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Consultancy Opportunity: Museum Development Network



The Museum Development Network (MDN) was set up to support collaborative working across museum development services in the UK. MDN is directed by the Museum Development Committee (MDC), which is made up of representatives from each MD team.

The Museum Development Programme (MDP) in England is a programme of support for museums across the nine regions of England, promoting excellence, innovation, partnerships and organisational sustainability with the aim of helping museums to become resilient in challenging times. Each MD team has secured funding from Arts Council England (ACE) to run central programmes of development to enhance museum services based around Arts Council England’s 5 strategic goals: ACE 5 Goals

The MDC seeks to contract a Strategic Development Consultant to support the Museum Development Network (MDN) to develop a nationally cohesive programme of museum development support whilst reflecting regional differences in sector profile and sector need.

This would include working with the MDN Committee and wider network to support the development of:

  • Effective frameworks that aid collaborative working in key areas across the UK
  • A shared set of KPI’s, evaluation tools and impact measures to support the production of advocacy and state of the region reports
  • Collaborative development and delivery of support programmes where appropriate
  • National ambition statement, vision and service charter

These tasks are set firmly within the context of the DCMS Museums Review, the new Arts Council NPO funding environment and the emerging desire for a nationally cohesive MD programme with outcomes to reduce:

  • Duplication in the R&D stage of programme development
  • Duplication in online resources created
  • Lost opportunities to learn from good practice and less successful initiatives across different teams
  • Difficulties for other agencies wanting to work with MD teams, and tap into their excellent on the ground knowledge of museums in their area
  • Lack of joined up understanding of the value for money created by different programmes in different regions

MDN Strategic Development Contract

The contract fee is £10,000, starting in June 2017 and finishing in March 2018. The MDN Committee have secured funding for this contract from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation (EF) via the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) who recognise the value of Museum Development Programme (MDP) to their members, topped up by MD funding.

Required Key Skills and Tasks:

  • facilitation skills – MDN desire to develop a stronger nationally cohesive MD programme by identifying effective opportunities for collaboration and shared approaches to delivery whilst safeguarding the distinctiveness and variations across the regions to ensure local delivery is fit for purpose. These solutions are best identified through further discussion of the committee. This requires facilitation, support and structure at meetings and in collating the results of discussions and developing routes forward that collectively MDP’s can adopt.
  • Evaluation/ impact frameworks – effective shared approaches to evaluation present a key opportunity for MDN to capture the impact of MD nationally where existing delivery aligns. The development of effective shared approaches to evaluation which bring related areas of MD delivery under one national impact/evaluation framework will help MDN to present a single national picture to stakeholders and partners. This requires close collaboration across the MDP to ensure it is suitable for application for 2018-22 programmes. The contract is required to go beyond recommendations for evaluation and is required to support the implementation of the shared framework across the MDN partners. As a result of this work it is anticipated that shared key performance indicators and a more consistent and robust approach to setting targets against KPIs can be achieved.
  • Advocacy – the development of quality evaluation/impact frameworks will directly inform development of advocacy recommendations and support the implementation of a national approach to MD advocacy. The contract is required to support MDN to develop a core strategic ‘campaign’ for MD to include the development of advocacy content, to work with the MDN/MD Providers to coordinate the creation and dissemination of a number of key articles within sector journals in order to raise the profile of the MD programme, the MDN and the distinctive role of MD provision within the sector.
  • Strategic and national sector policy context – the production of the ACE Museum development Impact Evaluation Report , the DCMS Museums Review, the Museums Association (MA) Taskforce and the new ACE National Portfolio Organisation programme have generated a significant shift in the national strategic and policy context. Additional capacity is required to ensure MDN can respond to these changes and move from being on the ‘back foot’ as a consultation body into a space that is able to confidently influence policy. The unique function of MD is its ability to bring the context of the wider museum sector as one of only two programmes delivering with national coverage. Recent activity with data underpinning the MA’s annual ‘Cuts Survey’ demonstrates the potential value of MD however this value is not as widely recognised as it could be. Initial work was carried out with the MDN Committee away days however further capacity is required to implement key recommendations generated by the session and previous Paddy McNulty report.
  • Governance and structure of MDN – to carry out a review of the current MDN Committee, network governance, processes and structures in order to ensure it is fit for purpose and operates effectively, is fleet of foot and with a minimum of administration dependencies. This will build on the significant changes that the MDN Committee has undergone over the past two years though this revision has not extended to the wider network. In order to ensure the previous tasks relating to evaluation, impact and advocacy are achieved, it will be important to ensure the full MDN ‘membership’ are signed up to and engaged in the new approach to MD. MDN structures needs to consider effective mechanisms for key officers across MDN to collaborate, share and network. It is anticipated that this foundation will form the basis for future funding bids and investment to support the wider MDN and MD workforce in skills sharing and development.

Proposal to tender

The consultant’s proposal to tender should include:

  • Details of the relevant experience and competency possessed by the consultant and any other personnel who will work on the consultancy
  • Details of how they will undertake the programme of work outlined above
  • A breakdown of full costs
  • A draft timetable

The deadline for proposal submission is Friday 2nd June 2017.

The interview date is Friday 16th June, Central Manchester. Venue TBC.

Please submit your proposals to Claire Browne, Chair of MDN Committee at Claire.Browne@leics.gov.uk

Reports and information mentioned in the above brief will be supplied to the successful candidate in preparation for an initial meeting of the MDN Committee.

For further details contact:

Claire Browne, Chair of MDN Committee: Claire.Browne@leics.gov.uk

Administration and Finance Officer
Closing date: 29th January
Job type: Full time
Salary: £20,000

This is an exciting opportunity to play a crucial role in supporting the day to day running, as well as the development, sustainability and growth, of Sulgrave Manor Trust. In this role you will report to the CEO of Sulgrave Manor Trust.

Additional Information: 3-month probationary period, stakeholder pension scheme, 28 days holiday entitlement including bank holidays

Main Purpose of this Job is to assume responsibility for: 

1. Financial administration and inputting 

2. Systems related to policies and procedures 

3. General administration and tasks 

For more information and to apply for the job, please click here.

Erewash Museum: Collections Officer
Closing date: 20th January
Job type: Full time, job shares will be considered

Salary: £18,560 – £21,057 

Erewash Museum Service is looking to appoint an experienced museum professional who is enthusiastic about enabling wider access to the museum and its collections through exhibition and event programmes.

The role will have a strong focus on the development of our education and community service. The position offers an opportunity for contributing to and supporting the Museum Service Manager in developing an inspiring and quality service.

You should have a degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline and you need to be organised, enthusiastic, and flexible, self-motivated and have good team and communication skills.

For more information please click here.

Project Director – Other Stories, LGBT History Project
Closing date: 17th January
Job type: Freelance contact
Salary: £24,000

Derbyshire LGBT+ is the longest established and foremost advocate for the LGBT+ community in and around Derbyshire; representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and other communities of sexuality and sexual identity.

We have recently begun work to establish a history project and are seeking a talented, motivated and experienced individual to lead and successfully manage the project on a freelance basis.

The successful applicant will have significant project management experience and an excellent understanding of both heritage projects and the LGBT+ community.

They will be expected to devote as much time as is necessary to ensure successful delivery of the project; implementing the project plan and meeting key agreed milestones.

The successful appointee should note that the time requirement for the role is likely to vary significantly to accommodate peaks in activity (e.g. LGBT history month), however overall we estimate this to comprise an average of 2-3 days/week throughout the project period.

The project will be based at Derbyshire LGBT+ premises in Derby and involve frequent evening and weekend work in and around Derby and Derbyshire, the East Midlands and nationwide.

– Project duration – 2 years. Extension of the appointment beyond the project period will be subject to funding.

– Location – the project will be delivered from the Derbyshire LGBT+ office in Derby with activities taking place around Derby and Derbyshire requiring frequent travel around the county and beyond. The successful applicant will be expected to work from the Derbyshire LGBT+ office at least once per week.

– Remuneration – £24,000 per annum fixed fee (excluding reasonable travel and expenses).

– Application deadline – applications must be received by 9am on 17 January 2016

Applicants are requested to submit their CV together with a supporting statement outlining how they meet the criteria for the post (2 sides maximum) to Andy Brown, Chair, at AndyB@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk


Project Support Office – Lincolnshire County Council
Closing date: 15th January
Job type: Full time
Salary: £21,745 – £23,935

The project, entitled ‘Lincolnshire: Bastion in the Air’, has an opening for a Project Support Officer to work on the project management and exhibition programme related to this World War One project.

