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Children’s Art Week 2019

Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, has announced that Children’s Art Week is back for 2019, running from Saturday 8th until Sunday 16th June.

This annual campaign encourages venues – including museums of all sizes – to participate by hosting an event, or running an activity, that captures children’s imaginations, encourages creativity and attracts new audiences to the arts.

Venues interested in organising an event can register on the Children’s Art Week website until late May.

The first 40 venues to register will be offered £50 grant towards costs. Participating venues will receive support to run, publicise and brand their events, including stickers, logos and press release templates.

Year after year Children’s Art Week has been shown to be one of the most effective, yet simple, ways to bring new audiences into local venues, whilst also giving creative opportunities to disadvantaged children and young people.

Job Opportunity: Photographic Collections Network

Initial contract is 15 months
Freelance post but the intention is to make this a permanent position, subject to funding
The fee is £36,000

From the Photographic Collections Network (PCN):

The PCN builds knowledge and enjoyment of the UK’s photo archives and collections and helps protect and share them for everyone.

Late in 2018 the PCN had a second grant confirmed from Arts Council England. This allows us to build and strengthen the network, and our programme of events, knowledge sharing, advocacy and research. We are seeking a manager to co-ordinate that process and deliver the programme, working with the PCN director and our specialist steering group. The person we appoint will be highly motivated, self-driven, trustworthy, diplomatic and a great communicator. They will have significant experience of project management and some knowledge of organisational development. They will be fluent with IT, experienced at writing reports and proposals, and possibly have links or experience in the photography, art, cultural, museum or collection world.

The setting up of the PCN was led by Redeye, which is responsible for managing the funds of the Photographic Collections Network. You will technically be contracted to Redeye which is based in Manchester, but it could be possible for you to be based anywhere in the UK, though you would need to attend regular meetings in Manchester and London.

Click here to view the full listing, download the application pack and find details for how to submit your email application.

The deadline to apply is 17:00 on 15 March 2019.

Call for Applications: Fellowships for early career collection professionals in the UK

From the Understanding British Portraits Professional Network:

Application deadline: Friday 3 May 2019 (5pm)

Applications are invited for five Understanding British Portraits Fellowship opportunities available to early career museum and gallery professionals working in UK collections.

Understanding British Portraits is a professional network for those involved in portrait research, curation, interpretation, and audience engagement, e.g. curators, academics, conservators, collection-based learning professionals, independent scholars and researchers. UBP offers a programme of seminars, collection visits, Fellowships, and a resource-rich website to enable professionals to share new research, best practice, and innovative case studies. By this means, the network aims to enhance understanding of the genre in all media and time periods, for the benefit of future research, displays, and learning programmes.

The Fellowship programme is now in its third year, and builds on the network’s successful Bursary programme enabling museum professionals to significantly enhance their portrait expertise, develop their professional network, and deliver a substantial output to benefit their home collection and its audience.

More information and summaries of recent Fellowships can be found on our website.

Job opportunity: Weekend Museum Officer, Keswick Museum

Brief Description of Job:    To be responsible for the opening, closing, security and health & safety of the Keswick Museum building on alternate weekends. To provide a welcoming service to all museum visitors, ensuring an exceptionally high standard and consistent level of customer care and safety to all.

Responsible to:  The Manager

Responsible for: Front of House Volunteers

Hours of work:  The post covers every other weekend, to include 9.30 – 5.00 Saturday & Sunday. ½ hour lunch break at the weekend must be taken on site. Once a month, the post holder will work 4 hours on a Monday to attend a staff meeting.

Salary: £10.61 per hour

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. To be a keyholder for Keswick Museum and to have responsibility for security, fire prevention, and Health and Safety within, and for the building during working hours.
  2. To give a full report to the Manager on the weekend’s activities, including visitor and financial information.
  3. To be responsible for opening, locking up and setting security systems as duty manager.
  4. To be responsible in an emergency for contacting emergency services and other keyholders, and if necessary for the safe evacuation of the building following set procedures.
  5. To support volunteers in providing a welcome to all visitors and ensure service delivery standards are consistently high. Provide accurate information in a friendly, helpful and approachable manner.
  6. To follow cash handling and cashing up procedures.
  7. To stock the shop as necessary, carrying and lifting boxes of books etc
  8. To help to maintain a clean, attractive museum in the exhibition and visitor areas, and reporting broken exhibits / faults immediately to the Manager.
  9. To work with other members of staff, trustees, volunteers and our partners e.g. café, ensuring good communication by phone, email and face to face.
  10. To give tours and talks about the museum and its displays and run activities with groups of adults and children and set up rooms for meetings and education events as required.
  11. To ensure that the premises, plant and equipment at the Keswick Museum are in a proper working, safe, tidy, clean and secure condition, as far as reasonably practicable, and to take appropriate remedial action including reporting to the Manager any specific problems, which are likely to endanger the building, the collections or any person.
  12. To deal with enquiries and complaints, from members of the public, user groups and other sources, referring such matters to the Manager where necessary.
  13. To assist the Learning and Engagement Officer in the collection of audience evaluation through completion and analysis of market research with visitors and other occasional work associated with this.
  14. To support marketing activities through assisting with poster and leaflet preparation and creating online content for social media.
  15. To attend additional occasional staff training sessions as required and, where possible, to cover staff holidays in addition to usual hours.
  16. The Post-holder may be required to undertake other duties which may be reasonably requested by the Manager, and which are compatible with the overall scope and authority of the role.

For a full job description: Weekend Museum Officer Job Description Feb 2019

For more information contact Keswick Museum:

Applications by Covering Letter and CV to:

Job Opportunities: Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Role one – Front of House Assistant (weekends)
Salary – £16,863 (pro rata)
Working hours – Saturday and Sunday, 11.15am – 4.15pm
Contract – Temporary until 31 March 2020 (Maternity cover)
Closing date – Monday 4th March 2019, 5pm
Interview date – Wednesday 13 March 2019

Role two – Front of House Assistant (weekdays)
Salary – £16,863 (pro rata)
Working hours – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9.15am – 5.00pm
Contract – Temporary until 31 March 2020 (Maternity cover)
Closing date – Monday 4th March 2019, 5pm
Interview date – Wednesday 13 March 2019

From Salford Museum & Art Gallery:

Please state clearly on the application form which role/s you are applying for. If you would like to be considered for both roles you need only  complete one application but again please make it clear you are applying for both roles.

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.

We have an exciting position available for a Front of House Assistant whose role is to provide high quality customer care and assist in the operation of Salford Museum and Art Gallery

This role will be based at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Situated on the Crescent in Salford, the museum and art gallery provides a fascinating insight for visitors into Salford’s history, as well as a changing exhibitions programme and local history library.

We are looking for a self-motivated energetic person who will:

  • Help create and maintain a welcoming environment for our visitors, assist with enquiries and talk to them about the exhibitions
  • Assist in opening and locking the building, preparing the museum for visitors and in the general care and security of the collections
  • Assist on the reception, in the shop and café
  • Help promote events and activities at museum sites and assist at events run from the Museum and Art Gallery
  • Consistently demonstrates SCL’s behaviours

If you wish to be considered for this role please email a completed application form to Carol Redshaw at by 9am on Monday 4th March 2019 ensuring you detail how you meet and demonstrate the skills, experience, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the Person Specification.

View Job Description.

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

Successful applicants will be notified of interview date.

Our core data protection obligations and commitments are set out in the council’s primary Recruitment and Employment Privacy Notice(link is external).


Northern Lights Conference

Wednesday 13th March
The Stoller Hall, Manchester
09:30 – 17:00

From Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy:

Join us in shaping a new vision for Arts Philanthropy in the North

A one-day conference led by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and supported by Arts Council England, this event seeks to reimagine the relationship between the arts and philanthropy by providing ideas and active solutions to the central question:

What does a radical future look like for Philanthropy in the Arts in the North of England?

Including an opening welcome from Sir Nicholas Serota CH, Chair of Arts Council England, Northern Lights will explore how arts organisations, funders and philanthropists can work to stimulate philanthropic giving in the North.

This ground-breaking day of learning, knowledge-sharing, practical workshops and pitches will stimulate new ideas and create a new vision for arts philanthropy in the North.

The day will include talks from high-calibre speakers, panel discussions and practical workshops on topics including:

  • How can we get donors excited about supporting the arts in the North?
  • What can we learn from other sectors?
  • How can we leverage our creativity and tell better stories?
  • How do we attract a diverse mix of donors?

Breaks and lunch will offer the chance for arts and cultural organisations to meet a range of funders and technology providers keen to develop new initiatives. Break-out sessions will also stimulate ideas for philanthropy which will be compiled by Arts Council England and used to help shape future policy.

For more information and to book a place click here.

Culture24 News

Let’s Get Real 6 Report Out Now

Interested in connecting digital and social purpose in your work? Culture24’s newly published report Let’s Get Real 6, based on the recent collaborative action research project, demonstrates that this needn’t involve starting new projects but rather looking at your organisation’s existing digital work in a different way – exploring how it supports the social values that matter most to people. This report is full of strategic insights; case studies from the participating organisations; and bite-sized practical, actionable tips to move your work forward. Find out more and download the report here.

Let’s Get Real 7: Developing Deeper human connection across digital channels – call for participation

Culture24’s next Let’s Get Real collaborative action research project for cultural and heritage organisations explore using your existing digital channels in more socially purposeful ways, to foster meaningful connections with individuals and communities. You’ll be supported to test out practical, small-scale interventions to your existing activities which prioritise and respond to human purpose, meaning and values. Taking part will boost your digital confidence, support collaborative practice with your colleagues and audiences, and make change happen!

Two subsidised places are available for only £150 each for very small organisations who couldn’t otherwise afford to participate.

Questions? Please contact Sejul Malde on

Find out more and register your interest here by Friday 22 February – or if you need more time, please get in touch and let us know.

