Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants – 2018 deadlines

This funding scheme is open to curators and other professionals working with public collections and aims to help individuals realise their curatorial ambitions by offering grants for collections-based research and curatorial development opportunities. There is £75,000 available annually and since the programme launched in 2012 the grants have helped over 320 museum professionals with 294 projects.

They can accept small grant applications at any point throughout the year, while applications with a request of above £1,500 are considered at committee meetings three times a year. The deadlines for larger grant applications for 2018 are as follows:

Application deadline  Date of meeting
19 February 2018 23 March 2018
7 May 2018 4 June 2018
17 September 2018 15 October 2018


Full details on the programme, including details of some of the awards they have already made, can be found on the Art Fund website –


Job Opportunity: Lakeland Arts

HR Development Manager
£29,000 – £32,000 depending on experience
Duration: Full Time 2 year fixed term contract (with the opportunity to extend)
Location: You will be required to visit all Lakeland Arts sites, and will be based at Blackwell/Windermere Jetty
Closing date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Interview date: Thursday 15 March 2018

If you want to help shape the future of Lakeland Arts, are passionate about recruiting and developing staff and volunteers, and want to be part of the largest Heritage Lottery Funded project in the north of England please read on.

Lakeland Arts is seeking a HR professional who is seeking a new challenge, working to open the Lake District’s major visitor attraction Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, and make Lakeland Arts an employer of choice.

As an ambitious arts and heritage trust, it already operates Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House, and Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry with a team of 60 plus colleagues. When Windermere Jetty opens its doors later this year, this team of colleagues will grow significantly. Lakeland Arts is seeking a committed individual to develop recruitment, training and development plans as well as modernise the Trust’s people management ways of working.

In reward you will be an integral part of the opening of a new piece of history for Cumbria.

For further details see the recruitment pack HR Development Manager Recruitment Pack 2018 or at

Freelance Opportunity: VisitEngland

Quality Assessor
Fees – £138, £168 or £230 depending on the size of the attraction concerned

VisitEngland Assessment Services invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced visitor attraction and tourism industry professionals to join its part-time self-employed freelance assessor team to work on the high profile Quality Assured Visitor Attraction, Racecourse, Motorway Service Area and Pubs accreditation schemes.

The successful candidates will have an in-depth practical and theoretical understanding of the UK visitor attraction and tourism industry demonstrated by extensive recent work experience at a visitor attraction or similar tourism business and will undertake an annual allocation of quality assessment visits according to scheme guidelines and standards. A full clean driving license with access to own transport and vehicle insurance for business use is essential as is a personal computer, telephone and office equipment to deliver work as required for the role.

We are particularly seeking applications from candidates to work regionally in the North West of England (Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria) and the South West of England (Avon, Gloucestershire, Somerset).

A full job description outlining the key skills, experience and attributes required is available here.

Applications in the form of a full CV and covering letter should be submitted by e-mail to: by 5:00pm on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

It is anticipated interviews and a selection centre for short-listed candidates will take place in Lincolnshire on Thursday 8 March 2018. Successful applicants will be expected to be available for an Assessor Conference in Basingstoke on 19 & 20 March 2018 followed by initial training from 1 April 2018.

VisitEngland Quality Assessment Services,
The AA, Fanum House, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4EA Telephone: 01256 491111

VisitEngland Assessment Services is managed by AA Hotel and Hospitality Services under contract to VisitEngland.

BAFM North West Regional Get Together

Members of your ‘Friends of’ committee are warmly invited to Todmorden Town Hall for the British Association of Friends of Museums Get Together on Friday 9th March, 10am- 4pm.

The building is currently only open to visitors once a month and this is your opportunity to see inside a building described as rising “like a Roman temple among the bleak mills and rugged landscape of the central Pennines” Country Life (6 Feb 1986). 

Please confirm whether you are able to attend by Friday 2nd March by calling Daniel Jessop, 01706 548105 or e-mailing, please note this a FREE get together.

10:00   Coffee on arrival

10:15   Introductions

10:30   Tour of Todmorden Town Hall, led by Todmorden Town Hall Volunteers

12noon Lunch (kindly provided by the Todmorden Town Hall Volunteers

12:50   Round table discussion with Alex Walker, acting Chair of BAFM

13:40   Group discussions (4 x themes: resilience vs. reliance/ independence vs. Interdependence/ friends vs. members/ reinvent vs. remodel)

14:20   Refreshment break

14:40   Feedback and sharing news

15:15   Closing comments

15:30   Optional visit to Todmorden Information Centre and Todmorden Indoor Market

Conference Funding: Association of Volunteer Managers Conference

The North West Volunteer Managers Network are pleased to announce that with funding from MDNW we are delighted to be able to offer five places at the Association of Volunteer Managers conference in Manchester on Thursday March 15th at The Whitworth, Manchester.

For the full programme please click here.  

If you would like to attend this fantastic event  please can you send an expression of interest with a brief description of  how you would benefit from attending the conference  by Friday 16th February to Darren Collingwood Co Chair. To :

Exhibiting Sounds of Changes International Conference Call for Papers

Tampere, Finland
Tuesday 12th – Wednedsay 13th June 2018

In museums, we do have paintings, photographs and all sorts of items. They  tell our visitors what things used to look like in the past. Few museums  use sounds for their collections and exhibitions. However, museum  exhibitions cannot only be experienced visually, but also by hearing. But,  it is not only a question of bad planning and a lack of technology: we  simply do not know enough about sounds as sources and as medium.

In 2013, six European museums started to record endangered and disappearing sounds of industrial society. The “Work with Sounds”-project  (2013-2015) was soon followed by the “Sounds of Changes”-project (2017–2019), both were funded by Creative Europe programme. In these  projects we have collected a great archive of historical sounds that can  be used for free from All the sounds are licensed under Creative Commons and can be found in Europeana and Wikimedia.

The Sounds of Changes project, WORKLAB (International Association of Labour Museums) and The Finnish Labour Museum are organising a summer conference, 12th-13th of June 2018, in Tampere. The two-day conference will focus on sounds of industrial, social and technical culture. How can we present and preserve sounds in museums?

We encourage all museum professionals, researchers and exhibition designers to submit papers that relate to the wide themes of exhibitions, sounds and history. We welcome theoretical approaches as well as practical case studies, tools and best practices. Papers presented at the conference are invited to share innovative ideas, experiences of trying new things, successes, opportunities and failures dealing with one or some of the following topics:

– Using sound technology in exhibitions

– Visitors and sounds

– Soundscapes, silence and noise in museum exhibitions

– Historical sounds of everyday life

– Sounds in/as exhibition narratives

– Authenticity of museum sounds

– Sounds, hearing and inclusion

– Historical and recreated speech acts in exhibitions

– How to find the right sounds?

The Call for Papers is open until 31st of March 2018. If you would like to present your project please send your proposal (200-300 words) along with a brief professional profile (100-200 words) to:

The conference will take place at The Finnish Labour Museum in Tampere.  

Participation is without a fee; however travel, accommodation and daily living are at your expense. Tampere is a lively city located in southern Finland. It can be reached from Helsinki airport by a two-hour train connection. The programme will include paper presentations, keynote speeches and social activities in summery (and cool) Finland.

Updated info can be found on WORKLAB website and soon on the project site

“Sounds of Changes” is a EU project funded by Creative Europe program (2017–2019). It is a joint effort of six museums: Swedish Air Force Museum (Sweden, project leader), Muzeum Inżynierii Miejskiej (Poland), LWL-Industriemuseum (Germany), Museum of Work (Sweden), Technical Museum of Slovenia and The Finnish Labour Museum. Museums are collecting, interpreting and disseminating endangered sounds and soundscapes together.  

See more at

WORKLAB – The International Association of Labour Museums is a dynamic network founded in 1997. Today, this network has more than 30 member museums from four continents. WORKLAB museums represent a lively scale of museums interested in social, industrial and labour heritage. Network organizes conferences, projects and publications. WORKLAB meetings are open for everyone. See more at

Job Opportunity: Culture Syndicates

Projects Officer
Salary: £18,000 pro rata (£10,800 for 21 hours per week)
Contract length: ongoing
Anticipated start date: 1st June 2018

Culture Syndicates is seeking an innovative and efficient individual to work with the Head of Projects to deliver our services.

You will have experience in the cultural sector, with the proven ability to lead a team to complete cultural projects. This can be in a paid or voluntary capacity.

Our team at Culture Syndicates are dynamic and forward thinking, seeking and creating opportunities to fulfil our social mission to ‘enable culture’ and ‘build employability.’ We are seeking someone who is entrepreneurial and full of creative ideas to push the sector, and our sales, forward within the remit of Culture Syndicates’ business plan. You will be able to create opportunities to generate income, building excellent relationships with existing and potential clients. You will view networking as a vital part of your role and professional integrity, using your strong industry awareness to maintain up to date information to inform new opportunities. You will also work conscientiously, ensuring you meet deadlines and provide a high quality of service to their team, clients and stakeholders.

Your role will vary from day to day, as Culture Syndicates’ portfolio of projects reflects the needs of our diverse clients. You will be responsible for smaller and more straight-forward projects (usually with budgets around £2,000, up to £10,000), managing our team of freelance Heritage Assistants to deliver projects. One week, for example, you may be:

• Running a team to gather audience data at a museum
• Helping to create a project plan and a budget to support a tendering application for new work
• Attending a networking event to learn more about the industry and promote Culture Syndicates’ services
• Reporting to a client on project progress
• Making the most of down time to research the latest changes to the funding landscape to create new opportunities with existing contacts

To apply for the role, please complete the Application Form and return it by the closing date.

The Application Form and further information can be found here.

CVs will not be accepted.

Culture Syndicates are committed to opening opportunities to more people. If you would like to discuss the role, please contact Charlotte Pratley on 07456661337 or

Closing date: midnight on Monday 26th February 2018
Interview date: Friday 9th March 2018

Museum & Gallery Exhibition Tax Credit Briefings

In March 2018, ACE will be hosting a series of briefing events across England to support museums and galleries to understand and benefit from the Museum and Gallery Exhibitions Tax Relief.

The briefings are presented in partnership with HMRC and will provide detailed information about the Museum and Gallery Exhibitions Tax Relief, including eligibility and how to make a claim.

ACE anticipate a high demand for these events and so will be restricting attendance to one person per organisation.

To maximise the benefit of these events, it is strongly recommend that the person responsible for financial management at your organisation should attend.

Briefings taking place in the North are:

  • Leeds, 1.30pm Tuesday 20 March – Thackary Museum
  • Manchester, 1pm Thursday 22 March – Friends Meeting House
  • Newcastle, 1pm Wednesday 21 March – Discovery Museum

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


Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

The deadline for the next round of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, which is run by the Museums Association (MA) to fund projects that develop collections to achieve social impact, is 28 February.

Museums, galleries and heritage organisations from across the UK can apply for a grant of between £20,000 and £120,000 for a project lasting up to three years.

The MA is looking for proposals that work with existing collections to improve understanding of them and increase their use and, through that work, involve, inspire and have impact on people, communities and audiences.

Successful applications will need to engage local communities or those who are not typical museum attendees, think about social impact, develop their organisation or the wider sector, and consider the project’s legacy, even if this is hard to define at the start of the project.

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

Freelance Opportunity: MDNW / Manchester Museum

Project Coordinator, Carbon Literacy Centre pilot
Status: Freelance Contract
Duration: March 2018 – April/May 2018
Fee: £6,000 inclusive of travel costs. Can be home-based or office-based in Manchester
Closing date: 26th February 2018

Cooler Projects/Carbon Literacy Trust, Manchester Museum and Museum Development North West (MDNW) are looking for a freelance consultant to undertake research and scoping for a pilot project to trial Manchester Museum as the world’s first ‘Carbon Literacy Centre’, where individuals can become Carbon Literate – creating a model that is adaptable to museums of different sizes and locations.

The Carbon Literacy Project, originating in Manchester, offers everyone who works, lives or studies in the city and beyond a day’s worth of Carbon Literacy learning: climate change, carbon footprints, how you can do your bit, and why it’s relevant to you and your audience. More than just small, personal changes, Carbon Literacy highlights the need for substantial change and supports each individual to have a cascade effect on a much wider audience – whether it’s in the individual’s workplace, community, school, university, place of worship, or other setting.

This first phase, running from March to April/May 2018, will scope and research different possible models of how to use Manchester Museum as a Carbon Literacy Centre to enable individuals to qualify as Carbon Literate, including how this might be funded and how the model could be replicated by museums of differing sizes, types and collections.

Subject to funding, the second phase will pilot Manchester Museum as a Carbon Literacy Centre during the Season for Change in June to December 2018. If Phase 2 is to go ahead any coordination or administrative support required for the project will be advertised separately.

 We are looking for a consultant with proven experience of working in museums, preferably with a learning background. Experience of working in environmental sustainability is not essential but an interest in the subject would be desirable.

For further details please see the full brief here – Carbon Literacy Centre brief. For any queries contact Lynsey Jones, Museum Development Officer, Museum Development North West,