To work within own area of responsibility to develop and deliver the exhibition programme. To be responsible for the co-ordination of the touring exhibition programme creating and co-ordinating a calendar of activity by working collaboratively with partners. Be responsible for developing new partnerships and venues for the exhibition programme.

This role may support multiple projects and will require a pragmatic mind set, a commitment to delivering quality and an ability to prioritise and problem solve.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Museum Consultant – Stoke Bruerne
Closing date: 13th Jan
Job type: Freelance

An Invitation to Tender dated 22 December 2016 will be issued to Consultants and Organisations who may be interested in providing consultation services to the Canal & River Trust in scoping an informed and costed Interpretation Strategy to be used for future applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund, for the development of Stoke Bruerne Canal Corridor and a Forward Plan, to be used to apply for museum accreditation for the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum.

The project will run to 31 March 2017.

Full details are available by emailing: sarah.brown@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse – Volunteers Opportunities
Closing date: On going
Job type: Volunteer

As part of our exciting project funded by Heritage Lottery, we are looking to recruit new volunteers onto our team.

We have a range of roles on offer including:

  •  Learning volunteers
  •  Costumed interpretation
  •  Events volunteers
  •  Site maintenance

Volunteers will also get the chance to be involved with projects at the Chesterfield Canal Trust Hub in Hollingwood.

If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact Grace Escott Tebbutt.

Email: learning.barrowhill@gmail.com>

Tel: 01246 281635

Or download our leaflet: volunteer leaflet Barrow Hill

Board Member – Health and Safety: Nottingham Industrial Museum
Closing date: 20th Jan
Job type: Board Member – Volunteer

We are looking for a Board member to support/lead and execute our Health & Safety policies.

– To immediately implement the policies we have in place across the museum.

– To refresh them as and when new legislation arises.

– To advise on additional policies, considerations or areas of risk as our museum’s collection, and events schedule, develops.

– To be the first point of contact for any Health & Safety related issues or concerns.

The right candidate should have willingness to commit time for board meetings, implementing the policies in hand themselves and by delegating tasks to other volunteers.

Someone who listens well, is thoughtful in considering issues, and enjoys working with a diverse group of people.

The right candidate needs experience & knowledge of Health & Safety in the workplace (not specifically a museum, though that would be ideal), and have completed a NEBOSH / ISOSH qualification.

We are a newly formed Board, and one of the first museums in the East Midlands to be 100% volunteer-run and established as its own company, so this is a truly an exciting time to join us.

If you’re not sure it’s for you, ring us for a friendly, no commitment chat. Contact: Helen Bowen nim.marketing.comms@gmail.com

Do look at our website at  (please note its currently being upgraded)

If you’d like to apply, please send us a brief overview of your experience and skills, and why you’d like to undertake this opportunity.

Visitor Welcome Assistant – Delapre Abbey
Closing date: 20th Jan
Job type: Seasonal
Salary: £7.20ph

The Visitor Welcome team at Delapre Abbey will be the first people to meet and greet our new visitors as we open our newly restored building to the public for the first time in its 900 year old history.

Your role will be to make sure all our visitors are met with a warm welcome. You’ll mainly be working in our visitor reception or ‘Visitor Welcome’ space where you’ll be sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for Delapre Abbey and its stories and actively promoting our events and activities.

About you:

– You’ll have excellent customer service skills

– You’ll enjoy speaking to the general public, children and young people

– You’ll have some experience of working in a shop and/ or heritage environment

– You’ll have some experience of handling cash and working with tills/ EPOS systems

– You’ll also be a team player

– You’ll have a passion for history and sharing your enthusiasm with others

Further information about the Abbey and the jobs, please visit our website.

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Consultancy Opportunity: ABTEM/Arts Council England

Project Consultant Opportunity
Maximum budget £25,000
Project to be completed by March 2018

Following the completion of a Scoping project in 2015/6 and the award of further funding by Arts Council England, ABTEM now requires an experienced heritage Consultant(s) to develop guidelines for the care and operation of larger and working heritage items, including: stationary engines; industrial machinery; steam & motor road vehicles; aircraft; railway vehicles; ships; boats. A new document based on the now out-of-print and out-of date publications: ‘Standards in the Museum Care of Larger & Working Objects’ (1994); MGC ‘Larger & Working Objects: a guide to their preservation and care’ (1997); and ‘Larger & Working Objects: a guide to standards in their preservation and care’ (2009).

