Job opportunities (30.11.2022)


Committee Member, The National Lottery Heritage Fund 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest funder of the UK's heritage. The projects we fund create lasting and positive change for people and communities and we believe that heritage has a crucial role to play in contributing to a more equal society.

We are currently recruiting for up to three new Committee members to join the Committee for London and the South from April 2023. If you're passionate for heritage, nature or community projects, this could be for you. You can find out more about the job role and apply here.

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals with an enthusiasm and commitment to heritage and the good outcomes that heritage delivers for communities and people to become involved in the Heritage Fund's work. The role will give you experience in grant-giving, consensual decision-making. As one of the only UK-wide Lottery funders, being a Committee member will give you a unique insight into how a national organisation works and give you experience of working towards one national strategy whilst also striving to achieve local priorities. If you are excited about helping ensure that heritage is inclusive and accessible to everyone, for now and future generations, then we want to hear from you.

We are particularly keen to hear from individuals that have proven experience and expertise in:

  • Integrated management, restoration and protection of natural and designed landscapes
  • Heritage-led regeneration and place-making; management of heritage projects and partnerships
  • Community/intangible heritage (including digital); enabling work with diverse audiences

Applications close on 9 December 2022.

Interviews are expected to take place on 24 January 2023.

Research Leader in Collections and Culture, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM 

The Natural History Museum, London, seeks a highly motivated world-class senior research leader from the social sciences, arts and/or humanities to lead and develop the NHM Collections & Culture Theme within the Science Department. This is a new post for Science with the purpose to provide strategic and operational leadership for the NHM Collections & Culture theme by developing, leading and supporting broad, cross-disciplinary research in the context of one of the oldest national natural history museums and a world leading scientific research institution.

About Us

This is an exciting time to join the Museum as we have secured investment from the UK Government to build a new science and digitisation centre at Thames Valley Science Park (TVSP), a science and technology hub outside Reading. The purpose-built centre (due 2026/27) will house much of the Museum's collection and will include laboratories, digitisation suites, collaborative research spaces, conservation labs and workspaces. To support the realisation of the NHM's vision of a future where both people and planet thrive, we focus our science on solutions from and for nature. Increasingly this puts the NHM, its collections and research at the nexus of trans-disciplinary science and research focusing on science and society.

Collections are at the core of the NHM, the foundation of scientific understanding of the natural world, enhanced and developed by systematics and taxonomy, with substantial infrastructure for downstream scientific research. Collections provide insights into change across multiple dimensions. In our new strategy, our scientific ambition and collaboration has been widened and revolutionised to become multi-disciplinary, integrative and constantly adaptable to change, with a firm foundation in the value of the collections and collecting.

About the role

We are seeking a highly motivated world-class senior research leader from the social sciences, arts and/or humanities to lead and develop the newly developed NHM Collections & Culture Theme within the Science Department. This new post for Science will provide strategic and operational leadership for the NHM Collections & Culture theme by developing, leading and supporting broad, cross-disciplinary research in the context of one of the oldest national natural history museums in a vibrant research environment.

Families Programme Manager, NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY 

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or are currently contributing to British history and culture; the collection is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. With around 2 million visitors each year prior to temporary closure for the Inspiring People project and a strong national and international presence through touring exhibitions and special projects, the Gallery is one of the country's most important and popular galleries.

Families Programme Manager
Full time, 40 hours per week
£36,946 per annum
Fixed term - 12 months maternity cover

We are looking for a talented and committed individual with a strong experience of developing and sustaining partnership projects with and for families and a strong track record in commissioning and managing the production of small and large-scale events.

Working closely with all Programme Managers in the Learning and Engagement department, the post holder will play a key role in championing and integrating the experiences of families to inform practice for these audiences in different contexts. The postholder will establish the new under 5s offer and new partnerships to ensure local families and harder to reach family audiences across London are consulted in programme design.

The post holder will have an excellent understanding of priorities for families within the cultural learning and education sector and how to use digital and social media to build participation and engagement. In return, as well a range of employee benefits, we provide an exciting environment to develop and make a significant impact.

Venue and Events Manager, BLETCHLEY PARK TRUST 

Bletchley Park Trust is a registered charity (1012743), award-winning museum and a vibrant heritage attraction. Open daily to visitors, revealing the secrets and telling fascinating stories of the secret British World War Two codebreaking operations. The mission of the Bletchley Park Trust is to attract, engage and educate people from all over the world in order to inspire them with Bletchley Park's crucial role in World War Two.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Venue and Events Manager to join our Operations team.

Reporting to the Head of Operations, the Venue and Events Manager will be responsible for the museum's private and corporate events offer, helping to maximise opportunities to generate income by supporting with the delivery of events for corporate partners, sponsors, and supporters as well as delivering private hire events across the site.

You will ensure that all private and corporate events are run successfully, promoting Bletchley Park as a unique and exciting venue and building upon the reputation of the Trust as a venue of choice. liaising with contactors and third-party suppliers, as needed.

