Category: Tender Opportunity

Tender Opportunity: Port Sunlight

A village in lockdown: Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on Port Sunlight
Budget: £28,800 + VAT
Deadline: 10am Thursday 24 September 2020

Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT) has received a Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund grant from Historic England to understand and document the impact of Covid-19 on Port Sunlight and to identify ways to mitigate the threats and maximise the opportunities for the village’s heritage and its community.

The main focus of the project is a programme of stakeholder research and engagement that includes the village’s residential community – of tenants, owner-occupiers and landlords – as well as businesses, clubs and societies. PSVT now wishes to commission this important piece of work, which must conclude no later than 1st March 2021.

For further information and to view the full brief, click here.

Tender Opportunity: The Whitaker

whitaker_rossendaleTender Opportunity: Rossendale Borough Council and the Whitaker CIC
Commission for: The Whitaker Experience Project Graphic Design Package
Commission value: up to £15,000
Location: The Whitaker Rawtenstall
Term: – September – December 2020
Closing date: 17 August

Rossendale Borough Council in partnership with The Whitaker CIC is seeking to engage the services of a graphic designer to support the creation of a new interpretation scheme which forms an integral part of The Whitaker Experience National Lottery Heritage Fund project.

The full tender details are available here.

Tender Opportunity: The Manchester Museum

South Asia Gallery – Designer
Salary: N/A (all financial information can be obtained once interested parties have expressed their interest)
Location: Manchester
Hours: NA
Contract: fixed term
Closing date: Tuesday 31st March 2020

 From Manchester Museum:

The Manchester Museum (at the University of Manchester) are seeking to appoint a designer to work on our new permanent South Asia Gallery, due to open in early 2022.

We are interested in hearing from both companies and consortiums of individuals and open to working with a design team who may not come from a museum or exhibition background.

This project is about creating an exceptional new space, it will include a central performance space at the heart of the gallery and be the first permanent gallery in the country specifically dedicated to exploring the stories, experiences, cultures and contributions of South Asian diaspora communities in the UK.

The gallery will welcome visitors with beautiful displays and a dynamic, contemporary take on South Asian and British Asian culture: at 372m2, the new space will form the largest permanent gallery in the Museum, it will be co-curated and designed with communities and in partnership with the British Museum.

The South Asia Gallery will bring world-class archaeological and ethnographic material, sculpture, textiles, paintings, ceramics, from the British Museum to Manchester, to be displayed alongside the very best of Manchester Museum’s own South Asian collections, including natural science collections.

Further information and tender returns can be found here.

The total fit out value will be £900k.

Tender Opportunity: Curious Minds

Social Value and Impact Study
Budget: £20,000
Deadline for EOI is Tuesday 6th August 2019, 12 noon.
Submit to Caz Brader, Deputy CEO.

Curious Minds is seeking an external partner who can support us to explore and demonstrate the value of their ‘sector support’ work to their stakeholders and the impact it has had on individuals, organisations, sectors and locations. They need help to look at the data and evidence they collect, to identify the gaps and to help them tell the stories of our sometimes ‘invisible’ influence. They want to measure the (seemingly) unmeasurable.

Please read the full brief 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.

Tender Opportunity: Port Sunlight Village Trust

Asset & Property Income Generation Strategy
Budget: £30,000 + VAT, including travel and all expenses
Deadline for proposals: 5pm Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT) wishes to commission the production of an Asset & Property Income Generation Strategy for the village as part of a project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund entitled ‘A brighter future for Port Sunlight’. The strategy will provide PSVT with an investment plan for how to make best use of Port Sunlight’s assets, both public buildings and green space, in order to realise a new vision to make ‘Port Sunlight, an inspiring place to live, work and visit’. It will take account of: Port Sunlight’s status as a Conservation Area and PSVT’s heritage aims as articulated in its 10-year Conservation Management Plan 2018-2028; the infrastructure required to support the strategy’s successful implementation, e.g. visitor and resident car parking; and the need to mitigate the impact on the community.

About the project
In June 2019 PSVT was awarded a Resilient Heritage grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, towards a 12-month project called ‘A brighter future for Port Sunlight’. The project will strengthen PSVT’s income generation potential and facilitate the development of an enhanced and sustainable offer for visitors, village residents and the wider local community.

The project has been designed to support the implementation of PSVT’s first five-year strategic plan 2019-2024. It represents the organisation’s essential first steps towards realising its vision and ambition for the growth of the visitor destination, the sustainability of the community, and the protection of the village’s unique heritage. The project has three inter-connected objectives, which are:

  • Make the best possible use of PSVT’s heritage assets
  • Maximise income potential through fundraising and commercial activity
  • Build the capacity of the PSVT workforce and increase skills

There are five key deliverables, which include:

  • The commissioning of an Asset & Property Income Generation Strategy.
  • The employment of a Volunteer Manager to implement PSVT’s new volunteer strategy and embed the organisation’s five principles of volunteering: Person-centred; one-team; community focussed; widening participation; and best practice.
  • The employment of a Fundraising Officer to support the implementation of the organisation’s first fundraising strategy with a focus on individual-giving including legacies, In Memory, lotteries, raffles, donations and events.
  • Support from a National Lottery Heritage Fund mentor.
  • An evaluation plan to ensure the project meets its outcomes for People, Heritage and Communities.

The brief:
The scope of work comprises the following four areas:

  1. Information audit: Desk-based research including relevant information held by PSVT relating to stakeholder consultation, audience research, heritage condition assessments, access appraisals, and current usage of assets, as well as intelligence held by the local authorities and local enterprise partnerships;
  2. Consultation: A combination of face-to-face and telephone interviews with key stakeholders to understand PSVT’s operating environment, local growth plans, and future opportunities and challenges for Port Sunlight and PSVT;
  3. Benchmarking: Identification of up to four sites, national and international, where heritage assets have been sensitively and successfully exploited for both commercial and community purposes;
  4. Options appraisals:
    1. Chart the characteristics of the buildings and sites under consideration to aid systematic analysis;
    2. Develop a long list of potential uses for the buildings and sites, criteria for assessing ‘fit’ and then generate short lists of appropriate uses;
    3. Undertake option appraisals for each building and site taking account of: heritage constraints and access needs; building condition and adaptability; planning policy; existing supply, competitor provision and market demand for potential uses/occupiers (including soft market testing to understand appetite/barriers for businesses/social /community enterprises to locate in Port Sunlight) and value added benefit to the visitor economy and the social, community and commercial life of the village;
    4. Provide indicative investment appraisals for each building and site (outline architectural/conservation, planning and cost consultancy advice will be provided by others);
    5. Provide recommendations regarding the optimum use of each building, priorities for disposal, PSVT investment requirements (including potential funding sources), partnering or rental, and a plan and timetable for implementing these.

For full details of the brief see Brief Asset Property Income Generation Strategy FINAL July 2019.

Application method
You are invited to apply for the Asset & Property Income Generation Strategy by submitting a proposal that demonstrates the following:

  • Your proposed approach and schedule to deliver the scope of work described above (40%)
  • Examples of previous relevant projects, the names of two referees who have experience of working with you on similar projects and CVs for your team (30%)
  • Breakdown of costs by scope of work (30%)

Proposals will be evaluated on a quality (70%) and cost (30%) basis. The evaluation weighting is provided in brackets above.

The deadline for proposals is 5pm on Tuesday 23rd July 2019. Please submit by post and mark for the attention of Katherine Lynch, Director of Heritage, Port Sunlight Village Trust, 23 King George’s Drive, Port Sunlight CH62 5DX.

Interviews will be held in Port Sunlight on Tuesday 30th July 2019.

A draft strategy will be required by Monday 13th January 2020. The final strategy must be submitted to PSVT by the end of February 2020 and you will be required to present it to PSVT’s Board of Trustees at their March meeting, date to be confirmed.

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.

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

Tender Opportunity: Revealing Wigan Archives: Heritage Exhibition and Interpretation

From Wigan Council: 

Wigan Council is pleased to be able to release details for a contract to work with the Council’s Archives & Local Studies service on the Revealing Wigan Archives Project, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Wigan Archives and Local Studies have secured National Lottery Heritage Fund support for the Revealing Wigan’s Archives project to develop a modern, vibrant and exciting new public Archive Service for the Borough of Wigan and a dedicated exhibition space for the people of Leigh and its surrounding communities.

The project will work within the existing structure of Leigh Town Hall – a Grade II listed structure – and will create new permanent and temporary exhibition spaces to display the Borough’s Archive and Museum collections. These new spaces will be co-curated with a wide range of stakeholders including local people, volunteers, schools and other partners. The new exhibition and interpretation will reflect the changing nature of our Archives and Museums, broaden our audiences and future-proof our services.

This project forms part of a wider scheme of work to refurbish in full the Leigh Town Hall building and create a new archive facility within the building, including a new public search room, collection strong rooms, document conservation area and café space.

The full Town Hall scheme will create and make ready the new exhibition spaces for the appointed exhibition and interpretation contractor to work within. The contractor must co-ordinate with the main building project and work within the limitations of designing for and installation in a listed and multi-tenanted occupied building hosting a range of Council teams and services.

As part of this major redevelopment, we are seeking a Contractor to undertake all design and fit-out for the new exhibition spaces and site interpretation including, but not limited to, all interpretation, graphic design and production, display cases, case layouts, audio-visual interpretation, gallery lighting, interactive development and build, object mounting, and installation and snagging.

The Contractor will also undertake public consultation with a range of stakeholders as part of the exhibition development and design process. The exhibition is scheduled to be open to public access in Spring 2020.

Interested applicants are directed to the Invitation to Tender documentation which contains a full Specification for this service.

The total value of the contract is £320,500.

The closing date of Monday 8th April 2019 at 17:00 represents the deadline for the receipt of final tender submission.