This project is supported by a grant from the Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund. 

For a copy of the ITQ (Invitation to Quote), please contact Steph Gillett (Project Administrator) by email steph.abtem@gmail.com.

Deadline for receipt of quotations: 13 January 2017.

Consultancy Opportunity: Link4Life

Fee: Expected to be in the region of £15,000. An additional project budget of £8,000 has also been allocated to cover activity, please see separate budget.

Deadline for Quotations: 5pm, 14th November 2016
Interviews: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Commencement: It is expected the work will commence Monday 28th November 2016


Link4Life (the Rochdale Borough-wide Cultural Trust) in partnership with M6 Theatre are inviting quotations from freelance artists, organisations and/or cultural consultants to deliver research, consultation and engagement with communities, stakeholders and the wider cultural, education and health sector relating to the Borough of Rochdale (Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and Pennines Townships).

Completion: A suitable completion date will be negotiated with the successful bidder however it is anticipated that the full project and associated activity will be completed no later than May 2017.

About Link4Life

Link4Life is the trading name of the Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust. It was established in 2007 to provide cultural and leisure services as commissioned by Rochdale Borough Council under an initial 15 year Partnership Agreement, with the option to extend for a further 5 years. It is an independent company limited by guarantee (Company No: 06052980) and a registered charity (Charity No: 1118610).

Our corporate vision is ‘Communities that are active, creative and healthy’. We aim to deliver high quality, enjoyable, affordable, accessible cultural provision in Rochdale Borough that gives residents and visitors the opportunity to lead the active, creative and healthy lifestyle of their choice. Our service areas can loosely be defined as:

– Arts and Heritage
– Entertainment
– Fitness and Health
– Sport and Leisure

Link4Life operates 13 sites in the Borough, 4 with a culture focus. These include Middleton Arena and Heywood Civic Centre (live entertainment venues), Touchstones Rochdale (Art Galleries, Museum, local studies, visitor information, and education and performance space) and the Heritage Centre (Research and care of Museum and Art collection). In addition to running venues and services, Link4Life provides strategic leadership for the arts across the Borough. This includes managing an annual investment of £150k local arts grants and representing Rochdale within AGMA (Associated Greater Manchester Authorities). It also Chairs GMMG (Greater Manchester Museums Group) and is the lead partner for the Greater Manchester Arts network.

About M6Theatre

Based at M6 Studio Theatre in Rochdale, M6 Theatre Company is one of Britain’s leading theatre companies specialising in creating and touring dynamic, high quality and relevant productions for young audiences. Their work is renowned for its deep emotional resonance and the dynamic combination of original storytelling, highly visual imagery and evocative music.

Founded in 1977, the award winning company creates and tours original theatre productions that ignite the imagination, nurture the heart and challenge the mind. Their highly acclaimed shows tour regionally, nationally and internationally to theatre venues and festivals, and locally to schools and community settings.

M6’s rich programme of touring productions includes inspiring and highly visual work for very young audiences, imaginative new dramas for older audiences and powerful short single voice plays for specific audiences.

M6 Theatre Company also runs a multi strand participatory programme working creatively with diverse groups of young people aged 8 – 18 years throughout the borough of Rochdale, empowering them to create and share their own theatre. The programme includes a host of drama and arts based activities including weekly youth theatre workshops, community outreach projects and Speechbubbles creative intervention workshops.

Background and Context

Rochdale Borough has some of the lowest arts engagement in the country and faces a number of challenges around economic conditions, health and wellbeing, cultural diversity and education which affect cultural ambition, engagement and sustainability. However, it also has strong grass roots activities, an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) M6 Theatre and a commitment by the local authority to voluntary arts grants and an active portfolio holder for Culture, Health and Wellbeing.

Our aim is to deliver a step change in artistic engagement, ambition, and investment which will increase access to cultural opportunities for our communities and capitalise upon culture as an opportunity to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for local people. Delivery of our vision requires that we not only transform our own services, but that we provide wider cultural leadership on behalf of and for Rochdale Borough Council, in partnership with the local, regional and national cultural sector.

