Job opportunities (14.6.2022)
Museum Interpretation Unit Head - Interpretive text writing, design, and interactives, DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND TOURISM
Zayed National Museum, the national museum of the UAE, will narrate the rich history of the land and the region and tell the story of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, his unification of the United Arab Emirates and the UAE's long-standing cultural connections across the world.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster, the museum was founded in the spirit of Sheikh Zayed's work and strongly held values, which encompassed a passionate belief in education, conservation, environment, sustainability, heritage, and culture-all underpinned by his humanitarianism and strong faith.
Zayed National Museum will hold in trust a collection of art and artefacts from the ancient and living cultures of the UAE, Arabia, and the broader Middle East. It will also be the primary institution in the UAE to display material related to the life and achievements of the late Sheikh Zayed.
A centre of learning and discussion, the museum will actively research the UAE's history and culture through archaeological fieldwork, archive research and the gathering of oral histories.
To connect visitors to Zayed National Museum by developing compelling non-personal interpretation that attracts, welcomes, inspires, and informs visitors about the history of the UAE and its founding father. The intention is to guide our audiences through a life-long journey of discovery that connects them to Sheikh Zayed and the UAE.
The Non-Personal Interpretation Unit Head leads the team who is responsible for researching, designing, and developing all non-personal interpretive media (including interpretive writing, intepretive design, and digital engagement) that animate objects, stories, and concepts for museum audiences onsite, online, and offsite.
Head Curator, SCIENCE MUSEUM GROUP
Do you have substantial experience of developing collections and communicating them in innovative ways? Are you able to lead and motivate a team effectively to deliver results and promote an open and inclusive culture?
The Science Museum Group (SMG) is here to inspire futures. As part of this world-leading collective, the National Science and Media Museum explores the culture of image and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. It holds internationally significant collections of film, television, photographic and sound technologies as well as extensive library and archive collections. As well as maintaining and developing its historic collections, the museum has ambitions to collect more contemporary and digital material, as well as developing innovative, collaborative modes of collecting.
The museum has an exciting strategic vision, delivered through its masterplan, that will see it become an internationally recognised museum, while retaining a strong sense of place and relevance for its local communities. Over the coming three years the Museum will undergo significant transformation, delivering two new permanent galleries to showcase its world-class collections, a new lift and redevelopment of the visitor entrance.
We are now looking for a Head Curator to join our expanding Curatorial team at the National Science and Media Museum in the heart of Bradford - the new City of Culture for 2025! This role is a permanent contract, working 35 hours per week.
About the role
As Head Curator you will play a pivotal leadership role in National Science and Media Museum's senior leadership team, contributing to strategic planning and decision-making across all areas. You will lead the Curatorial and Archives team to ensure work is delivered in line with museum priorities and to shape the museum's narrative through exhibitions, events and public programmes, increasing physical and intellectual access to the collections.
As well as developing our historic collections, you will champion our ambitions to research and collect more contemporary materials, working collaboratively with key academic and industrial partners, particularly in areas such as the digital and creative industries.
Working closely with curatorial colleagues across SMG, you will share knowledge and expertise, maximising the impact of being part of the world's leading group of science museums. Together with the Curatorial and Collections Services senior leaders at other SMG museums, you will be leading a drive towards a shared approach to collections development, ensuring we draw effectively on the skills and expertise of colleagues across SMG and beyond.
As a key contributor in the ambitious development of the museum, you will take a strategic lead in the delivery of two new permanent galleries - the Sound & Vision project - ensuring the narratives and content align with our vision and ambitions and showcase the very best of our collections.
This is a fantastic opportunity to become a key part of the leadership team at the National Science and Media Museum at an exciting time for both the museum and the city of Bradford as a whole.
Head of Free to Enter Sites, THE ENGLISH HERITAGE TRUST
About the Team and role USP
English Heritage cares for over 400 historic monuments, buildings and places such as Stonehenge, Tintagel Castle, Dover Castle, Hadrian`s Wall, Kenwood House, Marble Hill, Battle Abbey and Clifford`s Tower. Through these, and through our amazing collection of historic artefacts, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year.
About the Role
As Head of Free to Enter sites you will act as the charity's principal ambassador and key spokesperson for its portfolio of over 300 Free to Enter and Locally Managed sites. Reporting to the Property Development Director, you will play a critical role in representing English Heritage in driving our charitable agenda to involve more people in our work through developing and nurturing a diverse range of internal and external relationships. In doing so, you will ensure that our Free to Enter and Locally Managed sites are at the forefront of this mission.
About the Person
You will lead your team in the ongoing implementation of the strategy for our Free to Enter sites which aims to increase participation, engagement and volunteering to place these sites at the heart of local communities. You will also have the opportunity to evaluate and update how our Free to Enter and Locally Managed sites meet these objectives by producing a new strategy for Free to Enter sites within your first year. Your leadership style will demonstrate the English Heritage behaviours of Collaboration, Innovation and Empowerment in everything you do.
You can be based in one of our regional office locations (York, Bristol, Swindon, London) or be a homeworker. As this is a national role, you will be expected to travel across the country visiting historic properties and building key relationships both internally with cross-departmental teams as well as externally.
Learning Facilitator (Schools and Early Years), THE POSTAL MUSEUM
As Learning Facilitator (Schools and Early Years) you will deliver inclusive museum, virtual and outreach sessions for schools. In school term time you will prepare for, set up and receive full training to deliver inclusive learning experiences that make connections across the curriculum and support confident communication skills. In school holidays you support the delivery of family activities. There will be some weekend and occasional evening work supporting families, community and access programmes and special events.
Whilst you may have experience working in museums, it is not essential. You will have some experience of delivering engaging experiences for children of different ages. Your ability to facilitate engaging experiences is the focus. You will receive on-going training, including shadowing and supported delivery before you lead activities independently. Working as part of the Schools Team you will have the opportunity to explore the collections and discover how they can engage and inspire diverse schools and early years audiences.
As part of the Exhibitions, Access and Learning team, some weekend and occasional evening work will be required, and this will be notified and agreed in advance. Time off in lieu will be awarded in line with The Postal Museum's policy
The post-holder will also be expected to monitor and report on their work as directed by their line manager and adhere to office guidelines on handling, health and safety, lone working, etc., as advised, taking responsibility as appropriate.
As an employee of The Postal Museum, you will enjoy a wide range of benefits, including - but not limited to - a generous pension scheme, flexible working, cycle to work scheme and interest free season ticket loan.
The Postal Museum is absolutely committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We value diversity and lived experience, and acknowledge the underrepresentation of people from certain backgrounds, both within our organisation and across the sector. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups, whether these be of ethnicity, gender, identity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or other.
Art Gallery Assistant, McKay Williamson