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Job Opportunity: SHARE Museums East

Museums Partnership Officer
Salary – £26,470 – £28,221
Closing date – Midday, Thursday 3rd January


Are you looking for an opportunity to help develop the museums of Cambridgeshire? Could you nurture partnerships across a diverse museum community, seek funding for and manage multi-museum projects?

We are looking for an experienced museum professional to continue our countywide advice and support service to over twenty independent Accredited museums, working to an activity plan agreed between SHARE Museums East and Museums in Cambridgeshire. We need someone with expertise across the full range of museum functions including governance, business and resilience development, collections management and public services. They will need to represent the County Council and provide expert advice on all museum matters to Council colleagues and elected members as required.

The person we are looking for will be educated to Key Skill Level 4, be well organised and have experience of applying for external funding and managing projects. They will be able to advocate to and engage successfully with a wide range of stakeholders, as well as represent the independent museum sector at a strategic level. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to use standard office IT systems, as well as to travel freely across the County and to work flexibly.

For more info and details on how to apply click here.


A History of the North in 100 Objects Exhibition Wins Award

A History of the North in 100 Objects has won the Exhibition of the Year Award at this year’s Northern Soul Awards. The awards were created in 2017 to celebrate and reward exceptional culture and enterprise in the North of England, including theatres, productions, venues, small and large businesses, entrepreneurs, galleries, restaurants, publishers and many other projects and companies.

Prizes were awarded in 14 categories with a special accolade for the ‘Northern Soul’ of the Year. Entries were so strong that our judges awarded a number of Highly Commended Awards and made Special Mentions in several categories.

The exhibition was part of this year’s Great Exhibition of the North and celebrated the story of the North through museum collections.

Job Opportunity: Wigan Council

Job Title: Business Partner – Culture, Arts & Heritage
Salary from: £36,153

Location: Wigan Borough
Hours: Full time 37hours
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: 16 December 2018

Your role: It is an exciting time for culture, arts and heritage in Wigan Borough with a new Cultural Manifesto to be launched in 2019 and a five year action plan to deliver real cultural transformation.

You will be a key part of the Culture Team within Customer Services. Your role is to manage strategy into operational delivery, developing all aspects of the service internally whilst working with external partners to deliver our wider cultural ambitions. You will forge new partnerships, seek funding opportunities and link culture to key priorities for the borough including: education and skills, health and wellbeing, digital and support for the visitor economy. You will work proactively in heritage services to deliver the £1.3M HLF archives redevelopment at Leigh Town Hall whilst continuing to develop our museums.

About you: You will have significant management experience and a proven track record of shaping service development and delivery in a cultural environment backed by a relevant qualification. You will be expected to manage staff setting clear objectives and targets to achieve measurable outcomes.

You will have a passion for culture, arts and heritage with excellent communication skills to ensure collaboration with a wide range of partners. You must be equally comfortable dealing with elected members, customers and volunteers.   This is a varied role so you must demonstrate your ability to work flexibly and deliver innovative approaches.

About us: In Customer Services we focus on our customers and understand their needs. We make change happen through the innovative thinking embodied by ‘The Deal’, 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.

Wigan is a great place to work; we put customers at the heart of everything we do.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a forward thinking organisation and be part of the cultural transformation of Wigan Borough. We are an organisation that will offer you the support you need to succeed and every opportunity to learn and develop further within the organisation.

For informal discussions please contact Georgina Bentley ( on 01942 828600.

Interview dates: Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th January 2019

For more information see the Job Specification

Clore Leadership’s Achieving and Retaining a Diverse Board Event

Applications are now open for the Clore Leadership’s upcoming event, Achieving and Retaining a Diverse Board, which is taking place in London on Thursday February 28th.

The speakers for the day will be Tony Heaton OBE (Sculptor and Chair of Shape Arts), Matthew Xia (Theatre Director and Trustee), Sarah Weir OBE (CEO, Design Council), Sue Woodford-Hollick OBE (Businesswoman and Trustee) and Joanna Moriarty (Green Park). The day will be led by Clore Governance Associate, Prue Skene and Founder of Unheard Voice Consultancy Marsha Ramroop, and will include keynote talks, panel discussions and surgery sessions with speakers.

Click here for more info and details on how to apply.

Let’s Get Real Conference 2018

30th January 2019
Wellcome Collection, London

In order to remain relevant for audiences, arts and heritage organisations need to connect digital practice with social purpose. At the Let’s Get Real Conference you’ll learn from inspiring speakers working within and beyond the cultural sector to bring these areas together. Sessions will combine strategic ideas and practical recommendations, equipping you with knowledge, actions and new ways of thinking about your digital work.

For more details and ticket info click here.

Museums Association Conference Call for Papers

From the Museums Association (MA):

Proposals for sessions at next year’s MA Conference & Exhibition in Brighton are now open for submission.

The theme for the event, which takes place on 3-5 October 2019, is Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World. The deadline for submissions is 3 February 2019.

“After last week’s successful MA Conference in Belfast, which attracted more than 1,100 people, we are really excited about our plans for Brighton 2019,” said Simon Stephens, the head of publications and events at the MA. “The Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World theme feels very timely and we think it will attract some really exciting session proposals.”

The theme is linked to current social and political upheaval, demographic changes, rising inequalities and climate change. Museums are a strong position to encourage and facilitate debate about these challenging issues.

The conference will look at how the sector can help to create a more sustainable world, how it can communicate challenges such as poverty and climate change to audiences, and how museums can support campaigns that are working for a fairer and more sustainable society.

The conference will explore what the environmentally, financially and socially sustainable museum of the future might look like. How can institutions adapt to a rapidly changing world and what of kind leadership is needed in the sector to make change possible?

In the age of globalisation, it is more important than ever for museums to have ethics at their core. The conference will also interrogate the ethical implications of the international partnerships we seek to develop, how we confront the legacies of empire, and the role of global tourism in a more sustainable world.

For more details and information on how to submit click here.

Archives Revealed – Cataloguing grant scheme open to applications

Archives Revealed, the funding stream operated by The National Archives and The Pilgrim Trust, with additional support from The Wolfson Foundation, is now open to applications. Archive services can submit applications for the cataloguing of archive collections up to £40,000. The deadline for phase 1 of this programme is Friday 7th December 2018.

Any prospective applicants to consult the extensive guidance available on the website and to discuss any applications in advance with the grants coordinators, Lucy and Beth. They can be reached via and would be happy to hear from you with any queries you may have.

Collections 2030 Discussion Sessions

Tuesday 13th November, 3-5pm, Tullie House Museum (Carlisle)
Thursday 15th November, 3-5pm, Manchester Museum

Do you have strong opinions about how museums’ collections should be used? Do you want to have a say in the long-term future of our sector? Do you want an opportunity to network with peers, and discuss some of the key questions facing heritage today? Well, here’s your chance…

The Museums Association recently published Collections 2030, a discussion paper which seeks feedback on the current state of museum collections the UK, and how to make the most of them over the next decade. It’s really important that ALL museum stakeholders (staff, freelancers, volunteers etc. …) take part in this process in order provide a full understanding of the long-term purpose, use and management of this key resource.

In collaboration with MDNW, we have arranged two discussion sessions and are inviting anyone who wishes to attend, to come along and give us some feedback on this important document (which can be found here). The sessions will involve looking at the key research questions in the study and discussing them with colleagues and peers. We will then collate your feedback and submit this to the MA in response to the paper.

This is an excellent opportunity to record your views on the paper, and to make sure that your voice is heard!

Please contact Gabrielle Heffernan (North West MA Rep.) at if you’d like to attend one of the sessions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Job Opportunity: Leeds Museums & Galleries

Digital Solutions Officer
Salary: £29,055 – £30,756
Full time 37 hours
Closing date Monday 5th November 11:30pm

Leeds Museums & Galleries are seeking to appoint to the exciting new post of Digital Solutions Officer. Sitting within the Audience Development team, the postholder will work across multiple attractions and bring an understanding of the technical side of digital to help drive the service forward.

The Digital Solutions Officer will contribute to delivering Leeds Museums & Galleries digital policy and plan, particularly in the context of the service being an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). As part of the Audience Development team this post is charged with improving the digital visitor journey online and on location, as well as seeking solutions that will assist in improving systems, generating income and access to collections.

They will provide expertise around the implementation and ongoing use of digital solutions across LMG for the website, collections database, CRM, online ticketing, EPOS, membership schemes and digital interpretation.

This post is funded by Arts Council England and is fixed term until 31 March 2022.

Please apply via Leeds City Council jobs site.

Job Opportunity: Curious Minds

Museum Development North West

Curious Minds is seeking 5 Youth Engagement Experts to support young people to take part in the North West’s newest heritage programme ‘Hope Streets’.

Hope Streets is a brand new, 5 year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will see young people aged 11–25 revolutionise the way museums work with their peers.

It is being led by a consortium of three organisations in the North West; Curious MindsYouth Focus North West and Museum Development North West.

We are looking for 5 Youth Engagement Experts to work in each of the following areas:

  • Sefton – Merseyside
  • Bolton – Greater Manchester
  • Cumbria
  • Lancashire
  • Cheshire West and Chester

The Youth Engagement Expert will have primary responsibility for leading a local group of young people in one of the five geographical areas (or ‘Hope Hubs’) through the project. The person undertaking this role will demonstrate and model excellence…

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