Tagged: Tender Opportunity

Tender Opportunity: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

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.

Download the full PDF brief.

Closing date: 5.00pm on Monday 19 February.


Tender Opportunity: People’s History Museum

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.

Tender Opportunity: Evaluation of the North East Museum Development Programme

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.

Tender Opportunity: York Museums Trust

Exhibition Design and Build Services
Closing date: 5pm on Friday 15 July 2016

Applicants are invited to tender for the design and build of a new exhibition Viking; developed jointly between York Museums Trust and the British Museum. The exhibition will open in York in May 2017 for six months, after which time it will tour the UK to four other venues. We are looking for a design company with a strong track record of delivering high profile, immersive exhibitions, and demonstrable experience of problem solving to develop flexible displays across a range of challenging spaces.

For further details and a detailed copy of the Design Brief please contact Natalie McCaul at natalie.mccaul@ymt.org.uk, or call 01904 687675. 

Tender Opportunity: The Wordsworth Trust

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



Tender Opportunity: SHARE Museums East

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)

Project Description

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:

Kathryn Moore
SHARE Coordinator
Norfolk Museums Service
Market Avenue

For further information, please contact Kathy on 01603 493646 or kathryn.moore@norfolk.gov.uk

Tender Opportunity: Lakeland Arts

Lakeland Arts
Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories
Family Resources Brief
June 2016


Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories will be a unique, world-class museum in a famously beautiful location. Windermere Jetty will be an addition to the museums and galleries run by Lakeland Arts in South Cumbria. The Museum will be a working destination, committed to conserving, saving and sharing an internationally important boat collection. We will tell the stories behind these boats and actively involve our visitors in the crafts and tradition that built them. Every visit will provide an invaluable insight into a vital part of our national and local history while making our visitors part of life on the lake. Windermere Jetty will re-open in 2017.

The collection consists of boats ranging from small wooden rowing boats, to speed boats and the luxury boats owned by wealthy home owners around the lake. An array of smaller objects (including various boat parts, a picnic basket, life jackets, oars, ice skates), paintings, archival documents (including the sketchbooks of Arthur Ransome), images and film footage will add different layers to the interpretation

The exhibition will be arranged thematically and will cover:

The Main Exhibition Space

  • Conservation Store – Visitors will enter the exhibition through the Conservation Store which will resemble an open store. Visitors will see lots of boat parts of display and will be able to find out more about the names of different boat parts.
  • Early visitors to the lake, including Beatrix Potter. Her rowing boat will be on display
  • The opulent boats and luxury lifestyle of some of those living around the lake
  • War – We will be displaying the float from a Sunderland in the exhibition space. Sunderland flying boats were built at White Cross Bay on the shores of Windermere.
  • Adventures on the lake, including the sketchbooks of Arthur Ransome. Ransome was inspired by Esperance, one of the boats in the collection which then featured in Swallows and Amazons as Captain Flint’s houseboat. The exhibition will also look at everyday adventures, such as ice skating on the frozen lake and the adventures of a group of Sea Scouts.
  • Speed, including the water speed record attempt of Sir Henry Segrave, which ended in his death
  • Boatbuilders – We will be examining the theme of innovation throughout the exhibition and Windermere’s boatbuilders demonstrated this incredibly well

Outside the Main Exhibition Space

  • Conservation Workshop – Visitors will be able to see conservation and boatbuilding in action
  • Boat Ride – Visitors will have the opportunity to have a ride on one of our boats
  • Ecology of the site – Visitors will be introduced to the things that can be seen at the Museum, for example, reed beds, different animals that inhabit the site, what can be seen on the lake

Lakeland Arts is looking to contract the services of a consultant to deliver the following objectives:

  1. We would like you to source 30 duffel bags that are large enough to hold about 5 ‘props’ related to set activities, but light weight enough for children carry the bags. The bags will need to be branded in line with Windermere brand guidelines (to be discussed with client).
  2. To develop themed activities for five sets of bags, aimed at children aged 5-10 years and their parent / guardians on a self-guided visit to the museum. Each set of bags will contain up to five activities on these themes:
  • Boatbuilder/Conservator bag to include: apron, tape measure, magnifying glass, colouring pencils and sketchbook. Activities to centre around exploring original/repair, conserve/restore, Branksome figurehead, wood and other materials, texture
  • Captain duffle bag to include: hat, maps and compass, magnifying glass, colouring pencils and sketch book, kaleidoscope/periscope. Activities to explore colour, plotting your route, boat safety and adventures on the water.
  • Museum Curator bag to include: white gloves, magnifying glass, tape measure, colouring pencils and sketchbook, storytelling – books (curators find stories to tell). Activities to include exploring themes such as conserve/restore, Branksome figurehead, trail – be a detective and find marks/flags/provenance that tells a story.
  • Ecologist bag to include: waterproof poncho, log book, grid frame, magnifying glass, binoculars, colouring pencils and sketchbook. Activities to explore themes such as flowers, birds and animals, trees, rocks, insects and how these are recorded in ‘fieldwork’.
  • Architect/Engineer bag to include: hard hat, colouring pencils and sketchbook, tape measure, ruler, spirit level. Activities to include the water/ levels of the water, shape of the buildings and materials used.
  1. To identify and cost of the resources (bags and contents) and to ensure that the individual items are easy to replace in the future. We would like you to cost each item and present us with a budget for materials at the end, with a full list of suppliers.

Learning Outcomes

We would like families to be able to explore the collection in creative ways, with a focus on spending time as a family group. We want to offer families a high quality product that will promote excellent family activities at Windermere Jetty. Above all, we would like families to have fun!

