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Exhibitions Officer Vacancy at British Motor Museum

Details of a job opportunity at The British Motor Museum:

Exhibitions Officer

(Part-time, 22.5 hours per week, fixed-term 18 months) 

Salary: £23,500 pro rata

In 2017, the British Motor Museum became part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. The four-year programme funded by Arts Council will help widen the Museum’s audience through a range of activities working with communities and groups locally and regionally.

 

A key part of the programme will be the development and creation of innovative exhibition content at the British Motor Museum. This new Exhibitions Officer post will be an exciting opportunity to assist the Museum team in delivering a range of exhibition and audience content including, in particular, a new exhibition ‘The Car. The Future. Me’, due to open in June 2019.

The Museum is looking for an experienced museum professional who has worked on exhibition development and delivery. The role will include assisting in planning, procurement and project management as well as working with colleagues across the organisation, external partners and community groups to successfully deliver the exhibition.

Closing date: 27 September 2018

A full job description for this post can be downloaded here.

How to apply

To apply, please send a CV along with a covering letter or email giving full details of your experience and suitability for this position to tim.bryan@britishmotormuseum.co.uk

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Part-time Curatorial Position at Black Country Living Museum advertised

Circa £25,000 PA Pro Rata. Job Share : 3 days per week (22.5 hours) 

The Black Country Living Museum is  looking to recruit a highly motivated individual to curate its designated industry and transport collections. With a background in an established museum or heritage environment, the successful candidate will be instrumental in enhancing and developing the visitor experience as well as maintaining optimum curatorial standards in collections management and care.

The museum welcomes over 300,000 visitors per year to explore and discover 300 years of Black Country history. Our designated collections of around 61,000 objects constitute a comprehensive record of industrial activity and society in the Black Country.  BCLM: Forging Ahead is our £22m project to create a world class heritage attraction at the heart of the Black Country, telling a unique story of worldwide significance to 500,000 people each year.

For further information: see https://www.bclm.co.uk/about/jobs-at-the-museum/4.htm

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New curatorial opportunity launched by the Art Fund

The Headley Fellowships are part of an ongoing initiative by the Art Fund to encourage the development of UK collections expertise, and are intended to give curators – especially those based in smaller or regional museums – the time and resource to work with focused areas of their collections, deepening expertise within their museum and sharing specialist knowledge both with the public and across the sector.

The programme is open to mid-career and senior curators, and those with curatorial responsibility, and practically will give curators time away from their day-to-day responsibilities to embark on a bespoke period of research and development. Headley Fellowships with Art Fund aim to encourage the production of ambitious and high-quality museum projects which have collections at their core, while investing in museums across the UK and their curators, helping them to realise exceptional ideas for communicating with a spectrum of audiences.

Full details on the aims and scope of the scheme can be found at https://www.artfund.org/headley.

Applications are open now with a deadline of 15 October.

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2018 Museums Association Conference – programme announced

Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2018

8-10 November, Belfast

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.

The theme of Belfast 2018 is Dissent: Inspiring Hope, Embracing Change – having the courage to challenge traditional thinking to transform museums and society. And what better place to do this than Belfast. We highlight the role museums of all sizes and types can play as dissenting organisations, standing with their communities as they encourage activism and promote positive social change.

This year’s event is packed with content and delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally.

Keynote speakers include Rita Ann Higgins, award-winning Irish poet and playwright and Laura Raicovich, US-based writer and artworker. Directors in Conversation session will feature Lynn Scarff, director, National Museum of Ireland; Hilary McGrady, director-general, National Trust; Kathryn Thomson, chief executive officer and director, National Museums Northern Ireland; and Kim Streets, chief executive, Museums Sheffield. Other sessions cover topics such as co-curation, activism, curating conflict, diversity, equality, protest, Brexit, soft power, and the future of collections.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events give you the opportunity to see Belfast City Hall, Ulster Museum and HMS Caroline. Look out for the Festival of Change which is a series of creative interventions exploring the serious issues we’re all dealing with while indulging in some much-needed fun. Who says change has to be painful?

The third day to conference this year is a chance to visit a range of museums and galleries across Northern Ireland and Dublin. There is a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries and cultural venues in the area, all included in the price. The programme includes cultural and political tours in Belfast, Downpatrick, Dublin and Derry~Londonderry, the UK City of Culture 2013.

Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

Early bird booking ends on 20 August 2018. For more information and to book your place go to www.museumsassociation.org/conference

The Museums Association is partnering with Flybe to offer discount flights to attendees at this year’s conference and exhibition in Belfast. Book directly on www.flybe.com before 20 August 2018 and receive a discount of 20% off the “Just Fly” fare using the promotional Code: fly2mac.

‘History Makers’ grants of £90k available

ABTEM members are encouraged to have a look at the AIM Biffa Award History Makers grant programme.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £90,000 to create an exhibition telling the story of their chosen History Maker – someone who helped shape the world we live in today.

All the details can be found on the AIM website at https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/for-aim-members/grants/aim-biffa-award-history-makers-programme/

We’ve already funded some great projects celebrating history makers from the worlds of education, engineering, sport, health and science, but we want more.

We are looking for projects that use the life and achievements of extraordinary historical figures to inspire and educate people today.

Your History Maker may not be a well-known public figure, but their life and/or work will have helped shape the world we live in today. People are making history all the time, so we are happy to consider history makers from any period, including more recent history.

We want the programme to be as representative of the population as possible, so are particularly keen to hear from projects based on women who made history and history makers from diverse backgrounds.

The programme is open for Expressions of Interest now until the end of September, with the final application deadline at the end of October.

Please feel free to contact Tim Burge, History Makers Project Manager at historymakers@timburge.org if you’d like to discuss a possible application and please pass this message on to any others who might be interested.

 

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News from the Collections Trust

Can you help Collections Trust with their terminology resource?

Using consistent terms is crucial for retrieving information about your collection quickly and accurately. To help you do this, Collections Trust have drawn up a list of the published term sources they know about, mapped to relevant Spectrum units of information.

However, this is still a working document. The Collections Trust needs your help to fill in the gaps, by identifying any published term sources they have missed, or by sharing any additional in-house terms you use with them. You can find the draft list and the feedback form here:

http://bit.ly/2NJ7KEy

Collections Trust Award 2018 open for entries

Collections Trust are inviting museums to tell them about the difference Spectrum 5.0 has made to collections management in their museum, by describing a recent collections management activity or project.

   The winning museum will receive £1,000 to spend on an agreed collections management activity, along with a free place at our 2018 conference to receive the award in person. To enter, simply use their online form, and submit your answers before noon on Monday 30 July 2018.

http://bit.ly/2N62lGs

 

THEFT FROM TOTNES MUSEUM

A distraction robbery, at Totnes Museum in Devon on 23rd June, has led to the loss of an unique piece of local engineering history.

“The Experiment”, a model compound engine was built by engineer, John Lewis Larrad, and has been a feature of the museum’s collection for many years.

John Larrad was best known for his invention of the “Larrad” retaining nut – a steel lock nut first patented in 1912. A note that he wrote on a piece of his advertising reads –

“Choose a Bolt as you would a friend,
For on a Bolt men’s lives depend.”

This very heavy, and unique, piece of model engineering will almost certainly appear on the market and it is hoped that it will be recognised and returned to the town where it was made.

Larrad's Experiment engine.

Anyone with information is asked to directly contact the Museum at Totnes.