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Vacancy: Assistant Curator, The British Motor Museum

The British Motor Museum, Gaydon is looking to recruit an Assistant Curator on a full-time, permanent basis.

As Assistant Curator, you will join the small, proactive and friendly curatorial team in a role that involves everything from the documentation and collections care of the Museum collections, dealing with enquiries, to helping research and deliver exhibitions and audience programmes. The Trust is looking for someone who will share our passion for bringing the fantastic collections even more to life and is willing to be hands-on in this varied role.

More details can be found at:

Vacancy: Engineering Coordinator, Black Country Living Museum

The Black Country Living Museum is currently advertising a vacancy for an Engineering Coordinator. The description is as follows:

37.5 hours a week (full time), £28,000 p.a., permanent.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with solid practical project management skills to join our Site Conservation, Transport & Maintenance Team as an Engineering Coordinator. 

If you have a passion for heritage engineering and have strong experience of coordinating schemes of work, this is the role for you. You will have the opportunity to help shape the Museum’s strategic approach to its historic mechanical, industrial and operational collections as well as coordinate the operational maintenance of working exhibits, which range from steam boilers to coal fired ovens.  

Specifically you will:

  • Coordinate the work delivery of significant programmes of repair, restoration and conservation around the Museum’s historic site.
  • Determine specifications and tender content for the use of external contractors and suppliers.
  • Consider financial resources and the challenges of working in a visitor environment, when prioritising projects.
  • Develop optimum standards and working practices for the care, maintenance and ongoing use of relevant collections.
  • Ensure that relevant collections are maintained in-line with safety management systems, health & safety policies and external regulations as required.
  • Maintain accurate electronic inventories of equipment, materials, and service records.
  • Provide regular and timely written communication on the progress of works to appropriate stake holders

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and organised individual with proven project management/coordination experience. Strong all round communication skills are critical as you will be required to make and present your recommendations. You should also be adept at working independently but ensuring clarity of your outputs.

Whilst a specific engineering background is not essential you must have some experience of working in an industrial setting and be able to evidence your engineering skills and knowledge.

To apply for the role, read the job advert here.

Call for Papers : Big Stuff 2022 Conference

The Big Stuff 2022 conference will be hosted in Seixal in Portugal (near Lisbon)  and online, with a focus on the Seixal Ecomuseum (Ecomuseu Municipal do Seixal) and the amazing Vale de Milhaços Gunpowder Factory . 

Big Stuff are currently calling for abstracts on the theme “Working together? Conservation and safeguarding of industrial and technology heritage”.

Abstracts are due by 5th February 2022 at this link:

Abstracts are invited that address the safeguarding and conservation of industrial and technological heritage from different perspectives, such as:

i) In-situ industrial heritage conservation processes;
ii) Experiences and methodologies for operational conservation of industrial objects;
iii) Agents and processes for safeguarding and conservation;
iv) Training of professionals in conservation of industrial and technological heritage.

For more information, contact details, and registration visit the Big Stuff 2022 website:

IATM Webinar- How do you decarbonise your museum?

The International Association of Transport and Communication Museums (IATM) is hosting a webinar titled ‘How do you decarbonise your museum?’ on the 27th January at 14:00 (GMT).

The webinar ‘seeks to demystify what decarbonisation means for our museums, with the help of Mott Macdonald, global engineering, management and development consultancy, who made their own organisation carbon neutral in 2020.’

Further information on the webinar can be found on the IATM website.

Digital Attitudes and Skills for Heritage Survey

The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Attitudes and Skills for Heritage (DASH) survey is currently open.

The DASH survey asks UK heritage organisations: 

  • What key digital attitudes and skills their staff and volunteers already have. 
  • What new uses of digital technology they would like to explore. 

DASH data is collected via a short online survey sent to all staff and volunteers. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and the resulting data helps organisations to identify opportunities to improve digital ways of working. It also directly informs work by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and The Heritage Alliance to shape future support for the sector.

On completing the survey, organisations receive a free report – including benchmark data – to help them understand how best to take their use of digital forward. 

Heritage organisations can sign up to DASH until Wednesday 17th November, with survey responses accepted until Sunday 21st November.

Sign up your organisation here.

Memorial for Andy King

As many in the world of industrial maritime and transport museums may know,  Andy King, Curator at Bristol Industrial Museum and M Shed Bristol from 1981 to 2021 and vice-chair of ABTEM died in July this year following a three-year battle with cancer. An informal memorial for Andy is to be held in the top floor event suite at M Shed in Bristol on Sunday September 26th between 12.00 – 16.00.  

Although numbers are limited, there are some spaces left if you’d like to attend.

There will be some speeches, but the majority of the event will be an opportunity for you to talk, and find out about his professional achievements, his work with other heritage organisations, his work with our local community and other cultural events in the City, as well as what a great bloke he was. Please bring a photo or object that reminds you of Andy and that you are prepared to share with friends and strangers.

Please click the Register button below to go to Eventbrite and obtain a ticket.

Big Stuff Webinar 27th September- The Pros and Cons of Wet Steam Lubrication

Join us in helping the UK’s Science and Industry Museum (Manchester) work out whether wet steam lubrication is right for their steam engines!  

Register here.

The Details 

The UK’s Science and Industry Museum, Manchester (part of the Science Museum Group) has asked the Big Stuff community to help them work out an innovative plan for operating their steam engines in their newly designed Power Hall. They want to create a display that is exciting, informative AND environmentally friendly. However, their steam engines use large quantities of water which get contaminated with lubricating oil and have to be jettisoned as waste. So they are interested in using wet steam lubrication for the engines, but want to how it works in practice and whether it will translate to the museum situation successfully. 

Whether you have experience with this method or are just interested in knowing more please join us for a great debate. More information is here: 

Schematics of the proposed gallery plan and steaming plan are available at: 

Money & Medals Network Zoom Event : Planes, Trains And… Numismatics?

The Money and Medals Network is hosting a Zoom event titled Planes, Trains and… Numismatics? on Wednesday 29th September 2021.

The Money and Medals Network exists to build and develop relationships between UK museums with collections of coins, medals, banknotes, tokens and associated numismatic objects. Training days featuring seminars led by contributors from local and national museums are being provided across the UK with a view to sharing knowledge and expertise. Numismatic support networks can then be set up as a result of these training sessions.

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Money and Medals Network is now running online training sessions on a variety of topics.

Session moderated by Henry Flynn, the British Museum

Booking is essential – to register email

Programme of events:

10:00 – Welcome and introductions

10:10 – Introduction to transport-themed numismatic collections and their storage, Henry Flynn, Project Curator: Money and Medals Network, the British Museum

10:45 – Coventry Transport Museum numismatic collection, Megan Nass, Curator (Cycles & Transport Objects), Coventry Transport Museum

11:15 – BREAK

11:30 – An introduction to London Transport Museum and its numismatic collections, Ellie Miles, Documentary Curator, London Transport Museum

11:45 – Coins, medals and the Brunels: telling the story at the SS Great Britain, Tim Bryan, Director of Brunel Institute, SS Great Britain Trust

12:15 – BREAK

12:30 – National Railway Museum numismatic collection, Ed Bartholomew, Lead Curator, National Railway Museum

13:00 – Magnificent mini medals: a community engagement project during lockdown, Daniel Ball, Outreach and Engagement Officer, Army Flying Museum

13:30 – Q&A, Final chance for questions/comments based on the morning’s events

14:00 – END

Environment Bill Debate- Heritage Fuels Amendment


On Monday 5th July 2021, the House of Lords discussed amendment 279 to ‘plea for an exception to clause 73’. The Hansard report details this here.

Lord Faulkner of Worcester stated:

“My Lords, I shall speak to my Amendment 279, which is grouped with the amendments in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley. I tabled it with noble Lords from across the Chamber, the noble Lords, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean and Lord Bradshaw, and the noble Earl, Lord Clancarty, because we believe that the members of the heritage steam alliance—heritage railways, steam boats and ships, steam road vehicles, engineering museums and historic houses—are entitled to have confirmed the guarantee given by the noble Lord, Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, in a private meeting on 25 May and repeated by him at Second Reading on 7 June, that they will be permitted to continue to burn coal. That guarantee should be placed in the Bill and enshrined in the Act when it finally passes.

At Second Reading, the noble Lord said:

‘The Government are very confident, as am I, that heritage railways will continue to operate, because although our electricity systems will no longer rely on coal, it can still be used by a range of industries that need it’.—[Official Report, 7/6/21; col. 1306.]

In our meeting a fortnight earlier, he said that banning heritage coal use would be a disproportionate response to the clean air and climate change agendas and would damage the great cultural and economic value of the steam sector to our tourism economy. There is no need for me make again my Second Reading speech about the value of the heritage rail sector and other aspects of the heritage steam alliance to tourism and the regional economy in particular. I simply make the point that all Amendment 279 does is to put it beyond any doubt that the assurances Ministers have repeatedly given us that the heritage steam sector will remain in being have the force of law and cannot be reversed without fresh primary legislation.”

