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Job Opportunity: University of Liverpool

Curator of Exhibitions
University of Liverpool
Salary: £28,098 – £32,548
Closing Date: 6th November 2017 23:30

We are seeking a creative and experienced individual to co-ordinate the University’s Museums and Galleries temporary exhibition programme and manage the University’s Fine and Decorative Art collections. You will have relevant experience of developing and curating high quality temporary exhibitions and working with a range of internal and external partners.

You should have a degree in Art History (or equivalent qualification) and a postgraduate qualification in Museum Studies, Gallery Management or equivalent subject. Relevant and extensive exhibition organisation experience, ideally gained in an equivalent organisation or similar is essential. You should have experience of team working in a busy service environment and a commitment to excellent customer care. You will be well-motivated with the ability to produce work of consistent high quality and to work effectively under pressure.

Travel within the UK will be required from time to time. Out of hours and weekend work may be necessary during busy periods, in particular in the run up to exhibition openings. Time off in lieu will be offered to cover this.

For further details and to apply please visit The University of Liverpool’s website:


Job Opportunity: Lancashire County Council

Conservation Officer – Paintings
Job Number: LANCS09077
Salary: £27,668-£31,601 pro rata per year
Location: Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
Contract Type: Six months, fixed term contract
Working hours: 29.6 hrs per week
Closing date: 31st October 2017

 About the Role
Lancashire Country Council are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join our specialist teams working with Libraries, Museums, Culture and Registrars Department (LMCR).

We are looking for a painting conservator to provide a practical and preventative specialist conservation advice and support service, for Lancashire County Council Museum Service, its staff and its users. The successful candidate will also contribute to the income generation activities of the Lancashire Conservation Studios by the provision of direct practical work and advice to our external clients across the North West and beyond.

The post is part-time four days a week, Grade 8 local authority salary scales pro rata. The post is for a period of 6 months.

The scope of the role will include:
To program and undertake the practical & preventative conservation of specific specialist collections and materials, including all required documentation.

To assist in achieving & maintaining Museum Accreditation at museum sites, and the preparation and the implementation of emergency, disaster and collection care planning and training.

To promote conservation and the museums’ collections to a wider public through education, public events and activities and outreach work.

To contribute to the income generating activities of the Lancashire County Museum Service, including estimating and undertaking project work with special reference to their specialism and collection care.

To ensure high standards of H&S with regard to working practices and procedures within the Conservation Studio’s Laboratories and at other external site including the maintenance of the COSHH register.

 For an informal discussion on this post please contact:
Phillip Bourne, Conservator on 01772 530225 or
Heather Davis, Conservation & Collections Manager at

 For further details follow this link –

Conservation Officer – Paintings, Lancashire Conservation Studios, Lancashire County Council Museum Service.

Researching Digital Cultural Heritage 2-Day International Conference

Thursday 30th November – Friday 1st December
Manchester Museum

More than 50 speakers will offer a critical examination of established and emerging theoretical, methodological and analytical frameworks in researching cultural heritage spaces, objects, audiences and practices in the digital realm.

Keynotes by:

  • Dr Haidy Geismar, University College London
  • Professor Sarah Kenderdine, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

For provisional programme and to book a place click here.

Northern Museums Volunteer Pass Scheme

Museum Development North West

Delivered by the Museum Development teams in the North West, Yorkshire and the North East the Northern Museum Volunteer Pass Scheme is one of the largest schemes in England. Also known as the “Pink Pass” this scheme is open to all accredited museums, or those who have received official recognition of working towards accreditation, in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside region.

The Museum Volunteer Pass scheme is a mutually beneficial partnership between participating museums and entitles volunteers to free entry (and/or additional benefits where advertised) at participating museums in the region. A leaflet is produced annually listing all participating museums and the benefits at each institution for volunteers.

To be eligible to participate in the scheme museums must be able to offer a benefit to volunteer pass holders visiting from other museums. This may include:

  • Free entry to the museum
  • 10% discount in the shop and/or…

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Helping Museum Trustees To Get Ahead: Free AIM Hallmarks Governance Sessions

Museum Development North West

The Association for Independent Museums (AIM) has announced a new series of free AIM Hallmarks Governance Sessions for heritage trustees that will run from September 2017 to the end of January 2018.

These free sessions will inspire and revitalise the way you work by offering fresh thinking and the opportunity to reflect and share experiences with a mutually supportive peer network – no matter what your background, these sessions will help you to gain confidence in your role as trustee.

Organised in partnership with Museum Development colleagues and supported by Arts Council England and Development Partners, they are aimed at strengthening and developing the skills and knowledge heritage trustees need to enable their organisations to prosper.

These free sessions will inspire and revitalise the way you work by offering fresh thinking and the opportunity to reflect and share experiences with a mutually supportive peer network – no matter what your…

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Training opportunities

There are still places available on the following MDNW courses:

Business Skills Programme
Team building and group development
Manchester Museum
26th October 2017

 Open to all staff and volunteers of Accredited museums, or those officially working towards it, in the North West. This workshop will be delivered by ACM Training, an experienced training company which has been delivering communication and organisational development sessions to a wide range of clients from the government, corporate and voluntary sectors for more than 20 years.

 Book a place here –


Making more of collections
Geology, Botany and Entomology
Manchester Museum
23rd October 2017

This session will look at three areas of natural science collections to support non-specialist museum staff to explore ways to identify, care for and use natural science collections in creative ways to engage audiences. The expert staff from Manchester Museum and Tullie House will share their insights into working with some of the most interesting objects in your collections and how to unlock their potential.

Book a place here –

Introduction to Ethnographic Collections
Manchester Museum
14th December 2017

This session will give delegates fantastic insight into how to make more of ethnographic collections by hearing from Stephen Welsh, Curator of Living Cultures at Manchester Museum, who is responsible for 18,000 ethnographic objects from Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific which form part of the collections at the museum. He will talk about his inspiring work of working with the collections, including his involvement in the development of a new South Asia gallery that is being developed at Manchester Museum in partnership with the British Museum and South Asian Communities.

Book a place here –

Museums and the Law
Acquisitions and Disposals
People’s History Museum
9th November 2017

Featuring a panel comprising Janet Ulph (Professor of Law at Leicester University), Sarah Brown (Outreach Officer at Collections Trust) and the Museums Association, the workshop is an opportunity to discuss the legal and ethical considerations of acquisition and disposal issues. Delegates will have the opportunity beforehand to submit questions and scenarios to be debated by the panel.

Book a place here –

Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
8th December 2017

Led by Shirley Collier, this workshop will take delegates through the legal obligations of being on a Board of Trustees.

Book a place here –

Freelance opportunity: Quarry Bank

Project conservator
Fee: £15,000
Duration: October 2017 – 31st July 2018

Quarry Bank (National Trust) are looking to appoint a freelance Project Conservator.

Quarry Bank in Styal, Cheshire is arguably the most important early textile manufacturing community in England. The National Trust (NT) has owned Quarry Bank Mill and the Styal Estate since 1939 but for many years aspects of the site were in private ownership, preventing us from telling the complete story. Over the past 10 years the Trust has acquired the final elements of the estate. The Quarry Bank Project is now transforming the property from a series of component parts to one cohesive story.

The total project cost is £9.5M, with £3.88M being contributed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

At the heart of this work is our archive and collections. We now have an extraordinary opportunity to reshape the way that we use our historic archive and collections to bring them to the fore of all the most significant developments across the property. The project will ensure the long-term preservation and access to the archive and collections and promote conservation across the site.

We have now reached a point in the project where the preparation of the Mill and its contents requires the focussed time of a project conservator. We would like to appoint this role by the end of October to ensure involvement in the movement and protection of items in the Mill before construction work starts on site towards the end of November. Liaison with the main contractor and members of the property team will be a key part of the role. The role would continue until July 31st 2018 and consist of a number of key phases (further details available).

