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Job Opportunity: Assistant Curator, Photography (Science Museum at Blythe House)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 11:45

The Science Museum Group are currently seeking an Assistant Curator to join the Curatorial team at their storage facility at Blythe House. Over the next year, this candidate will work closely with the Lead Curator to review the Railway Museum's photography collections housed at Blythe House as well as working closely with the York Curators and Archivists to review the collection.

This candidate's responsible for assessing the collections, carrying out research and rationalization where needed, as well as preparing them for transport and rehousing at another site.

This role requires a candidate that has knowledge or experience of working with photography collections and of cataloguing or documenting collections. You will have excellent communication skills, a proactive and organised approach and the ability to work independently. You will also be able to communicate photographic history for non-specialist audiences, for example in articles or blogs. 

This role is available on a 12 month Fixed Term Contract basis.

Application closing date: 24/03/2019
Location: Science Museum at Blythe House - London
Salary: £21,000 per annum + benefits

Job Opportunity - Museum Development North West

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 13:30

Museum Development North West are looking to appoint a Programme Assistant who will provide administrative support to ensure the successful delivery of the Museum Development Programme funded by Arts Council England.

Museum Development North West (MDNW) exists to support museums across the North West. The programme is managed by the Manchester Partnership and Cumbria Museums Consortium. MDNW is funded by Arts Council England and responds to its ten-year strategy Great art and culture for everyone.

MDNW works with all of the North West’s museums and helps them to provide a high quality experience for visitors, to have well run organisations with skilled staff and to play an important role in young people’s education.

Key Responsibilities, Accountabilities or Duties:
Financial duties:
a) To undertake day to day financial administration in line with departmental procedures and the University of Manchester’s financial instructions.
b) To raise and process requisitions, invoices, claims from suppliers.
c) To maintain associated financial records as required in line with internal and external requirements against the programme budget using electronic or manual systems as required.
d) To ensure financial systems and records are accurate and kept up to date.
e) To undertake training as required in response to changes in procedures.

Administrative duties:
a) To book meeting venues and events, manage bookings, joining instructions and related travel arrangements when required.
b) Maintain computer databases and spreadsheets relating to work of the team.
c) Word processing and copy typing correspondence, reports and other documents.
d) To devise and maintain efficient procedures / systems for filing, work processing, office administration etc.
e) To support the team to report to Arts Council England through analysis of workshop and programme evaluation, data capture and collation in line with GDPR.
f) Support the administration of the MDNW blog and helping to keep it up to date.

Other duties:
a) Maintain MDNWs impact database.
b) Support museum development projects and events administratively.
c) Support the team directly with local administration procedures and systems.
d) Collect, collate and present programme data for the team in line with GDPR.
e) Undertake training as required.

The essential knowledge, skills and experience needed for this role are:
• GCSE or equivalent in maths and English
• Competent in IT
• Experience of Microsoft Office programmes, in particular Excel
• Experience in financial administration
• Must have a flexible approach to working
• Organised and methodical

Based at Manchester Museum (location negotiable)
Salary: £20,836 to £22,659 (pro rata) depending on experience
Contract type: Fixed-term ASAP until 31st March 2020; Part-time – 17.5 hours per week
Closing date: Midnight on Wednesday 27th March 
Click here find out more / apply.

Art Fund Opportunities

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 11:45

New Collecting Awards
Art Fund are now accepting applications for the fifth round of the New Collecting Awards, which offers 100% funding for curators to build or expand collections of fine art, design or visual culture. The programme aims to support curators in developing skills associated with researching and identifying acquisitions. Awardees receive a generous funding allocation towards research, travel and training costs and are matched up with a mentor.

There is £300,000 available in round 5, and with support from the Ruddock Foundation of the Arts, one award will be ringfenced for a curator planning to collect pre-1600 works as part of their project.

Applications close on Wednesday 24 April, and more information, including guidance for applicants, can be found here.

Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants
This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help museum professionals with collection and exhibition research projects and professional development. Art Fund have £75,000 to award annually, and this year they have changed the grant thresholds: individuals can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 at any time. Requests for above £2,000 will be considered at committee meetings twice a year.

The deadline for the first large grant meeting is Wednesday 20 March and more information, including guidance for applicants, can be found here.

