephone manner
  • Has a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Can assist in the set up and delivery of a range and events and functions that take place at Ordsall Hall
  • Consistently demonstrates SCL’s behaviours

For more details see SCL Advert FOH Assistant 1018.


Heritage Facilitator
Salary/Grade: Grade 3 £17,972 (pro rata)
Working Hours: 16 hours per week
Location: Ordsall Hall
Closing Date: 9.00am Monday 5 November 2018

We have an exciting position available for a Heritage Facilitator whose role is to deliver formal learning sessions to a wide range of school groups, as well as more informal learning sessions (during holiday times) to a range of different audiences. Customer focussed, this post is a key part of delivering a first class experience to all of our visitors.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Takes an active role in delivering learning sessions for schools, families and community groups
  • Enjoys delivering a range of holiday activities to children and family audiences
  • Can lead group tours
  • Is customer focussed and enjoys working with people
  • Is able to work on the reception, galleries and the café at Ordsall Hall
  • Consistently demonstrates SCL’s behaviours

For more details see SCL Advert Heritage Facilitator 1018.

If you wish to be considered for either role and join our team please return your application form to Carol Redshaw- by 9.00am Monday 5 November 2018 ensuring you detail how you meet and demonstrate the skills, experience, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the person specification. Please note CVs will not be accepted.


Job & Consultancy Opportunities

Collections Assistant. Fine and Decorative Arts
Gallery Oldham

Contract Type: Fixed Term 18 months
Salary: £22,401 – £26,470 p.a. (pro rata) (salary plus any additional payments)(Actual Salary: £11,182 – £13,213)
Hours: 18.30 per week
Based: Gallery Oldham, Cultural Quarter, Greaves St, Oldham, OL1 1AL
Closing Date: Monday 5th November 2018
Shortlisting & Interview Dates: Shortlisting week beginning 19th November 2018. Interview date Tuesday 4th December

Role overview

Following a flood at Gallery Oldham early in 2018 this post is being created to assist with the administration of the ongoing conservation and monitoring of the collection.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed Collections Assistant to support the documentation, monitoring and development of the Fine and Decorative Arts collections, and to increase public access and engagement with heritage resources.

Key responsibilities

  • Undertake documentation of museum collections
  • Prepare collections for conservation, relocation and accessible storage
  • Assist with the relocation of collections
  • Support digitisation of collections and information to extend remote access to collections
  • Assist with exhibition preparation and display

Key Requirements

To succeed in this role you will need as a minimum:

  • Recognised qualification or degree in relevant area of work (i.e. museum/heritage studies, archives etc.)
  • Experience of working in a Gallery, Museum or  Heritage environment
  • Experience of working with museum collections including a specialism in Fine /Decorative Arts.
  • Able to cope with a physically demanding job which includes exhibition preparation, packing and unpacking exhibitions and moving collections and equipment around sites and stores.

You must seek approval from your line manager prior to applying for this position as a secondment.

For the full details and information on how to apply click here.

Learning Consultant
The British Commercial Vehicle Museum
Status: Freelance Contract
Fee: £9,000 (inclusive of expenses)
Closing date: 8 November 2018

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland has recently undergone a major capital redevelopment. It now requires an individual or a company with a proven track record of developing successful learning packages.

Working with staff and volunteers, the primary purpose of this contract is to:

  • Research options and develop formal learning packages linking to the museum’s collections and displays, with a focus on STEM subjects.
  • Develop activity box themes and content.
  • Provide training for volunteers.
  • Identify potential partners and external facilitators.

The required outputs are:

  • A set of learning packages ready for pilot testing which will deliver on the National Curriculum and align with the Museum content and themes.
  • Activity boxes for use in formal and informal learning.
  • A training package for volunteers.

The closing date for submissions is midnight Thursday 8th November 2018. For a copy of the detailed brief please email

Job Opportunity: Beningbrough Hall, York

Programming & Exhibitions Manager
Salary – 31,671 pa
Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 10 months)
Deadline – Thursday 25th October


This is an exciting opportunity to create an imaginative and commercially viable programme of events and exhibitions. Working primarily at Beningbrough Hall and Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, you will play a key role in developing and delivering an exhibitions programme. Creating a 5 year plan of content in the new Saloon Galleries at Beningbrough and delivering an outdoor exhibition at the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

This is a fixed term contract due to end when the previous employee returns from maternity leave.  At this point we cannot confirm exactly how long this contract will last, but it is unlikely to be more than 10 months.

What it’s like to work here

No day is the same at busy Beningbrough Hall. Built in the 18th century, numerous occupants have changed the face of this Italian-style house and it has an intriguing story to tell. From a wealthy teenager who built this mansion and its occupation by the RAF in WWII, to the re-invention as a country house gallery in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. Today, the architectural grandeur of the rooms is a perfect setting for the many 18th century portraits, as well as our visiting contemporary art works. In the Garden, traditional formal borders contrast with sweeping lawns, and the restored walled garden.

Click here for more information about this location.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site of outstanding international importance. Visitors have been drawn to this special place for hundreds of years, and the abbey ruins are one of the most iconic views in the North of England. But that’s only one part of the story. The breath-taking water garden of Studley Royal is at the heart of the World Heritage Site, and it’s a key focus for the team to raise its profile to be equal to that of the abbey.

Click here for more information about this location.

What you’ll be doing

Working closely with the curatorial and operations team you will bring creative flair to deliver a quality experience for our visitors. You will work collaboratively with external partners, and artists to create a compelling offer to attract new and repeat visitors to our sites.The role will be looking to develop a three year rolling cycle of programming interventions including content generation, exhibitions. Interpretation and events. Working with internal and external partners for both funding and wider partnership opportunities. This role will have direct responsibility for developing these areas in the Property Business Plan.

From grant applications to insurance and registrar processes, to delivering the content, you will be involved at every step of the way. You will project manage the commissioning of the £200k Folly, 2020 art installation and with the wider team develop marketing, interpretation & communication plans.

Who we’re looking for

To be successful in this role you’ll need to have;

  • A formal vocational/professional qualification equivalent to NVQ/QCF level 4/5 and/or relevant previous exhibitions/programming experience within museums/galleries and historic houses.
  • A degree in relevant field or equivalent
  • Strong familiarity with Museums Accreditations Standards
  • Leadership skills including training, coaching, team development, motivation, communication and setting strategic direction
  • Substantial experience in delivering major exhibitions and programmes to a high professional standard including interpretation, commissioning contractors and installation
  • The ability to manage projects including brokering, commissioning and managing external consultancy, creative, artistic and design and build skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills including public presentations

The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership at over 100 leisure facilities across the country

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our Retail and Food & Beverage outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

For more info and details on how to apply click here.

Job Opportunity: Quarry Bank Mill

Visitor Programmes & Formal Learning Manager

Salary – £27,191 pa
Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 24 mo)
Deadline – Sunday 14th October


You will be responsible for the strategic planning and day to day management of Programming and Formal Learning at your property. A core element of this work will be to achieve the project deliverables for Programming and Formal Learning within the wider Quarry Bank project. As part of the Visitor Experience team you will report to and work closely with the Visitor Experience Manager and be part of and work closely with the broader Visitor Experience team. You will manage, support and develop the Programming Officer, Formal Learning officer and provide support with the management and development of their teams. You will be responsible for managing the budgets required to deliver this work and for protecting and enhancing the Trust’s assets and reputation. An interview date of 19th October has been set for this role.

What it’s like to work here

This former cotton mill was built in 1784 and is one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites and includes a diverse range of venues and stories across a 500 acre wide landscape. Welcoming over 250,000 visitors a year, this busy site estate hosts a large schools programme and a broad range of both traditional and cutting-edge events and exhibitions. This is an exciting opportunity to work in fast growing location and the team pride themselves on being dynamic, highly motivated and passionate people. Click here for more information about this location

What you’ll be doing

You will lead a culture of ‘exceptional service, every time, for everyone’ in your team and role model our Service Promise behaviours. You’ll also lead your team, helping to create a great working environment for both staff and volunteers by recruiting, developing and driving talented people. Working with all our partners, you’ll deliver projects that enhance the National Trust value, ensuring that visitors have the opportunity to understand and engage with our work through high quality information and interpretation. To achieve this, you will need to assess the resources needed to reach your plans and help to develop your budget. You will help to identify new opportunities for income, innovation, and external funding. You will pull on the expertise of National Trust colleagues when developing your individual delivery plans.