There is a fixed fee of £15,000 for this work with the contract period envisaged from 24th October 2017 to July 31st 2018. If this role is of interest to you and would like a further discussion, please contact either:

Ally Tsilika, Archive & Collections Manager – 01625 445871
Sara Burdett, Project Curator – 0161 925 4340; 07785 738870

Consultancy Opportunity: MDNW

Project Co-ordinator, Women in STEM (working title) Phase 1

Job Title: Project Coordinator
Status: Freelance Contract
Duration: November 2017 – March 2018
Fee: £5,000 inclusive of travel costs. Can be home-based or office-based in Manchester. The post involves some travel around the North West

We are looking for an organised project co-ordinator to work with us to scope out the potential, and to develop a funding bid, for an industrial heritage-based project. The project will use museum collections to showcase the achievements of women in the North West in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Across the North West there are museum collections that tell the stories of the achievements of women in the traditionally male-dominated STEM fields, from Paradise Mill in Macclesfield which featured in a recent BBC documentary about Ada Lovelace who worked on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general purpose computer, to the Armitt’s collection of Beatrix Potter’s botanical drawings which supported her research as a mycologist. Some stories are better known that others and this project is an opportunity to give prominence to some of these lesser known women alongside the more familiar.

The scoping part of the project will run from November 2017 to March 2018.  Phase 2, the delivery of the project, is intended to run through 2018 and 2019, overlapping with the Great Exhibition of the North, the centenaries of the Representation of the People Act giving some women the vote and of Nancy Astor taking her place in Parliament as the first female MP.

Please see the full brief for details of key tasks in the contract – Women in STEM coordinator brief

For further details about Museum Development North West visit our website, If you have any questions about the project please contact Lynsey Jones, Museum Development Officer,

To apply:
Please send a proposal outlining how you will deliver the contract, submitted by email to Lynsey Jones, by 5pm Monday 23rd October 2017. Full requirements are outlined in the brief.

Interviews will take place in Manchester on Wednesday 1st November 2017.

Arts Council England update on Museum Accreditation Review

ACE are currently undertaking a review of Museum Accreditation and it has been inundated with questions. The Accreditation UK Partners thought it might be helpful to provide some responses to some of the most frequently asked ones.


  • Will the definition of a museum change?

We use the Museums Association (MA) definition of a museum and will continue to do so This is not within scope for the review.

  • We don’t operate a traditional museum service. Does the review mean we might be eligible to apply now?

The museum must be a long-term organisation that exists to benefit the public and protect collections. It must have an appropriate and acceptable constitution for the governing body.

Accreditation itself is awarded on a site basis, to individual museums. If you do not fulfil this criteria you are unlikely to be eligible for the Scheme.

  • Why is it called a ‘light-touch’ review?

The description as ‘light-touch’ is because we are not reviewing the fundamental role of the Accreditation Scheme as a baseline standard and professional award. Instead we are looking at where the standard is focussed and the processes and support around the Scheme to ensure it is as effective as possible.

  • Why is the review being led by Arts Council England?

Under the terms of the UK Partnership Agreement, Arts Council England coordinates the Scheme on behalf of the UK Partners – the Welsh Government, Museums Galleries Scotland and the Northern Ireland Museums Council.  It is therefore appropriate for the review to be led by Arts Council England in conjunction with all of the UK Partners, who will all be responsible for delivering the outcomes of the review.

  • What is the point of Accreditation?

The Scheme is a recognised professional Standard. Importantly, the scheme provides a tool to help you assess your own performance as a museum to develop in your collection care and public access. The award also inspires confidence for funders and lenders. More information can be found here

  • To what extent is the review a guidance review and what will this look like?

As the Standard itself is currently being reviewed the guidance will also be fully reviewed and updated to ensure that the documents are completely aligned.

  • Will the returns schedule change? Does this still mean we have to provide another return within three years as per the original schedule?

It is possible that the schedule will change, following feedback that a longer period between returns would help better support organisational planning. We will be consulting with you later in the year, to seek views on this.