Link4Life and M6 Theatre have together secured investment from Arts Council England through the Grants for the Arts lottery programme in order to fund this action research project. Match investment has been allocated from Link4Life from the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) section 48 Strategic Arts Grant and from M6 Theatre reserves.

Services Required

Link4Life are inviting quotations to procure consultancy services to deliver action research and consultation in the Borough of Rochdale (Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and Pennines Townships).

We want to identify an approach to the development of culture which will engage and empower local people, artists and arts organisations to be at the centre of development, curation and commissioning of high quality culture in Rochdale. We want culture to be relevant, authentic and meet the interests and needs of our communities. In order to understand better how we can achieve this aim, we are seeking to appoint an experienced freelance artist or consultant to:

  • Audit cultural activity to understand reach, strength and gaps (e.g. provision, expertise and support needs)
  • Consult with diverse communities and the least engaged with arts, to understand and define barriers
  • Engage potential local, regional and national stakeholders and partners to explore shared priorities, policy and potential investment opportunities (e.g. economic growth, education, health and social care)
  • Research relevant policies and best practise in empowering local people to develop cultural activity (e.g. Creative People and Places)
  • Identify how to develop a sustainable cultural offer in the borough including how our artists, audiences and emerging talent benefit from cultural organisations in and beyond Rochdale
  • Recommend creative projects and methodologies to test our approach and respond to key opportunities such as the Local Cultural Education Challenge, Creative Case for Diversity, Creative People and Places etc.

    We expect the successful bidder to work with a broad range of people to fully understand their views, expectation and interest in relation to culture. For example:

  • Children and Young People – engaged in culture and sport in and out of school and those not engaged in organised positive activities
  • Parents, carers, adults, older people and volunteers engaged in culture, sport, health and other third sector activities
  • Diverse and under-represented communities including people with physical and learning disabilities
  • Artists and cultural sector professionals living or working in the borough
  • Cultural organisations, locally, regionally and nationally that deliver, influence or have the potential to support cultural development in Rochdale e.g. ACE NPO’s, ACE Bridge, National Youth Music Organisations, Music Hubs, Creative People and Places Projects etc.)
  • Schools and FE including those engaged in Artsmark, Arts Award, Local Cultural Education Partnerships and working with the ACE NW Bridge ‘SLICE’ programme
  • Rochdale Borough Council (e.g. Key Elected Members and Officers responsible for regeneration, tourism, community and youth services, schools and early years)
  • AGMA and The Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Health Sector (e.g. Public Health, Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP’s, NHS Trusts and community services)
  • Local and regional businesses, employers, third sector and volunteers
  • Relevant local, regional and national funders including Arts Council England, HLF, Big Lottery etc.

For full details please see the Project Brief

Consultancy Opportunity: Cumbria Museum Directors’ Group

You are invited to submit a proposal for undertaking the following study for the Cumbria Museum Directors Group (CMDG). A written submission is to be made in accordance with the following brief.

1. Background.

The newly constituted CMDG is a body consisting of the Directors of the 22 accredited museums within Cumbria.

The aim of CMDG is to ‘support and promote the Accredited museums within Cumbria’.

The means by which it proposes to achieve these aims is through collaborative working. In particular, it proposes to focus on:

  • Developing audiences
  • Raising the profile of the museums as custodians of the cultural heritage of Cumbria
  • Influencing regional policy
  • Improving effectiveness by sharing resources
  • Acting as a vehicle for joint strategic funded projects.

The members of the group are currently the directors of:

Armitt Museum & Library The Dock Museum, Barrow The Beacon Museum Brantwood
Cumbria Museum of Military Life Helena Thompson Museum Kendal Museum
Keswick Museum
Lakeland Arts Trust
Penrith & Eden Museum
Quaker Tapestry Museum
Ruskin Museum
Senhouse Roman Museum
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Wordsworth Trust
Millom Discovery Centre
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Museum

English Heritage sites: Furness Abbey Museum, Brougham Castle
National Trust sites: Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hill Top, Townend, Wordsworth House

2. Objectives

As a newly established organisation we would like to identify ways in which we can work together focusing on audiences, stakeholders, funding opportunities and collaborative projects, in order to strengthen our collective voice and better plan for future projects. This project will achieve this by analysing existing data, facilitating consultation between museum directors and summarising the results.

Part 1:

Desk based research will include:

  • A review of other consortia projects (HIDDEN, MOC, CMC etc) and lessons learned relevant to Cumbria
  • review of MDNW regional benchmarking data for Cumbrian museums; Viewpoint data; local (and regional) tourism data and produce a SWOT analysis based on this
  • Gathering ideas for collaborative projects from members in the areas of programming; audience development; income generation; service provision; stakeholder engagement; funding provision etc
  • consideration of whether additional future Cumbria-specific information needs to be collected and collated eg AIM toolkit for assessing economic impact

Part 2:

Facilitated discussions will include:

  • presentation of results from above
  • refining potential collaboration ideas – at least 3 focus group meetings in geographically
  • diverse locations – concluding in one idea which the group would consider taking forward from each of the areas considered

Part 3:

Written PDF report including summary of the results of part 1&2 and description of final list of feasible collaborative projects.

3. Timetable

The work should begin as soon as possible after and is to be completed within three months of the start date.

4. Monitoring and Reporting

The lead member for the project is Elizabeth Kwasnik, Director at Beacon Museum. Regular verbal/email updates should be communicated to her to be agreed on award of the commission.

5. Budget & Payments

A total of £3000 is available inclusive of VAT and expenses.
50% available on completion of research; 50% on receiving final report and presentation.

6. The Proposal

Your proposal should include:
a) Your CV including previous studies undertaken
b) A methodology of how propose to meet the requirements of the brief.
c) A programme indicating key dates for undertaking the various tasks

The lead and another member of the group will shortlist candidates and may interview them if necessary. Other members of the group will have a chance to comment on applications. The lead will appoint the successful candidate.

Your proposal should be returned to Sue Mackay (Curator, Keswick Museum, and Secretary CMDG) at sue.mackay@keswickmuseum.org.uk, to arrive no later than 5pm 01.11.16. Interviews will be held if necessary on 11.11.16.

Consultancy Brief – Great Inventions: A Strategy To Increase Engagement With The Liverpool City-Region’s Museum Collections Through STEM Subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths

The museums, galleries and heritage attractions in Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens, Halton and the Wirral, as well as some of the smaller city centre venues, are filled with hidden gems and cultural treasures. Venues across the region give visitors an opportunity to learn about the more personal histories of communities and industries that have formed the region, plus the legacies of major aspects of the industrial revolution – in glass, chemicals, transport industries, medicine and engineering- and its aftermath.

With the development of the Liverpool City Region, the heritage and cultural sector is increasing its collaborative working, with the ambition to develop a strong, connected visitor offer based on this theme, which attracts more people and different people who spend longer and spend more.

The STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths – provide a ‘lens’ through which to look at the whole offer from collections, displays and interpretation to learning and public engagement. It is appropriate to the city-region to focus on this aspect of our remarkable heritage (rather than trying to look at everything) – to look backwards at the region’s scientific, medical, industrial and engineering firsts, the remarkable individuals and stories, as well as looking to the future through learning and engagement.

There is an important opportunity to demonstrate the relevance of collections and programmes to this agenda, that will hopefully, strengthen organisational resilience. There is increasing emphasis on public understanding of science, and academic institutions are under pressure to deliver public engagement with their research, particularly in relation to communication and dialogue about science, technology and engineering. There is a commitment to strengthening learning and teaching of the STEM subjects; in order to provide career options for young people, but also because they enable individuals to be active citizens in an increasingly technological society; and that STEM subjects open doors, provide options and are vital to the modern age.

The LCR arts and heritage partners want a strategy to increase engagement with the Liverpool City-region’s museum collections through the STEM agenda. The potential of their industrial heritage ranges from unforgettable visitor experiences that get close to the dramatic glass blowing in St Helens; the chemical industry in Halton; and the birthplace of railways at Rainhill; as well as looking forward to a future located in science and technology; all set in the natural environment of the Mersey Estuary. They want to draw attention to some of the remarkable individuals who had played a role in these achievements: William Lever, Port Sunlight; and William Pilkington, Pilkington Crown Glass Company, St Helens, but believe that there are many other men and women whose contribution has not yet been recognised.

