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Cataloguing Grants - Archives Revealed (The National Archives)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 11:45

Ready to improve access and increase engagement with your collection?

The cataloguing grants strand of The National Archives' 'Archives Revealed' closes for applications on Friday 7 December 2018.

Grants of up to £40,000 are available for archives to create catalogues of archival collections. These grants are designed to:
- support the transformation of archive services
- help archives to improve access to collections
- help archives to increase public engagement with history and the UK's documentary heritage

Deadline: Friday 7 December, 2018.
Read more / apply here.

October Opportunities

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 13:00

Job Opportunities:

Two exciting positions have become avaliable at Manchester Art Gallery

The gallery is looking for Project Co-ordinator, working specifically developing the Manchester Together Archive as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project. The position requires a highly skilled, motivated and experience Project Co-ordinator to lead a small team within Manchester City Galleries woring with an archive of more than 10,000 items left in St Ann's Square in the weeks following the 22 May 2017 Manchester Arena. 

Key responsibility of this role will be to plan and implement the project and manage the day to day running of the project, liaising with all members of the project team and volunteers. This will include ensuring that the project is running to schedule and that the project is within budget. 

If you have any queries about the role please contact Amanda Wallace by emailing Interviews with be held on Wednesday 31st October. More information on the role can be found here.

The gallery is also looking for a Digital Archivist to work on project to document, interpret and digitise this material and create a publicly accessible online database. The key responsibility of this role will be to plan and deliver a programme of digitisation of the archival material – developing methodologies and working with gallery staff, volunteers and external partners (including developers) to create a full online digital archive that meets the objectives of the project. This will include ensuring that the project is running to schedule and that the project is within budget. 

Applicants should have extensive experience of archive and / or museum and gallery digitisation projects, and experience of developing and using collection management and / or archive databases. Experience of working with volunteers would be an advantage. 

If you have any queries about the role please contact Amanda Wallace by emailing Interviews with be held on Tuesday 30th October. More information on the role can be found here.

The Science Museum group are looking for a new Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation at the National Science and Media Museum. They are looking for a creative, innovative and strategic leader to join us at the Musuem, in Bradford, in a newly created role on a permanent basis.

They are looking for an individual that will be able to lead a dedicated and driven team of colleagues across exhibitions, content development and interpretation, ensuring our collections and knowledge are shared through story-led, innovative, visitor-focused design. Therefore, the position requires excellent leadership skills and experience of managing and developing a team, budgets and creating genuine opportunities through creative collaboration, as well as experience of interpretive methodology and audience focussed data to deliver creative projects for museum exhibitions, galleries or interactive public spaces.

More information on the role can be found here.

Conference Opportunities: 

A reminder that the National Photography Symposium (NPS) will be returning this year hosted by Redeye in partnership with the University of Salford at their base in MediaCityUK. The Symposium will be held over three dynamic and engaging days, Thursday 1 - Saturday 3 November.

Innovative and forward-looking, the programme of events will be richly curated, with over 20 influential people speaking. Entitled The Future of Work in Photography, the symposium will be a chance for people working with or in photography to discuss current issues, trends, ideas, movements and campaigns to improve the industry.

Ticket information and more about the programme can be found here.

The University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections Division will be hosting a conference on broader themes surrounding Stereo Photography during 18-19 October, 2018. This is presented in conjunction with the 2018 St Andrews Photography Festival, 'Stereo Views of Scotland' which runs throughout the month of October.
A call for papers is now open. Submissions should link to stereo photography or collections in some context but do not have to be specific to Scottish or British Photography. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words for your 20 minute presentation.
Proposals should be submitted to Rachel Nordstrom by emailing All proposals should be submitted by 18 May, 2018 so that we may have a completed programme for publication by 31 May, 2018.

More information on the conference can be found here. Thanks to the British Photographic History for sharing this information.

Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 10:45
Muholi Muholi Parktown by Zanele Muholi, 2016.

Muholi Muholi Parktown by Zanele Muholi, 2016. © Zanele Muholi
Purchased by Bristol's Museums, Galleries and Archives.  (Grant £3,940)

The Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund has reopened with a grants budget of £724,000 for 2018/19.  This is the first year that the Purchase Grant Fund will be provided by Arts Council England’s national lottery funding.  The V&A will continue to administer the Fund. 

The V&A said of the scheme "the Purchase Grant Fund is unique and unrivalled in its scope. Every year it enables regional museums and cultural organisations to strengthen the quality, relevance and standard of their permanent collections, improving audience experience and inspiring students, creative designers and makers and the public to engage with the best of material culture across the country."

The Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund had a successful 2017/18, engaging with museums, galleries, record offices and specialist libraries across the country from Penzance to Newcastle and Aberystwyth to Norwich. Over 90% of the grants budget was allocated outside London. 

Photographic works and archives of all periods costing between £500 and £500,000 is eligible for consideration, as demonstrated by some of last year’s grants, illustrated below. For more information, visit the website.

Credits for photographs of works purchased through the grant fund, courtesy of V&A, below from left to right:
Lantern slides of the construction of Beachy Head lighthouse, 1900-02 acquired by East Sussex Record Office. (Grant £2,451) © East Sussex Record Office
Yates's Wine Lodges, England, a series of photographs by Martin Parr, 1983 bought by the John Rylands Library. (Grant £13,700) © Martin Parr
The Nicholson family photographic archive, c.1890-c.1960 acquired by the National Trust for Sissinghurst Castle. (Grant £30,000) © The National Trust

Job Opportunities: Tate, The Photographers' Gallery and The National Gallery

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:45

Photography & Imaging Manager at Tate Britain

Tate are looking for a London-based Photography and Imaging Manager to join their Collection Care division. The opportunity involves planning, management and development of Photography and Imaging operations across Tate inclduing managing the day to day operations of Tate’s Photography and Imaging teams across all Tate sites and on location.

The role will involve work with the Head of Collection Management in the strategic planning and leadership of the department and playing a leading role in developing the Photography and Imaging specialism. Therefore, Tate are looking for candidates with a museum or gallery background who have significant experience in managing a Photography and Imaging team.

To find out more and apply click here.

Digital Manager at The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery are looking for a Digital Manager to develop, manage and maintain TPG's webite and other key digital channels.  A priority of the role is overseeing and supporting the implementation of the final phase of the gallery’s ambitious digital transformation project, which involves all areas of the gallery’s operations in particular ensuring smooth integration of website, CRM and e-commerce systems.  

The position will be filled by an indiviual who is able to demonstrable expertise in managing and developing websites and related digital platforms, with "the ability to advise, shape and lead strategy and implementation around content, architecture and design, as well as having a strong understanding of how to engage and build audiences through excellent and inspiring user experiences and enhanced digital initiatives."

To find out more and apply click here.

Head of National Programmes at The National Gallery

The National Gallery are looking for an individual to fill the Head of National Programmes with the a key new strategic objective of the Gallery in to become 'a truly national Gallery' in mind. The role will therefore include devising a new national strategy for working in collaborative partnerships with both larger and smaller museums and galleries across the UK.

The Head of National Programmes is responsible for leading, developing and delivering the Gallery's national programmes and partnerships in collaboration with the Director of Public Programmes and Partnerships and the Heads of Education and Exhibitions. 

The role will also involve close collaboration with colleagues across the Gallery in order to broaden and strengthen the range of innovative programmes in which the Gallery may participate in the future.

To find out more and apply click here.

Job Opportunity: Conservation Manager, Paper and Photographs, Tate Gallery

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 16:45

© Nigel Henderson Estate. Image released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported). Courtesy: Tate

Tate are looking for a London-based Conservation Manager to join their team. The opportunity involves being in charger of the growing collection of Paper and Photographic artworks in Tate's Collection including development of the team, supporting research and enhancing practice in standards of care. 

In this role, the candidate will work closely with the Head of Conservation in the strategic planning and leadership of the department including co-ordinating the delivery of Tate’s public programme and being responsible for the operational planning, management and development of a team of specialists. 

Tate are looking for candidates with a museum or gallery background who have a proffesional qulification in Conservation. They also want someone who has management experience, in order to develop a team and effectively manage people, budgets and resources effectively. 

To find out more and apply click here.

Job Opportunity: Public Programme Coordinator at Photo London

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 11:15

© Somerset House

This is an opportunity to join the team at Photo London, a major international photography fair that takes place annually each May at Somerset House, London.

Photo London are seeking a Public Programme Coordinator who would be responsible for working with a small team of highly committed professionals to deliver our critically acclaimed Public Programme. This includes being responsible for managing relationships with the Fair’s venue partner, artists, galleries, curators, the production team and a range of suppliers as well as being responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Public Programme.

Photo London are looking for a candidate with experience in the arts or creative sector. The role will involve working closely with the Fair’s Directors, to develop artistic content for Photo London and to produce a high quality Public Programme which aims to be engaging and grow audiences.

To find out more, read the full job description here

Creating Collections - a taster of our latest specialist blog

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 11:15
Photo: Trans Pride, Window on my World. Penny, 2016

Photo: Trans Pride, Window on my World. Penny, 2016. Image courtesy of Photoworks.

Coinciding with Pride season, Into the Outside is the Photographic Collections Network 'Featured Collection' for August - September 2018. Check out our homepage for more images, and read below for a taster of our interview with Juliette Buss, Learning & Engagement Curator at Photoworks.  Juliette led the collaborative ‘Into the Outside’ (ITO) project which supported young people in Brighton to engage with and create LGBTQ+ heritage. 

Hi Juliette, to start off, please tell us about your personal role in ‘Into the Outside’?
I devised the original project concept of creating a new archive with young people, then put the framework together with artist Helen Cammock and managed the project.

And how did this project come about?
We developed the programme as a follow on from Queer in Brighton a multi partner LGBTQ+ history project. Consultation with young people identifying as LGBTQ+ or U (unsure) revealed significant levels of anxiety, vulnerability and isolation. Brighton, the queer capital of the UK, has a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, but many young people just coming out, or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, weren’t yet part of this community, so couldn’t learn or benefit from the lived experience of others. 

Which photographic archives were involved? 
The group engaged with archives held at The Keep, a world-class centre for archives including Brighton Ourstory (set up in 1989 to collect and preserve lesbian and gay history) and the National Lesbian & Gay Survey - a collection of personal writing and ephemera submitted between 1986 and 1994 addressing issues such as coming out, homosexuality and the law, and the impact of HIV and AIDS. People of all ages contributed to the survey, but a significant proportion of writing by young people in their late teens, made it particularly relevant.

Tell us a bit about the partners and participants?
The project was led by Photoworks in collaboration with Brighton & Hove Libraries Services, the Mass Observation Archive, the East Sussex Records Office and Queer in Brighton and supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Partners helped steer the project, and provided additional resources, expertise and capacity. We also engaged local (Stonewall Champion) schools. About 20 young people committed to the entire 18 month project - although we’re committed to working with LGBTQ+ communities long term and Into The Outside activity is still continuing in other guises including further youth projects, teacher training and through the online platform...

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Opportunity for Curators: Headley Fellowships with Art Fund Announced

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 13:30

Timothy A. Long, Curator of Fashion & Decorative Arts and Dr Danielle Thom, Curator of Making, inside the Costume Store at the Museum of London © Andy Smith

Headley Fellowships with Art Fund have launched a new curatorial fellowship programme which aims to give curators time and resources in order to deepen collections expertise throughout the museum and art gallery sector, through focused attention to areas of their collections. 

The programme is looking for applications that lay out a significant public outcome for their museum, highlighting areas of the museum's collections that may not yet have received specialist expertise. 

Applicants should be those with curatorial backgrounds working with collections in accredited museums or galleries and must be nominated by their institution, therefore demonstrating the impact that the programme would have on the specialist knowledge of the organisation overall. 

Applications now open. Deadline: 15th October 2018.

Find out more about the course and how to apply here:


Exhibition: Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America at the Whitechapel Gallery

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:45

Russell Lee, Untitled photo © Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America features thousands of archival negatives by American photographers that were systematically destroyed by Roy E. Stryker, head of the Information Division of the Farm, in the 1930s. 

Stryker commissioned photographers between 1935 and 1944 to document American rural poverty following the Great Depression. Each photograph features a blask disc, created by Stryker with a hole puncher during his relentless editing for the final selection. 

The exhibition includes work by Paul Carter, Jack Delano, Walker Evans, Theodor Jung, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Edwin Locke, Carl Mydans, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, John Vachon, Marion Post Wolcott.

The exhibition is on display at the Whitechapel Gallery until the 26th August.

Find out more here:

Exhibition: Living Memory Project (Sandwell)

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 13:00

The Living Memory project aims to record and celebrate photo collections and life stories from across the Black Country.

On 21 June the Heritage Lottery Fund supported project presents its first exhibition of local photo collections, new work from photography students at Sandwell College, as well as community + school displays and events. Highlights include previously unseen 1940s to 1970s family photographs from the Ron Moss collection, photographs and material gathered through and a sharing of work in production from project workshops so far.

Exhibition and events programme runs 21 - 30 June at Haden Hill House Museum, which is part of Sandwell Museums.

More here:

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