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Cravendale District Council
Great Places Programme Manager
£36,379 – £39,177 per annum
Relocation Package Available
Fixed Term until end March 2020

Cravendale District Council  are looking for a Programme Manager to develop a range of initiatives and activities across business, education, digital and the creative sectors to retain and attract younger people to live and work in our Great Place, the rural corridor linking Skipton / the Yorkshire Dales in the south and Grasmere / the Lake District in the north.

Craven District Council, in partnership with South Lakeland District Council, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the Lake District National Park Authority have been successful in gaining funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund / Arts Council England for the project Great Place: Crossing the Watersheds.

You will be outward looking, experimental and exploratory, to see how the distinctiveness of our beautiful rural place with its exceptional quality of life can both retain and attract a new generation of dynamic individuals that will drive forward the future economy of our rural communities and contribute to the resilience of our culture, economy and communities.

You will be based in Skipton, voted one of the best places to live in the UK, and your role will focus along the rural corridor linking Skipton (Craven) in the south and Grasmere (South Lakeland) in the north, including the market towns and rural hinterlands, extending into both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks.

You will be supported in this post by a core Board of creative professionals, working alongside economic development, local authority and national park colleagues.  This is a transformative, exciting and wide ranging role with many challenges and opportunities.

The successful applicant maybe entitled to relocation support up to £5,000 subject to the terms of the word icon Relocation Policy [63kb].

For an informal chat about the role please call David Smurthwaite on 01756 706409 or Catherine Johnson on 01756 706408.

For the full info about the role please click here.

Closing Date:  25th September 2017
Interview Date: TBA

Cravendale District Council
Great Places Programme Support Officer
£22,398 – £24,964 per annum
Fixed Term until end March 2020

You will be responsible for supporting and assisting the Great Place Programme Manager with the overall management and successful delivery of the Great Place: Crossing the Watersheds Programme. Your role will be wide ranging and will include social media, financial administration, setting up meetings, taking minutes and managing evaluation.  You will be used to working with senior executives and also on your own initiative.  You will need to be efficient and personable.

You will be office based in Skipton, North Yorkshire – a beautiful rural area with an exceptional quality of life.

You will be working alongside economic development, local authority and national park colleagues.  This is a transformative, exciting, wide ranging role with many challenges and opportunities.

For an informal chat about the role please call David Smurthwaite on 01756 706409 or Catherine Johnson on 01756 706408.

For the full info about the role please click here.

Closing Date:  25th September 2017
Interview Date:  TBA

Lakeland Arts
Head of Curatorial
£28,000 – £32,000
Location: All Lakeland Arts sites 

The successful post holder will have the opportunity to shape the future of the programme working closely with the Director of Programming and Head of Learning.

At Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House you will be responsible for influencing, developing and planning the nationally recognised programme.

Working with the existing highly qualified team you will provide leadership and guidance whilst managing team skills and knowledge at the Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories and the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry.

Purpose and key objectives

A key member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), Head of Curatorial will be responsible for the management, development and delivery of ambitious exhibitions and the care, research, development and display of Lakeland Arts’ (LA) nationally recognised collection from initiating proposals to completion of projects in partnership with the Director of Programming. You will manage the curatorial team achieving and maintaining the highest professional standards through staff development and support.

For the full details and info on how to apply please see the job pack.


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

Job Opportunity: Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Following receipt of a grant from Booth Charities Salford are looking for an experienced freelance archivist to complete the first stage of our Pilkington’s factory archive project.

The Pilkington’s factory archive was acquired by Salford Community Leisure Ltd following the closure of the Clifton site in 2010 and we are looking for an enthusiastic archivist to catalogue the collection to archival standards.

The archive is based at Salford Museum & Art Gallery where the work would be carried out. The flat fee for the work is £8,700 and work must be completed no later than 31st March 2018.

Please complete a CV and covering letter showing how you meet the essential and desirable criteria of the post and send to ceri.horrocks@scll.co.uk(link sends e-mail).

If you would like confirmation of receipt of your application please attach a read receipt.

