Tagged: Museum Development

Job Opportunity: Museum Development

Museum Development Officer (Maternity Cover), Essex County Council, Secondment Opportunity / Fixed Term Contract until Nov 2017
Full Time, 37 hours per week (flexible, evenings and weekends may be required)
Salary £28,500
Deadline for applications: Midnight, Weds 22nd March
 

Love museums? Creative? Enjoy working with people? Essex County Council is seeking maternity cover for the role of Museum Development Officer. The post serves as the strategic lead for museums in the county, including project development, advice and support.

At the core of the role, you will provide advice and guidance to local museums, regarding organisational resilience, collections care and audiences, so experience in at least one of these areas is essential.

Working within the Cultural Development Team, you will also lead on delivery if the “Snapping the Stiletto” women’s history project, the “Wikipedians In Residence Essex” (WIRE) project and chair the county’s Heritage Education Group. You will also be responsible for developing the local training and activity offer, in partnership with Museums Essex and SHARE Museums East.

Please note that the post is also available as a secondment to local authority employees. 

The role description can be accessed here: https://essexcc.taleo.net/careersection/ecc_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=10754&lang=en

 

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Deadline for applications: Midnight, Wednesday 22nd March

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Interviews: Friday 31st March or Monday 3rd April

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Start date: Monday 24th April

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]End date: Friday 24th November

 

If you have any questions about the role, please feel free to get in touch (amy.cotterill@essex.gov.uk)

 

Job Opportunity: South West Museum Development

South West Museum Development is seeking a suitably experienced Freelance Community Engagement Officer to work with 10 museums and heritage organisations across Devon and Cornwall as part of the Heritage Lottery funded ‘Raising the Standard’ project. The project involves the conservation, display, interpretation, development of a schools resource and engagement alongside a programme of community engagement and events at locations in which the 10 museums and heritage organisations are based during the summer and autumn of 2017.

The successful applicant will have experience in developing, planning and delivering successful, exciting, creative, audience-focused events and projects within a museum or heritage environment.

Preferably with experience in delivering projects funded by Heritage Lottery the successful candidate will have a passion and commitment for the role of heritage in local communities along with a track record in working with volunteers and developing partnerships across a variety of community groups.

Contract period: February 2017 to February 2018

Contract value: max £15,000 inclusive of VAT and fees, excluding travel for which there is a separate budget up to £3,000 for travel within Devon and Cornwall

Deadline for applications: 10am, 2nd February 2017

Further information see: Full Details – Freelance Community Engagement Officer

Questions? Please contact  Victoria.harding@bristol.gov.uk

Future Proof Museums Programme

You are invited to apply for a place on the Arts Marketing Association’s (AMA) intensive strategic change programme for museums.

Future Proof Museums is an intensive development programme proven to facilitate transformational change and significantly improve the resilience of museums across England.

The programme explores why the museum is vital, what direction will drive a successful future and how to create the right culture over three stages: an in-house diagnostic session with your team, an intensive three-day residential for Museum Directors, and on-going facilitation with expert trainers.

The AMA is looking for a diverse groups of participants to take part in Future Proof Museums. The entire programme costs only £395 and includes a free 12-month membership of the AMA.

“Future Proof Museums resulted in tangible outcomes. The intensity, the dialogue, the strong tools and excellent support produced the practical outcomes most training programmes don’t deliver or that dilute very quickly.”
Tim Desmond, CEO, Galleries of Justice 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 24 November

More information and the application from can be downloaded from
www.a-m-a.co.uk/futureproof
For further details, please contact Verity Sanderson via email verity@a-m-a.co.uk or phone 01223 578078.

UK Wide Survey of Museums

The national Museum Development Network and the Museums Association (MA) are currently undertaking a UK wide survey of museums. If you haven’t already, we would like to ask you to complete the survey on behalf of your museum or museum service.