  • Will the online Accreditation application system change?

We do wish to improve the online application system and respond to feedback from the review so this will change, we are currently assessing options for what this new system will be and when we will be ready to launch it. We want to ensure that revised Standard is right before committing to the new online system.

  • We’ve already started work towards our next review which is due in 2018 – will you still accept returns which have been prepared against the current Standard once the new one is published?

There will be a crossover period when we will be accepting returns from the 2011 and revised Standard. We will provide clearer guidance when we have consulted on the possibility of a revised schedule. We will ensure that the introduction of the revised standard does not create unreasonable new requirements on applicants due to make a return’

  • We are working towards Accreditation and looking to apply for the first time next year. What should we do?

Please continue to develop your application based on the current Standard and guidance. We will continue to accept new applications developed against the 2011 Standard throughout 2018. More advice and support is available from your local Museum Development team/ Accreditation Advisor.

  • I’m a mentor. How will I know what the implications are for my museum? What support or opportunities for feedback will there be for me? Mentoring isn’t working. Is there any way you can be more flexible?

We have recognised that mentoring is a priority work area for the review. We will be consulting with existing and potential new mentors and museum development colleagues to help shape a more sustainable future model of mentoring.

  • How do we respond to the new Spectrum 5.0 requirements? 

As part of the review we are looking to incorporate the Spectrum 5 primary procedures into the updated Standard.

  • We are transferring our charitable trust to (S)CIO status before our next due return. As it’s a new governing body will we have to start Accreditation all over again from scratch under the new Scheme?

Accredited museums which are transferring to (S)CIO will usually constitute a ‘significant change’ in terms of Accreditation, as the legal entity responsible for the museum is now different.

This may result in a temporary status change within Accreditation because the new constitution and management arrangement will need to be looked at as part of an eligibility assessment. We do recognise the benefits that a transfer to (S)CIO can bring, we must however also be mindful of the ultimate aims of Accreditation are to protect and enhance the care and enjoyment of museum collections for public benefit.

As part of the review we will be looking to develop further guidance for museums transferring to a (S)CIO. We want the process to be as simple as possible for already Accredited museums, but do need to ensure that the new constitution is appropriate for running a museum and holding a collection for public benefit – a core purpose of the scheme.

  • We have changed governance since we originally submitted our return and are caught up in the backlog. What do we need to do?

Please get in touch with us and let us know what’s changed, once assigned your assessor will get in touch with you and ask for any additional information.

  • Who do I contact for more information about the review? / How can I feed into the review

Ellie Collier is the Senior Project Manager for the review Please email to contact her.


  • My return was scheduled for 2017, should I be submitting in the same month in 2018?

The refreshed scheme is due to be launched in 2018. At the very earliest you will be submitting in the same month as 2018. As we are currently reviewing the returns cycle we will contact you 6 months before your new return is due and we will be publishing a returns cycle once we have consulted on this.

  • My return was scheduled for 2018, should I expect to stick to this deadline?

The refreshed scheme is due to be launched in 2018. You will not be asked for your return before your published return date. As we are reviewing the schedule for returns, it is unlikely that you will be requested to provide a return at exactly the point previously planned. We will contact you 6 months before your new return is due.


Museums Facing Closure:  Legal and Ethical Issues

Museum Development North West

The Museums Association (MA), with funding from Arts Council England, has published Museums Facing Closure: Legal and Ethical Issues, a document outlining the legal and ethical issues relating to museum closures. Drawing on research into over 20 recent museum closures in the UK, the document looks to understand how the governing bodies, employees, and the individuals involved responded. 

Topics covered include how museums have dealt with a crisis that may lead to closure, how museums have planned for closure, and considerations around staff and volunteers, managing collections, museum buildings and sites, partnerships and contracts, IT and data, and the legacy of the museum. 

Alistair Brown, the MA’s policy officer, said: ‘Most museums are hugely successful and have a great future ahead of them. But in a time of public funding cuts, 64 museums have closed across the UK since 2010 and more are at risk.  In putting this document together…

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