Category: Tender Opportunity

Tender Opportunity – Museum Development North East

Delivery of Understanding Audiences
Deadline: Monday 10th September 2018, 5pm

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is seeking to commission a consultant/s with relevant experience to design and deliver the next phase of Understanding Audiences.  This work is part of the wider Museum Development Programme, managed in the North East by TWAM and funded by Arts Council England to drive development and deliver sustainability, resilience and innovation in England’s regional museums.

A priority for 2018-22 is supporting museums to capture, share and report audience data in order to develop an increased awareness and understanding of their audiences and communities.  This builds on a previous phase of work which focussed on supporting a cluster of local authority museums during 2015-18.  This enabled seven museums to undertake postcode data research and then progress to using Audience Finder methodology and segmentation, with specialist support provided by the Audience Agency.      

This next phase will follow a similar approach, supporting a new cohort of museums to implement a standardised methodology, analyse and understand the data and apply it to programming and planning.   

They are seeking a consultant/s with the ability to work with a range of organisations and people (staff and volunteers), with a sound understanding of audience development and a strong track record of providing 1-2-1 support as well as delivering wider support through training/workshop opportunities.

Fee for contract

Consultants should indicate a fixed price (exclusive of VAT) for the delivery of the above described services and this should be itemised as follows:
– Professional time
– Administration costs
– Cost of materials
– Estimated travel and subsistence costs

This fee should not exceed £25,000.

For further information, including details of how to submit a proposal, please see the full brief here.

If you have any questions, please contact, Museum Development Manager, Museum Development North East.


Tender Opportunity: Cornwall Museums Partnership

Brief for Tender

Who We Are

Cornwall Museums Partnership is a charity which exists to help all museums to thrive. Between 2018 and 2022 we will invest nearly £4.5m in an ambitious programme which will promote innovation, help museums to raise standards, improve museums’ business performance, and develop and share new knowledge about museums’ collections to inspire a wide range of people. Put simply, we want to help museums to make people’s lives better by ensuring that Cornwall’s unique cultural identity is shared with and enjoyed by as many people as possible.

Rural Proofing Resilience

Rural Proofing Resilience (RPR) is a Heritage Lottery Funded programme that has been designed to encourage and enable the cultural transformation of museums from reliant to independent organisations. The aim of this project is to safeguard the future of rural and coastal museums.

The objectives of the RPR programme are to:

  • Help museums to diversify income streams
  • Support museums to work entrepreneurially
  • Improve the leadership within museums to enhance resilience
  • Promote positive culture change in museums
  • Diversify museum staff and volunteers, and boost capacity
  • Help museums to identify breakthrough solutions, including new systems and processes, to support their resilience and achieve strategic change.

RPR is being delivered in partnership with South West Museum Development across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and Dorset. The museums participating in the programme are all located in rural or coastal areas and have no more than 1 FTE employee. The programme runs from May 2018 to April 2022.

As part of this programme we are looking for a supplier/suppliers to develop and deliver all or part of 2 key strands:

  • Train the Trainer skills development
  • Peer workshop skills development

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Tender Opportunity: Museum Development North West

New to the Sector CPD Programme


Museum Development North West is managed by the Manchester Partnership and Cumbria Museums Consortium. The funding for the programme comes from Arts Council England’s (ACE) Museum Development funding 2018-22.

The areas of MDNW’s work are based around ACE’s five goals as set out in their ten-year strategic plan Great and Art and Culture for Everyone.

  1. Excellence is thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries
  2. Everyone has the opportunity to experience and to be inspired by the arts, museums and libraries
  3. The arts, museums and libraries are resilient and environmentally sustainable
  4. The leadership and workforce in the arts, museums and libraries are diverse and appropriately skilled
  5. Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries

The Programme

The purpose of this brief is to encourage proposals for the development and delivery of a new programme to support a maximum of 10 people who are within the first five years of their career in the museum sector. The cohort of professionals will be made up of people from across the North West.

The focus of the programme will be to support participants to develop strategic career and CPD plans, build confidence and give them the skills to succeed in the sector. It is envisaged that the programme will be delivered through group workshops, one-to-one mentoring, self-led activities and networking opportunities. Other forms of delivery will be considered.

The programme will require the successful applicant to work collaboratively with the Museum Development Officer: Workforce and Skills throughout development and delivery.


The fee for the programme is £5,000 including expenses (excluding room hire and catering which will be covered by MDNW).


Please submit a proposal by 5pm Friday 4th May 2018 of no more than 4 sides A4 outlining relevant experience and how you would deliver the project. This should be supported by a quotation and CV.

For more information please contact Alex Bird, Museum Development Officer: Workforce and Skills –

Tender Opportunity: South West Museum Development

Accreditation Technical Advisor

Bristol City Council on behalf of the South West Museum Development Programme (SWMD) is seeking to commission a consultant to provide effective Accreditation technical advice to support museums approaching an initial application and museums preparing for a regular compliance return.

Quotations/ tenders are invited for the provision of Accreditation technical advice to museums on behalf of the South West Museum Development Programme for the period April 2018 to March 2018 with the opportunity to renew the contract for a further year until March 2019 following successful outcome of the contract in February 2019. 

This is a fixed price contract for £8500 including VAT and all fees relating to delivery of the contract but excluding national travel (Birmingham and London).  Any costs related to delivery of training or workshops are not included within the scope of this contract.

For more information please see the brief document.

The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on Friday 23rd March.

Tender Opportunity: Dippy On Tour – A Natural History Adventure

Bid development, activity planning & fundraising
Fee: Up to £20,000 inclusive of VAT and all expenses
Deadline for Quotations: 5pm, Friday 9 March 2018
Commencement: It is expected the work will commence Monday 19 March 2018
Contract Duration: April 2018 – March 2019

Link4Life (the Rochdale Borough-wide Cultural Trust) in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council are working together to deliver Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure in the North West.

Dippy on Tour will see the Natural History Museum’s iconic diplodocus skeleton tour the country to eight venues during 2018-2020. Dippy will be present in Rochdale from February to June 2020 (the penultimate venue), at Number One Riverside, representing the North West leg of the tour.

Link4Life, a registered charity, is leading fundraising and activity development for the programme in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council and are therefore seeking to appoint a consultant to develop a Second Round HLF bid, produce an Activity Plan and deliver the £300,000 in matched funding required to deliver our ambitious programme.

To see the full brief please visit

Tender Opportunity: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Delivery of Accreditation Advice 

As part of the NE Museum Development Programme, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is seeking to commission consultancy to provide effective and dynamic Accreditation technical advice to support museums approaching an initial application and museums preparing for a regular compliance return.  This function is integrated as part of the North East Museum Development Programme, funded by Arts Council England and managed by TWAM.

The successful contractor will be expected to provide expert advice based on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Accreditation Standard and its underpinning processes and its applicability to museums of different sizes and scales.

Download the full PDF brief.

Closing date: 5.00pm on Monday 19 February.

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.

Tender Opportunity: Evaluation of the North East Museum Development Programme

Following a successful bid to Arts Council England (ACE) in May 2014, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) has responsibility for providing museum development support in the North East region for the period April 2015-March 2018.

They now wish to appoint a consultant to undertake evaluation of the 2015-18 Museum Development programme to date, to help inform delivery of the remainder of the programme up to March 2018 as well as the development of a bid to run the Museum Development Programme in the North East for 2018-22.

To view the tender brief, including details of how to submit a proposal, please see here. Please note that proposals must be received no later than 5pm on 16 September 2016.

Tender Opportunity: York Museums Trust

Exhibition Design and Build Services
Closing date: 5pm on Friday 15 July 2016

Applicants are invited to tender for the design and build of a new exhibition Viking; developed jointly between York Museums Trust and the British Museum. The exhibition will open in York in May 2017 for six months, after which time it will tour the UK to four other venues. We are looking for a design company with a strong track record of delivering high profile, immersive exhibitions, and demonstrable experience of problem solving to develop flexible displays across a range of challenging spaces.

For further details and a detailed copy of the Design Brief please contact Natalie McCaul at, or call 01904 687675. 

Tender Opportunity: The Wordsworth Trust

Fundraising Strategy Consultant ‘Reimagining Wordsworth‘ project
Budget £10,000–£15,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses).
Closing date for applications: Monday 25 July 2016.

Reimagining Wordsworth is a Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project, created to enable the Wordsworth Trust to realise the full potential of its heritage site at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, to reach a larger and more diverse range of audiences, and to make itself a more financially and environmentally sustainable organisation.

The Wordsworth Trust is looking to contract the services of a Fundraising Strategy Consultant to deliver the following objectives during the development phase of the project:

  • Review the Wordsworth Trust’s current overall fundraising strategy, communications plan and capacity for achieving its fundraising target for Reimagining Wordsworth.
  • Maximise revenue and other ongoing fundraising opportunities during and after implementation of Reimagining Wordsworth. The ongoing fundraising strategy will form part of the new business plan to be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the second round application in January 2018.

For a full brief for the Fundraising Strategy Consultant and more details about the application process, please contact Marie Batty, Reimagining Wordsworth Project