Museums of all sizes and types are urged to complete the survey in order to build a comprehensive picture of current state of the museum sector across the UK. The data it provides will be used to inform national and regional policy and advocacy work by the MA and ourselves, including contributing to the current DCMS Museums Review in England. 

You can complete the survey online here: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/museumssurvey201516/

 The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 28 October 2016.

How to complete the survey

All figures should be for the financial period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

We know that sometimes providing an exact figure can be hard so if you do not have actual data, please provide your best estimate.

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]You can save and return to the survey at any time by clicking ‘Save and Continue Later’ at the bottom of any page of the online survey.

Questions about the survey

The survey is being carried out by the MA and the national Museum Development Network. The data you provide will be shared between the MA and ourselves in order to improve data quality and reduce survey duplication.

If you have any questions about completing the survey you can contact tom.newman@bristol.gov.uk. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form and we look forward to sharing the results with you.

UK Survey of Museums

The national Museum Development Network and the Museums Association (MA) are currently undertaking a UK wide survey of museums. If you haven’t already, we would like to ask you to complete the survey on behalf of your museum or museum service.

Museums of all sizes and types are urged to complete the survey in order to build a comprehensive picture of current state of the museum sector across the UK. The data it provides will be used to inform national and regional policy and advocacy work by the MA and ourselves, including contributing to the current DCMS Museums Review in England. 

You can complete the survey online here: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/museumssurvey201516/ 

The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 28 October 2016. 

How to complete the survey

  • All figures should be for the financial period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016
  • We know that sometimes providing an exact figure can be hard so if you do not have actual data, please provide your best estimate
  • You can save and return to the survey at any time by clicking ‘Save and Continue Later’ at the bottom of any page of the online survey.

Questions about the survey

The survey is being carried out by the MA and the national Museum Development Network. The data you provide will be shared between the MA and ourselves in order to improve data quality and reduce survey duplication.

If you have any questions about completing the survey you can contact tom.newman@bristol.gov.uk. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form and we look forward to sharing the results with you.

 

Consultancy Opportunity – MDNW Board Development Programme

Background

Museum Development North West (MDNW) is a programme of support for museums across the North West, promoting excellence, innovation, partnerships and organisational sustainability with the aim of helping museums to become resilient in challenging times.

We offer face-to-face contact for museums across the North West (Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cumbria) and run a series of central programmes of development to support organisational resilience, excellence and effective engagement.

MDNW is managed by the Cumbria Museum Consortium (CMC) and the Manchester Partnership, which are Major Partner Museums in Arts Council England’s (ACE) Renaissance Major Grants Programme. Over the lifetime of the programme (April 2012–March 2018) MDNW is funded to deliver exciting and innovative programmes to raise standards in museums.

The CMC comprises of Tullie House, Lakeland Arts and the Wordsworth Trust and the Manchester Partnership is Manchester Museum, the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery.

Programme Context

MDNW wishes to appoint a consultancy to work with museum boards from a cohort of Independent museums across the North West. Operating in unpredictable and complex landscapes, Museum Boards require a level of leadership agility to ensure they can support their organisation’s sustainable development.

Boards have responsibility for leading an organisation to fulfill the future vision whilst managing current performance, throwing up a number of challenges, which should be recognised and then addressed by the Board. These challenges include:

  1. Understanding the external environment the organisation operates in to develop the right strategic focus
  2. Identifying collective skills, roles and responsibilities and balancing support for board members along with constructive challenges
  3. Balancing the diverse needs and expectations of stakeholders
  4. Developing a collective mind-set and being accountable for decisions

The Board Development Programme will assist museum Boards to help them fulfill their potential through strong and effective governance, as well as the development of a range of leadership and management skills.

Course Structure

The Board Development Program should offer a combination of bespoke, organisational-based workshops and cross-organisational workshops. We envisage the programme to run in two stages:

Stage 1: Board Assessment

Offered to a maximum of 10 museums across the region, this would be an independent assessment of the effectiveness of each museum board involved in the programme. The findings will be presented to each museum as a report and take into account the size and capacity of the organisations involved with realistic recommendations offered. The report will also give the boards information as to whether they meet the standards and expectations of funding bodies, partners, Local Authorities and other key stakeholders.

