Freelance Opportunity: Eden Rivers Trust & Tullie House

Brief for expressions of interest:

Phase 1 Exhibition Concept Design, branding & visual identity


Eden Rivers Trust and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery are working in partnership to create a major new exhibition exploring the life and story of the River Eden which is part of the Cherish Eden project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The exhibition will be displayed at Tullie House from 16 June 2018 until 30 September 2018. The exhibition will be targeted at a family audience, particularly families with children aged 7 – 11 years old (Key Stage 2).

The exhibition will explore the idea that “the River Eden is an amazing place, making it a great place to explore”. This idea will be explored through 4 main themes:

  1. There are awe inspiring places to visit on the Eden
  2. The River Eden is bursting with life and home to amazing creatures
  3. We need to keep the river amazing
  4. You can take inspiration and get creative with the river

Tullie House’s natural history collection will provide an exploration of the creatures that can be seen in the river catchment, highlighting the animal’s unique features, special abilities and amazing adaptations (Theme 2.1). The total exhibition budget for design and build is approximately £40,000.

We would like to invite Design companies to tender to provide an Exhibition Concept Design for the project. This is the first design phase in the production of the exhibition. We are looking to commission an external designer with experience of working with organisations to produce high quality visitor experiences. The designer will work with Eden Rivers Trust and Tullie House to realise and establish the exhibition’s brand identity and to develop visual content.

Scope and Specification:

We require an external designer to create a Concept Design which will form the visual identity for the exhibition which will connect with and inspire our visitors. The design should shape the visitor experience within the exhibition.

Phase 1 Concept Design must include the following elements:

  • A design concept to run throughout exhibition. This will create the visual identity of the exhibition, the look and feel and visitor experience. Ideally the partnership would like to explore a range of concept options as part of the design process.
  • Design elements which will realise the exhibition concept such as colour themes, fonts and typography and other graphic elements.
  • A range of ideas for other exhibition content e.g. staging ideas, use of commissioned art work, sound, lighting and projection.
  • Creation and supply of a logo for exhibition.
  • Creation of a minimum of 3 family-friendly characters, based upon creatures to act as family guides throughout the exhibition.
  • Cost estimates for the design and build.

The above elements of the exhibition will require design, and artwork provided to the project team by the designer. The copyright for the artwork will sit with the project partners for use in promotional and commercial activity before, during and after the exhibition.

Phase 2 of the exhibition design (this is not part of this tender but provided for context)

Using the visual identity/style created above a detailed exhibition design will be created (phase 2). This will be fulfilled by a range of external contractors (which may or may not involve the phase 1 designer) and Tullie House in-house team.

We anticipate that the following elements will be produced:

  • Exhibition graphics: approx. 40 interpretation panels (text); approx. 20 graphic; panels. Approx. 100 labels
  • Exhibition staging: Lighting and projection; Sound. Structures: Display cabinets for exhibits; Temporary structures to add to the visitor experience
  • Exhibition layout
  • Detailed costings
  • Promotional material to include, but not limited to: 2-3 leaflets; Posters (with resizing); banners (print and digital and resizing); advertising (print and digital and resizing); signage; activity sheets

Budget for Phase 1 Concept Design:

Phase 1 Exhibition Design Concept Creation – £2000.00 plus vat

Key Contacts at Eden Rivers Trust:

Jane Davies, Heritage and Outreach Coordinator ,; 01768866788

Process for applying:

Submit expressions of interest to:

Jane Davies,, Eden Rivers Trust, Dunmail Building, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH. Deadline for expressions of interest: Monday 5th of June 2017 by 12.00 noon.

As part of your expression of interest please describe your relevant experience referencing projects of a similar nature. Please include images and or references to websites where examples can be seen.

Please describe your methodology, including key stages and timescales, and a breakdown of how the specification can be achieved within this budget. If additional costs are anticipated to meet the specification please outline these.

The successful applicant will be expected to begin work on the project in June 2017 for completion by the 18th August 2017 or earlier.

If you have any enquiries regarding the project please contact Jane Davies, by email to An interpretation plan for the project is available on request.

British Museum News

CALL FOR PARTNERS: New partnership exhibition 

Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories will showcase LGBTQ histories through objects from very ancient history to the present day, reflecting global and contemporary perspectives. We are seeking three partners to host the exhibition between December 2018 – September 2019. Further details of the exhibition are attached. If you are interested in hosting the exhibition, please complete the Expression of Interest form by Friday 16 June.

CALL FOR PARTNERS: New partnership exhibition

Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain is produced in partnership with Salisbury Museum, and focusses on the varied and changing explanations for the burial and non-recovery of hoards. We are seeking three partners to host the exhibition between January – October 2019.  Further details of the exhibition are attached. If you are interested, please complete the Expression of Interest form by Friday 16 June.