Museums at Night May & October 2019 festival dates

All cultural and heritage organisations outside London are warmly invited to take part in Culture24’s UK-wide festival of Lates! The festival dates this year are:

Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 May 2019 
Thursday 31 October – Saturday 2 November 2019

Now is a great time to start planning your after-hours events: there are resources and case studies to help you on the Museums at Night festival website. Here’s how to register your event listings.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your plans, please contact Rosie on or 01273 523982.

Job Opportunities

Digital Engagement Officer
Job Type: Digital – Libraries, Museums & Archives

Working Hours: Full Time
Employment Type: Permanent
Location: Bristol Museum And Art Gallery BS8 1RL
Salary: £27,358-30,756
Closing Date: Wednesday 27th February 2019

South West Museum Development are looking for a talented and creative individual to join their small and dedicated team working with the museum sector across the South West of England. Successful applicants will have experience of providing digital engagement services in the context of the cultural or not-for-profit sector as well as a proven track record in the management and delivery of projects. A background in digital communications and marketing would be an advantage, and the ability to support others in developing digital literacy skills will be essential. Experience of building relationships and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders is a core part of the role. This is an opportunity to make a real difference and support museums in the region to develop how they think and use digital media and technology.

Interviews are provisionally scheduled for the 5th or 6th March

For full details, employee specification and job description click here.

For further details please contact: 

Applications must be made via the Bristol City Council Jobs Portal. Applications submitted by any other means will not be accepted.

To apply click here.

British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Leyland
Activity and Volunteer Co-ordinator
Fixed-term – two years
14 hours per week
Salary – £22,000 p.a. (pro-rata)
Closing Date – Friday 8th March 2019

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum has recently undergone a £2m HLF capital development which has transformed the building, facilities and services. We are now looking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative individual to support the work of the Programme Manager to deliver an exciting programme of activities and events and support the volunteer workforce. Ideally we are looking for someone who has experience of developing and delivering formal and informal learning opportunities, alongside an understanding of collection management and accreditation.

For further details please contact Sue Hughes

The National Lottery Heritage Fund Supports Strengthening GEM for a Stronger Sector  

GEM is delighted to announce the launch of its new project: A Stronger GEM for a Stronger Sector! We are very grateful for the grant of £68,500 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as part of its Resilient Heritage programme.

This project will enable GEM to create effective change, with a renewed organisational vision and structure. GEM will transform its governance; create an effective business plan for the future and support improving relationships and services for all four countries of the UK, enabling GEM to give more effective support to the sector. This 18-month project will support the cost of a project manager, who will take on directorial responsibilities including working closely with GEM’s small staff team, area representatives and Board of Trustees.

GEM will consult with its members across the UK, providing training and development for staff, trustees and the many volunteers, all of whom are an essential part of GEM’s work. GEM will also focus on developing new partnerships and advocacy. This will enable us to more effectively take forward our work to:

  • Support heritage organisations and practitioners in developing and sharing best practice in heritage learning.
  • Develop innovative projects that contribute to sustainable development in heritage learning.
  • Work in partnership to contribute to important government agendas and the cultural economy.
  • Advocate the benefits of heritage learning in terms of individual and social welfare.

Caroline Marcus, Chair of GEM’s Board of Trustees comments…

“This is fantastic news for GEM and for the sector. A strengthened GEM will be better positioned to support everyone delivering learning programmes in museums and heritage settings. Engaging and inspiring learning can be transformative. With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we can continue to support every museum in the UK to develop its learning offer for a wider range of people to enjoy.”

Our supporters say…

Throughout my career, I have witnessed the essential role GEM has played in promoting the value of museums and heritage sites as educational institutions. GEM provides a valuable and much needed network for all museum professionals involved in learning in museums. GEM has a role to play in supporting museums to connect with their local communities and engage a broad range of people in heritage.” David Anderson, Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

“GEM is the beating heart of museum and heritage learning, in a sector that has changed almost beyond recognition during the past 20 years, since I started in the profession; it has continued to champion the needs of our sector and our audiences against a relentless tide of budgetary cuts and changing sector priorities. This is why I feel passionately about the need to future proof GEM as an organisation, ensuring its long-term resilience and sustainability.” Jane Avison, Heritage Learning Business Manager & Head of Learning, Hull Museums

Example tweet: Excellent #HeritageLearning news! @gem_heritage has received a Resilient Heritage grant from @HeritageLotteryUK to build a stronger GEM for a stronger sector! Find out more here.

GEM champions excellence in heritage learning, believing that heritage organisations and the learning opportunities that they provide, can contribute to and enhance the welfare of the individual and society.

Arts Council England Lottery Project Grants

Museum Development North West

Arts Council England are still accepting applications for their Lottery Project Grants Programme for arts, museums and libraries projects and you can apply for any amount from £1,000 to £100,000.

If you are applying for £15,000 or under, you will receive a decision in 6 weeks. If you are applying for over £15,000 a decision will take 12 weeks.

For full details on eligibility, how to apply, the funding guidance visit the the ACE website.

ACE also suggest speaking to the Relationship Managers for Museums before you start your application – Penny Thompson – / Nikola Burdon –

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