Stage 2: Bespoke Workshops

Up to 5 museums will be assessed, based on the diagnostic reports, and given the opportunity to participate in an in-depth programme of development support in the form of workshops. These workshops will be delivered at individual organisations and will be developed by the consultancy based on the findings of the diagnostic reports. This may include:

  • A series of tailored Board development and coaching workshops for the whole Board, based on diagnostics, to develop the collective capabilities
  • Individual development of Board members to address recognised skills gaps
  • Setting up coaching pairs to support Board members and develop key relationships between Board members and also staff
  • Succession Planning

Stage 2: Cross-organisational Workshops

These workshops will bring individual board members from participating organisations together to look at more general governance issues and may cover:

  • Governance and Charity Commission – the legislative background
  • The role of the board – clarifying the roles and relationship of the board and staff
  • Working within the framework of the Museum Association’s Code of Ethics and Accreditation
  • Effective meetings and the role of the chair
  • Financial duties
  • Policy and planning
  • The board as employer
  • Advocacy and fundraising
  • Audience Development
  • Opportunity to share proven success from other boards

Programme Outcomes

The Board Development Programme will help participating Boards to be:

  1. Confident in the execution of its diverse roles, balancing strategic and operational focuses
  2. Resilient in responding to the challenges they face
  3. Self-challenging and self-evaluating of its own practices as well as its organisation, its partners and stakeholders
  4. Able to make tough decisions, resolve challenges and adapt to new situations
  5. Able to embrace and effectively use the experience of a diverse Board membership
  6. In full consensus of the vision and strategic direction of the organisation with high level objectives
  7. High performing Board with distributed leadership and a culture of trust
  8. Able to identify, develop and maintain strong external relationships with partners and stakeholders
  9. Good advocates for their organisation, building reputation and presence

Budget and Time Scale

The programme will start in or after April 2016 and all work and workshops must be completed by March 2017. A final report and evaluation will be expected from the consultancy with information from Individual diagnostics, recommendations and board engagement with workshops and delivery of improvements highlighted. Any sensitive information will not be published by MDNW but key findings will form an end of programme evaluation publication to be made available electronically for the benefit of the wider sector.

The total budget is £15,000 (inclusive of VAT) and is to include all associated expenses.

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 project
  • details of how they will undertake the programme
  • a breakdown of full costs
  • a draft timetable

Details on participating museums will be confirmed by the end of March 2016 and passed on to the successful consultancy.

For further details contact:

Kaye Hardyman, Museum Development Officer North kaye.hardyman@manchester.ac.uk
Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer Alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Proposals should be sent to Kaye Hardyman, Museum Development Officer, by email only, kaye.hardyman@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm 11th March 2016.

Call for case studies of UK museums learning across borders

Halima Khanom, National and International Learning Learning and Engagement Officer at the Imperial War Museum (and one of the current Transformers cohort) is seeking examples of UK museums learning across borders.

Museums and collections have come a long way in terms of working internationally with colleagues overseas through the use of collection loans, international exhibitions, and skills exchange.

But what about museums learning across borders?

With increasing pressure to increase audience numbers, international audiences are the new frontier.  Museums engage audiences with their collections digitally but audiences should have the opportunity to draw on the second best resources after the collection whether they are from Wales, Denmark, or India.

This inter-cultural learning is what museums can lead more on, and in a more connected way.  As part of her involvement with the Museums Association’s Transformers Programme, Halima is creating a toolkit to support this.

She is interested in learning about:

  • Examples of best practice for learning toolkits/frameworks that operate transnationally in Europe.
  • Support around understanding museum pedagogies across cultures.
  • Any digital learning projects that are doing interesting things with collections.
  • Any training opportunities (in the UK or overseas) for museum professionals that explore these themes.

