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Job Opportunity: Manchester Museum

Do you love food, working with the community, having conversation and bringing people and ideas together? Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund,

We have an incredibly exciting opportunity to work with the Museums teams and a fascinating mix of community leaders, Community champions and organisations, educators, artists and performers, faith leaders and business people to take our South Asia gallery forward. If you are creative, entrepreneurial and enthusiastic with an understanding of South Asian history and culture, and have project management experience and a love of food we would like to hear from you.

Manchester Museum is transforming, hello future is our vision for the museum to become the UKs most inclusive, imaginative and caring museum in the UK; committed to building understanding between cultures and a sustainable world. This will mean more opportunities for learning, civic and social action, joy and wonder. We are building new world class exhibition spaces including a South Asia gallery and we have the opportunity to be part of this exciting journey.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the black and minority ethnic (BME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.  All appointments will be made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:
Andrea Winn – Andrea.Winn@manchester.ac.uk

General enquiries:
hrservices@manchester.ac.uk / 0161 275 4499

Technical support:
universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk / 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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


Job Opportunity: Manchester Museum

We have an incredibly exciting opportunity to make Museums more engaging for young people. The Our Shared Cultural Heritage City Project Coordinator will work with Manchester Museum and the British Council to support the development of young people to deliver project activity. This activity will amplify the voices of South Asia diaspora young people and their peers in Museums and beyond. The project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Kick the Dust programme which aims to improve how the heritage and youth sectors work together to better provide for young people across the UK.

Manchester Museum is transforming, hello future is our vision for the museum to become the UKs most inclusive, imaginative and caring museum, committed to building understanding between cultures and a sustainable world. This will mean more opportunities for learning, civic and social action, joy and wonder. We are building new world class exhibition spaces including a South Asia gallery and this new role will contribute to this exciting journey.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the black and minority ethnic (BME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.  All appointments will be made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

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

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Anna Bunney – anna.bunney@manchester.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 306 1581

General enquiries:

0161 275 4499

Technical support:

0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Job Opportunity: The National Trust

Visitor Experience Officer
Salary – £17,364 pa
Location – Hilltop, Ambleside
Permanent p/t (1750 hrs py)
Closing date: Sunday 27th January 
Ref: IRC73441

From the National Trust:

Have you got fantastic customer service skills? Are you a creative individual who has a passion for marketing and communications? We’d love you to bring your skills to the biggest conservation charity in Europe. With engaging stories to tell, there’s always something to share with our visitors, and it will be you job to make sure we’re doing that all year round.

Please note this a key representative role and staff accommodation will be provided.

As a Visitor Experience Officer, you’ll be responsible for the delivery of effective interpretation and engaging programming to deliver a year round offering of events at the property. Working alongside the Visitor Experience Manager, you’ll develop engaging and meaningful interpretation that can teach, move and inspire our visitors.

Understanding how and why we engage our supporters is key. Working with our spirit of place, you’ll work with the visitor welcome team to link everything we do back to our cause and the on-going work we do. You’ll deliver high standards of presentation at the property, and ensure all our communications with our visitors, from the first click on the website, to the posters and signs around the property are clear and consistent. As a champion of exceptional visitor experiences, you’ll join a high performing team and will regularly be involved in the duty management rota helping run the visitor operation.

To deliver this role successfully, you’ll need to have:

  • A flexible customer focused approach, with high standards of customer service
  • Excellent people skills, enabling strong relationships, both externally and internally
  • Experience of working to multiple deadlines and managing own workload
  • Outstanding organisation and planning skills, and a good eye for detail
  • Understanding of the aims and ethos of the National Trust
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • A hard working approach, be committed and a team player
  • Strong IT skills – Microsoft Office, as well as web and social media applications
  • Experience of producing interpretation, marketing or promotional material
  • Knowledge of relevant Health & Safety procedures 

For further information and to apply, click here.

Tender Opportunity: Catalyst Science Discovery Centre

From Catalyst:

We are looking to engage an experienced, innovative evaluator to work with us on a major project funded by the Wellcome Trust and BEIS.

Background to Catalyst:

Founded as a celebration of the global chemical industry starting in the area, Catalyst is a small independent charity attracting visitors through a clear focus on science. We offer a wide range of STEM activities for all ages, including school workshops, family events, Science Clubs, lectures and sleepovers in the Observatory, with our interactive gallery, Scientrific, being one of the main attractions. Located in one of the most deprived boroughs in the country (27th: IMD 2015), Catalyst is embedded in the local economy, with regular visitors and programmes aimed at encouraging new groups. Critical sponsorship from local science industries enables Catalyst to offer occasional free/subsidised visits to groups of children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the excitement of science.

Catalyst has developed a Vision for the future aimed at completely rejuvenating the site. Inspiring Science Fund funding has provided the impetus to accelerate the step change we seek, bolstering existing audiences and establish Catalyst as the destination jewel in the crown of the North West.