Curatorial network grants
Art Fund are delighted to be launching a new fund to help Subject Specialist Networks (SSNs) and other curatorial networks develop and share knowledge, skills and resources. Art Fund have £150,000 available annually to support both established and emerging networks, with grants designed to be light-touch and responsive to need. There are two categories of grant: small grants (up to £5,000) can be applied for at any time, whilst large grants (over £5,000) will be considered at twice-yearly committee meetings.

The deadline for the first large grant meeting is Wednesday 24 April and more information on the programme and what Art Fund can support can be found here.

Infromation courtesy of Art Fund.

South West Museum Development Programme Opportunity: Small Grant Big Improvement is open for applications!

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 11:45

South West Museum Development’s Small Grant Big Improvement scheme is back for 2019/20 and is now open for applications.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support museums to make improvements to their museums and/ or their museum’s activities in three areas aligned to the museum Accreditation Standard in Organisational Health, Collections managementand Users and their experiences. Partnership grants for 3 or more organisations of up to £7,000 are also available to support projects under Organisational Health and Users and their experiences.

Examples of appropriate appolications include governance reviews to collections care activities to marketing campaigns to testing new ways of working and more. This year, and for following rounds in our 2018-22 Programme,South West Museum Development are particularly welcoming applications that seek to improve representation of local communities within museums and through museum’s activities including co-production, embarking on outreach work, diversifying your volunteer workforce or re-interpreting your collections or anything else along these lines.

The scheme is now open for applications with a deadline of Friday 3 May 2019 for applications from museums in the South West within the Accreditation scheme in local authority areas which financially contribute to the South West Museum Development programme, excluding National Portfolio Organisations. All applications require 25% match funding and museums have a maximum of eight months to undertake their project (01 June 2019 – 31 January 2020).

For full information please see our Scheme Guidance and Application Form
Contact if you have questions and they be happy to discuss your project further.

Information courtesy of South West Museum Development.

2019 Explore Your Archive Campaign

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 16:00

Image courtsey of Explore Your Archive

Explore Your Archive have launched this year's #ExploreYourArchive campaign, with daily hashtag themes during Launch Week as well as overall #ExploreYourArchive hashtag. 

Explore Your Archive is a year-round campaign, in which you are encouraged to freely use #ExploreYourArchive to accompany any campaign, activity or event that you are planning at any time. If using Explore Your Archive resources can help you promote your service, collection or work in the UK and Ireland in any way, the branding is yours to use.

See above for each month's suggested campaign and visit Explore Your Archive's website for more information.

Work opportunity: we are recruiting a Manager for the PCN

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 11:15
Photo: Photographer Mattis Mathiesen at work on Jan Mayen, anonymous From the Daily Herald Archive at the National Media Museum, via Flickr Commons.

Photo: Photographer Mattis Mathiesen at work on Jan Mayen, anonymous.
From the Daily Herald Archive at the National Media Museum, via Flickr Commons.

We are seeking a Manager for the Photographic Collections Network. The initial contract will be for 15 months, freelance, part-time, but our intention is to make this a permanent position, subject to funding. The fee is £36,000.

Late in 2018 the PCN had a second grant confirmed from Arts Council England. This allows us to build and strengthen the network, and our programme of events, knowledge sharing, advocacy and research. We are seeking a manager to co-ordinate that process and deliver the programme, working with the PCN director and our specialist steering group. The person we appoint will be highly motivated, self-driven, trustworthy, diplomatic and a great communicator. They will have significant experience of project management and some knowledge of organisational development. They will be fluent with IT, experienced at writing reports and proposals, and possibly have links or experience in the photography, art, cultural, museum or collection world.

The deadline to apply is 17:00 on 15 March 2019.

Click on the title of this post to view the full article. Then download one of the documents below for full details (they are identical apart from their format).

Photo: Photographer Mattis Mathiesen at work on Jan Mayen, anonymous
From the Daily Herald Archive at the National Media Museum, via Flickr Commons.

Job Opportunity: Archives Cataloguer (Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 12:30

Manchester Metropolitan University are looking for an Archives Cataloguer to join their team, based in Manchester. This new role will help them open up more of our archives and make them discoverable and accessible to students, researchers and members of the public. In this role, you will:
- Assist in cataloguing a wide range of archive material, working with the Special Collections Archivist
- Sort, appraise, arrange and describe the archives using collections management software and according to ISAD
- Work as part of their interdisciplinary team to support the service we deliver as a museum to all our users and visitors

Do you have:
- Strong communication skills with a commitment to providing a high-quality service?
- Good organisational skills with an ability to manage multiple projects whilst delivering results on time and to a high standard?
- Knowledge of relevant digital technologies and data management agendas?
- Enthusiasm, dedication and a willingness to learn?

