Archive for November, 2019

NWFED EVENT: Co-production in Practice

Friday, November 8th, 2019

When: Thursday 26th March (timings tbc)

Where: Ordsall Hall, 322 Ordsall Ln, Salford – M5 3AN

How Much: Free to NWFed Members (for memberships costs and information on how to join, click here)

During this event you will hear from a number of North West organisation’s who have worked on co-curation projects of different scales and budgets. Each speaker will provide honest insights into their own co-curation process detailing what worked well, what went wrong and what they learned while providing invaluable advice for others looking to undertake co-curation projects in their own organisations.

Further details of the programme’s speakers and schedule will be announced soon.

To register your interest in attending, contact Emma Sumner (

NWFED MUSEUM BASICS: An Introduction to… Object Marking and Labelling

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

When: 22 January 2020, 10.30am – 1.00pm

Where: Midland Railway Building, 38-40 Victoria St, Liverpool – L1 6BX

How Much: Free to NWFed Members (for memberships costs and information on how to join, click here)

Led by Tracey Seddon, Collections Care team, National Museums Liverpool

The NWFED introduces its new ‘Museum Basics’ training events with ‘An Introduction to Object Marking and Labelling’. This hands-on session provides everything you need to know about how to mark and label your collection in a safe and sensitive way. The course is aimed at volunteers and professionals new to the sector, as well as anyone who needs a refresher. By the end of the course you will

  • Know why and when to mark museum objects, including ethical considerations
  • Understand the Health and Safety issues relating to marking objects
  • Understand where to source marking and labelling materials and how to put a kit together
  • Have practical experience of marking and labelling a range of objects
  • Understand how to remove numbers

To reserve your place please email Emma Sumner (

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Casual Exhibition Officer – Lancashire County Council

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

What: Casual Exhibition Officer

Where: Preston at the Lancashire Conservation Studios and a number of venues across Lancashire and the North West

Salary: £24,799 pro-rata (grade 7)

Contract: Casual hours per week

Deadline: 14 November

The Conservation and Collections Team of Lancashire County Council support the operation and development of museums, country houses and historic sites across Lancashire through the provision of specialist conservation, technical, design and curatorial skills and undertake work for museums and heritage organisations nationally.

Reporting to the Conservation & Collections Manager, they are looking for an enthusiastic and creative designer to work with this team and their external clients creating exhibition designs , both 2D and 3D, as well as  graphic material to enhance the visitor experience and interpretation of museum collections.

This is a casual post working ad-hoc dependent on the service acquiring external contracts.

For further details on the role and how to apply, Click Here

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Exhibitions Officer – Williamson Art Gallery

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

What: Exhibitions Officer

Where: Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Wirral

Salary: Up to £15,643.00 pro rata

Contract: Temporary part time (28.8 hours per week)

Deadline: 18 November

The Williamson Art Gallery are seeking to appoint a new temporary Exhibitions Officer. In this role you will assist the Principal Museums Officer in the development of exhibitions and displays drawn from Wirral’s collections and external providers while also supporting the Senior Keeper in ensuring the smooth running of exhibition installations and object movement.

For further details on the role and how to apply, Click Here


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Community Freelancer – Keswick Museum

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

What: Community Freelancer

Where: Keswick Museum and surrounding area

Fees: Total budget of £6.000.00 for fees and £3,000.00 for materials for exhibitions/workshops

Contract: until end of Nov 2020

Deadline: 15 November

Exhibitions 2020 is a project supported by the Heritage Fund to develop the exhibition spaces at Keswick Museum and create a more resilient organisation which will provide an attractive offer to its local and visitor communities. As part of the project, the use of the Fitz Park Gallery will be developed.  The Fitz Park Gallery is a free to enter space on the ground floor of the Museum, next to the café.  The aim is to use this space to engage with community groups and individuals and support them to create their own exhibitions.

Keswick Museum wishes to work with a Community Freelancer to support community outcomes in relation to the Fitz Park Gallery. The Community Freelancer will: identify potential groups and individuals to work with; plan and deliver programme of a minimum of 9 exhibitions lasting 4-6 weeks each between Feb and Dec 2020; develop a good working relationship with participates, helping them to overcome any barriers to participation; run community workshops to support creation and delivery of exhibitions; liaise with Museum staff and volunteers to meet needs to participate; carry out evaluation activity to record project and aid reporting back to grant bodies; and manage the budget for Fitz Park Gallery space, ensuring evidence of any expenditure.

For more details about the role and how to apply, please contact Becks Skinner via email (

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Association for Heritage Interpretation North Group Meeting

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

When: Friday 22 November at 11.00am

Where: Bolton Museum

How Much: FREE

The Association for Heritage Interpretation is the professional organisation for anyone helping people to understand and appreciate the world around them. If you are creating exhibitions, tours, trails or activities in museums and heritage sites, and would like to share and develop your interpretive skills, then please join a group of northern AHI members on a visit to Bolton Museum and find out more about this friendly and supportive network.

The next AHI North group meeting will take a tour of Bolton Museum’s newly refurbished Egyptian gallery which impressed the Museums Journal reviewer earlier this year. Members of the project team from the museum and the interpretive designers Core (formerly Leach Studio) will talk about their approach to interpreting this impressive collection.

To attend, please register with Sue Latimer ( | 01772 731051) by Wednesday 20 November.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Museum Manager – Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

What: Museum Manager

Where: Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life, Carlise

Salary: £26,000 – £28,000

Contract: Full time (37.5 Hours), permanent

Deadline: 25 November

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life is seeking an experienced and dynamic person to take over the leadership of their thriving museum. The current curator retires after leading a complete transformation of the museum through a four year £1.5million HLF funded programme.