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist stated:

“I turn to Amendment 279 from the noble Lord, Lord Faulkner. The Government understand the important contribution that the heritage sector makes to our national culture, and I appreciate the concerns raised by the noble Lord and others who have participated in this debate. I can confirm for noble Lords that heritage vehicles are not within the scope of the legislation, and that includes trains and boats. As for historic buildings, I confirm that local authorities, when declaring a smoke control area under Section 18 of the Clean Air Act 1993, have the power to exempt specific buildings or classes of buildings under Section 18(2)(c) of that Act. They could exempt specific historic houses or historic houses in general from the requirements applying to the smoke control area. The Bill will not impinge on that ability. We listened to the concerns raised by the heritage bodies during consultation on the measures, as well as engaging with the inquiries of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail. I can confirm that there will be no direct impact on the heritage steam sector as a result of this Bill. The Government do not intend to bring forward policy that would have a direct impact on it.

I reiterate that I understand the concerns raised by the noble Lord. I thank him for the recent discussion that he and others, including my noble friend Lord Forsyth, had with my noble friend the Minister on this issue. The Minister and his officials are happy to continue to engage with him as guidance is developed. I hope that the assurances that I have set out at the Dispatch Box are persuasive and that I am able to reassure noble Lords about the Government’s view about the importance of the heritage sector and that nothing in this Bill will impact on it. I hope that the noble Lord withdraws his amendment.”

Supportive speeches on Amendment 279 were also made by Lord Bradshaw (Lib Dem),  Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Con), Baroness Randerson (Lib Dem), Lord Khan of Burnley (Lab).

Vacancies at the National Motor Museum Trust- Learning Manager and Audience Research and Development Plan Consultant

The National Motor Museum Trust (NMMT) at Beaulieu is currently advertising vacancies for two roles, a permanent Learning Manager and an Audience Research and Development Plan Consultant (freelance):

Learning Manager

37.5 hours per week, £28,000 p.a.
New and permanent position

Are you the education practitioner we need to take the new role of Learning Manager forward? Can you enhance and grow our formal and informal learning offer in-line with our ambition as a world-renowned, nationally-styled accredited museum with designated collections?

We are seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic and creative practitioner to lead the team in developing and delivering a wide range of curiosity-generating learning opportunities for schools (KS 1 – 4 and SEN groups), FE, HEI, family and community groups. Engagement activities would take place on-site, off-site and online.

The successful candidate will manage the learning team to imaginatively expand our offer of STEM/STEAM programmes, engaging and inspiring children and young people to discover more about the history and future of motoring. You will help us extend our audiences, reach out to the local community and increase visits to the Museum and website. You will be a member of the Museum’s management team, supporting the implementation of our ambitious new five year strategy and assist in funding applications which help develop our programming.

You will manage competing tasks, have planning, time-management, organisational and practical teaching skills. You will be excellent at motivating and enabling a team in addition to being a productive and supportive team member and a helpful colleague.

If you would like an informal discussion about the position please contact Andrea Bishop, Director of Collections and Engagement on 07776 346444

Please download an application form from our website at . Alternatively, please email or call 07818 454539 if you would like an application form and job description sent to you.

Closing Date: Monday 12 July at 12 noon
First Interview Date: 21 & 22 July 2021
Second Interview Date: 28 & 29 July 2021
Please Quote Ref: V17

Audience Research and Development Plan Consultant

Freelance, maximum fee £20,000, completion by 31/03/2022

The National Motor Museum Trust (NMMT) at Beaulieu is seeking an experienced consultant to develop a detailed audience development plan, to enhance the quality of its engagement in order to appeal to new and existing users.

The NMMT is an independent, charitable organisation dedicated to engaging and inspiring people with the story of motoring through its world-class collections. In 2022 it celebrates its 50th Anniversary and is now in the process of embarking on an ambitious 5 year strategic plan.

The audience development plan will inform a range of new activities and displays that are part of ambitious programming plans. In addition to the experience of its onsite visitors, the NMMT is committed to offsite and digital engagement with users and their communities, and these areas of interaction are an important part of its future plans.

The appointed consultant will research and review the museum’s audiences and devise an audience development plan to support the NMMT’s strategic ambitions. Applicants will have previous experience of delivering a similar project in the museum and heritage sector, with strong communication and project management skills.

Please send requests for further information and applications to:

To apply for this position please submit a CV and covering statement in response to the project brief which can be downloaded at .

Closing date: 5th July
Interviews will take place via video call on 12th and 15th July