Who we’re looking for

To deliver this role successfully, you will need to have the following attributes;

  • Significant practical experience in relevant programming, learning, interpretation and engagement management, supported by appropriate qualifications to level 5 (or equivalent level of vocational experience)
  • Proven track record of planning activities which ensure great visitor experience
  • Leadership skills including coaching, team development, motivation, and communication
  • Experience of working with volunteers and knowledge of the framework that the Trust uses to support the volunteer journey. Understand the different approach needed to reward, recognise and motivate volunteers
  • Excellent people skills enabling strong relationships externally and internally to be built and maintaine
  • Experience of leading a culture of exceptional customer service
  • Record of setting, and delivering performance targets
  • Proven track record of managing budgets, finances, small projects and contracts
  • Track record of inspiring others with a passion for nature, heritage and the outdoors
  • Significant experience of managing operational risk, including how to assess and manage risk effectively. Knowledge of all Health & Safety and Compliance requirements
  • Experience of developing and delivering creative programmes and building partnerships to support this
  • A solid understanding of best practice in the profession and an innovative approach

The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership at over 100 leisure facilities across the country

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our Retail and Food & Beverage outlets and discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

For more details and info on how to apply visit the National Trust website.

Job Opportunity: Curious Minds

Curious Minds is seeking 5 Youth Engagement Experts to support young people to take part in the North West’s newest heritage programme ‘Hope Streets’.

Hope Streets is a brand new, 5 year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will see young people aged 11–25 revolutionise the way museums work with their peers.

It is being led by a consortium of three organisations in the North West; Curious MindsYouth Focus North West and Museum Development North West.

We are looking for 5 Youth Engagement Experts to work in each of the following areas:

  • Sefton – Merseyside
  • Bolton – Greater Manchester
  • Cumbria
  • Lancashire
  • Cheshire West and Chester

The Youth Engagement Expert will have primary responsibility for leading a local group of young people in one of the five geographical areas (or ‘Hope Hubs’) through the project. The person undertaking this role will demonstrate and model excellence in youth work practice, providing inspiration to museum staff.

For more information on the project and the role, see the Youth Engagement Expert Brief.

How to apply

Please send a copy of your CV (including two referees) and a personal statement explaining why you would be perfect for this role. This can be sent via email to: by 9AM on the 24th of October.
Please make it clear which area you are applying to work in.

If you have any queries about this opportunity please contact Saul Argent on the above email or call 07710115089.

For the successful applicants, a group induction to the project will take place on the 14th of November in Preston. It is essential that you are available for this date.

Interviews will take place between the 29th of October and the 12th of November, in the area you are applying to work in. Dates will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Local interview dates:

Sefton – November 7th
Lancashire – October 29th
Bolton, Cumbria and Chester TBC.

Initially the contract will be for 32 ‘days’ over 8 months. The total fee will be £4,800 inclusive of all expenses. There is potential for the role to continue beyond this time.


Job Opportunities

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Formal Learning Programmer
Salary: up to £25k
Closing date: 5.00pm on Monday 8th October

Learning is pivotal to the delivery of our aims including making art, landscape and heritage accessible to all, and to offer opportunities for people to engage with the arts in a creative and meaningful way. We are looking for an innovative, enthusiastic and motivated creative learning professional to lead, develop and deliver an inspiring formal learning arts education programme for all key stages.

You will have substantial experience in developing, delivery and managing engaging arts education programmes and projects in an arts heritage setting. The successful candidate will have an ambition for making art accessible to all and be able to meet the requirements of Arts Council England Arts Award and Arts Marks programmes.

To find out more and apply click here.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Head of Curatorial and Public Practice
Salary: £55k-£60k pa
Closing date: 10.00am on Monday 8th October

BALTIC has exhibited the work of over 400 different international artists, received over 7 million visitors through the door since opening in 2002 and welcomed 262,000 participants in learning activities last year alone.

We have ambitious plans for 2019-2022 which will be challenging and rewarding for all our team. We are looking for an exceptional individual to join BALTIC at this exciting time and help broaden and deepen our impact as a world-class organisation.

The role will lead on our curatorial and pedagogical vision through collaboration, and make a major contribution to the strategic development of BALTIC’s mission and curatorial vision, managing the planning and delivery of an artistic programme of high quality and international standing.

To find out more and apply click here.
Interview date: Wednesday 31st October.

