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Tender Opportunity: Museum Development North West

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.

  1. Excellence is thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries
  2. Everyone has the opportunity to experience and to be inspired by the arts, museums and libraries
  3. The arts, museums and libraries are resilient and environmentally sustainable
  4. The leadership and workforce in the arts, museums and libraries are diverse and appropriately skilled
  5. Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries

The Programme

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 – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk


Tender Opportunity: South West Museum Development

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.

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: 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: 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: 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

Tender Opportunity: AIM Admission Charges

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) is seeking to appoint a consultant or consultants to undertake a research project to provide insight to support museums in making evidence-driven decisions about charging for admission to their museums, or otherwise.

The main objective of this research is to understand the experience of museums that have moved from free admission to charging, or charging to free admission, or to ‘hybrid’ models (e.g. charging tourists but free entry for local people).

Proposals are to be submitted by 5pm on 19 January 2016 and full information can be found here

Tender Opportunity: Arts Council England

Museum Development Impact Evaluation
Contract starting 1 February running until 16 May 
Value of contract £24,000 – £35,000
Closing date: 26 January 2016

Arts Council England is seeking a service provider to analyse the current data sets collected across the regional programmes as part of this work. There are several providers that undertake annual benchmarking surveys. From this work, the service provider will identify a core data set which could be used to support future investment and could potentially be linked into any providers funding agreements.

To apply, complete and submit your tender response/proposal electronically to procurement@artscouncil.org.uk by the deadline of noon 26th January 2016. ACE will only accept responses submitted via the email address provided. Any tender delivered after the closing date and time for any reason will be discounted. The Arts Council is not responsible if all or part of your tender is not received.

For more information, please see here