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Upcoming Opportunities with the British Museum

CALL FOR PARTNERS: New Partnership Spotlight Loan 

The golden age of satire? Late-Georgian satirical prints has been developed to complement the themes explored in the major British Museum exhibition, I, Object (title TBC), which will be on show in London from the 6 September 2018 – 20 January 2019. Through a selection of 8-10 satirical prints, this partnership Spotlight loan will explore the complex relationship between those in power and those who sought – through ridicule – to puncture their authority. We are seeking three partners to host the exhibition between February – November 2019. Further details are here. If you are interested in hosting the exhibition, please complete the Expression of Interest form and return to Eleanor Chant by Friday 12 January 2018. 

SAVE THE DATE: Money & Medals Network Day Conference 2018

The Money & Medals Network is pleased to announce a national conference, which will be held at the British Museum on 23 March 2018 to celebrate the work conducted with three years of Arts Council England SSN funding 2015-18. This one-day event is free to attend and open to anyone working or volunteering with numismatic collections in UK museums and other public institutions. The programme will include themed sessions on collections mapping, local numismatic networks, numismatic education and outreach projects, and the display of numismatics. Further details and how to book a place will be circulated in the New Year. Please save the date!

SAVE THE DATE: National Programmes Conference 2018 

Please save the date for next year’s British Museum National Programmes Conference, which will be held on Monday 3 September 2018 thanks to the generous support of the Vivmar Foundation. Developed in partnership with the Digital Preservation Coalition, this free one-day conference will explore best practice in how we as a sector create, curate and preserve digital content – looking at both the exciting, outward-facing opportunities it can bring for our audiences and professional communities, and the back-of-house work that makes it possible. Central to the day will be the question: if we are memory institutions, how are we ensuring that we retain all the digital memory that we’re creating?  A call for papers will be circulated in the New Year.

VACANCY: Project Assistant: National Programmes 

We are currently recruiting for a new Project Assistant to join our friendly team. The post holder will coordinate arrangements for Spotlight loans and small touring exhibitions of British Museum objects to venues throughout the UK, as part of the Museum’s commitment to sharing knowledge and collections with partnerships across the UK. The role is part-time (3 days per week) and fixed term until 31 March 2019. The closing date for applications is Thursday 21 December 12pm. Click here for further details.



MDNW Engaging Your Audiences Programme 2018

To continue the audience development support for Accredited museums in the North West and to compliment the MDNW Knowing Your Audiences programme 2016-17, we have arranged the ‘Engaging Your Audiences’ series of workshops for January to March 2018. MDNW see them as a series of developmental workshops and hope delegates sign up for all three though each can be attended as a stand-alone session.

Common Values- Making connections with audiences

24th January 2018, Lancashire Conservation Studios 10am-4pm

People across North West England care deeply about their communities and the wider world but a large majority of people living in the region underestimate the extent to which their fellow citizens care about these things.

Museums can play a role crucial in conveying a more authentic understanding of what people typically value, and working in this way has potentially transformative consequences: people who hold more authentic perspectives on others’ values report deeper connection to their communities, show greater motivation to become civically engaged, are more likely to support action on social or environmental challenges, and have higher wellbeing.

This workshop will equip participants with an understanding of the social science underpinning these insights. We will support participants in developing their own responses to these insights, tailored to the opportunities offered by their organisations. In doing so, we will draw on learning from a project run at Manchester Museum over the last twelve months, which applied these insights to a wide range of initiatives – from changes in volunteer programmes to invitations to donate; from dedicated exhibitions to new social media campaigns.

The workshop will be delivered by Shanna Lennon (until recently Common Cause Foundation Co-ordinator, Manchester Museum) and Dr Tom Crompton (Co-Director, Common Cause Foundation).

To book a place follow this link:

Interpretive Writing

28th February 2018, Lancashire Conservation Studios 10am-4pm

Are you new to interpretive writing? Or do you want to refresh your skills and reignite your passion for communicating with your audiences? Perhaps you have a particular project in mind that you want to be prepared for?

Sarah Oswald, The Authentic Spark, will lead a one-day interpretive scriptwriting workshop designed to help you develop practical skills in interpretive writing. She will share top tips and provide you with the opportunity for real-life applications of best practice principles in writing and editing for audiences.

The workshop will be delivered by Sarah Oswald, Director of The Authentic Spark. Sarah has 20 years of experience working on interpretive projects large and small, as an interpretive planner and scriptwriter.

To book a place follow this link:

Marketing 101 – reaching your audiences effectively

14th March 2018, Lancashire Conservation Studios 10am-4pm

Don’t know where to start with marketing? Learn how to create a strategic marketing plan and select the right channels to reach the audiences you need in this practical, hands-on workshop with museum marketing specialist Marge Ainsley.

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Understand what ‘marketing’ really means
  • Know how to identify target audiences, and how data insight can help
  • Develop clear objectives for marketing activities
  • Know how to write an actionable marketing plan (that doesn’t sit on a shelf!)
  • Gain tips and advice for reaching audiences ‘on a shoestring’
  • Understand how to measure the success of marketing activity
  • Leave with further resources and toolkits to continue learning.

This workshop is designed specifically for:

  • Museum staff who are new to marketing
  • Anyone who would like a refresher on the basics.

The workshop will be delivered by Marge Ainsley, a consultant with extensive experience in marketing and audience development. She has worked in the cultural sector for over 15 years and was previously voted one of the 50 best freelancers in the UK by national marketing magazine, The Drum.

To book a place follow this link:

Making More of Collections- Introduction to Ethnographic Collections Workshop

There are still a few places left on the ‘Making More of Collections- Introduction to ethnographic collections’ workshop taking place on the 14th December.

Led by: Stephen Welsh, Curator of Living Cultures, Manchester Museum
14th December 2017, 10am-1pm
Manchester Museum

This session will give delegates fantastic insight into how to make more of ethnographic collections by hearing from Stephen who is responsible for 18,000 ethnographic objects from Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific which form part of the collections at Manchester 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.

To book a place click here.

Accreditation Review Survey – deadline 7th December

During 2017, Arts Council England and its UK Accreditation Partners have been undertaking a light-touch review of certain aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme.

The survey for museum staff, volunteers and trustees to give their views on the scheme closes on 7th December. If you haven’t done so yet please take a couple of minutes to add your views. The survey is here – and your comments will feed directly back in to the review, which is due for completion in Spring 2018.

ACE have published some frequently asked questions to help you understand the Museum Accreditation Scheme review better. However, if you have any questions that aren’t covered by the FAQs, please email Ellie Collier, Senior Manager for the review, at


News from the Art Fund

Funding opportunity:  BBC Civilisations Festival
In March 2018 the BBC will be running the Civilisations Festival, an exciting partnership between museums, galleries and libraries across the UK to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts’ Civilisation series in Spring 2018.

Art Fund is delighted to be offering grants to museums, galleries, libraries and archives who will be participating in the BBC Civilisations Festival. Grants are available to support public engagement activities which will showcase the fantastic holdings within UK public collections whilst exploring the theme of ‘civilisation’.

Small grants of up to £1,000 are available to support activity for organisations participating in the BBC Civilisations Festival. The application deadline is Thursday 14 December 2017 and you can find out more on our website

You do not need to receive funding from Art Fund to participate in the BBC Civilisations Festival and there are plenty of ways for your organisation to get involved, and for members of the public to participate in the activities planned across the UK. Find out more and how to sign up on the BBC’s website

Professional development opportunity:  Navigating the Art Market, free training course
We are delighted to be running the ‘Navigating the Art Market course’ in conjunction with Sotheby’s Institute of Art. The course is aimed at museum professionals to provide a practical understanding of the art market. Topics will range from how to bid at auction and the legal aspects of acquiring art to tips for cultivating relationships with art dealers and collectors.

The course will use a combination of online training and a day seminar at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London on 23 February 2018. The seminar in London will offer an opportunity to review online material, network with curators and art world experts as well as offering insight into the workings of the auction house Sotheby’s.

The course is targeted at early career curators interested in gaining a practical understanding of the art market and more experienced curators wishing to refresh their knowledge. Applications are open to all museum and gallery professionals, but given the limited spaces available, priority will be given to curators and others who work with public collections.

Courses offered by the Sotheby’s Institute normally charge a fee, however this course, specifically aimed at museum professionals will be free to attend (with lunch included) for those who are offered a place.

For more details and to apply, please see our website. Please note that the deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 10 January 2018.  

 New toolkit: Treasure Plus, for museums with archaeological collections
Our new digital toolkit offers guidance and advice for museums with archaeological collections covering everything from the presentation and interpretation of treasure to engaging new audiences and working with the media – all grounded in the experience of the 36 museums around the country who received Art Fund funding to experiment with new displays and community projects, as well as knowledge shared at networking roadshows and the Treasure Plus conference.

Find out more about and download the toolkit at

Job Opportunity: Link4 Life, Rochdale

Head of Culture – Job ref: L1776
Salary: Band 8a, £38,334 – £42,844 (pro-rata if part time)
Hours: 37 hours per week
Application Closing Date: Wednesday 13 December 2017
Location: Touchstones Rochdale and other sites as required

The purpose of the role is to lead Link4Life’s cultural offer, including the work at Touchstones Rochdale and in our communities and integrating Link4Life’s existing Events and Entertainment offer into the Arts and Heritage Service to create a single Cultural Services department.


The post holder will be an efficient, motivated and experienced leader who can continue the growth and progress of the cultural offer in Rochdale Borough and beyond. Experienced in multiple artistic or heritage fields but have a particular knowledge of venues and performance spaces. They will be an exemplary advocate for the positive impact culture can have on different communities and will have a real skill for budget management, income generation, fundraising and financial negotiation.

The successful candidate will be able to quickly and adeptly turn their hand to anything and everything, setting the benchmark for high quality and ensuring that a complex and broad department functions over and above expectations. They will have a strong artistic vision, be an excellent communicator and a confident representative of the service to stakeholders, partners, funders, the public and other interested parties.


Link4Life are committed to being an employer of choice and offer competitive salaries and a wide range of benefits, including access to:

  • Childcare vouchers
  • Company sick pay
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Free use of our leisure facilities
  • Learning and career development opportunities


We are a charity based in Rochdale that aims to inspire every member of our diverse community to live more active, creative and healthy lifestyles.

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Tom Besford on 01706 924984.

Closing date: Wednesday 13 December 2017. Interviews Wednesday 20 December 2017.

All applications must be made using the Link4Life application form. We do not accept CVs without accompanying application form.

Applications must be received by the closing date.

See here for how to apply.

Resilience and sustainability: How entrepreneurial is your museum or heritage attraction? Free one-day workshops

4 & 11 December 2017
26 January 2018
Lapworth Museum, Birmingham

Join peers from across the country at Birmingham’s Lapworth Museum at a series of one-day workshops to share successful entrepreneurial models of working which can help develop resilience and sustainability within your museum and heritage attraction.

Focusing on economic (revenue generation), social (volunteer management, marketing, audience development) and environmental sustainability, these participatory workshops will take inspiration from leading museum case studies and provide a supportive environment to exchange knowledge and learning, discuss challenges and obstacles, and generate entrepreneurial ideas to take forward.

The workshops are aimed at staff working in museums and other heritage attractions who have a good understanding of both the strategic objectives of their organisations and day to day operations. Your organisation may book onto more than one workshop.

 There is an expectation that all participants will contribute to the workshop content through sharing their models of working and experiences within their own museums and heritage attractions.

For details of all speakers and to book please use this link:

 These workshops are sponsored by Arts Council England. There is no cost to attend, and lunch and a tour of the museum is included.

Contact for more information: José Forest-Tennant, Development & Sustainability Manager, Lapworth Museum.Tel: 0121 414 6148, email:

Freelance Opportunity: Manchester Jewish Museum

Capital Project Manager
Fee: £48,000 & VAT
Contract type: Part time
Duration: December 2017 – 2020
Closing date: 12noon, 27th November 2017

Manchester Jewish Museum is looking for an experienced Capital Project Manager to manage all aspects of its building works programme.

The Capital Project Manager will have overall responsibility for managing the capital works programme, ensuring the design team and contractors meet all set deadlines within agreed budgets. Reporting directly to the Project Sponsor, the Capital Project Manager will chair regular project meetings and produce monthly progress reports for the Board, project team and funders.

Key objectives

  • Develop and maintain project management structure and governance
  • Manage capital project schedules and documentation
  • Manage project risks particularly the budget for the capital building work
  • Adhere to reporting cycles for funders, primarily HLF

Main Responsibilities & Key Tasks

  • Manage all aspects of the delivery of the museum’s building works programme, including all tender processes, construction, restoration and fit-out work
  • Manage and co-ordinate the design team and contractors to meet set deadlines and agreed budgets
  • Coordinate and supervise overall planning, capital project structure, schedule, budgets, risk management and tender processes
  • Lead the procurement of all contractors, managing the tender process and all contractual agreements
  • Chair regular project meetings with consultants and Capital Group members ensuring proper meeting documentation and communication processes are established and adhered to
  • Produce monthly progress reports for the Board, staff, project team and funders, comprising finance report, programme progress, risk/opportunity and procedural updates
  • Review current project management structure and make any necessary changes as agreed with the Capital Group
  • Review and process all project related purchase orders and invoices, confirming accuracy with contracted scope of work, and contracted rates
  • Review all proposed plans and construction documents to identify possible value engineering and cost reduction opportunities and work with the various teams to incorporate these changes
  • Responsible for the flow of information between the capital project team and others as required
  • Devote sufficient time and resource to the project bearing in mind that the museum is not an experienced or sophisticated client

Application deadline: 12noon, Monday 27th November 2017. Interviews will be held week beginning 4th December.

For further details see

Job Opportunity: Documentation Officer, Lancashire County Council Museum Service

About the Role

The Conservation & Collections Team of Lancashire County Council Museum Service support the operation and development of museums across Lancashire through the provision of conservation, technical, design and curatorial and specialist documentation skills. They also undertake work for external clients including national museums and heritage organisations.

Reporting to the Registrar, they are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a range of ICT and organisational skills who is used to working to a high standard and to multiple deadlines.

The post is 14.8 hours weekly, Grade 5 Local Authority salary scales pro rata.
This is a temporary post for 12 months.
Key Accountabilities

To contribute to achieving & maintaining ACE Museum Accreditation for Lancashire County Council Museum Service and all its component sites with regard to collection documentation.

To undertake documentation & collection management activities, via the Emu collection management system.

To support the promotion of the museums’ collections to a wider public through education, public access, events and activities, exhibitions and outreach work.

To assist in the implementation of forward and collection management plans for Lancashire County Council Museum Service and all its component museums.

To be assist in the supervision and training of volunteers and museum assistants.
To assist with the administration of general collection management including loans and exhibitions.

To follow H&S procedures with regard to working practices for the use of the museum collections.


For more information and how to apply please click here.

Tender Opportunity: Evaluation of History of Lancashire in 70 Objects

Lancashire County Council is seeking a consultant experienced in evaluation for the History of Lancashire in 70 Objects project, a HLF funded project with huge support from all its partner organisations.

This exciting project has brought heritage venues and 70 year old Lancashire Life together in shared working and we want to complete the programme with a clear picture of its reach, its successes and any areas where we might have worked more effectively if we had taken another path.

If you are experienced in teasing out and drawing together points of view, marshalling and analysing them and bringing out the evidence, successes and lessons learnt then we are keen to hear from you.

The fee available for this project is £4,000. Background information and the aims of this element of the project are laid out in more detail in the brief History of Lancs in 70 Objects Evaluation Brief Nov 2017. Deadline for proposals is 6pm Thursday 16th November 2017.