Horse-drawn carriages are found in museum collections across the country. As moving objects in static displays they are often difficult to interpret. This new guide brings together best practice in the interpretation of carriages to help museums bring them to life.
The new guide was written by museum interpretation consultant Steve Slack, in collaboration with professionals from across the museum sector working with carriage collections. More information can be found at a new website that provides further information and resources.
This guide was commissioned by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage and funded by Arts Council England and complements ABTEM’s newly published Guidelines for the Care and Operation of Larger & Working Historic Objects.
News of a new post being created at the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford:
“An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Haynes International Motor Museum for a Head of Collections and Interpretation to join the Senior Executive Team. The successful candidate will manage the Collections Department and lead the delivery of an ambitious and forward thinking strategy. The role’s responsibilities cover the full spectrum of collections focused activity including the day-to-day management of the collection, collections documentation, conservation, the delivery of education programmes and both temporary and longer term exhibitions & displays. The adoption of sector best practice will be at the heart of this work in preparation for an eventual Accreditation application.”
Further information about the vacancy can be found at: https://www.haynesmotormuseum.com/jobs/head-collections-and-interpretation
DETAILS OF A NEW POST AT THE RAF MUSEUM:
c£31,000 per annum
The Royal Air Force Museum is a National Museum that tells the story of the RAF through its people and collections.
The Conservation Manager role is an exciting new opportunity to lead a dedicated team within the Museum’s Collections Services department. This team will play a leading role in the continuing transformation of the RAF Museum as it marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force.
The post holder will manage the development and delivery of conservation projects and facilities at the Museum’s London site. In support of the Museum’s collections development and exhibition programmes they will manage a range of activities to ensure the preservation of collections whilst promoting wider public access to the RAF story and greater volunteer engagement.
A relevant conservation or engineering qualification or demonstrable experience in managing and preserving aircraft or other large industrial objects within a heritage, commercial or military environment are essential. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of conservation or engineering standards.
The post will be based in Colindale, NW London. Some weekend and evening working and travel between Museum sites and to other institutions in the UK and overseas will be necessary.
Details of a vacancy at the Black County Living Museum
Curator (Industry & Transport): Job Share: 15 hours per week
Salary: circa £25,000 per annum (pro rata)
The Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) is looking to recruit a highly motivated individual to curate our designated industry and transport collections. With a background in an established museum or heritage environment, you will be instrumental in enhancing and developing our visitor experience as well as maintaining optimum curatorial standards in collections management and care. To complement our existing team, you should have a strong background in industrial history or industrial collections.
The Postholder will work within the Collections Team, supported by dedicated volunteers, and expected to provide support and advice to colleagues across that organisation. There are a number of funded activities, including the delivery of industrial elements of BCLM: Forging Ahead, for the Curator to take the lead on. Evidence of previous successful museum project management is essential. Experience of working in an open-air museum or with operational industrial exhibits is desirable.
For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Jonathan Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive (Collections, Learning and Research), Jonathan.Wilson@bclm.com .
For a job description and details of how to apply, please visit http://www.bclm.co.uk/about/jobs-at-the-museum/4.htm
Aerospace Bristol opened to the public in October 2017 and aims to inspire, entertain and inform through engagement with the stories and collections of Bristol’s aerospace industry – past, present and future. It is also home to the last Concorde ever built and the last to fly when it returned to its birthplace in Filton.
The new post is an exciting opportunity for a skilled objects conservator or engineer with proven knowledge of the principles of museum conservation. The Conservation Manager will have the skills to manage and supervise the conservation of the object collections, with the ability to undertake practical conservation. Adherence to Health & Safety regulations at all times is critical to this role.
The post-holder will be a highly experienced manager, responsible for meeting museum standards and the effective supervision/management of a dedicated team of volunteers and will be responsible for all object conservation programmes, including the Bristol Bolingbroke, which has been a restoration project previously managed by a volunteer team, and the Bristol Freighter. The Bristol Freighter is newly-arrived from New Zealand and is awaiting a full conservation assessment prior to any work commencing.
More details are available at: http://aerospacebristol.org/careers/
Closing date: 9 April 2018
Details of a new role at Brooklands Museum:
The Museum is seeking a new Director of Collections, Interpretation and Heritage who is passionate about bringing history alive for people; telling stories of science, engineering, industry and innovation in ways that enthral and excite people of all ages and backgrounds and who wants to play a key leadership role in this growing, ambitious, independent museum.
Brooklands Museum is on the site of the world’s first purpose built motor racing circuit and the most productive aircraft factories in Europe in the twentieth century. Brooklands’ heritage includes themes of inventiveness, adventure, ambition and engineering innovation. The museum is well-known and loved by enthusiasts, and has a growing family audience. Our aim in coming years is to bring out its interest and relevance to the wider public.
It is an exciting time to join the museum. A new CEO started earlier this year, and much of the site will be reinterpreted and developed over the coming years, building on the extremely successful new £8m development of the Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed exhibitions, completed last year.
The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of motor sport and / or aviation collections, with a background in engineering and experience of working collections, as using collections is a key principle of the museum. Experience of working with a large team of enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteers would be helpful. Crucially, the post holder will be able to lead the development and implementation of a site-wide interpretation plan that will engage visitors with the Brooklands story and bring it to life for a wide-range of types of visitors.
For more information about the post and how to apply please visit https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/about/work-for-us
The British Motor Museum is organising a free seminar on Wednesday 7 March, titled ‘The Open Road’: Resilience, Participation and Engagement: learning and sharing good practice’.
The event is a day giving people the chance to see how the Museum has benefited from Arts Council Museum Resilience funding and see what it has achieved since 2015.
Inlcuding a keynote from Wendy Parry, the Museum’s Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, presentations will include sessions on the introduction and use of costumed interpreters in a museum setting, community engagement activities and lessons learned from the Museum’s lifelong and formal learning programmes as well as how the visitor experience has been enhanced.
Participants will also have the chance to see the Museum and its award-winning displays.
Travel bursaries of up to £100 are available and lunch is provided!
Places can still be booked at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resilience-participation-engagement-learning-sharing-good-practice-tickets-41043508238?aff=es2