Tagged: Freelance

Freelance Opportunity: Museum Development Yorkshire

Visitor Experience Consortium

Museum Development Yorkshire are looking for a contractor to manage their region wide Visitor Experience Consortium. The contractor will be expected to work with the MDO team and consortium museums to:

  • assign visits
  • ensure museums are adequately briefed
  • quality check reports
  • distribute reports to museums.

The project will run from April 2018 to March 2019.

For a detailed brief email alan.bentley@ymt.org.uk or for an informal discussion about the project call Alan Bentley on 07595 609782.


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: visitenglandattractions@theaa.com 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
Email: visitenglandattractions@theaa.com

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

Consultancy Opportunity: The Corinium Museum

Commercial Hire Consultant

The Corinium Museum has been awarded funding from the Arts Council England Resilience Fund to create a commercial strategy.

The strategy is part of a larger project entitled ‘Beyond Corinium’ which aims to radically transform the current museum website, create a strong museum brand identity, identify the most effective and efficient ways of maximising the existing building spaces to improve commercial capacity, and develop the workforce to enable the delivery of a new commercial strategy.

To do this we are looking to appoint a business and planning consultancy to produce a strategic plan for the existing building spaces.

Budget and timescale

The total budget for the work is £5,000 + VAT. The budget will include consultancy, research and analysis, and final strategy and action plan. The commercial strategy must be completed by the end of March 2018.

How to apply

Please download the Commercial Hire Strategy Brief

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 9th February 2018.


For further information and to make a submission please contact the key contact Amanda Hart, Museum Director:

Tel: 01285 655611

Email: amandahart@slm-ltd.co.uk

Resilient Freelancing: A Museum Freelance Network event for freelancers, by freelancers

Monday 12 March 2018
London Canal Museum
10:30 – 16:15

Join other museum freelancers for this insightful, valuable and practical day of training and networking, aimed at freelancers working across all disciplines in the museums and heritage sector and those considering embarking on a freelance career.

Speakers will explore key future challenges and opportunities that no museum freelancer will be able to ignore; the tools and techniques that are useful in helping freelancers balance their working lives and ultimately find time to do things other than work; a client’s point of view about what clients look for in freelancers; how freelancers can be more effective in relating to others; and ideas and inspiration to break the cycle of trading time for services delivered, create regular recurring work, and increase your value to your clients.

There will also be bitesize talks from freelancers as they share what tools, tips and lessons have made them resilient, and an optional social session at the end of the day.

For the full programme and to book please click here.

Early bird rate until 15 December: £70, after which tickets are £90. There are 3 free spaces with travel expenses paid for – for more information and to apply click here.

Freelance Opportunity: Gallery Oldham

Freelance Museums & Schools Learning Assistant
Fee £12,000

The Freelance Museums & Schools Learning Assistant would be expected to;

  • Complete school bookings received by telephone and email
  • Book freelance artists and educators
  • Liaise with finance staff to raise invoices and purchase orders
  • Meet and greet schools coming to Gallery Oldham on visits and assist with signing in procedures
  • Take photographs of sessions where permissions have been obtained
  • Collate schools visitor figure data onto excel spreadsheet
  • Collate schools evaluation data
  • Create leaflets and posters where appropriate and check and replenish stock in house
  • Market schools offer via council First Class, Gallery Oldham website, social media platforms, print and conference stands
  • Assist with design of schools resources
  • Attend Team briefs to keep wider team up to date with school bookings
  • Assist learning staff in keeping the Education Suite tidy and ordering supplies
  • Any other administrative duties as required
  • Any other duties commensurate with level of responsibility

Essential Skills

  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Experience of Excel
  • Experience of Word
  • Experience of Publisher
  • Experience of Power point
  • Excellent communication skills verbally and in print

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of photography
  • Experience of social media
  • Experience of working in a busy office environment
  • Experience of working with schools

This is a six months, full time, freelancer position based at Gallery Oldham

Application is by submitting a CV and covering letter to Joy Thorpe by Sunday 22nd October.

Interviews will be held at Gallery Oldham on Monday 30th October.