About the Special Collections
As the University Museum, the Special Collections are an accredited museum and an important research resource nationally and internationally. The Collections include fine and decorative arts, historic and modern books, Victorian greetings cards and ephemera, posters and artists’ papers. The archival holdings include the private papers of artists associated with the book arts, the practice and teaching of architecture in the Manchester region and the history of the Manchester School of Art. Access to the collections and exhibitions is free and open to all.

Contract Type: 6 months Fixed Term, 35 hours per week
Deadline for applications: Friday 22nd February 2019

For full job description / to apply, click here.

Funding Opportunity: The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 10:15

The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives. Since the NMCT was founded in 1990 it has awarded grants of over £3m, which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents. The grants ensure that these important collections can once more be made accessible to the public and researchers.

The Trust:
- welcomes grant applications from non-national institutions such as county record offices, museums, university archives/special collections, cathedral archives and libraries, as well as owners of manuscripts that are exempt from capital taxation or owned by a charitable trust
- grants can cover conservation, binding and other preservation measures, including digitisation (providing it is part of a wider conservation project)
- are particularly interested in projects that have a training element (e.g. internship, enhancing skills of experienced conservators, later career conservators passing on their knowledge by supervising a younger conservator etc.). [Not mandatory, but welcome]

Next deadline for the submission of applications: 1st April 2019
Results will be announced in early July.

Click here to read more  on the AIM website.
Click here to apply via the NMCT website.

Job Opportunity: Archivist (The Photographers' Gallery)

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 10:45

The Photographer's Gallery is seeking to appoint an Archivist to oversee the acquisitions, management, preservation and dissemination of the collections within The Photographers’ Gallery’s Archive. 

The principle job objective of the Archivist is to oversee the acquisitions, management, preservation and dissemination of the collections within The Photographers’ Gallery’s Archive. Core duties will include:
- Appraising, prioritising and safeguarding material for preservation and retention;
- Cataloguing and digitising The Photographers’ Gallery’s collections;
- Overseeing and maintaining the Archive’s database system;
- Setting/adhering to, and regularly updating, policy guidelines concerning the Archive (preservation, cataloguing, digitization and public access);
- Supporting funding bids for the Archive and activities related to it;
- Line managing the Archive Assistant, ensuring that their work contributes to a wider framework;
- Overseeing copyright clearance for identified material.

The ideal candidate will be someone with knowledge and experience of 21st century archiving practice within a visual arts organisation. The post holder will be diligent, resilient, flexible, proactive and a good problem solver with a keen eye for detail. Among other criteria, they will have 3 or more years' experience in an equivalent post, a strong commitment to digital preservation and a passion for photography and the visual arts.

About TPG
The Photographers' Gallery is the UK’s leading centre for the presentation and exploration of photography in all its forms and a dedicated home for an international photographic community. Established in London in 1971, the Gallery has been instrumental in reflecting photography’s pivotal role in culture and society and championing its position as a leading art form through a rich programme of exhibitions, talks, events, workshops, courses and other activities.

Click here to read the full job description / apply.
Deadline for applications Mon 25 Feb 2019, 12.00
Interviews to be held: W/C 11 Mar 2019

Call for papers: Social History Curators Group 2019 Annual Conference

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 12:15

The SHCG Annual Conference will this year be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th July 2019 around the theme of 'The Future of Social History: Who are we Curating for?' More specifically the conference "will explore how we represent our audiences and communities in the museum space, and question whether social history collections can do more to improve representation across collections and exhibitions."

SHCG are inviting speaks to discuss how we can transform our collections to make them representative and redress imbalances in the museum space. This includes proposals of activities, round table discussions, presentations, and workshops on the theme of representation in museums.

Submission should be filled in via the link to the SHCG's website below. Submissions should be sent to Lauren Ryall-Waite and Alison Grange by 8th February 2019. All applicants will be notified of the Conference Organisers’ decision by 1st March 2019.

For guidance on topics for discussion and to download the full call for papers visit SHCG's website.


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