You will have proven experience managing and selling spaces for corporate or private hire and events, and will be able to demonstrate strategic planning, organisational, administrative and project management skills, converting enquiries into successful event delivery. You will also be proficient in using Microsoft Word and Excel.

This is a hands-on role, which will include some heavy lifting to facilitate the set up and effective turnaround of event spaces.

This is a full-time role working 37.5 hours per week, including weekend and evening working as required.

In return, you will receive a salary of circa £30,000 per annum depending on experience, along with a company pension scheme, BUPA wellbeing cash plan and 33 days holiday per annum, inclusive of statutory holidays.

This is a site-based role, located in Bletchley, Milton Keynes.

Please visit our website to view the job description and for further details.

If this sounds like the role for you and you would like to join the team at Bletchley Park, please click apply to send us your CV, along with a covering letter setting out why you are suitable for this role.

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Closing date for applications: Wednesday 07 December 2022

Assistant Curator (Cultural Heritage), NATIONAL TRUST 

Seeking an Assistant Curator to support the National Trust's Bath Assembly Rooms project on a fixed-term, full-time contact until September 2023. The role will have a focus on supporting the research for new exhibitions and immersive visitor experiences. We are looking for the right candidate to start as soon as possible.

Please note the interview date for this role will be the 9th of January 2023.

What it's like to work here

Known for music, parties, dancing and entertainment during Bath's Georgian heyday, this Grade I listed building has been owned by the National Trust since 1931, but we will be responsible for managing its operation for the first time from 2023. The Trust is developing a new visitor experience, to interpret this impressive building, bringing its story to life, showcasing its significance and central role across Georgian Bath society, and to explore its relevance to visitors today.

To find out more, please visit: Bath and Bristol | South West | England | National Trust

What you'll be doing

This role will be core to the ongoing research which is contributing to the creation of the future visitor experience. It is exciting opportunity to help bring this important building to life and support the National Trust project to create a new visitor experience in the centre of Bath. Working directly with the existing curatorial and academic partners, whilst supporting volunteer researchers, you will undertake independent research into the late-Georgian period, centring around Bath and the Assembly Rooms.

Your robust research will be used by the wider curatorial team to create narratives and object displays exploring a wide range of themes. We want to tell stories of both those who enjoyed the entertainments and those whose work enabled the social and financial economy of the Rooms, Bath and further afield. The research you undertake will be across many topics, including diverse social and economic histories, architectural and design history, material culture and collections research.

Cartographic Collections Manager, ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY 

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the learned society and professional body for geography and geographers. It is also a charity and a membership organisation. The Society was founded in 1830 and has been one of the most active of the learned societies ever since. It was pivotal in establishing geography as a teaching and research discipline in British universities, and continues to play a key role in geographical and environmental education. The Society is a leading world centre for geographical learning - supporting education, teaching, research and scientific expeditions, as well as promoting public understanding and enjoyment of geography and providing advice to policymakers.

The Society has an international membership of approximately 16,000, 31 specialist research groups, and a programme of activities that extends far beyond its membership to broad engagement with more than three million people per year. Over 200 lectures, conferences and other events are organised each year including a major four-day Annual Conference, a programme of popular lectures, professional development for geographers, and policy-related discussions.

The Society also publishes, under contract, scholarly journals and the popular Geographical magazine. It empowers others through a programme of grant-giving in support of research, fieldwork and expeditions, and teaching. The Society's information resources include its historic geographical Collections of maps, images, books, manuscript archives and artefacts. The Society offers professional accreditation to members through Chartered Geographer status.

The Society is based in a listed building in its own grounds in Kensington opposite Hyde Park, and operates nine regional branches in the UK and two overseas. There are 54 permanent full-time staff, together with part-time, temporary and volunteer staff.

Applicants are strongly recommended to familiarise themselves with the current work of the Society set out on our website.

Operations Manager - Manchester Art Gallery, MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL 

Manchester Art Gallery is looking for a collaborative, agile and dynamic leader to deliver the day-to-day building operations of Manchester Art gallery (our city centre gallery), Platt Hall ( and Queens Park Conservation studios, as a key member of the Gallery's Leadership Team.

Our main strategic priority for the next four years is to deliver a capital programme across all three of our sites to improve collection storage and address long standing problems with our buildings, whilst continuing to deliver a cultural offer that attracts up to 730,000 visitors a year. The gallery has recently restructured its operational and specialist technical teams, and this role will lead and develop the new Operations Team, reviewing and revising our policies and procedures to support business critical services and activities against the City Council's Risk Compliance Framework.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority is committed to achieving zero carbon by 2038, and, as the Operations Manager, you will be the gallery lead for environmental sustainability and carbon reduction to support this ambitious plan.

You will bring experience in facilities/operational management, with an understanding of the complex needs of a high footfall heritage buildings housing vulnerable collections. You will demonstrate the ability to manage a complex programme of refurbishment and repairs in close working with colleagues and external specialists and contractors, and you will work in a collaborative way and be a strong team player with excellent communication skills and the ability to influence and learn from others.