FREE WORKSHOP – Exploring drawings in UK Museums, 20 June 2017

We are hosting a free workshop for UK curators and museum staff working with drawings collections. Using the rich graphic holdings of the British Museum and our current project, Lines of thought, the day will explore how drawings collections can be opened up to artists and art students, used to complement curricula at art schools and to generate audience and community engagement around the UK  For more information on the day and how to apply for a place, please see the session information – the deadline for applications is Wednesday 24 May 2017.


Innovative Approach to Families in Galleries

Four contemporary art galleries in the North bring in new family visitors with innovative approach

Evaluation shows new approach, funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, brings in 123,000 visitors but lessons are also learnt 

Four contemporary art galleries in the North of England have successfully brought in thousands of ‘under represented’ new visitors by commissioning special exhibitions aimed at a family audience and using an innovative communication approach, their new evaluation shows.

The Gymnasium Gallery in Berwick, Central Art Gallery in Ashton-under-Lyne, Towneley Hall in Burnley and the DLI Museum and Art Gallery in Durham worked together to create the Generation Tour which visited the galleries between September 2014 and September 2016. 

The Tour used a research-based approach to audience development and commissioned artists to develop four brand new hands-on contemporary art exhibitions designed to appeal to families. 

Lucy Jenkins, Art Curator for Durham County Council, said “This has been a very successful project with rich learning along the way that we can build on. We hope others in the culture sector can also gain something from our discoveries.” 

“We embarked on this project because family audiences were under represented in our venues. This was a missed opportunity, not only in terms of visitor numbers but because contemporary art can enrich the lives of families and encourage a lifelong appreciation and interest.” 

“We were delighted that the Generation Tour was so successful. More than 123,000 came to see the exhibitions. Nearly 1,500 filled out questionnaires that showed 83% were visiting as families and the average approval score was 8.7 out of 10.”

“We were especially pleased to see that 14% of those visiting had never set foot in an art exhibition before – getting visitors to try a completely new cultural genre is not an easy thing to do.”

To achieve these results, family focus groups were used and previous research applied to find out what the barriers were to families visiting and what they wanted from a visit. The clearest message was that contemporary art galleries were perceived as ‘hands off’ places where curious, noisy children would not be welcome. Many found the terminology used in marketing off-putting too – even the use of the word ‘art’ was a turn off for many.

The Generation Tour responded to this with exhibitions that were very much hands on, colourful marketing literature that was instantly recognisable as ‘for families’ and training for staff to ensure a warm welcome for this audience.

For all their mainstream appeal, the exhibitions didn’t compromise on artistic quality. Generation AIR by Spacecadets created ambient, breathing inflatables inspired by the human body; Generation NOISE by Owl Project offered huge wooden interactive sound machines; The Tree, The Caterpillar and The Butterfly by Aether and Hemera invited families to bring a nature garden to life using Xbox Kinect technology and Musical Chairs by Hellicar and Lewis offered the chance to compose a changing soundscape by joining hands with other humans. They successfully brought in many families but not everything went to plan.

“We learnt there was a tricky balance between showing families that contemporary art galleries could be hands on but also getting the message across that it was not exactly the same environment as a playground.” said Lucy Jenkins. ” When you’re encouraging people to interact with artworks you need to make sure they are really robust otherwise things can stop working and it causes stress for front of house staff”. 

“We’re now looking at our next steps and would like to commission new exhibitions. Funding permitting, these will use interpretation, exhibit robustness and staff training to help families interact with exhibitions in a way that’s both enjoyable for them and sustainable for the art offer.”

“With this learning we’re confident we can deepen the engagement for families further still and continue to play our part in turning around the perception that contemporary art galleries are not for families.” 

An infographic overview of the Generation Tour is available here and the full length evaluation here. Video interviews with families who attended the exhibitions are also available here.

Volunteering Opportunities: National Football Museum

The National Football Museum are currently offering a number of volunteering opportunities:

Football Memories Programme Volunteer

Football Story Box Project Volunteer

Volunteer Talk English Practitioner

Volunteer Women’s Football Workshop Practitioner

Volunteer Education Practitioner

For the full role descriptions please look at this document and if you would like to speak to someone contact Darren Collingwood at –

Job Opportunities

Barnsley Museums
Collections and Audience Engagement Officer
Salary: £20,661- £22,658, full time, initial 12 month contract

Barnsley Museums is seeking to employ a proactive and creative individual in this exciting new post within the curatorial team. The Service’s collections include fine and decorative arts, social and industrial history and archaeology, and the post holder will work on a variety of projects to engage audiences through outreach, handling, digital media and exhibitions activity programming. 

As part of the curatorial team, you will also work alongside learning, marketing, commercial and visitor services colleagues to develop ideas, plan ahead and review activity. This post is key to developing our relationships with audiences and working towards a sustainable future for a Museum Service relevant to people’s lives.

To apply please visit

Closing Date: 26 May 2017.

English Heritage (York/Newcastle)
Grants and Trusts Manager
Salary: £32,500 – £34,000 per annum Full time, permanent

We are seeking an experienced trusts and statutory fundraiser to join our dynamic Development Department. As Grants and Trusts Manager you will be responsible for securing grants from a range of statutory funders – primarily the Heritage Lottery Fund – as well as local and regional philanthropic trusts. 

With a regional focus on the North of England, the Grants and Trusts Manager will play a key role in developing and maintaining relationships with local and regional grant-making bodies, and raise funds in support of English Heritage’s strategic objectives, including conservation, education and capital projects. 

The full job description and application form are available on our website:

Closing date: Monday 29 May 2017.

Interviews are expected to be held in early June.

Museums Sheffield
Project Curator (Going Public)
Salary: £26,390, full time, fixed term (3 years)

This post is within our Exhibition and Display department. Going Public launched in 2015 with four internationally prominent art collectors (Nicolas Cattelain, Dominique and Sylvain Levy, Egidio and Daniel Marzona and Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo) displaying works from their collections across five venues in Sheffield as well as a major summit with politicians, policy makers, funders, museum directors and private collectors. 

Going Public continues to develop with the aspiration of strengthening relationships between regional civic collections and private collectors. This role has been created to support Going Public through researching and sharing the stories behind the works in Sheffield’s visual art collection that demonstrate acts of philanthropy. The successful candidate will work directly with individuals, communities and organisations in the city and beyond to increase and share knowledge about the role philanthropy has in regional civic art collections. They will be a passionate advocate for interpretation and audience access and will plan and deliver excellent exhibitions as part of the project.

Apply online at

For further details contact / 0114 2782620.

Closing date: 29 May 2017. Interviews: 21 June 2017

Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre
Learning and Volunteering Manager
Salary: £30,000 (pro rata), part time, 30 hours pw

Administrative Officer
Salary: £23,000 (pro rata), part time, 18.5 hours pw

The Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association is registered charity set up in 1996. Our aim is to preserve the memory, testimony and records of the Holocaust survivors based in Yorkshire for research, teaching and learning. We are currently developing a new Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre for the north of England at Huddersfield University, scheduled to open in Spring 2018.

We are recruiting two new roles to support the development and ongoing work of our new Centre, based at our office in the School of Education and Professional Development on the Huddersfield University campus.

The Administrative Officer will set up and manage the Holocaust Heritage & Learning Centre’s office systems and support our small team of staff and volunteers in delivering an efficient and effective service to users. 

The Learning and Volunteering Manager will be responsible for the Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre’s programmes for formal and informal learners. You’ll develop and manage innovative workshops, opportunities and events, based on the exhibition and collections, for a range of audiences including schools, youth and community groups and adult learners. You’ll also be responsible for setting up the Centre’s volunteering programme for a diverse range of people. 

For further details please download the Learning and Volunteering Manager Person Specification or the Administrative Officer Person Specification.

Closing date: 9.00am on Tuesday 30 May 2017.

Fund to Acquire Archaeological Finds

Applications up to £1,000 accepted

The Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe has generously awarded the British Museum a grant to support museums in acquiring local, non-Treasure finds recorded through the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).

Although it is common for museums to acquire local Treasure finds, limited funding for non-Treasure items means important objects are often overlooked for acquisition. This fund is designed to expand local archaeological collections for public benefit, and encourage dialogue between local Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) and museum curators about recent PAS finds.

Applicants may apply for up to £1,000. A maximum total of £7,000 will be awarded in grants per year. Grants will be paid to the acquiring museum; the acquiring museum will then be responsible for compensating the finder and/or landowner.

Applicants may submit multiple applications at one time, but each find will require a separate application form. If you wish to acquire an assemblage or collection, please discuss your application in advance with Dr Michael Lewis, Head of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum, on 020 7323 8611 or by email at

To find out more  download the PDF guidance document and application form.


Job Opportunities: York Museums Trust

York Castle Museum Interpretation and Content Manager
Pay: YMT SCP 34 – 37, £32,122 – £34,608 per annum
Contract: Permanent, Full-time (37 hours per week)
Main Purpose of the Job

Ensure delivery of exhibitions that reflect York Castle Museum (YCM) vision and themes.

Deliver content for York Castle Museum’s major capital transformation that reflects the importance of both site and collections and engages a wide range of audiences.

Inspire and facilitate curatorial team to make the most of collections and site in the delivery of the Castle Museum capital transformation.

Uncover the wealth of strong personal stories and potential for visitors to have very personal experiences in their visit to York Castle Museum.

Maximise public engagement in YCM and YMT buildings and collections.

For the full job details and information on how to apply visit the YMT jobs page.

Welcome Team Assistants x 9 (temporary and casual contracts)

Salary variable depending on contract

We are looking for social, creative people who enjoy engaging with a broad range of people. You must have experience in delivering excellent, friendly customer service to a range of visitors.

You will be the vital connection between our visitors, buildings, collections, exhibition spaces, retail experience, members and friends, with up to date knowledge of YMT’s latest events and news, including what’s happening in and around York.

You will play an integral role in helping people get the very best out of their visit and work in all aspects of the operation including admission and guiding, as well as leading general/bespoke tours of the collection or exhibitions, and engaging with our online visitors via social media platforms like Twitter, Flickr and Facebook.

You must enjoy being part of a team that promotes an enthusiasm for all forms of art and culture and that proactively engages with our visitors as an advocate for our membership scheme.

If you think you have got what it takes to deliver a warm welcome to all our visitors, we encourage you to apply.

For the full job details and information on how to apply visit the YMT jobs page.

FREE Collections Trust Workshop: An introduction to SPECTRUM 5.0


13th July 2017

Education Room at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston

Arrival from 10am

10.15am – 4pm

Click here to book a place.

Have a question about museum documentation or the SPECTRUM standard?

This session will explore the basics of museum documentation, its importance and how it can be approached by different organisations. We will explore museum documentation with a focus on accountability and Accreditation. Together, we will review the SPECTRUM Primary Procedures, required for Accreditation, identifying potential actions for your organisation.

Over the past year Collections Trust have been working on a revised edition of the SPECTRUM collections management standard, following extensive consultation with the museum sector. This new edition, SPECTRUM 5.0, will be launched in June 2017. Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer for Collections Trust, will introduce key changes within this standard. This workshop will therefore be useful for those new to the topic, as well as those looking for a refresher.

We request that attendees bring examples of their organisation’s documentation and/or documentation procedural manual, for discussion during the day.

Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions and activities, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout.

This session will be led by Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer for Collections Trust. Sarah joined Collections Trust in April 2016. Originally training as a conservator, Sarah has worked in a variety of collections management and care roles across the UK, including National Museums Scotland and Powell-Cotton Museum in Kent.

As part of Collections Trust’s Arts Council England funded Activity Plan, Sarah will be delivering around 100 events across the English regions, developed in collaboration with the Museum Development Network. The programme will be varied, with themes and delivery approach responding to local needs, ranging from digitisation and copyright to documentation planning and backlogs.

Learning Objectives:

  • The role of Collections Trust
  • Collections Trust resources
  • Basic museum documentation
  • The SPECTRUM standard within the context of Accreditation
  • The SPECTRUM Primary Procedures
  • Using and applying SPECTRUM within your organisation, including documentation procedural manuals.
  • Introducing changes and updates to the SPECTRUM standard.

Medieval coinage identification training day

University of Warwick
31st May 2017, 10am-4pm

There are still places available on the Money & Medals Network’s Medieval coinage identification training day being held at the University of Warwick.

The day, led by the British Museum’s Dr Barrie Cook and Dr Gareth Williams, will be comprised of four one-hour-long sessions covering early Medieval coinage in the morning followed by post Medieval coinage in the afternoon. There will also be a session on the documentation of Medieval coinage on a museum database and a handling session where attendees will be able to put their new identification skills to the test. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about identifying Medieval coins when they are brought in for identification by the public or for general cataloguing of museum collections.

This event is FREE to attend and open to anyone working or volunteering with museum numismatic collections.

Further details can be found here: and anyone wanting to sign up should contact Dr Stanley Ireland:

“How to use EMu” training course

Places are potentially available on an EMu collections management software course to museums in the North West. See below for details:

“My name is Karen Banister and I recently started work as Documentation Officer with Lancashire County Council Museum Service. I’m interested in the two day course run by Axiell (, “How to use EMu”. As there are no plans to run this course in the North West in the near future, I’m looking at the possibility of Axiell trainers running a course in Preston for eight people, including myself. I’m trying to gauge interest first before anything is booked.

The details are:

EMu Training Course
Seven people wanted to participate in a two day course, run by Axiell trainers.
“How to use Emu” – The objective of this course is to introduce users to the EMu collections management system. On completion, trainees will know how to use EMu to perform common tasks in managing their organisation’s collection.

Location: North West. Venue with wi-fi available in Preston at Lancashire Conservation Studios. Laptops required.

Cost: £250 (to be paid by each participant)

Date: to be confirmed

Please contact Karen Banister if you are interested,