Outcomes for Windermere Jetty

  • We provide a high quality resource that encourages families to learn, explore and be creative together
  • It is a well-used resource
  • It encourages families to make repeat visits to Windermere Jetty by providing them with added value for their entrance fee
  • Windermere Jetty becomes known for high quality provision for families

Budget: £3,000 inclusive of VAT and expenses.

Timescale: Completed and delivered to Lakeland Arts staff 1 November 2016.

Tendering process

Please submit a proposal of no more than 4 sides outlining how you will deliver the commission together with a timetable, breakdown of costs, two referees and 2-3 photographs with examples of similar work from your portfolio (or a link to websites where this can be viewed).

Submit by noon on Monday 11 July to Helen Parr, Learning Officer, 01539 888033, hparr@lakelandarts.org.uk

Tender Opportunity: NWFed

Invitation to tender opportunity – Support our Skills Volunteer Training Programme Brief

The NWFED (formerly the North West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries) exists to support all people working in, or with a professional interest in, museums, art galleries and heritage organisations in the North West and Isle of Man, including volunteers. It provides for their development, advocates for their work and strengthens them through partnerships.

In partnership with Museum Development North West (MDNW), we are developing a training programme for sector volunteers in the North West. This programme is funded by MDNW and supports their Museum Development Programme 2015-18, as well as the NWFED Business Plan 2015-18.

In January-February 2016 we commissioned research to inform the design and content of the Support our Skills volunteer training programme. This research is now complete and we are ready to develop and launch the programme. The programme will run from September 2016 until March 2017 with an evaluation report to be completed by end of April 2017. The aim of the programme is to support the career development of volunteer staff.

We are now seeking a consultant/freelance professional to support us in this work.

Scope of work:

  1. Develop detailed content for the training programme, based on research findings, and in liaison with the NWFED Board and MDNW.
  2. Work with NWFED Board members and MDNW to recruit programme trainers/presenters.
  3. Develop a timetable and budget breakdown for programme delivery.
  4. Advertise the programme and support the recruitment of participants.
  5. Co-ordinate and facilitate the delivery of the programme.
  6. Undertake programme evaluation and produce a final evaluation report.

Project Budget:

The total project for the SOS programme is £12,000 to include consultant fee (indicative fee £7,000), trainers’ fees and expenses, room hire, catering, participants’ expenses, equipment, course materials etc.


Stage 1 – Programme design to be completed by 30/07/2016
Stage 2 – Programme delivery to be completed by 31/03/2017
Stage 3 – Evaluation report to be completed by 30/04/17.

Consultant Fee :

The fee for this work is £7,000 including expenses.

How to respond:

Please submit a tender response by Thursday 16 June to include a CV with details of previous relevant experience, fee breakdown, indicative project delivery schedule and project approach to Alex Walker at a.m.walker@hotmail.co.uk

If you have any queries, or would like to discuss the project in more detail, please contact Alex Walker, a.m.walker@hotmail.co,uk. Tel 07507 888271

Interviews will be held during week commencing 27 June.

Tender Opportunity: When Lancashire Sings 2016-2017

Project Co-coordinator, ‘When Lancashire Sings’
Freelance Contract: May 2016 – 31st May 2017
Fee: £10,000 (inclusive of travel costs)
Closing Date: 17 April 2016

‘When Lancashire Sings’, is a heritage project that aims to engage schoolchildren and the wider community with their local history and heritage through history, music and song. Working with historians, heritage sites and specialists from the Heritage Learning Team, pupils and teachers will explore and research local heritage sites, stories and folk music. They will devise, write and record their own new modern folk songs with support of BBC 2 Folk Group of the Year 2015 ‘The Young Uns’. Along with the recorded CD, the resulting research will be published in a project book both will be available as free MP3 and PDF teaching resources.

They are looking for an individual who will be responsible for the project coordination and delivery. Including reporting to the project lead, who will supervise and lead the direction of the project. The coordinator will develop a programme of research activity with the schools, heritage sites and members of the Heritage Learning Team and will broker effective, robust and longer term relations between the heritage sites and schools. The coordinator will be line managed by a member of the Heritage Learning team.

The key aims for the contract are:

  • To support, stimulate and enrich the local history learning offer for children and young people.
  • To increase and strengthen the engagement of schools and the community with their local heritage sites and collections.
  • To galvanise and broaden relationships between teachers, learning providers and local heritage sites.
  • To stimulate, inspire and develop an understanding of local history to the wider community.

The project aims to increase local history and music development within schools,, as well as increase community knowledge and engagement with their local history and heritage sites. new channels of communication of the learning offer to schools and external learning providers.

To apply, please send a proposal outlining how you will deliver the contract, submitted electronically by email to  David Brookhouse by 17th April 2016.

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

  • Proposal outlining how you would approach the contract.
  • Methodology and timescales for the project.
  • Relevant experience.
  • CV.
  • Two referees.

Tender Opportunity: Museum Development East Midlands

Green Museums Programme Facilitator
Contract worth up to £8,000
Closing Date: 31 March 2016

Museum Development East Midlands are offering a contract worth up to £8,000 to develop a programme of training and support for a network of 8 museums across the region. The training programme will aim to support development of environmental strategies and action plans with targets to reduce carbon emissions and cut costs. It will also support use of the Green Museums Toolkit developed by Renaissance East Midlands and to create case studies to disseminate learning. For more information, please contact Claire Browne