Freelance Opportunity: Sefton Library Service

Beyond the War Memorials – the stories behind the men listed on Sefton’s Civic War Memorials.

Freelance Researcher – £4250 + VAT – total fee including all travel costs and expenses

This is a Fixed Term Opportunity for a 4month period, completed over 17 days’ work delivered flexibly as required.

We are looking for an enthusiastic freelance researcher  who has the skills, experience and enthusiasm to undertake a piece of research on Sefton’s Civic War memorials.

You will research and write the history of the 11 civic war memorials in Sefton with a view to this being published on a website.

Working with volunteers and schools, you will find the stories behind the names on the war memorials including personal stories before the war, military records, manner and time of death. Where available, you will collate photographs and addresses of the fallen.

You will run a series of educational sessions with schools about the research being undertaken.

You will create a training plan to equip volunteers with the skills and knowledge to support the research with children.

Working with a web designer, you will support the collation of information and development of a website and digital map

Previous experience and knowledge of researching First World War records is desirable.

Closing Date: 12 noon, 06 Oct 2017

For the research brief please click here.

To request background information, make project enquiries and to submit your application please contact:

Dave Ewing – Senior Development Manager, Information and Heritage, Sefton Library Service, C/O Crosby Library Crosby Road North, Waterloo. L22 0LQ 0151 934 4890 dave.ewing@sefton.gov.uk

Consultancy Opportunity: People’s History Museum

Digital Policy and Plan

People’s History Museum (PHM) are seeking to appoint a consultant/consultancy to research, develop and write a Digital Policy and Plan for the PHM in Manchester.

Funded through Arts Council England Resilience.

Please visit the People’s History Museum website for more information. 

Proposal deadline: Friday 15 September 2017

Freelance Opportunity: Queen Street Mill Textile Museum and Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Project Title: Options Appraisal for Queen Street Mill Textile Museum and Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Status:   Freelance Contract: October – December 2017 (3 months)

Fee: up to £20,000 inclusive of all costs (funded by the Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund awards to Lancashire County Council and the Higher Mill Museum Trust).

Payment schedule to be agreed.

Reporting to: Ian Watson, Libraries, Museums and Registrars Manager, Lancashire County Council

Location: Most meetings will be held in Preston, Lancashire 

Queen Street Mill Museum (QSM) and Helmshore Textile Mill Museum (HTM) closed to the public on 30 September 2016 as part of a wider range of budget savings implemented by the County Council.

Budget proposals for the whole of the County Council were published in November 2015 and included the withdrawal of revenue funding to 5 museums (including QSM and HTM) from 31 March 2016 (Appendix 1). An Expression of Interest (EoI) process was conducted between December 2015 and January 2016 to seek to identify suitable groups or organisations to which the County Council could transfer one or more museums. This resulted in at least 2 EoIs for each of the 5 museums. In addition, discussions were held between the County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and English Heritage about the budget proposal for museums.

The County Council decided that a full application process should be conducted to ensure that sustainable proposals were able to be considered. Since that process would take several months, it was decided that all 5 museums should remain open to the public until 30 September 2016 to maintain each museum as a “going concern” prior to transfer to a new operator. A Cabinet Working Group on Museums was formed to maintain an oversight of the museum transfer process and met frequently throughout the 2016.

From 1 October 2016, the County Council has implemented a “care and maintenance” regime tailored to the needs of each museum building and the collections that they contain. These regimes have been continued and will remain in place until each museum is transferred to a new operator or – if there is no transfer – a decision is made about the future of each remaining museum.

The application process and evaluation of submitted applications resulted in 3 “preferred applicants” being identified for 3 of the 5 museums. Negotiations have been underway with each of those organisations working towards a formal transfer later in 2017. Those organisations are being aided by tailored support packages funded by Arts Council England through the Museum Resilience Fund for a County Council project called “Waving Not Drowning”.

No completed applications were submitted for 2 museums (QSM and HTM) but discussions have been held about the future of both museums with Arts Council England, English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Trust and Historic England and are currently on-going.

The development of an options appraisal for both museums has been identified as the next step and a Project Steering Group has been created involving the County Council and the Higher Mill Museum Trust.

The County Council established a Cabinet Working Group on Museums in July 2017 to oversee the future of the Council’s involvement with museums. The terms of reference are attached (Appendix 4) and the outcome of the options appraisal will be reported to the Cabinet Working Group as part of the County Council’s decision making process.

Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund

The County Council submitted a successful project – “Waving Not Drowning (WND)” – to ACE based on supporting each of the 5 museums that closed to the public on 30 September 2016. The groups that are working towards taking responsibility for 3 of the 5 museums are receiving tailored packages of support to enable them to become sustainable organisations. The funding cannot be used to cover running costs of museums.

The total project budget for WND is £162,000 and ACE has agreed to the County Council using part of the project budget to fund an options appraisal for the 2 museums that are not subject to any transfer negotiations.

The Higher Mill Trust also submitted a successful bid to the Museum Resilience Fund for “Trust in the Future” and has also received agreement from ACE to use part of their funding to contribute towards a joint options appraisal of Helmshore and Queen Street Mill museums.

The Higher Mill Museum Trust has been in existence since 1968. It exists to preserve, protect and ensure the survival of a unique woollen mill within the Helmshore Mills Textile Museum complex. The Trust is predominantly made up of current and retired textile professionals and heritage supporters. As a group they have collected artefacts, working machinery and other ephemera relating to the early Lancashire textile industry.

The Trust is keen to secure a sustainable future for its collection, building and history. They are anxious to ensure their collection and museum are made ready to play a full part in the future of the combined site, to ensure the history is understood and shared with the public. To achieve this state of preparedness and involvement it is working to convert its vision into realisable plans for the museums’ improvement.

Significance of Helmshore Mill Textile Museum and Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

This national and international significance of Queen Street Mill and Helmshore has been confirmed by the Historic England in an assessment of each mill that was shared with the County Council on 30 June 2017.

Background Information

Attached are information packs for each of the museums (Appendices 2 and 3). These were compiled in mid-2016 and given to all organisations expressing an interest in each museum. They consist of a broad range of property, financial and performance information. Further information may be requested as necessary.

The options appraisal consultant will:

  1. Review, research and collate information based on:
  • Visitor numbers to the site – historic pattern, numbers from comparator sites, potential for growth etc.
  • Potential for corporate hire/use – drawing in information from local market context and comparator venues
  • Potential for business/incubation units – including space requirement and evidence from comparators
  • Potential for other income-generating activity on the site
  • Advice on broad operational costs for the site
  • An overview of comparator sites to see what lessons could be drawn from those
  • Overview of opportunities in the local/regional area, based on research of strategic context
  • Review of what local community needs/wishes might be for the sites
  1. Facilitate and produce a report from a strategic workshop with representatives from the Higher Mill Museum Trust, LCC, Historic England, Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust, Marketing Lancashire and other potential strategic partners and stakeholders.
  2. Produce Stage One Report
    • The report will be submitted to the Project Steering Group and should outline all viable options together with a recommendation as to which options should be developed as fully costed options in Stage Two. The Project Steering Group will confirm which, if any, options will be considered at Stage Two.
    • It will outline a long list of options identifying advantages and disadvantages resulting in the minimum on-going revenue cost to the County Council.
    • Viable options based on the two museums operating together can be included.
    • The options should identify those that result in either nil cost or the lowest annual costs to Lancashire County Council – accepting that there may need to be one-off costs involved in any transition or transfer.
    • Options for continued operation by the County Council as museums should be included but identified at the lowest possible annual cost to the County Council.
    • Options for continued operation as museums by specified alternative operators should be included but identified at the lowest possible annual cost to the County Council.
    • Options for the viable future of each building – whether or not as museums – should be identified whether or not under the ownership or operation of the County Council.
    • The report should be produced within 6 weeks of the contract being awarded.


  1. Produce Stage Two Report
    • Fully costed information on the shortlisted options will need to be developed for final consideration by the County Council and the Higher Mill Trust. Options will need to identify financial, legal and regulatory implications and key risks.
    • The report will need to be submitted to the Project Steering Group within 12 weeks of the contract being awarded.

