Here are details of a new post of Senior Curator (History) at Bristol:
The postholder based at M Shed and Blaise Museums will manage a team of history curators (currently three) caring for social, industrial, and maritime history collections relating especially to the past and, very importantly, the contemporary life of Bristolians.
In addition the Senior Curator will also oversee the operation of the ‘working exhibits’ in the City Docks – the Bristol Harbour Steam Railway, three historic boats, 4 electric cranes and 1 steam crane – managed through one of the curator posts and utilising an extensive volunteer force.
The Senior Curator will also work closely with the Bristol Archives team, especially regarding photographic and oral history collections.
Birmingham Museums Trust are currently working on a National Portfolio Organisation funded ‘Science Collection Research, Rationalisation and Redisplay’ project.
As part of this project the Trust have recently approved a small group of objects for disposal from their collection including a Cornish boiler, a steam turbine condenser, and an injection moulding machine.
Museums, heritage attractions and other groups have been battling to come to terms with the ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic and many have launched very successful campaigns to raise much needed funds to help them survive in such uncertain times. If this was not enough some organisations have had even more challenges to overcome!
On the evening of Tuesday 11th and in the early hours of Wednesday 12th August, much of Scotland was battered by severe thunderstorms. During a subsequent inspection of the Bo’ness Kinneil Railway, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society Civil Engineer identified multiple landslips along approximately a mile-long stretch of the railway. The line was declared unfit for traffic and the railway closed to all trains.
The worst of the landslips has occurred on a steep embankment near ‘High Bridge’. A geo-structural engineer has inspected the site and the railway has estimated that this damage may cost £100,000 to repair.
The significant damage to the line could not have come at worse time: a limited reopening of the Bo’ness Kinneil Railway was planned in mid-September, after a lengthy closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has it’s income at a record low.
The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, in Shropshire, is one of the World’s most entrepreneurial independent museums and an international leader in the field of industrial heritage conservation & interpretation. In partnership with Historic England, the Association of Independent Museums and the Association for Industrial Archaeology, applications are invited for the following position:
INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE SUPPORT OFFICER
Salary £c.27k, until 31 March 2021, Fixed Term Post, based at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire
Industrial heritage is a key component of this country’s past and in this post you will be responsible for promoting industrial heritage conservation though networks and partnerships. The successful post-holder will continue to deliver a national strategy providing England-wide support to improve the capacity, sustainability and conservation standards for publicly accessible preserved industrial heritage sites. They will develop, support and embed regional Industrial Heritage Networks for those who own, manage and operate these sites that is sustainable beyond the life of the project. Potential funding options will also be considered to explore the development of the project beyond 31 March 2021. The role would suit a graduate, museums or heritage professional who has experience of the conservation, management or operation of heritage sites, ideally industrial in focus, experience of setting up support networks and knowledge of appropriate funding streams.
Applicants for this position must hold a full driving licence and have access to their own transport.
Applications are by covering letter and application form, closing date 9 December 5pm 2019.
To request a Job Description and application form please contact Roger Clark, HR Officer at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that it is Museum’s policy not to accept CVs.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants with the appropriate skills and abilities will be guaranteed an interview if they have a disability.
The National Motor Museum Trust is a charitable organisation dedicated to preserving and promoting motoring history. It has a world famous collection of vehicles and associated motoring items, many of which are on display in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
The board is looking to strengthen skills in the areas of stakeholder engagement, income generation and fundraising, museum and archives management, education and learning, financial management and reaching out to the historic motoring movement.
The Trust also welcomes applications from those who have the skills, time and interest but who prefer to become advisors or ambassadors for the Museum rather than formally take on trustee responsibilities.
We wish recruit trustees with expertise in museums, archives and education in order to strengthen our trustee board. This role would involve attending trustee meetings and providing support and advice to senior management.
For further information, or to set up an informal conversation, please email
National Museums NI (Ulster Transport Museum) are offering a number of cars for disposal to other Accredited museums. They include a 1972 VW Beetle, 1964 Fort Cortina and a 1949 Triumph Renown. The vehicles are offered free of charge but interested parties would be expected to arrange and pay for transportation. Further information can be provided on request.
Please contact – Hannah Crowdy, Head of Curatorial, National Museums NI
When It’s Gone, It’s Gone – Keeping Knowledge Safe
ABTEM’s next seminar will be a joint ABTEM and SHCG event held at the National Railway Museum, York on 11th October 2019
What happens to their knowledge when long-serving staff and volunteers leave? How do institutions plan for succession? How do we cope with fewer people with specialist knowledge?
This day seminar aims to address these issues and give an opportunity for sharing strategies and projects. Confirmed speakers include Steph Mastoris on SHCG’s firstBase project and Dr Laura Humphreys on harvesting information from curators at the Science Museum.
The seminar will cost £12 (excluding lunch) and there will be opportunity to look around the NRM.
A though-provoking and important report has been issues by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail. The heritage railway movement faces significant challenges in future as a result of the government’s 2019 clean air strategy which proposes measures to reduce emissions from transport and the restriction of domestic coal and wood burning by 2022. In addition, the ending of coal-fired power generation is also likely to see UK opencast coal production dramatically reduced, making the supply of high quality coal for steam locomotives more problematic.
The National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu is a charitable organisation dedicated to engaging and inspiring people with the story of motoring through world class collections. There are over 250 vehicles and extensive object, photographic, archive and library collections, all of which have Designated status.
This is an exciting opportunity to join an enthusiastic and proactive Collections Team within an Accredited museum and take responsibility for the Reference Library Collection. The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant field with demonstrable museum and collections management experience.
For an informal discussion, please telephone Dominic Ivaldi on 01590 614654