Closing date: Wednesday 20th September 2017, 5.00pm
Interview date: Wednesday 4th October 2017

Job Opportunity: Vintage Trains, Tyseley

Volunteer Coordinator
Salary:  c £20,000 p.a.

Vintage Trains is a charity established to preserve and operate our collection of heritage steam locomotives, rolling stock on the national railway network as a tourist attraction. We open our depot to the public for special events and open days two weekends a year and for some pre-booked parties. We also offer a vital contract engineering service to Britain’s heritage railway industry.

We rely heavily on volunteers to work alongside our paid staff. A whole range of activities is undertaken to restore, repair, operate, plan, organise, administer, manage and direct activities to ensure that a day out with Vintage Trains is an enjoyable, fulfilling and safe experience for all our visitors and staff.

The Volunteer Coordinator will manage all elements of volunteering across Vintage Trains to ensure that the needs of the organisation and those of the volunteers are met. Particular emphasis will be place on the development and implementation of a new volunteering strategy and growing the volunteer programme, to enable us to achieve our vision for the future.

The Candidate:

This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has experience of working in the volunteer sector and in particular of managing volunteers. Computer literacy is essential along with excellent written and spoken communication skills. The best candidate will be able to demonstrate good organisational skills and effective leadership and team working, with the ability to make decisions, set prioritise and organise work schedules. An interest in or knowledge of the Greater Birmingham region and railway operating would be an advantage.

The principal location for administrative tasks will be Vintage Trains’ Headquarters at Tyseley Locomotive Works but the VC will be expected to travel with some of our trains, carry out off site outreach work. Some weekend and out of hours working may be required.

Please send a CV and covering letter to Helen Ashby, Vintage Trains, c/o 141 Manor Drive North, York YO26 5SD. Email: helen.ashby23@sky.com.

A full job description can be supplied by email on request to the above.

Closing date:      20 September 2017

Interviews will be held between 3 and 13 October 2017.

Job Opportunity: Tullie House, Carlisle

Curatorial Manager

£25,591 – £27,768 full-time

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust is a leading independent regional museum welcoming over 250,000 visitors every year and, as part of the Cumbria Museum Consortium we are one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. Our stunning collections cover Fine & Decorative Art, Natural Science, Social History and Archaeology. Highlights include one of the largest collections of pre-Raphaelite artwork in the north of England, Roman material of international importance that centres on Hadrian’s Wall (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a huge collection of specimens that represent the flora and fauna of Cumbria, the most bio-diverse county in England.

In 2016 we launched a new Museum Manifesto. The primary pillars of this Manifesto are to create a museum fit for the 21st century, a museum that has something to say about Carlisle, Cumbria and the world in which we live; a museum that unleashes creativity and invites co- creation; a museum which is collections based, curatorially informed and audience focussed; a museum with a human face providing a third space anchoring community life.

Purpose of the Role

The core purpose of this role is to lead, motivate and develop the Curatorial Team to manage the care and preservation of the collections to the highest possible standards and, crucially, increase access to collections. This will involve effective communication and greater collaboration with the Learning Team to increase engagement opportunities for key audiences including school groups, families, young people and vulnerable adults.

As part of this role you will also develop and refresh permanent displays using the collections in innovative and inspiring ways, and work in partnership with the Exhibitions Team to deliver an outstanding programme of temporary exhibitions and accompanying events programme, including Member events.

This role will provide you with an exciting opportunity to be part of a major culture change within the organisation, ensuring community engagement and financial sustainability are at the heart of all activity within your team. We want our Curatorial Team to be outward facing and audience focussed, and, under the guidance of the Head of Collections & Learning, it will be your responsibility to motivate and manage your staff to fulfil this remit and make the most of their skills and expertise.

For the full job description click here.

Application Process

If you are inspired by the role and would like to apply for the position, please familiarise yourself with the Job Description as part of the application pack and return a completed application form to Helen Askew, HR & Volunteer Advisor at helen.askew@tulliehouse.org, by 4pm Thursday 14th September with interview taking place on Thursday 21st September.

Interviews will be held at Tullie House, this will be confirmed.

If you have any further questions please feel free to call Helen Askew HR & Volunteer Advisor 01228 618779

Job Opportunities: Heritage Lottery Fund North West

Development Officer x2
£22,365 – 25,945 (prorated per annum for part time)
Manchester Office
The primary purpose of this role is to assist the Development Manager and the North West team in providing clear feedback and honest advice through HLF’s Project Enquiry service and supporting the planning, implementation and evaluation of outreach strategies in the North West.

The closing date for applications is Midnight 20 September 2017 and interviews will be held in Manchester on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October 2017.

Potential applicants are invited to go along to the HLF offices in Manchester to find out more about working for HLF. An open session will take place on Friday 15 September at 3pm and repeated at 5pm (no appointment necessary) Please note this session is not mandatory and is for information sharing only – it will take place at Carver’s Warehouse, 77 Dale Street, Manchester M1 2HG. Please contact us if you have any accessibility requirements.

To review the job description and to apply for this role, please complete the application form demonstrating how you meet the Person Specification.

If you have not heard from the recruiting officer two weeks after the closing date please assume you have not been successful.

For more details please visit the jobs page.

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

Job Opportunity: Culture Warrington

Cultural Manager
Salary range: £38,029 – 40,737 pa
Hours of work: 37 per week
Location: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Culture Warrington has an exciting opportunity for an experienced inspirational leader to join their team. Culture Warrington is a charitable organisation at the heart of culture in the North West and incorporates Pyramid & Parr Hall and Warrington Museum & Art Gallery delivering arts, heritage and events across Warrington. Culture Warrington plays a key role in the delivery of a range of programmes and festivals throughout the year including; Warrington Festival, Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival and Christmas activities.

They are looking for an outstanding, innovative, inspirational and experienced leader to join Culture Warrington’s Management Team to take responsibility for leading the Outreach & Engagement Team, build upon the achievements and strengths of the company, and share their knowledge and experience to further raise the company’s standards and reputation. Two key projects for the post holder is to develop the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival through their network of cultural and arts organisations and artists to strengthen and broaden the festival; in turn creating new opportunities that enliven and enhance the individual and the collective experience for all. Secondly, the post will lead and coordinate Culture Warrington’s application to become a National Portfolio Organisation, through creating an integrated strategy for a cultural arts program and service reaching across all Culture Warrington venues.

Strong, proven leadership and management skills are essential as is a passion for success with an ability to relate and engage with stakeholders, partners and board members. Excellent communication skills and experience leading and inspiring diverse teams with the ability to create a proactive culture.

You will have experience of developing strategies to develop cultural programmes, generate income and responding to commissions that have achieved positive results. Proven experience of managing high profile projects and implementing change to create cultural arts opportunities that are strategically aligned with the company’s Business Plan. In addition, you will have excellent interpersonal skills with the confidence to work with and liaise with stakeholders, commissioners and potential funders and sponsors. The ability to conduct research, analyse and evaluate data is also important.

If this sounds like you, please apply by completing an application form and sending to recruitment@livewirewarrington.org 

Closing date: 5:00 pm Friday 15th September 2017.

Cultural Manager Job Description and Person Specification

Culture Warrington Application Form


Job Opportunity: Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Exhibitions & Events Coordinator
Grade E (£20,660) 1.0FTE
Fixed Term, up to 12 months, full time 37 hours

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Tullie House Programme and Projects team in co- ordinating and delivering a dynamic temporary exhibitions programme as well as the involvement in a diverse range of programmes and projects.

The role is required to work across all areas of exhibition projects from development to delivery, motivating and coordinating cross-departmental project teams to ensure the successful delivery of an outstanding programme. You will require excellent administration, organisation, communication and practical skills. A positive attitude, creative thinking and the ability to problem-solve under pressure make this challenging role extremely rewarding.

Application Process

If you are inspired by the role and would like to apply for the position, please familiarise yourself with the Job Description as part of the application pack and return a completed application form to Helen Askew, HR & Volunteer Advisor at helen.askew@tulliehouse.org by 4pm 14th September*. Interviews will be at Tullie House Museum, Castle Street, Carlisle, Thursday 21st September 2017.

If you have any further questions please feel free to call Helen Askew HR & Volunteer Advisor 01228 618779

*Please note new application deadline.