The Inspiring Science Fund Project:

Catalyst is on the cusp of a dramatic cultural change. We are in receipt of a grant of £754,000 from the Wellcome Trust and BEIS’s Inspiring Science Fund to deliver a complete refresh of our science offer. This funding will be matched in order to deliver a £1million+ scheme.

We have a vision to enhance the social value of the centre and use informal science learning to attract and meet the needs of our underserved and under-represented target audiences;

  • Those experiencing mental health difficulties through ground-breaking research and partnerships with Liverpool John Moores University and mental health charity MIND.
  • Adults who are isolated, who have physical or learning difficulties, or who have dementia.
  • Schoolchildren from the 10 most disadvantaged schools in the Borough; to inspire a generation of scientists who feel that Catalyst is their centre.

This is the start of our journey to become a true community facility, supported by staff, volunteers, Trustees and important local stakeholders. Based in one of the nation’s most deprived boroughs, a new community outreach post will promote and co-ordinate community engagement. Catalyst’s Community Focus Groups are leading the re-design process to ensure the infrastructure solution to deliver our ambition is exceptional:

  • Multi-purpose performance “space” in our renovated Theatre, facilitating public “whizz-bang” science shows, community groups’ meetings and STEAM performances.
  • Scientifically literate, hands-on gallery for intergenerational learning; exhibits designed as platforms of discovery where visitors can engage with phenomena in an open-ended way.
  • Renewed Education Studios for inspirational workshops.
  • “Wow” entrance/café/ shop space that allows free public access to taster exhibits; a destination for conferences, community events, pop-up exhibitions or just a coffee.

The Brief:

We are looking for a highly experienced evaluator to undertake an ongoing and comprehensive evaluation of our Inspiring Science Fund scheme. The evaluator will be involved throughout the delivery and completion of the scheme to August 2020. Creative or innovative methodological approaches that help empower beneficiaries and disseminate learning to drive cultural change are welcomed alongside traditional approaches.


  • Project fee of up to £20,000 including VAT
  • Reasonable additional expenses (e.g. travel) to be negotiated at contract stage
  • Additional budget may be available for dissemination and/or innovative evaluation methods

For the full brief click here.

Consultancy and Freelance Opportunities

Cheshire East Museums
Contract amount – £5,000
Deadline – Friday 25th January

Project Aim

A consortium of three independent Accredited museums and one non-Accredited organisation, based within the Cheshire East Unitary Authority, require support to identify joint approaches to improving shared collection understanding, management and conservation.


With grant funding from Museum Development North West, we are seeking to appoint a consultant, who will, support the four participating institutions, Nantwich Museum. Macclesfield Museums, Middlewich Heritage Trust and Congleton Museum to deliver their project ‘Protect to Inspire’.

Project Overview

The consultant will be required to work with each participating organisation to:-

  • identify their key collecting themes, emphasising where there is both synergy and diversity;
  • review collection management and recording processes to identify good practice, which can be shared, and establish areas for further development;
  • review and establish the skill set currently available within each institution;
  • develop a skill matrix for the effective management and conservation of the collections which will be shared across the group;
  • identify current and future skill development and training issues and support the development of strategies necessary to resolve them;
  • identify joint conservation issues and support the development of individual and collective conservation plans;
  • identify key issues which could become the basis for future joint procurement and the commissioning of services

Time Scale

The work on this project to be undertaken within the time period 1st March to 30th September 2019.

For the full project brief, click here.

Yorkshire and Humberside Fed
Maximum fee: £2,000
The FED are looking for a talented and dedicated freelance administrative professional who will support the administration of the FED’s membership scheme, provide marketing and social media support for their events and training courses, ensure their communications are up to date (including our newsletter and website) and oversee the administration of their programme of training courses and social events across the year.

They have an absolute maximum of £2000 for the delivery of this tender and expect this to be delivered over a twelve month period from appointment. This is a new post for the FED and they will trial it for one year to assess how it works.

For more details and how to apply please contact admin@yhfed.org.uk.

Deadline for applications: 17:00 on Friday 25th January.

Oral History Specialist, Out of Town Museum Project (Bailiffgate Museum)
Deadline: Monday 21st January

The Out of Town Museum is a new project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, that will celebrate the rural heritage of the Upper Coquet Valley. The project will collect local memories, voices, artefacts and photographs in order to preserve these in perpetuity and to celebrate them as unique features of the areas local heritage. The Out of Town museum will focus on the heritage of getting ‘oot and aboot’ with particular interest in the journeys, routes and the stories they tell.

They are seeking a freelance oral history specialist to support delivery of the project and the role will include:

  • Providing oral history training to volunteers
  • Supporting volunteers to collect and record oral histories
  • Reviewing all oral history records and preparing them for archive within the
  • Northumberland Archive held at Woodhorn Museum and a new Bailiffgate online facility
  • Updating the OOT website and uploading information and oral history

Further information is available here and via their website here.

