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.
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.
Brief for Tender
Who We Are
Cornwall Museums Partnership is a charity which exists to help all museums to thrive. Between 2018 and 2022 we will invest nearly £4.5m in an ambitious programme which will promote innovation, help museums to raise standards, improve museums’ business performance, and develop and share new knowledge about museums’ collections to inspire a wide range of people. Put simply, we want to help museums to make people’s lives better by ensuring that Cornwall’s unique cultural identity is shared with and enjoyed by as many people as possible.
Rural Proofing Resilience
Rural Proofing Resilience (RPR) is a Heritage Lottery Funded programme that has been designed to encourage and enable the cultural transformation of museums from reliant to independent organisations. The aim of this project is to safeguard the future of rural and coastal museums.
The objectives of the RPR programme are to:
- Help museums to diversify income streams
- Support museums to work entrepreneurially
- Improve the leadership within museums to enhance resilience
- Promote positive culture change in museums
- Diversify museum staff and volunteers, and boost capacity
- Help museums to identify breakthrough solutions, including new systems and processes, to support their resilience and achieve strategic change.
RPR is being delivered in partnership with South West Museum Development across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and Dorset. The museums participating in the programme are all located in rural or coastal areas and have no more than 1 FTE employee. The programme runs from May 2018 to April 2022.
As part of this programme we are looking for a supplier/suppliers to develop and deliver all or part of 2 key strands:
- Train the Trainer skills development
- Peer workshop skills development
New to the Sector CPD Programme
Museum Development North West is managed by the Manchester Partnership and Cumbria Museums Consortium. The funding for the programme comes from Arts Council England’s (ACE) Museum Development funding 2018-22.
The areas of MDNW’s work are based around ACE’s five goals as set out in their ten-year strategic plan Great and Art and Culture for Everyone.
- Excellence is thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries
- Everyone has the opportunity to experience and to be inspired by the arts, museums and libraries
- The arts, museums and libraries are resilient and environmentally sustainable
- The leadership and workforce in the arts, museums and libraries are diverse and appropriately skilled
- Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries
The purpose of this brief is to encourage proposals for the development and delivery of a new programme to support a maximum of 10 people who are within the first five years of their career in the museum sector. The cohort of professionals will be made up of people from across the North West.
The focus of the programme will be to support participants to develop strategic career and CPD plans, build confidence and give them the skills to succeed in the sector. It is envisaged that the programme will be delivered through group workshops, one-to-one mentoring, self-led activities and networking opportunities. Other forms of delivery will be considered.
The programme will require the successful applicant to work collaboratively with the Museum Development Officer: Workforce and Skills throughout development and delivery.
The fee for the programme is £5,000 including expenses (excluding room hire and catering which will be covered by MDNW).
Please submit a proposal by 5pm Friday 4th May 2018 of no more than 4 sides A4 outlining relevant experience and how you would deliver the project. This should be supported by a quotation and CV.
For more information please contact Alex Bird, Museum Development Officer: Workforce and Skills – email@example.com
Accreditation Technical Advisor
Bristol City Council on behalf of the South West Museum Development Programme (SWMD) is seeking to commission a consultant to provide effective Accreditation technical advice to support museums approaching an initial application and museums preparing for a regular compliance return.
Quotations/ tenders are invited for the provision of Accreditation technical advice to museums on behalf of the South West Museum Development Programme for the period April 2018 to March 2018 with the opportunity to renew the contract for a further year until March 2019 following successful outcome of the contract in February 2019.
This is a fixed price contract for £8500 including VAT and all fees relating to delivery of the contract but excluding national travel (Birmingham and London). Any costs related to delivery of training or workshops are not included within the scope of this contract.
For more information please see the brief document.
The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on Friday 23rd March.
Delivery of Accreditation Advice
As part of the NE Museum Development Programme, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is seeking to commission consultancy to provide effective and dynamic Accreditation technical advice to support museums approaching an initial application and museums preparing for a regular compliance return. This function is integrated as part of the North East Museum Development Programme, funded by Arts Council England and managed by TWAM.
The successful contractor will be expected to provide expert advice based on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Accreditation Standard and its underpinning processes and its applicability to museums of different sizes and scales.
Closing date: 5.00pm on Monday 19 February.
Website Design Opportunity
The People’s History Museum (PHM) has an exciting opportunity for an agency to deliver a new website for the museum at a time of ambitious growth and change for the museum. Becoming an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) for the first time in 2018, the museum is keen to develop its online presence to better reflect its creative, dynamic and collaborative programming.
Please visit the museum’s website for more information.
Proposal deadline: Midnight, Thursday 15 February 2018.
Interviews: Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February 2018.
Following a successful bid to Arts Council England (ACE) in May 2014, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) has responsibility for providing museum development support in the North East region for the period April 2015-March 2018.
They now wish to appoint a consultant to undertake evaluation of the 2015-18 Museum Development programme to date, to help inform delivery of the remainder of the programme up to March 2018 as well as the development of a bid to run the Museum Development Programme in the North East for 2018-22.
