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 railway has launched a fundraising appeal at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=SRPSlandslide
Image: courtesy Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway
Please note that the main ABTEM web site (www.abtem.co.uk) will be out of action until the beginning of 2020 while we create a new site!
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 IRONBRIDGE GORGE MUSEUMS Coach Road Coalbrookdale Telford Shropshire TF8 7DQ Tel: 01952 435900 http://www.ironbridge.org.uk
Post supported by:
TRUSTEES (volunteer role)
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
028 9039 5161
The full list is:
NMNI_Cars for Disposal_02.09.19
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.
To book, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/when-its-gone-its-gone-keeping-knowledge-safe-a-joint-abtemshcg-seminar-tickets-71039540177?aff=affiliate1
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 report can be downloaded here:Coal Report
Details of a new vacancy:
National Motor Museum Trust
37.5 hours per week
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
To apply for this position please download an application form from our website at http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/careers . Alternatively please email email@example.com or call 01590 614681 if you would like an application form posted to you.
Closing Date: Tuesday 18 June at 12 noon
Interview Date: Wednesday 3 July 2019
Please quote reference number V143
Details of a vacancy for the role of Curator at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset.
As one of the leading museums and visitor attractions in the South West, with over 125,000 visitors annually, you will be joining a dynamic and engaged team of over 120 staff and volunteers.
The museum is looking for an innovative, enthusiastic and motivated museum professional to be its subject specialist, knowing the Collection inside and out, and able to preserve that information for the next custodians of our Museum. The successful candidate must be proactive and keen to work in a fast paced work environment. They’ll strive to deliver a culture of exceptional service, ensuring our visitors and partners always have the best possible experience.
The Museum has over 400 vehicles and as a charity it has three core aims: preservation, restoration and education. The Museum also operates several businesses that donate all of their profits to support these charitable aims. It is essential that the successful candidate can collaborate across the organisation in order to help deliver the Museum’s strategic plan.
More information is available at: https://www.haynesmotormuseum.com/jobs/museum-curator-ft
Closing date: Monday 10th June 2019
The 2019 Science Museum Group Research Conference will take place 4-5 November 2019, at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. Here, on an internationally significant industrial heritage site, in the world’s first industrial city, we will emphasise the place of industry. The conference seeks to showcase research from across the Science Museum Group, partners, and collaborators and to broaden the participants in – and audience for – that research. Alongside the overarching theme, the conference gathers together new thinking that resonates with the collections and practices of the Science Museum Group and draws out emerging work from our research community.
This year we particularly welcome offers of papers, panels, case studies, screenings and performances on the following topics:
- Place-based approaches to science and industry. From the coffee house to the technical school, from bricks and mortar to regional strategies. What does a focus on place and space bring to our understanding of science and industry?
- Interfaces and juxtapositions of industry with other disciplines and frames. From applying a science, technology, engineering and maths lens to industry to making space for artists and creative practitioners to extend industry’s meaning. What potentials are there in pushing and exploring the boundaries of industry?
- The proximity of industry. From the haptic perception of technologies to the sensory qualities of industrial cities and spaces. How does industry being close-at-hand alter human experience? And how does experience design respond to industrial spaces?
If you are interested in contributing, please get in touch with Abi Wilson Abigail.firstname.lastname@example.org
Your proposal should include the following information:
- Proposed format of your contribution (presentation, performance, panel etc)
- Working title
- Abstract– at this stage a brief paragraph is fine
- Name(s) of speaker / contributors
- Home institution.
The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday 28 June 2019.