This freelance project is first step that will:

  • Cast fresh eyes over our collections and sites to make an assessment of their relevance and significance in relation to STEM subjects
  • Create a picture of the achievements and stories that our collections and sites tell in relation to STEM subjects – individually and collectively

The consultant will be expected to identify and report on opportunities for:

  • Strengthening understanding of our collections;
  • Improving interpretation and display of our collections;
  • Developing a strengthened, joined up narrative, learning offer and public engagement programmes, including anniversaries, festivals and special events, that explore links between STEM, art, heritage and culture
  • Identifying funding initiatives, individually and collectively, through heritage and STEM routes
  • Developing partnerships with higher education institutions and public understanding of science/STEM agencies
  • Strengthening advocacy for the impact and significance of our offer
  • Identifying robust and appropriate evaluation approaches

As well as to work with the Steering Group and partners developing their work together in order to:

  • Strengthen the arts and heritage network, and the Cultural Conversations group as part of the Liverpool City Region.
  • Identify shared stories and themes, drawing out common threads and ideas that may become a springboard for new strands of engagement
  • Help inspire and inform discussions about the future direction and activities of the partnership
  • Identify opportunities for staff training and volunteer development to increase confidence in relation to STEM subjects
  • Identify opportunities for improving the communications, marketing and delivery of our offer in relation to new audiences

They will be required to produce:

  • A report with recommendations presented to the Steering Group
  • Briefing and facilitated discussion with Steering Group to prioritise next steps
  • Report summary that can be used for advocacy and press purposes

This contract is to start in early January 2017 at the latest and be completed by 31st March 2017. The consultant is to be contracted by the Wirral Museums Service; and will work closely with the LCR arts & heritage Steering Group

The fee for this contract will be up to £4000 + VAT total fee including all travel costs and expenses.

To apply, please send or email your CV, plus a covering letter (up to 2 pages) the names and contact details for two referees must be included. Applications must be sent to Emma Anderson, Director, The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB; emma.anderson@sefton.gov.uk.

Applications must be received by noon on 2nd November 2016. Late applications cannot be considered.

If you have any queries about this research brief please do not hesitate to contact Emma on 0151 934 2322; 07971 033 275



Consultancy Opportunity: Wigan Archive & Local Studies

Wigan Archive & Local Studies are seeking to appoint a consultant to work on elements of the development phase of our Regenerating Wigan Archives Project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The consultant will be engaged to work on the following areas: interpretation/exhibition principles for our new archives/museum exhibition space; activity planning; public consultation and engagement. The consultant will also participate in the project governance and provide due diligence for the final HLF submission. 

To obtain full details of the brief and tender request documentation, please contact me at a.miller@wigan.gov.uk or on 01942 404 430.

Basic information on the project can be found here: http://www.wigan.gov.uk/regenerationproject 


Consultancy Opportunity: Hadrian’s Cavalry Project

Arts Learning Coordinator Brief

A consultant/specialist is required to coordinate an arts learning programme as part of the Hadrian’s Cavalry exhibition – 8 April 2017 – 10 September 2017.

The Arts Learning Coordinator will manage the delivery of ten art works with school, youth or community groups for display at exhibition venues. The art works will be inspired by the exhibition themes and content. The art works will go on display at each venue or another nearby venue for the duration of the exhibition.

Participating venues include:

  • Arbeia Roman fort and Museum, South Shields
  • Segedunum Roman fort and Museum, Wallsend
  • Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Corbridge Roman Town and Museum , Corbridge
  • Chesters Roman Fort and Museum, Chollerford
  • Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum, Bardon Mill
  • Vindolanda Museum and Roman Fort, Bardon Mill
  • Roman Army Museum, Greenhead
  • Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle
  • Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport

Hadrian’s Cavalry Funded by Arts Council England, Hadrian’s Cavalry aims to:

  • Achieve a step change in the number and length of stay of visitors to Hadrian’s Wall over the course of the exhibition developing new and existing audiences, encouraging cross-site and multi-site visits;
  • Generate opportunities to inspire visitors to go beyond the in-situ exhibitions and discovery the historic landscapes in which the Roman Cavalry operated;
  • Create a legacy for the Wall in terms of an increased awareness of it as a visitor destination nationally and internationally, and in particular of the variety and quality of offer available;
  • Demonstrate the ability of the Wall venues to work in a cohesive manner to promote and celebrate the World Heritage Site, developing and sharing collective customer information, knowledge, experience and expertise and building resilience;
  • Deliver an international scale exhibition and associated events programme across 10 museums, raising public awareness and understanding of the role of Roman cavalry, their multicultural origins, their status and significance at the heart of the Empire;
  • Reinforce the Hadrian’s Wall element of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site as rooted in excellence: in scholarship, interpretation and accessibility;
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and resources of the participating museums, creating lasting legacies through partnership working, marketing, film and digital media, interpretive and learning programmes.

    The Hadrian’s Cavalry project is taking place at sites and venues within the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, part of the transnational Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, and Hadrian’s Wall Country.

    For more information please see the full brief.

Consultancy Opportunity: The Atkinson

Developing Inclusion at The Atkinson
Freelance Consultant
Commission Brief
September 2016 – March 2017

Background Information

The Atkinson has been awarded funding through the Arts Council’s Museum Resilience funding to establish new business models and sources of funding to strengthen our delivery of health and

wellbeing engagement programmes. We have been developing new approaches and models of service delivery and relationships to access new sources of funding, in order to create a powerful case for giving for funding from trusts and foundations.

We have recently completed the first phase of a Children & The Arts Start Programme, where we tested new ways of working with children with special educational needs including autism, working with three schools, and for some this has been the first time they have undertaken a school visit of any kind. Through this initial partnership we have worked with SEN children and schools, visiting our theatres and galleries, where they have had the chance to take part in ambitious creative activities – very different from what they can do in school. There were challenges but we had very positive feedback too: “We really value the experience of working with an artist in a different setting and it is important for our children to broaden their experiences and interests”.

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Consulantcy Opportunity: Saltaire Stories – Past, Present and Future

Saltaire World Heritage Education Association (SWHEA) is a newly formed educational charity working to promote learning in Saltaire World Heritage Site. The Trustees of SWHEA have received a Development Phase Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Heritage Grant’ for a c£300,000 Saltaire Stories project. This exciting project will review the existing Saltaire Archive to make it accessible in a variety of formats online, as loan boxes and as mobile exhibitions. Learning resources will be produced to support the 4 Key Stages, FE/HE courses of study and informal learning.  The project will promote the use of Saltaire World Heritage Site as a “world classroom” and will train volunteers in skills such as conservation, archive management and engagement with education/tourism organisations.

 The Development Phase will scope the learning potential of the Archive and build up contacts through which the Archive can be promoted.  This will involve working with an Archive Consultant to identify priority learning themes which will respond to the needs of formal and informal learners.  Consultation with volunteers and education providers will be necessary to test the themes using a small number of sample materials for trialling. At the end of the consultancy a costed outline learning delivery plan will be presented showing how the identified themes could be used in specific learning settings. 

.An experienced and qualified professional from the education, heritage or library sector is sought with a track record of working with schools, colleges and alongside a team of volunteers. You must be very organised and focussed on our objectives, a ‘self-starter’ and able to communicate effectively with senior education professionals, digital media experts and historical researchers. We need you to be able to produce timely, succinct and costed reports to feed into our Delivery Phase Bid to HLF due by the end of November. Experience of relevant HLF projects is also desirable.

 The Trustees have a total budget of £4,000 to support this work (including all out of pocket expenses). The work has already been allocated into 16 days, however the detailed work programme and timing of the work will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate. Payment will be staged with 10% withheld pending satisfactory completion of documents for a Delivery Phase bid.  The successful candidate needs to be able to start by 1st May and deliver final reports by the end of September 2016. The successful consultant will be expected to meet Trustees in Saltaire as often as is necessary. The Trustees will provide a point of contact and all documents should be prepared in accessible electronic format.

 More detail about the Saltaire Stories Project can be given to those considering Expressing Interest – please contact Molly Kenyon on 01274 593585 or Helen Thornton on 01274 435319. Expressions of interest should be in email format or as a WORD attachment and be a covering letter and CV. You should cite successful projects you have been involved in and which could provide references..

 Deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is 5pm on Monday 29th February 2016 emailed to saltairestories@gmail.com. Please state if you require acknowledgement. Interviews will be held in the afternoon of 22nd and 23rd March.