Curatorial vacancy at the Black County Living Museum

Details of a vacancy at the Black County Living Museum

Curator (Industry & Transport): Job Share: 15 hours per week

Salary: circa £25,000 per annum (pro rata)

 The Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) is looking to recruit a highly motivated individual to curate our designated industry and transport collections. With a background in an established museum or heritage environment, you will be instrumental in enhancing and developing our visitor experience as well as maintaining optimum curatorial standards in collections management and care.  To complement our existing team, you should have a strong background in industrial history or industrial collections.

The Postholder will work within the Collections Team, supported by dedicated volunteers, and expected to provide support and advice to colleagues across that organisation. There are a number of funded activities, including the delivery of industrial elements of BCLM: Forging Ahead, for the Curator to take the lead on.  Evidence of previous successful museum project management is essential.  Experience of working in an open-air museum or with operational industrial exhibits is desirable.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Jonathan Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive (Collections, Learning and Research), .

For a job description and details of how to apply, please visit

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Conservation Manager Vacancy at Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol opened to the public in October 2017 and aims to inspire, entertain and inform through engagement with the stories and collections of Bristol’s aerospace industry – past, present and future. It is also home to the last Concorde ever built and the last to fly when it returned to its birthplace in Filton.

The new post is an exciting opportunity for a skilled objects conservator or engineer with proven knowledge of the principles of museum conservation.  The Conservation Manager will have the skills to manage and supervise the conservation of the object collections, with the ability to undertake practical conservation.  Adherence to Health & Safety regulations at all times is critical to this role.

The post-holder will be a highly experienced manager, responsible for meeting museum standards and the effective supervision/management of a dedicated team of volunteers and will be responsible for all object conservation programmes, including the Bristol Bolingbroke, which has been a restoration project previously managed by a volunteer team, and the Bristol Freighter. The Bristol Freighter is newly-arrived from New Zealand and is awaiting a full conservation assessment prior to any work commencing.

More details are available at:

Closing date: 9 April 2018

Concorde Airbus copyright Neil Phillips 07885 214291

Brooklands Museum – Director of Collections Role Advertised

Details of a new role at Brooklands Museum:

The Museum is seeking a new Director of Collections, Interpretation and Heritage who is passionate about bringing history alive for people; telling stories of science, engineering, industry and innovation in ways that enthral and excite people of all ages and backgrounds and who wants to play a key leadership role in this growing, ambitious, independent museum.

Brooklands Museum is on the site of the world’s first purpose built motor racing circuit and the most productive aircraft factories in Europe in the twentieth century. Brooklands’ heritage includes themes of inventiveness, adventure, ambition and engineering innovation. The museum is well-known and loved by enthusiasts, and has a growing family audience. Our aim in coming years is to bring out its interest and relevance to the wider public.

It is an exciting time to join the museum. A new CEO started earlier this year, and much of the site will be reinterpreted and developed over the coming years, building on the extremely successful new £8m development of the Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed exhibitions, completed last year.

The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of motor sport and / or aviation collections, with a background in engineering and experience of working collections, as using collections is a key principle of the museum. Experience of working with a large team of enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteers would be helpful. Crucially, the post holder will be able to lead the development and implementation of a site-wide interpretation plan that will engage visitors with the Brooklands story and bring it to life for a wide-range of types of visitors.

For more information about the post and how to apply please visit


The British Motor Museum is organising a free seminar 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 see what it has achieved since 2015.
Inlcuding 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!
Places can still be booked at:

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:

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



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.


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

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:

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

A free downloadable PDF file (6.6mb) is available from



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: