Category: Tender Opportunity

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



Tender Opportunity: SHARE Museums East

Audience Development Plan Programme
Consultant Facilitator Brief


Norfolk Museums Service (NMS) is funded by Arts Council England to provide a Museum Development service for the East of England region (Beds, Cambs, Essex, Herts, Norfolk and Suffolk). This service, called SHARE Museums East, resources and brokers development opportunities for museums across the region, and supports museums to deliver against the Arts Council’s five goals of excellence, audiences, leadership, diversity and children and young people.

Over the last 3 years, SHARE Museums East has encouraged museums to collect their own visitor data via various means. We funded subscriptions for larger museums to participate in two national programmes: Visitor Finder (run by the Audience Agency) and Visitor Verdict (run by the Association for Independent Museums). The bespoke Visitor Insight East (VIE) programme was specially designed for smaller museums

For 2016-18, our Activity plan moves to developing the use of this gathered data to inform and implement Audience Development Plans.

We invite tenders to deliver training and support for museums to prepare and implement Audience Development Plans (ADPs)

Project Description

This programme will run in 2016-17 and 2017-18. At least 12 museums will take part in this programme (this could be 6 each year or a different split) resulting in the production and implementation of new Audience Development Plans. The programme will consist of training and support for the museums organised by the consultant and small grants for the individual museums.

Budget and Timeframe

The maximum available spend for this programme is £6000 in both 2016-17 and 2017-18. This will be split between consultant fees and small grants for participating museums, with the maximum consultant fee in total for both years being £6000 and the grant total for both years, £6000.

This project is being quoted on a fixed fee basis. We are seeking a total and inclusive price for the project and no other costs, except the quoted price, will be payable. The consultant’s quoted fee should be inclusive of travel, administration and other related expenses, but exclusive of VAT.

Project Element Indicative Timeframe  
  2016-17 group 2017-18 group
Initial meeting with participating museums Oct 2016 Sept/Oct 2017
Further training/ consultation/ support (format to be suggested by consultant) Nov 2016 – Feb 2017


Nov 2017- Feb 2018
Individual ADPs in development Oct 2016- Feb 2017 Oct 2017- Feb 2018
Small grant application and allocation Jan 2017 Jan 2018
Individual ADPs complete and ready for implementation By March 2017 By March 2018

Project Management and Communication

The project will be managed by the Museum Development Project Officer (Audiences and Learning), with whom the consultant will liaise with closely.

The SHARE Museum East team will recruit the museums to the work and take care of all administrative tasks such as room and training bookings, sending on participant information and running the running the small grant scheme. We will arrange the final project evaluation and dissemination of learning to the wider sector.

How to apply

We invite the consultant to suggest their favoured model for facilitating this programme and outline how you would fulfil this brief.

In particular, SHARE Museums East is interested in how you envisage supporting an organisation to develop its Audience Development Plan within the confines of the time available. The aim is to work with organisations of different sizes, from volunteer run museums through to larger local authority museums. We would be interested in your knowledge and understanding of smaller institutions, different types of museum organisation and the variety of potential needs and challenges to be met and how you would support them.

The maximum total consultancy fee available over the two years is £6000. NB Please include a breakdown of the budget as part of your tender.

Tenders should be submitted no later than 5pm on July 27th 2016.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Evidence of providing value for money
  • Evidence of understanding what an effective forward plan should cover.
  • Evidence of an understanding of our approach.
  • Evidence of having previously worked with cultural organisations to develop forward plans
  • Evidence of ability to work flexibly and respond to the requirements of different organisations.
  • Evidence of ability to deliver the project on time and to budget

Responses in writing or by email to to:

Kathryn Moore
SHARE Coordinator
Norfolk Museums Service
Market Avenue

For further information, please contact Kathy on 01603 493646 or

Tender Opportunity: Lakeland Arts

Lakeland Arts
Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories
Family Resources Brief
June 2016


Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories will be a unique, world-class museum in a famously beautiful location. Windermere Jetty will be an addition to the museums and galleries run by Lakeland Arts in South Cumbria. The Museum will be a working destination, committed to conserving, saving and sharing an internationally important boat collection. We will tell the stories behind these boats and actively involve our visitors in the crafts and tradition that built them. Every visit will provide an invaluable insight into a vital part of our national and local history while making our visitors part of life on the lake. Windermere Jetty will re-open in 2017.

The collection consists of boats ranging from small wooden rowing boats, to speed boats and the luxury boats owned by wealthy home owners around the lake. An array of smaller objects (including various boat parts, a picnic basket, life jackets, oars, ice skates), paintings, archival documents (including the sketchbooks of Arthur Ransome), images and film footage will add different layers to the interpretation

The exhibition will be arranged thematically and will cover:

The Main Exhibition Space

  • Conservation Store – Visitors will enter the exhibition through the Conservation Store which will resemble an open store. Visitors will see lots of boat parts of display and will be able to find out more about the names of different boat parts.
  • Early visitors to the lake, including Beatrix Potter. Her rowing boat will be on display
  • The opulent boats and luxury lifestyle of some of those living around the lake
  • War – We will be displaying the float from a Sunderland in the exhibition space. Sunderland flying boats were built at White Cross Bay on the shores of Windermere.
  • Adventures on the lake, including the sketchbooks of Arthur Ransome. Ransome was inspired by Esperance, one of the boats in the collection which then featured in Swallows and Amazons as Captain Flint’s houseboat. The exhibition will also look at everyday adventures, such as ice skating on the frozen lake and the adventures of a group of Sea Scouts.
  • Speed, including the water speed record attempt of Sir Henry Segrave, which ended in his death
  • Boatbuilders – We will be examining the theme of innovation throughout the exhibition and Windermere’s boatbuilders demonstrated this incredibly well

Outside the Main Exhibition Space

  • Conservation Workshop – Visitors will be able to see conservation and boatbuilding in action
  • Boat Ride – Visitors will have the opportunity to have a ride on one of our boats
  • Ecology of the site – Visitors will be introduced to the things that can be seen at the Museum, for example, reed beds, different animals that inhabit the site, what can be seen on the lake

Lakeland Arts is looking to contract the services of a consultant to deliver the following objectives:

  1. We would like you to source 30 duffel bags that are large enough to hold about 5 ‘props’ related to set activities, but light weight enough for children carry the bags. The bags will need to be branded in line with Windermere brand guidelines (to be discussed with client).
  2. To develop themed activities for five sets of bags, aimed at children aged 5-10 years and their parent / guardians on a self-guided visit to the museum. Each set of bags will contain up to five activities on these themes:
  • Boatbuilder/Conservator bag to include: apron, tape measure, magnifying glass, colouring pencils and sketchbook. Activities to centre around exploring original/repair, conserve/restore, Branksome figurehead, wood and other materials, texture
  • Captain duffle bag to include: hat, maps and compass, magnifying glass, colouring pencils and sketch book, kaleidoscope/periscope. Activities to explore colour, plotting your route, boat safety and adventures on the water.
  • Museum Curator bag to include: white gloves, magnifying glass, tape measure, colouring pencils and sketchbook, storytelling – books (curators find stories to tell). Activities to include exploring themes such as conserve/restore, Branksome figurehead, trail – be a detective and find marks/flags/provenance that tells a story.
  • Ecologist bag to include: waterproof poncho, log book, grid frame, magnifying glass, binoculars, colouring pencils and sketchbook. Activities to explore themes such as flowers, birds and animals, trees, rocks, insects and how these are recorded in ‘fieldwork’.
  • Architect/Engineer bag to include: hard hat, colouring pencils and sketchbook, tape measure, ruler, spirit level. Activities to include the water/ levels of the water, shape of the buildings and materials used.
  1. To identify and cost of the resources (bags and contents) and to ensure that the individual items are easy to replace in the future. We would like you to cost each item and present us with a budget for materials at the end, with a full list of suppliers.

Learning Outcomes

We would like families to be able to explore the collection in creative ways, with a focus on spending time as a family group. We want to offer families a high quality product that will promote excellent family activities at Windermere Jetty. Above all, we would like families to have fun!

Outcomes for Windermere Jetty

  • We provide a high quality resource that encourages families to learn, explore and be creative together
  • It is a well-used resource
  • It encourages families to make repeat visits to Windermere Jetty by providing them with added value for their entrance fee
  • Windermere Jetty becomes known for high quality provision for families

Budget: £3,000 inclusive of VAT and expenses.

Timescale: Completed and delivered to Lakeland Arts staff 1 November 2016.

Tendering process

Please submit a proposal of no more than 4 sides outlining how you will deliver the commission together with a timetable, breakdown of costs, two referees and 2-3 photographs with examples of similar work from your portfolio (or a link to websites where this can be viewed).

Submit by noon on Monday 11 July to Helen Parr, Learning Officer, 01539 888033,