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Job Opportunity: Lancaster City Museum

Museum Manager
Employment Type: Permanent
Hours per week: 37
Salary: £
23,398-27,668 per annum
Location: Lancaster
Closing Date: 2/7/2017

Are you ready to act quickly and decisively for an exciting career move?

Lancashire’s Museum Service is looking for a new colleague for its busiest museum. Based in the heart of Lancaster, the Museum Manager leads a team of staff providing a comprehensive museum offer to its visitors. The new Museum Manager will look to broaden the visitor base, find new ways of reaching audiences and seek new partnerships.

Supported by talented colleagues in the central services teams – Heritage Learning Team, Lancashire Conservation Studios, Collections Team, Technical and Design – the Museum Manager works in partnership with the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum housed within Lancaster City Museum.

Lancaster is one of England’s Heritage Cities. The Museum Manager links into a group of professionals working hard in the field of heritage and the arts to raise awareness of the city’s rich history and its potential to inspire and delight people of all ages.

The Museum Manager’s team also covers the tiny 18th century Cottage Museum nestled opposite Lancaster Castle. The contrast of scale could not be more spectacular.

For more details and your online application form please go to:-

Time is tight – will you seize the opportunity?

For more information and an informal conversation about the role please contact Susan Ashworth, Senior Museums Manager

North West Young Museum Assessors Programme

Museum Development North West

Have you ever wanted to engage with more young people in your museum and get their opinion on the work you do?

After the success of our first Young Evaluators Programme, we’re running a second programme in collaboration with Curious Minds and their group of Young AssociatesThe programme offers 6 North West museums the chance to have their marketing strategy assessed by young people (aged 16-24) with the opportunity to implement some of the recommendations made.

The programme will consist of desk-based research and mystery shopping site visits undertaken by the young people, who will draft reports and feedback to staff and Boards, giving a no holds barred view of your marketing strategies and how it can be improved to attract a younger and more diverse audience. Participating museums will then have the opportunity to bid for funding to support the implementation of the recommendations.


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Job Opportunity: University of Manchester, School of Medical Sciences

Oral History and Public Engagement Officer x 2 (part time)
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration :
1 August 2017 until 28 February 2018
Hours Per week : 0.75FTE
Salary : £26,052 (pro rata) per annum
Location : various locations, Manchester
Closing Date : 29/06/2017

A unique opportunity to join an ambitious public history project focusing on the NHS. 2 Oral History and Public Engagement Officers to fill part-time (0.75FTE) 7 month fixed-term posts during the development phase of From Cradle to Grave: The NHS at 70 – a major programme of work funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to preserve NHS heritage and mark its 70thanniversary in 2018 by capturing memories and memorabilia from a diverse range of communities.

Your role will be to deliver the oral histories collection in Greater Manchester/South Wales, organise community events and contribute to the evaluation process. You will be self-motivated and enthusiastic, with excellent oral history and communication skills. You will have proven experience of engaging and motivating people, and be comfortable interacting with all levels of the community to build networks. You will be able to use your initiative to solve problems and effectively prioritise your workload.

You must be willing to travel throughout the project area (Greater Manchester / South Wales) and have access to transport.

Please refer to the job description and person specification for more details of the roles – These are part-time, fixed term positions (consultancy options can also be considered).


New Arts Council programme for building resilience in museums

Arts Council England is funding a two-year programme called Building Resilience, which aims to help arts and culture organisations build their financial and business resilience.

The providers are running four different programmes, focusing on different areas of resilience. These programmes are open to all kinds of arts and cultural organisations, including Accredited museums.

The four programmes are:

  • Making the most of your assets and IP (application deadline 22nd June 2017)
  • Fundraising and Revenue Diversification (application deadline 31st July 2017)
  • Diversity and Entrepreneurism (application deadline 14th July 2017)
  • Change Management (application deadline 17th July 2017)

For further details see ACE’s website –

Job Opportunity: Manx National Heritage

Curator: Natural History
Salary Scale Pay Band 14 – £28,556 to £33,417\
Job Ref: MNH – 005511

Manx National Heritage is looking for a creative professional to look after our island’s Natural History collections. Apply now if you are passionate about encouraging a deeper understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world and putting audiences at the heart of everything we do.  

Join the curatorial team at Manx National Heritage to manage and develop our diverse natural history collections and biological records which are an exceptional record of the Isle of Man’s distinct flora and fauna.

You will be responsible for ensuring best practise in collections care, documentation, research and interpretation. 

An expert in your field of collections-based science you will demonstrate a high level of scholarship and creative ability to engage audiences.

While the natural history collections are based in Douglas – Isle of Man – you will be expected to lead on natural science provision at all MNH sites, where appropriate, as well as working with island partners to raise awareness of the island’s biodiversity.

Manx National Heritage is a diverse organisation with wide-ranging responsibilities and is committed to providing a professional, inclusive and socially engaging heritage service for the Isle of Man.

Further details of the post can be obtained from Kirsty Neate on Tel: 01624 648024.

Knowledge, Training & experience required for the post:

Graduate level qualification in natural sciences or a related subject – Essential

Postgraduate qualification in a relevant biological discipline or museum /heritage studies – Desirable

A driving licence is essential.

How to Apply

For further information about the vacancy contact Kirsty Neate, Head of Professional Services – Manx National Heritage, on 01624 648024.

To apply online please visit or to obtain an application form and job description contact Mr George Corrin, Recruitment Officer, Office of Human Resources, on 01624 685274 or e-mail

The closing date for applications is Friday 14th July 2017.

Interview expenses will be met for this role; however a relocation package is not available.

Consultancy Opportunity: People’s History Museum

Fundraising Support – practical & strategic

From People’s History Museum:

With investment from Arts Council England through its Resilience programme,
People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is looking to work with a fundraising consultancy to create, nurture and capitalise on opportunities for revenue fundraising.

We are looking for a consultant or consultancy to work with PHM to scope a fundraising strategy for the coming years as well as providing actual fundraising support for the museum, building on the museum’s previous track record.

You are invited to submit your proposal for devising a Fundraising Strategy for People’s History Museum. Overall we are seeking a commitment to work with the museum, from July onwards to prepare and delivery a strategy by mid October 2017 to help us grow our fundraising capacity over time.

You are invited to submit your proposal for how you would work with People’s History Museum to support our revenue fundraising in 2017/2018. We are seeking a commitment to work with the museum, from July onwards to create, nurture and capitalise on opportunities for revenue fundraising in 2017/2018, combined with a firm eye on the future capacity of the museum.


  • We have a total amount available of £25k (ex VAT)
  • Please quote a cost breakdown along with your proposal


  • Closing date for proposals is Friday 7 July 2017 10am
  • The Senior Management Team and Chair of Trustees Baroness Jan Royall will shortlist
  • Interviews will take place week commencing 17 July 2017 at PHM and we would expect to interview project leads
  • The work should ideally begin by end July 2017

For the full consultancy brief please click here.

Please provide a short written submission for the above in accordance with the brief below by Friday 7 July 2017.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Janneke Geene, Acting Director, week commencing 26 June at

Consultancy Opportunity: British Council

This will provide a contextual overview of UK museum governance. The report will be translated, published and distributed by a partner organisation in the People’s Republic of China so that the museum sector in China achieves a greater understanding of best practice in museum governance. The aim of the report is to focus solely on UK policy and practice. Subsequently, expertise on China isn’t necessary. It is preferable that the applicant have experience connected with the UK museum sector. This report should contribute to a greater understanding of the UK museum sector and will be made available in the UK by the British Council.

Visit the British Council website for more information.

Deadline: Monday 26th June 2017

Museums Association Event- Getting to Know You: Using Visitor Data Intelligently

Organiser: Museums Association

Venue: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Date: 20th September 2017

Cost: £55-£195

Information: Audience research with visitors and non-visitors can provide museums with an invaluable insight into the people they serve. Crucially the information collected can be used in many different ways, from diversifying audiences and supporting fundraising to planning exhibitions and events.

This one-day conference will share best practice approaches to collecting audience data from professionals across the sector. It will also showcase how museums and other cultural organisations have used audience research to create change and meet strategic objectives.

This conference is for anyone interested in understanding how visitor studies can be used in their museum. For further information and to book a place click  here.

Final call for Ready to Borrow surgery slots

Booking for surgery slots for the Ready to Borrow programme will close at 5pm on Monday 12th June 2017. If you intend to apply for Ready to Borrow funding you MUST attend one of the surgeries held by the MDNW team for advice and guidance before submitting an application. We will not accept applications from museums that have not attended. The surgeries are:

3rd July 2017
Salford Museum & Art Gallery – FULL (please do not selection this option on the form)

12th July 2017
Lancaster City Museum

19th July 2017
Norton Priory

Each surgery will run from 10am to 12.30pm. If you haven’t already done so, please complete this form to book a slot. A couple of days after the deadline we will email you to confirm the time of your surgery slot.

For further details on eligibility and timescales, refer to the ACE Ready to Borrow guidance 2017-18 and the ACE Ready to Borrow Application Form. Please read through these before contacting one of the team for advice.

Kids in Museums Takeover Day 2017 – Planning and Sharing Events

Museum Development North West

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‘Inspiring’, ‘epic’, ‘awesome’… three words young people used to describe their Takeover Day in 2016.

Do you want to raise the aspirations of young people in your museum? Then come along to a Planning and Sharing event for Takeover Day 2017 – the day when young people and children nationwide are given powerful, meaningful, decision-making roles within museums, galleries, libraries, archives, arts organisations and heritage sites.

What you’ll gain from the Planning and Sharing event:
– Ideas that put young people at the heart of your work
– Inspiration from venues who took part last year
– Planning time and guidance for your Takeover Day
– Networking with partners you can work with on Takeover Day

Planning and Sharing events are free and open to museums, galleries, archives or heritage sites. The event is for organisations running their first Takeover Day or even their fifth.

Where: Tullie House Museum

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