The Museum are seeking a leader who will relish the opportunity to continue the substantial progress they have achieved. They need someone who is a great team player, and able to maintain the vibrant outreach programme. You will have a deep interest in the impact museums can make and an affinity with military history. You will also bring the energy and dynamism to strengthen our commercial activities and make the most of digital opportunities.

For further details on the role and how to apply,Click Here

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Freelance Creative Practitioners – Pilkington’s Ceramic Collection

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

What: Freelance Creative Practitioners – Pilkington’s Ceramic Collection

Where: Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Fee: £1,000.00 (inclusive of all materials)

Deadline: Sunday 24 November

Salford Museum & Art Gallery are looking for freelance creative practitioners to deliver a range of workshops and activities to engage audiences with their Pilkington’s ceramic collection. They are also looking for an artist/maker to develop an exclusive range of products inspired by the Pilkington’s collection. Applicants can apply for some, or all, of the 3 areas of work which are detailed below:

  • Pilkington’s Collection:Family Activities – to deliver a series of drop-in activities inspired by our the collection.
  • Pilkington’s Collection:Workshops, Tutorials and Performance – to deliver a wide range of different types of workshops, performances and tutorials inspired by or based upon the tiles and pottery collection.
  • Pilkington’s Collection: Merchandise Development – to produce an exclusive range of products inspired by the Pilkington’s ceramic collection and archive.

For further details on all of the above opportunities, Click Here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Museum Development North West’s Capital Development Network Meeting

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

When: Thursday 14 November, 10.00am – 12.30pm

Where: Bolton Museum

Museum Development North West’s Capital Development Network is for anyone who is either going through, or thinking of undertaking a capital development at their museum.

Their next meeting, held at Bolton Museum, will hear all about the Museum’s recent development focusing on master planning, interpretation and collections management.

To register your attendance, Click Here.


FUNDING: 2020 Windrush Day Grants

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Deadline: 8 December, 11.50pm 

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government are looking for organisations to run a community led project seeking to celebrate, commemorate and educate about the Windrush Generation and their contribution to British economic, social and cultural life. This includes those who arrived on the ship, their contemporaries and descendants.

The Ministry have a budget of up to £500,000 to fund activities across the country. The minimum amount available is £2,500 and the maximum is £25,000. All bidders are encouraged to demonstrate additional sources of funding as part of their proposal.

For further information about the fund and how to apply, Click Here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Creative Consultation with Young People

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

When: 20 March 2020, 10.00am – 4.15pm

Where: Tullie House, Carlisle

How Much: £90.00

Led by Artswork, this course will ensure your projects for young people remain dynamic and relevant, by embedding their voice across your work and the governance of your organisation. Explore effective consultation tools and discover meaningful, creative ways to communicate with young people. Learn to understand the interests, needs and behaviours of your audiences by involving young people in active roles and ongoing dialogue that will both listen to and empower them.

To find out more about the course and how to book a place, Click Here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Behaviour Management and Creative Consultation

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

When: 12th February 2020, 10.00am- 4.15pm

Where: HOME, Manchester

How Much: £150.00 (some limited bursary places available)

Led by Artswork, this is an essential training for anyone working directly with young people. During the course you will undertake practical workshops and activities which require a broad understanding of youth culture and the issues surrounding young people’s lives. There are added pressures of working directly with young people at risk, one of which is having the skills, knowledge and experience to be able to support behaviour effectively and responsively. This course will discuss behaviour strategies, health and safety issues and risk assessment. You will also look at ways of promoting a style of engagement with young people that supports their wellbeing and individual needs, and helps them to succeed and achieve.

To find out more about the course and how to book, Click Here.


FUNDING: Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy – Networks Funding

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Deadline: 15 November

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy believes that collaboration is a powerful tool for stimulating innovation, sharing ideas, building knowledge and developing new skills and their Networks Funding aims to achieve exactly that.

Applications are now open for their next round of Network Funding, supported by Arts Council England and they invite applications from groups or networks across England to support the development of a fundraising training event, conference, seminar or introductory meeting. Organisations and groups can apply for various levels of support towards the costs for organising an event or activity to take place before 14th March 2020.

To find out more about the application process and levels of funding you can apply for, Click Here.


FUNDING: Change Creation Programme Reopens for Applications

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Deadline: 21 November

Change Creation works with visionary organisations to create and embed transformational change. Designed and delivered by people make it work, one of the UK’s most experienced organisational development agencies working in the Cultural sector, Change Creation involves and engages organisations to shape, test, challenge and realise lasting change through networks, peer learning, research, tools, resources, a hot-house of support, industry experts, workshops, learning events… and much more!

With such a huge demand for their first Change Creation Programme, they have decided to build TWO new programmes – Change Creation 2 will start in November 2019 with a two-year programme running until October 2021. Change Creation 3 will start in June 2020 and run until May 2022. Each programme is open and available for up to 30 arts and cultural organisations from across the UK.

To find out further details on how to apply and further details about what the programme will entail, Click Here.

FUNDING: AIM Hallmarks Awards

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Deadline: 20 November

AIM members in England can now apply for a grant of up to £12,000 through the AIM Hallmarks Awards. Funded by Arts Council England through AIM’s National Portfolio Organisation funding, the AIM Hallmarks Awards will provide grants totalling around £55,000 each year over the next three years and are available in two strands:

Main grants of £4000 to £12000:  will enable museums to implement the key ideas of the AIM Hallmarks. We will support projects that have an impact on museums’ ways of working, culture, strategy or business model. These will be open to all Accredited AIM member museums in England.

Small grants of £3000 – £6000: will support museums to improve their financial sustainability through either cost saving or income generation. These will only be open to Accredited AIM member museums in England in AIM’s small museum category (that is, museums with up to 20,000 visitors a year).

For further details on how to apply and to check your eligibility, Click Here.