To view the tender brief, including details of how to submit a proposal, please see here. Please note that proposals must be received no later than 5pm on 16 September 2016.
Exhibition Design and Build Services
Closing date: 5pm on Friday 15 July 2016
Fundraising Strategy Consultant ‘Reimagining Wordsworth‘ project
Budget £10,000–£15,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses).
Closing date for applications: Monday 25 July 2016.
Reimagining Wordsworth is a Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project, created to enable the Wordsworth Trust to realise the full potential of its heritage site at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, to reach a larger and more diverse range of audiences, and to make itself a more financially and environmentally sustainable organisation.
The Wordsworth Trust is looking to contract the services of a Fundraising Strategy Consultant to deliver the following objectives during the development phase of the project:
- Review the Wordsworth Trust’s current overall fundraising strategy, communications plan and capacity for achieving its fundraising target for Reimagining Wordsworth.
- Maximise revenue and other ongoing fundraising opportunities during and after implementation of Reimagining Wordsworth. The ongoing fundraising strategy will form part of the new business plan to be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the second round application in January 2018.
For a full brief for the Fundraising Strategy Consultant and more details about the application process, please contact Marie Batty, Reimagining Wordsworth Project
Audience Development Plan Programme
Consultant Facilitator Brief
Norfolk Museums Service (NMS) is funded by Arts Council England to provide a Museum Development service for the East of England region (Beds, Cambs, Essex, Herts, Norfolk and Suffolk). This service, called SHARE Museums East, resources and brokers development opportunities for museums across the region, and supports museums to deliver against the Arts Council’s five goals of excellence, audiences, leadership, diversity and children and young people.
Over the last 3 years, SHARE Museums East has encouraged museums to collect their own visitor data via various means. We funded subscriptions for larger museums to participate in two national programmes: Visitor Finder (run by the Audience Agency) and Visitor Verdict (run by the Association for Independent Museums). The bespoke Visitor Insight East (VIE) programme was specially designed for smaller museums
For 2016-18, our Activity plan moves to developing the use of this gathered data to inform and implement Audience Development Plans.
We invite tenders to deliver training and support for museums to prepare and implement Audience Development Plans (ADPs)
This programme will run in 2016-17 and 2017-18. At least 12 museums will take part in this programme (this could be 6 each year or a different split) resulting in the production and implementation of new Audience Development Plans. The programme will consist of training and support for the museums organised by the consultant and small grants for the individual museums.
Budget and Timeframe
The maximum available spend for this programme is £6000 in both 2016-17 and 2017-18. This will be split between consultant fees and small grants for participating museums, with the maximum consultant fee in total for both years being £6000 and the grant total for both years, £6000.
This project is being quoted on a fixed fee basis. We are seeking a total and inclusive price for the project and no other costs, except the quoted price, will be payable. The consultant’s quoted fee should be inclusive of travel, administration and other related expenses, but exclusive of VAT.
|Project Element||Indicative Timeframe|
|2016-17 group||2017-18 group|
|Initial meeting with participating museums||Oct 2016||Sept/Oct 2017|
|Further training/ consultation/ support (format to be suggested by consultant)||Nov 2016 – Feb 2017
|Nov 2017- Feb 2018|
|Individual ADPs in development||Oct 2016- Feb 2017||Oct 2017- Feb 2018|
|Small grant application and allocation||Jan 2017||Jan 2018|
|Individual ADPs complete and ready for implementation||By March 2017||By March 2018|
Project Management and Communication
The project will be managed by the Museum Development Project Officer (Audiences and Learning), with whom the consultant will liaise with closely.
The SHARE Museum East team will recruit the museums to the work and take care of all administrative tasks such as room and training bookings, sending on participant information and running the running the small grant scheme. We will arrange the final project evaluation and dissemination of learning to the wider sector.
How to apply
We invite the consultant to suggest their favoured model for facilitating this programme and outline how you would fulfil this brief.
In particular, SHARE Museums East is interested in how you envisage supporting an organisation to develop its Audience Development Plan within the confines of the time available. The aim is to work with organisations of different sizes, from volunteer run museums through to larger local authority museums. We would be interested in your knowledge and understanding of smaller institutions, different types of museum organisation and the variety of potential needs and challenges to be met and how you would support them.
The maximum total consultancy fee available over the two years is £6000. NB Please include a breakdown of the budget as part of your tender.
Tenders should be submitted no later than 5pm on July 27th 2016.
Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
- Evidence of providing value for money
- Evidence of understanding what an effective forward plan should cover.
- Evidence of an understanding of our approach.
- Evidence of having previously worked with cultural organisations to develop forward plans
- Evidence of ability to work flexibly and respond to the requirements of different organisations.
- Evidence of ability to deliver the project on time and to budget
Responses in writing or by email to to:
Norfolk Museums Service
For further information, please contact Kathy on 01603 493646 or firstname.lastname@example.org