To apply:

For an informal discussion and to request the appendices, please contact Ian Watson via email – ian.watson@lancashire.gov.uk

Please send a proposal outlining how you will deliver the contract, submitted electronically by email to Ian Watson (ian.watson@lancashire.gov.uk) by 5pm Friday 8th September 2017

Proposals should be no longer than 6 sides of A4 and include:

  • Proposal outlining how you would approach the contract
  • Methodology and timescales
  • Relevant experience
  • CV for the consultant(s), days allocated to the project and daily rates
  • Two referees

Freelance Opportunity: Curious Minds

Researcher for LCEP Evaluation

From Curious Minds:

We’re looking for an experienced researcher with knowledge of participative evaluation practice, to support the evaluation of the Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP). 

We need your help to capture and tell the story of the LCEP so far by:

  • Undertaking broad ranging stakeholder consultation and data analysis to create an evaluation framework and evidence base of qualitative and quantitative outcomes across all LCEP activity
  • Working with LCEP partners to review current approaches to measuring the positive impact on learning when children and young people have participated in arts and cultural activities
  • Producing a final report and recommendations that can be used to communicate and celebrate the achievements of the LCEP to funders and other stakeholders, and to inform future planning and impact assessment

The value of the contract is up to £5000 and the deadline for applications is Monday 17 July.

For the full brief and details of how to apply, please visit our vacancies page.

Freelance Opportunity: My Primary School is at the Museum

Research brief

At the heart of the My Primary School is at the Museum concept is a symbiotic strategy to place school classes within museums and galleries for extended periods, potentially leading to co-location. An innovative project was developed by King’s College London to test the hypothesis that there may be beneficial learning, social and cultural outcomes for primary school children and their families when a significant portion of their learning takes place in a museum setting, as well as demonstrating the benefits for museums. Groups of pupils from two primary schools and a nursery, from Tyne & Wear, Swansea and Liverpool, were based at their local museum for up to a term between January and June 2016. Further information on the project is available here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/SchoolsinMuseums.

In order to build on these initial pilots and move the concept forwards, we are looking for a researcher to support us in the following work to gather evidence in support of the education and community benefits of museum/arts based learning, as well as the potential economic benefits of co-location of a whole school and a museum or gallery.

Part I. Desk-based research

  • Identify sources of information (policy reports, sector publications, published research studies) that address aspects related to museum-school partnerships with a particular focus on the benefits of extended exposure to museums and cultural experiences; and also address the innovative delivery of broad aspects of the school curriculum in museum settings.
  • Gather relevant and robust case studies (published articles, or evaluation reports, also known as ‘grey’ literature) from the above review.
  • Compile potential ‘arguments’ to support greater museum-school partnerships. Such arguments may be in the form of research evidence indicating cognitive or social/behavioural gains on the part of the audience; financial reports indicating cost efficacies of co-location; etc.

The emphasis for the above is very much on ‘mapping’ and identifying what sorts and sources of information are available (or equally, unavailable).

Estimated time frame: 5 days.

Part II. Analysis of case studies

  Following the identification of case studies as part of the scoping exercise, this task involves synthesising the findings/experiences of various initiatives into a coherent whole such that insights and recommendations may be drawn out.

  • Collate and summarise case studies and gather more information if necessary to build complete data set which collectively encompasses the impacts of formal curriculum delivery in a museum setting (we currently envisage around 8 – 12 case studies).
  • Compare and contrast experiences and lessons learnt.
  • Develop recommendations/insights for the broader field, and for the development of the project, My primary school is at the Museum.

Estimated time frame: 5 days

We envisage the same researcher taking on both parts I and II.

Timeframe: the work is to be completed by 1 September 2017.

Reporting to: Dr Heather King, School of Education, Communication & Society, King’s College London and Kate Measures, Heritage Insider Ltd.

Fee: The role will be remunerated at £120/day for doctoral students or £140/day for post-docs, including London weighting.

Apply by: CV and cover email to Steven McEvoy, Innovation Coordinator, Cultural Institute at King’s College London, steven.mcevoy@kcl.ac.uk, by Monday 10 July.