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Industrial Heritage Support Officer Role Advertised:

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 English Heritage, the Association of Independent Museums and the Association for Industrial Archaeology, applications are invited for the following position of Industrial Heritage Support Officer.

Salary £c.27k, until 31 March 2020, Fixed Term Post, based at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire

The post-holder will deliver a national strategy providing England-wide support to improve the capacity, sustainability and conservation standards of preserved industrial sites with public access. They will maintain and create networks of relevant stakeholders and grant providers that is sustainable beyond the life of the project.   They will identify support mechanisms and sources of funding along with community groups & volunteers who could be engaged with the long-term care of the identified sites. The role would suit a graduate, museums or heritage professional who has experience of either the conservation, management or operation of heritage sites, ideally industrial in focus, knowledge of appropriate funding streams and experience of setting up support networks.

 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 Tuesday 6 March 2018, 9:00am.

 To request a Job Description and application form please contact Roger Clark, HR Officer at the e-mail address below.  Please note that it is Museum’s policy not to accept CV’s.

Roger Clark, HR Officer, e-mail: recruitment@ironbridge.org.uk

The IRONBRIDGE GORGE MUSEUMS Coach Road Coalbrookdale Telford Shropshire TF8 7DQ. Tel:  01952 435900 www.ironbridge.org.uk

 

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ABTEM GUIDELINES PUBLISHED!

The Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM) are proud to announce that the ‘Guidelines for the Care and Operation of Larger and Working Historic Objects’ will be launched at a special event at the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry on Thursday 15th February 2018.

The event marks the culmination of a four-year project to produce new guidelines for museums, volunteer groups and private collectors with larger and working objects. The guidelines will cover stationary engines, industrial machinery, road vehicles, aircraft, railway vehicles, ships, boats and other working items.

The new document will update and complement standards first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission first published in 1994 that have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists alike but after two decades of experience needed updating.

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The Guidelines are the result of considerable consultation and collaboration with the sector both through a scoping study undertaken by consultant Rob Shorland-Ball in 2015 and the work with others in the transport and industrial heritage world as the final document was produced by the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC) in 2017.

Information about the project, and also about seminars being run to publicise the new document can be found at http://www.abtemguidelines.org

The Guidelines are available in a number of formats:

A hard copy version produced in conjunction with the Collections Trust at a cost of £24.99 + postage. Copies can be ordered by visiting:

http://www.collectionstrust.org.uk/product/guidelines-for-the-care-of-larger-and-working-historic-objects

There is also a ‘Flipbook’ format book that can be viewed free of charge at:

http://online.fliphtml5.com/wffb/bclk/

A free downloadable PDF file (6.6mb) is available from www.abtemguidelines.org

 

 

Museum of English Rural Life consultation on Intangible Cultural Heritage

 The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading, is coordinating a project called Making, Using and Enjoying: The Museum of the Intangible. Funded by Arts Council England it explores the potential of intangible cultural heritage and creative and digital practice to improve research and understanding of our collections and to extend engagement. As part of the project MERL are developing a ‘toolkit’ to help museums and heritage organisations use the combination of intangible cultural heritage ideas and visual arts and other creative practices to engage and enrich the lives of new audiences.

There are many ways of understanding and interpreting the term ‘intangible cultural heritage’. UNESCO defines ICH as ‘the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills – including the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated with them – that communities, groups and individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage.’

To help develop this toolkit MERL would like the input from as many museums as possible. ICH ideas are relevant to all museums, and not just those with social history or ethnographic collections and have developed an online survey . The survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete, and closes at the end of February 2018.

The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PGGQJKB

ABTEM GUIDELINES FOR LARGER & WORKING HISTORIC OBJECTS LAUNCH EVENTS ANNOUNCED!

ABTEM is pleased to announce that its project to revise and update the old MGC Standards for the Care of Larger & Working Objects is almost complete!

The new ‘Guidelines for the Care of Larger & Working Historic Objects’ is due to be published on 15th February 2018 and will be available online from that date, with a hard copy option available from the Collections Trust. Further details of how to access the new Guidelines will be published shortly.

In the meantime, two regional events are being held to launch the Guidelines to the sector at the Aerospace Bristol Museum 22 February and Kelham Island Museum Sheffield (20 March)

More information and booking details are available at:

22 February – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-seminar-guidelines-for-the-care-of-larger-working-historic-objects-tickets-42240795356

20 March – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-seminar-guidelines-for-the-care-of-larger-working-historic-objects-tickets-42238404204

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Free Event Focussing on Participation and Engagement in Museums

The British Motor Museum is organising a free event 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  what it has achieved since 2015.
Beginning with 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!
kids
For further information please contact julie.tant@british motormuseum.co.uk
To book a place, visit:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resilience-participation-engagement-learning-sharing-good-practice-tickets-41043508238?aff=es2

Major prize with Mini for National Motor Museum visitor

Lord Montagu has handed the keys for a brand new Mini Cooper Convertible to the winner of the National Motor Museum Trust 2017 Prize Draw at Beaulieu.

NMMT raffle prize (l-r) Wendy Manley, Jim Manley and Lord Montagu

Jim Manley from Epsom, Surrey, and his wife Wendy were presented with the sporty white soft-top outside the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House. Auto electrician Jim, who bought his winning raffle ticket (number 20808) during a day out visit to Beaulieu, said: “When I got the call to say I had won, I really thought it was a wind-up, and it took a while before the penny dropped! This is absolutely brilliant.

The annual prize draw offers the chance to win a car for a £2 ticket and raises money for the National Motor Museum Trust, a charitable organisation which is dedicated to preserving and promoting motoring history.

For a chance to win the 2018 National Motor Museum Trust Prize Draw, tickets are going on sale at £2 for next year’s car which will be a stylish Fiat 500C TwinAir open-top city car. Runners-up prizes include a tour for three around the New Forest in a car from the museum collection, including a pit-stop at the Beaulieu Chocolate Studio for a demonstration and tasty treats, as well as a seat in a trust car in the 2019 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.   For more information and terms and conditions see  www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/car_prize_draw.

Job Vacancy: Industrial Heritage Support Officer

Details of a vacancy offered by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

In partnership with English Heritage, 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 2020, Fixed Term Post, based at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire

The post-holder will deliver a national strategy providing England-wide support to improve the capacity, sustainability and conservation standards of preserved industrial sites with public access. They will maintain and create networks of relevant stakeholders and grant providers that is sustainable beyond the life of the project.   They will identify support mechanisms and sources of funding along with community groups & volunteers who could be engaged with the long-term care of the identified sites. The role would suit a graduate, museums or heritage professional who has experience of either the conservation, management or operation of heritage sites, ideally industrial in focus, knowledge of appropriate funding streams and experience of setting up support networks.

 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 Monday 15 January 2018, 9:00am.

 To request a Job Description and application form please contact Roger Clark, HR Officer at the e-mail address below.

Please note C.V.s are not acceptable. Previous applicants need not apply.

Roger Clark, HR Officer, e-mail: recruitment@ironbridge.org.uk

The IRONBRIDGE GORGE MUSEUMS Coach Road Coalbrookdale Telford Shropshire TF8 7DQ

Tel:  01952 435900 www.ironbridge.org.uk

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.