Exhibitions and Engagement Officer
About Heritage and Culture Warwickshire
Heritage and Culture Warwickshire (HCW) provide a wide range of services that help local communities and visitors to connect and engage with their local heritage. We safeguard Warwickshire’s archives, history and natural sciences, protect its historic and natural environment and provide high quality arts and cultural opportunities and lifelong learning for everyone in the County and beyond.
Heritage and Culture Warwickshire has several sites based in and around Warwick, Market Hall Museum, St Johns House, Warwickshire County Record Office and a Collections Centre for the museum collections. The Heritage and Culture team includes Local Studies Librarians who are based in the county’s libraries and work closely with colleagues from Warwickshire Library Service. We are a countywide service and work strategically with partners from within and outside Warwickshire County Council to offer outreach services to local communities and support, and develop, the heritage and cultural infrastructure of the county.
About the Learning and Community Engagement Team
The role of Exhibitions and Engagement Officer sits within the Learning and Community Engagement team (Lace). The team consists of the Senior Lace Officer, a Lace Officer, the Volunteer Coordinator, the Exhibitions and Engagement Officer, The Lace Trainee, who are the core team, and several teams of staff who deliver our activity programmes. We deliver workshops for schools at HCW sites and in schools, an events and activities programme for families and adult audiences at the Market Hall Museum and the County Record Office, we run regular groups that meet at the Market Hall Museum such as Arty Tots, support the Development Team with income generation and support the teams of volunteers that work with different services in HCW.
The Lace team works closely with other teams in HCW to support exhibition and project development and delivery. Members of the Lace team will write and contribute to the writing of funding grants across HCW and the evaluation reports for projects. They sit on project groups to ensure the delivery of projects, working with colleagues across HCW and external partners.
The Lace team has a responsibility to income generate part of its annual operating budget and runs a range of events that engage audiences with local heritage as well as contributing to this responsibility. The Lace team also works with the Development Team to develop new income generation activities.
About the Museum Collections Team
Although based in the Lace team the Exhibitions and Engagement Officer will need to work closely with the Musem Collections Team to be successful in the role. We are looking for someone who can successfully work across teams and can build excellent working relationships with colleagues.
The Museum Collections Team consists of a Curator of Human History, a Curator of Natural Sciences and a Collections Assistant who works across all the museum collections. The museum collections are broadly split into four traditional collections of geology, natural history, archaeology and social history, having their origins in an antiquarian society who founded the Market Hall Museum.
The team are responsible for the care of the collections at Market Hall Museum, St John’s House and the Collections Centre, as well as a loaned collection on display at the Roman Heritage Museum at Alcester. The Exhibitions and Engagement Officer will work collaboratively with the Museum Collections Team to plan and deliver redisplay of cases in the galleries of Market Hall Museum. The team sit on project groups to ensure the delivery of projects, working with colleagues across HCW and external partners. They are committed to creating opportunities for Warwickshire communities to access the collections and their stories.
The Museum Collections Team is part of the wider HCW’s collection team which includes staff from the Warwickshire County Record Office, and the archive collections that are held there. The Exhibitions and Engagement Officer will be expected to work with the Record Office teams to include archive material in Market Hall displays, where appropriate.
About the Role
To support the Lace and Collections teams, we are now recruiting into a brand-new role of Exhibitions and Engagement Officer. The postholder will report to the Senior Learning & Community Engagement Officer.
The post holder will lead the development and delivery of the exhibition programme at the Market Hall Museum, working in partnership with the Museum Collections Team and with project groups that are developing exhibitions at the museum. In addition, HCW have recently acquired a series of cases to be located in Warwickshire libraries. The post holder will lead on the development and delivery of an exhibition programme for these cases.
To successfully deliver exhibitions in these spaces the post holder will need to be able to work collaboratively with our Collections and Community Engagement teams to create compelling content and engaging narratives for our audiences utilising the breadth of our museum collections and expertise in exhibition storytelling and participatory practice. They will also need to demonstrate good practice in museum display methods and collections care. The post holder will be working in partnership with the Museum Collections Team to design and install exhibitions at the Market Hall Museum.
The post holder will be willing to work across both natural and human history collections, with an understanding of how to create engaging content in a community setting as well as a traditional museum environment. The Exhibitions and Engagement Officer will be passionate about, and advocate for, the needs of audiences from a wide range of backgrounds and be comfortable in working with communities to co-create content.
The post holder will need good project management skills and be able to think strategically when planning exhibition themes and content to consider opportunities for different HCW teams. HCW teams work collaboratively, the post holder will be joining a supportive team environment. We are looking for a candidate with the ability to work collaboratively and lead conversations.
Working for Warwickshire County Council offers opportunities for training and personal development. WCC offer flexible working to all staff to ensure a work/life balance, alongside a generous holiday allowance, pension and enhanced support packages. The main base for this role is Warwick.
The post is being offered on a part time basis, 3 days per week (22.2 hours), with working pattern days and hours to be negotiated/offered on a flexible basis. The post is offered initially as a 2-year fixed term contract, with potential to extend and/or become permanent.
If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Coles, Senior Learning & Engagement Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: Monday, 5th July 2021
Interview date: Week commencing 12th July 2021
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