Job Opportunity: Chetham’s Library

Job Title: Events Manager
Salary: £27,000
Location: Manchester City Centre
Hours: Full Time | 35 hours per week to include evenings and weekends
Contract: Fixed term contract of 12 months duration initially (subject to annual performance appraisal, reviewable and extendable by negotiation)
Closing date: 9am Thursday 18th October

We are looking for an Events Manager to lead and develop the commercial offer at Chetham’s Library and College House, delivering an exceptional standard of external and internal events.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced events manager with energy and motivation who will share our passion for the historic building and its unique brand identity, and can take a strong lead on managing and developing our programme of events and commercial activities.

The successful candidate will take a proactive approach to developing and promoting all aspects of venue hire, delivering targets, attracting new business and positioning Chetham’s Library and College House as a high quality commercial and wedding venue and a key partner in Manchester’s visitor economy.

More information and application form click here.

Job Opportunity: Lakeland Arts       

Head of Learning & Engagement
Salary: £28,000 – £30,000
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: 15 October 2018

Lakeland Arts are looking to appoint a Head of Learning and Engagement to lead the learning and engagement programme.  Lakeland Arts runs high quality family activities and learning programmes for all audiences at all sites including formal learning with schools and colleges, family events, workshops, performances and talks. Many of these involve artists and creative practitioners and all are inspired by the collections, architecture and surrounding landscape.

You will lead a highly qualified team to produce, manage and deliver Lakeland Arts learning and engagement offer across Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House and Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.

Lakeland Arts are looking for someone with significant experience of planning, developing and delivering learning and engagement programmes for a range of audiences, and who are effective at networking and building partnerships.  You will be an experienced leader with a successful track record of motivating and managing staff and teams, including freelance staff and volunteers.

Your previous experience will include developing interpretation and learning resources for a range of audiences alongside monitoring, evaluating and reporting on learning programmes to a range of stakeholders.

Essential Requirements:

  • Educated to degree level
  • Experience of planning, developing and delivering learning and engagement programmes for a range of audiences
  • Experience of motivating and managing staff and teams, including freelance staff and volunteers
  • Developing effective networks and partnerships
  • Developing interpretation and learning resources for a range of audiences
  • Monitoring, evaluating and reporting on programmes
  • Promoting learning programmes including writing material for publications, website etc.
  • Active interest in arts, heritage, galleries and museums
  • Excellent knowledge of best practice in learning, engagement, health and well being and audience development in cultural sector
  • Understanding of current government policies relating to learning and health and well-being.
  • Understanding of National Curriculum and strategic issues for education sector

Lakeland Arts is one of the most remarkable arts and heritage organisations in the North and has an exceptional portfolio of attractions in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

To apply for this post and to find out more, please visit


Trainee Opportunity: Wordsworth Trust

Salary: National Minimum Wage for under 25s /National Living Wage for over 25s
Hours: full time (37.5 hours per week)
Contract: fixed term contract (end of January to 23 December 2019)
Closing date: 9am on Monday 5 November

The Wordsworth Trust has been providing training opportunities for people starting careers in museums, libraries and literature for over 30 years, and has a high reputation across the sector for the standard of training it provides. The Traineeship programme is designed to provide an all-round experience in a full time role (five out of seven days a week) of both an historic house and museum that receive 40,000 visitors a year.

Trainees will be joining the Wordsworth Trust at a very exciting time. In January 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Wordsworth Trust a development grant towards a new project: ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’. The grant puts the Wordsworth Trust on course to make profound and exciting changes to its site and activities in time to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth in 2020.

Trainees will specialise in one of the following departments:


A Collections Trainee will gain experience of managing a Designated collection of approximately 68,000 items, including manuscripts, books and artworks. They will work with the Collections Team, and will gain knowledge and experience of museum practice and procedures, the recording and caring of collections, exhibitions, working with researchers, providing opportunities for visitors to access the collection, and much more.


An Education Trainee will work with the Education Development Manager and Education Officer to deliver the Wordsworth Trust’s core schools offer to children from Foundation Stage – KS5. They will develop new school and outreach sessions, both onsite and offsite, including those delivering Arts Award. They will also will deliver family activities both onsite and in Cumbrian libraries.

Applicants should demonstrate an enthusiasm for heritage and learning, and are expected to develop a knowledge of British Romanticism during the Traineeship. Previous museum experience is not essential and anyone with an enthusiasm for heritage and learning is encouraged to apply.

The Traineeship will run from January 2019 until December 2019.

The deadline for applications is Monday 5 November 2019 at 9am. For more information and to download an application pack, please visit our website.