Job Opportunity: Thackray Medical Museum

Co-Producer and Community Champion
Salary – £22,000 p.a
Contract – 31 months fixed term
Full-time position

The Thackray Medical Museum is looking for an exceptional, imaginative individual who has a passion for diversity and who loves working with people. We want everyone to engage with the passion and purpose of medicine and healthcare so that each individual and community can become active participants in helping to shape a healthier and happier future. Our Co-producer and Community Champion will be a key role in helping us to establish lasting and meaningful relationships to ensure our diverse communities are represented throughout the museum’s work and through the co-creation of exhibits, collections and events.

Two major projects with funding from HLF and Wellcome Trust to redevelop our galleries and deliver an exciting activity plan have given us the chance to make a real difference to the way communities are represented in the museum. Through your work, you will help drive this change through:

  • Building strong, lasting and meaningful relationships with diverse local community and professional organisations, creative partners and community groups
  • Develop, manage and deliver co-created projects with communities – including displays, collecting initiatives and public programmes
  • As part of the wider Engagement team, actively advocating for diversity within the museum, helping to identify and facilitate opportunities to increase the diversity of all our work
  • Support the museum’s existing Access and Youth Advisory panels and establish new community advisory groups as required
  • Develop and deliver a programme of community outreach during the closure of the museum for refurbishment and plan for the integration of outreach participants into our on-going programme of activities

    First and foremost, we want you to have the motivation and people skills to make community engagement productive and positive for everyone involved. You will have a really strong understanding of diversity – of the benefits it offers; how it can best be achieved; the tenacity to drive the case for it and the charm to win hearts and minds. It would be great if you had the experience of doing this in a museum or cultural context – in any case, it will be important that you have the experience of working with multiple stakeholders. Previous work with artists, designers or creative teams would also be an advantage.

For the full details see the Co-Producer and Community Champion Job Description

Applications available from Sue Mackay sue.mackay@thackraymuseum.org

Deadline for applications 5pm 9th January

Interviews Tuesday 15th January

Job Opportunity: SHARE Museums East

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


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

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

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

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

Consultancy Opportunity: The University of Nottingham Museum

The University of Nottingham Museum wishes to work with a nationally recognised museum consultant in order to provoke objective discussion and challenge thinking and working methods. The consultancy will:

1)      Undertake a Review of the Museums work

2)      Examine the role of the Museum within the University and wider regional and national Museum sector

3)      Explore and demonstrate different strategies for its continued sustainable development within the University aligning to internal and external strategies

For full brief and application process click here.

Closing date: Monday 10th December; Interview date: afternoon of Tuesday 18th December

Work to be completed by 1 March 2019

Resources: 23 days at £500 plus VAT per day. To include consultation in Nottingham and with other regional and national partners/stakeholders; desk based research; report writing and delivery to Boards. Separate budget for travel, accommodation and work with focus groups.

Application: Letter and CV emailed to Dr Clare Pickersgill (Museum Keeper): clare.pickersgill@nottingham.ac.uk

Job Opportunity: Wigan Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

About us: In Customer Services we focus on our customers and understand their needs. We make change happen through the innovative thinking embodied by ‘The Deal’, redesigning services and recognising areas for improvement. As the first point of contact we are the ‘face’ of the council and pride ourselves on a right first time approach for our customers.

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

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

For informal discussions please contact Georgina Bentley (georgina.bentley@wigan.gov.uk) on 01942 828600.

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

For more information see the Job Specification

Consultancy Opportunities: Hull Minster & British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Hull Minster
Opportunity to Tender for HLF Heritage Project

Thanks to National Lottery players, Hull Minster has received a £97,000 Resilient Heritage Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Following two years of exciting changes at the Minster, with a remodelled Nave and new shop, café and visitor facilities, the grant will help to strengthen the ability of the church, its staff and volunteers, to reach heritage tourism visitors through new activities.
Specialist consultants will be appointed to help the Minster teams investigate and understand the 700-year-old church’s conservation needs, identify heritage collections and create opportunities to finance and present them.

Hull Minster invites applications from consultants with suitable skills and experience in the heritage sector and with particular knowledge of churches. A range of roles and skills are required and consultants may wish to apply for more than one area of work. It is anticipated that evaluation of the applicants will take place in December 2019 and will include an interview.  Please indicate availability in your application.

The consultant briefs are outlined on our website and can be found here.

Applicants who would like an informal visit to the Minster in advance of submitting a tender should contact 01482 224460 to make arrangements.

Evaluation Consultant
Status: Freelance Contract
Fee: £7,000 (inclusive of expenses)
Closing date: Friday 7th December 2018

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland has recently undergone a major capital redevelopment. It now requires an individual or a company with a proven track record of producing and delivering successful evaluation frameworks.

Working with staff and volunteers, the primary purpose of this contract is to:

  • Produce an Evaluation Framework.
  • Support data gathering and provide training as appropriate.
  • Produce a final report.

The closing date for submissions is midnight 7 December 2018. For a copy of the detailed brief please email suebcvm@btinternet.com.