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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.


ACE Publish Joint Statement on Museums and Collections at Risk 

Arts Council England (ACE), with a group of key funding, development and membership bodies for the museums and heritage sector, have published a joint statement on museums and collections at risk. 

Although many museums are thriving, significant numbers are facing serious challenges to their long-term sustainability. There is concern that continued public access to some public collections and museums is at risk.

The challenges vary, but economic sustainability is often key. The range of factors includes:

  • cuts in funding and support
  • less capacity and loss of expertise within a reduced workforce
  • loss of Accredited status and associated benefits
  • threat to and loss of collections, for example through sale
  • loss of buildings, for example as landlords sell off assets

Sixteen organisations and networks from across the UK have come together to agree a co-ordinated approach to help support colleagues who have concerns about the future of their museums or collections, as outlined in the joint statement.

Kate Bellamy, Director of Museums, Arts Council England, said: “We hope that museums in crisis will get in touch so that we can work together to provide appropriate advice. Museums and their collections play an important role, enriching people’s lives and our knowledge of the world. We will do our part to ensure there is a thriving museums ecology right across the country, working imaginatively and collaboratively to make a difference.”

Find out more and view the joint statement here.

Museums+Tech 2018: the collaborative museum

Friday 19th October
The National Gallery, London

Don’t miss your chance to hear inspirational presentations and cutting-edge case studies, take part in discussions on the latest thinking in the digital museum world, and network with an international audience at the Museums Computer Group’s, Museums+Tech 2018 conference. For further information, and to book tickets, please follow this link. Information on the programme and Keynote for Museums+Tech 2018 has now been released, check the MCGs website for the full programme.


Job Opportunities

Lead Officer – Museums
Salary from: £23,866
Location: Wigan Borough
Hours: Full time 37hours
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: Sunday 4th November 2018

Your Role: You will be a key part of our new Culture Team within Customer Services, working to develop museums and other venues as a focus point for access to the borough’s heritage, supporting educational and wellbeing outcomes for customers and identifying potential funding opportunities.

You will provide professional expertise in a range of core skills such as acquisition, disposal, cataloging and collections care to accredited standards, supporting managers to shape and deliver an effective and efficient service across all sites and providing excellent customer service to meet changing customer requirements.

You will develop an exciting programme of exhibitions and events for venues across the borough to increase the visibility and accessibility of the museum collection to attract and maintain customer visits.

About You: You will have a passion for culture, arts and heritage, backed by a relevant qualification or experience working in a museum or heritage environment. We are looking for a team player with excellent communication skills who can collaborate with a wide range of partners and is equally comfortable dealing with audiences of all ages.

You must demonstrate your ability to provide professional expertise and consider the best approach to service delivery, making recommendations for changes as necessary to give an excellent offer to all of our customers.  You will be expected to set objectives, targets and achieve measurable outcomes.

About Us: In Customer Services we focus on our customers and understand their needs. We make change happen through innovative thinking, redesigning services and recognising areas for improvement. As the first point of contact we are the ‘face’ of the council and pride ourselves on a right first time approach for our customers.

It is an exciting time for culture, arts and heritage in Wigan Borough with a new Cultural Strategy due to be launched and a five year action plan to deliver cultural transformation. This will involve inspiring our young people, engaging residents in the arts to improve health and happiness, celebrating our proud heritage in innovative ways and bringing a stage to our communities.

Click here for the full job specification.

For informal discussions please contact Georgina Bentley by emailing or calling 01942 828600, or Rob Sanderson by emailing or calling 01942 489495.

Interview date: Monday 12th November 2018

Job Opportunity: National Justice Museum
Casual Education Facilitator
Salary: £7.83 per hour
Hours: Part time
Contract: Casual contract
Closing date: Wednesday 31st October 2018

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, it is 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. It offers a broad range of courtroom workshops, engaging with learners from KS1 to university level.

Please visit the website for more details:

Casual education facilitators in the North West are responsible for delivering learning sessions in the National Justice Museum at either the Crown Court, Manchester, the Police Museum, Manchester or Preston 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 further information and completed applications please email Kath Downs

Museums Change Lives Awards

Museum Development North West

From the Museums Association (MA):

The MA is calling for nominations for the Museums Change Lives Awards, which will celebrate the achievements of museums and individuals that have made an impact on the lives of their audiences and communities.

The inaugural Museums Change Lives Awards will have three categories for museums: Best Museums Change Lives Project, the Local Hero Award and Best Small Museum Project; and one category for individuals: the Radical Changemaker Award.

The Museums Change Lives award will recognise the best project in the past year that reflects one or more of the themes of the MA’s Museums Change Lives campaign: Promoting Health and Wellbeing; Creating Better Places; and Inspiring Engagement, Reflection and Debate.

The Best Small Museum Project will recognise projects that deliver social impact for museums with an annual turnover of less than £320,000, while the Local Hero Award will be awarded to the best…

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MDNW Collections Care and Management Programme 2018-19

Museum Development North West

This free Collections Care and Management Programme is now open to applications. It has been designed to support Accredited museums and those officially working towards Accreditation to achieve, maintain and improve on Collections Care and Management requirements detailed in Section 2 of the ACE Museum Accreditation Standard.

If you are committed to tackling your areas for improvement and are planning to implement improvements set out in your plans, this programme of four workshops can help through the provision of training and equipment. You can send one member of your team to each session but it may be a different individual attending as appropriate. The two Collections Care sessions should be attended by the same individual as they are linked.