If you have any ideas, suggestions or information for Halima, please contact her at hkhanom@iwm.org.uk

Ask the Expert – Two Great Q&As From Museums Development Yorkshire

Curating Larger and Working Objects
Friday 6 November, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Dieter Hopkin, Museum Development Officer for York, North Yorkshire Moors & Coast, will be answering questions on the topics of Curating Larger and Working Objects. Larger and Working Objects are frequently called the ‘Cinderella of the museum world’. Dieter discusses the current issues facing larger and working objects in his blog here

Arts Award
Friday 13 November, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Jael Williams and Ginn Scholey from Cape UK will be answering your questions on the Arts Award & presenting a creative approach to develop your offer and your audiences. Jael and Ginny discuss the benefits of embedding the Arts Award within museums’ offer for children and young people here

You can post questions before the Q&A sessions, or you can speak with the experts at the event you can raise a question through twitter by using the hashtag #mdyask.

If you have ideas for subjects you’d like to see us cover in future, or would like to take questions yourself, please email Gillian Waters and let them know.

Changes to the Team

There have been a couple of changes to the team in the last few weeks. Firstly following Kaye Hardyman’s return from maternity leave, Rosie Crook will be staying on with the team until the end of March 2016, developing a programme of Audience Development support. The ‘Knowing Your Audiences’ programme will consist of seminars and workshops, an epublication and the development of a network to support audience research for museums in the  region. Rosie would be very pleased to hear from you with your specific needs and problems in understanding your audiences, interpreting data, designing surveys, and planning audience development into the work of your museum. She works Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. rosie.crook@manchester.ac.uk

Next up we would like to introduce Sam Long, our new Intern who will be supporting the team with project delivery:

So what is it you do I hear your ask?

I will be joining the team for the next six months, and am going to be helping out in any way I’m needed. I’ll be providing project support, creating content for this blog and working with the sector development officer delivering the various development programmes across the north west,       

How did I get here?

I studied journalism at the University of Lincoln, where I was part of the University newspaper as well as several other publications. So I have a good amount of experience with creating content on a regular basis. However over the past couple of years since leaving University, I have found myself in rather uninteresting jobs where I had no means to use any of these skills. So being given an opportunity to work in this team where I can learn so many new skills, and use many of my own on a daily basis, was something I jumped at.

About me

I’m 24, as previously mentioned Journalism graduate. I am a keen mediocre musician, and a very part time music journalist.  

Northern Museums Volunteer Pass 2016-17

In April the Museum Development teams from the North West, Yorkshire and the North East launched the first Northern Museums Volunteer pass giving volunteers the chance to benefit from offers in 112 museums in the North of England.

The pass scheme is a mutually beneficial partnership between participating museums and entitles volunteers to free entry (and/or additional benefits where advertised) at participating museums in the region. A leaflet is produced annually listing all participating museums and the benefits at each institution for volunteers.

To be eligible to participate in the scheme museums must be able to offer a benefit to volunteer pass holders visiting from other museums. This may include:

  • free entry to the museum
  • 10% discount in the shop and/or cafe
  • free tea and/or coffee
  • free guide-book and/or pen

These benefits may be extended to include one guest accompanying the volunteer pass holder.

Once accepted into the scheme, museums will be issued with named Institutional Passes, which they can loan out to their volunteers, and also Individual Passes. The Institutional Pass is equivalent to 10 volunteers. The Individual Pass is not transferable.

The Volunteer Pass Scheme is viewed as a valuable recruitment and retention tool and museums manage the scheme in a variety of different ways. The passes can be used for CPD and/or training as well as a reward and incentive for volunteers. As individual passes are not transferable, we recommend that the passes are accessible only to your active volunteer base. If museums require any additional passes we would encourage the use of the institutional pass in the first instance.

If you are interested in participating in the scheme next year please complete this short application.

If you would like further information please speak to Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk / 07852 138110 or Gillian Waters – gillian.waters@ymt.org.uk