Participating museums will be asked to:

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Job Opportunities: Queen Street Mill & HLF

Queen Street Mill Museum, Burnley
Museum Manager
Salary – £23,866  – £28,221
Contract Type – Fixed Term Contract
Schedule Type – Part Time
Working Hours – 22.2 per week
Closing Date – Sunday 7th October

This is a temporary post until October 2019 based at Queen Street Mill. The hours are 22.2hpw (3 days), rota to be confirmed, therefore the annual salary quoted will be pro rata.

More details about the role and the criteria you need to include within your application can be found below. If you would like an informal discussion or any further information please contact Susan Ashworth on 01772 534064 (due to annual leave, Susan Ashworth will not be available until 3rd September).

Management of the museum site, collections, staffing and designated budget. Assisting with the care, development and promotion of the museum and its collections, ensuring that appropriate standards are followed within approved plans, policies and resources.

Leading and/or assisting with the development and submission of grant applications and delivery of the resulting projects. Developing meaningful partnerships to enable the delivery of joint projects.

Ensuring the smooth operation of front-of-house activities. Generating, implementing and contributing to programmes and activities for the public, and their effective promotion and management.

Responsibility for building-related issues including security, premise management and Health & Safety, financial information, technical systems and administrative tasks.

This position is part time. Please note that the salary quoted is full time equivalent and if successful the salary received will be paid on a pro –rata basis.

For more details and information on how to apply visit the job page.

Heritage Lottery Fund Manchester Office
Grants Officer
Salary – £22,365 – £25,945 
12 month fixed-term contract
Closing date – Wednesday 10th October

The Heritage Lottery Fund is recruiting for a Grants Officer on a fulltime one year contract based in Manchester. 

The primary purpose of this post is to assess and process applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund for grants in the North West, including progress monitoring of projects undertaken by successful applicants.

The closing date for applications is Midnight 10 October 2018 and interviews will be held in Manchester on 25 and 26 October 2018.

Potential applicants are invited to come along to an open session to find out more about working for HLF. This will take place on Friday 5 October at 3pm and repeated at 5pm (no appointment necessary) Please note this session is not mandatory and is for information sharing only. It will take place at The People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinning fields, Manchester M3 3ER. Link to website: 

Please contact us if you have any accessibility requirements at:

If you have not heard from the recruiting officer two weeks after the closing date please assume you have not been successful. 

For more details and information on how to apply visit the job page.

Job Opportunity: People’s History Museum

Creative Writing Facilitator
Salary: £85 per two hour workshop
Hours: Freelance
Contract: Freelance
Closing date: Monday 8th October

Are you a creative writing facilitator who can champion People’s History Museum (PHM) and its programme by delivering creative writing workshops in response to the museum’s collection?

People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester 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. PHM offers a powerful programme with annual themes; 2018 looks at representation and commemorates 100 years since the first women and all men got the vote, and 2019 will see a year of activities around protest movements to mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, 1819.

We offer an inspiring Learning Programme for all ages that uses Living History performances, art based workshops and creative writing to engage learners with ideas worth fighting for. In line with Arts Council England (ACE) Cultural Education Challenge, we want to make sure that more children and young people can create, compose and perform. We want every child and young person to have the chance to visit, experience and participate in extraordinary work, and be able to know more, understand more, and review the experiences they’ve had.

Through our creative writing workshops participants examine key political speeches and explore their own voice and ideas.  These workshops are delivered to a range of audiences including schools, colleges, community and adult groups.  Using hot seating drama techniques and gallery exploration, participants give a voice to a historical object. By the end of the workshop participants, individually or in a group, create an original poem or story to perform in the galleries.

For enquiries relating to the post, please contact Charlie Corkin, Executive Support Officer at  or 0161 838 9190.or phone 0161 838 9190.

For full details and how to apply, click here.


‘Preparing for the Future’ AMOT Conference 2018

Wednesday 10th October
National Army Museum, London

Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT) is building on the success of its Into the Future and Libor Digitisation programmes to deliver another packed Annual Conference for all attendees. 

This year the theme is Preparing for the Future – providing delegates with updates, advice, guidance and presentations from partners, stakeholders and those outside of the Army Museum Sector.

There will also be a range of exhibitors from relevant organisations where you can find out more about recent developments and offers available across the sector.

Places are limited so book your place now here.

Job opportunity: Audience Development & Events Manager, Ordsall Hall

Salary / Grade: Grade 6 £25,463 pa

Working Hours: 36 (including evenings and weekends as the service requires.)

Location: Ordsall Hall

Closing Date: 9.00am 1 October 2018

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. They exist to ‘enhance the lives of people living in Salford through providing sport, leisure and cultural opportunities’.

They pride themselves on recruiting the right people with the right values into the right roles. They are looking for professional, respectful, knowledgeable, passionate and solution driven people to join their team as they strive to deliver excellence to their customers.

They have an exciting position available for an Audience Development and Events Manager whose role is to devise and manage a range of engaging, income generating events at Ordsall Hall, to lead on Ordsall Hall’s audience development and community engagement, and to assist in managing and marketing venue hire at Ordsall Hall.

This role 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.

They are looking for someone who:

  • Can devise, develop and manage the annual events programme
  • Can lead the delivery of Ordsall Hall’s community engagement work
  • Takes a lead on venue hire bookings at Ordsall Hall
  • Can manage the social media accounts associated with Ordsall Hall
  • Initiates and sustains effective partnerships with relevant organisations and agencies across Salford and Greater Manchester.
  • Consistently demonstrates SCL’s behaviours

Full details of the job can be found at:

If you wish to be considered for this role and join their team please return your application form to Carol Redshaw- by 9.00am Monday 1 October 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.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 9 October 2018

Their core data protection obligations and commitments are set out in the council’s primary Recruitment and Employment Privacy Notice which can be found at

For more information on Salford Community Leisure visit our website: