Museum Officer – Audience Development
21 hours per week (Wednesday – Friday), Salary £16,380pa
About the charity
The Panacea Charitable Trust is a UK registered charity, registered with the Charity Commission in 1926 (no. 227530).
The charity currently achieves its objects through a number of activities which have been developed over a number of years:
The Panacea Museum
Using the charity’s extensive archives, artefacts and film, the Museum tells the story of the Panacea Society – a remarkable religious community formed in the early twentieth century - and other groups related to this subject.
A new initiative of the Panacea Charitable Trust led by Panacea trustees, with a vision to ensure that anyone will have access to quality resources to enable education, and understanding about apocalyptic and millenarian movements.
Poverty, sickness and social related grants
Designated to support Bedford and its surrounding local community across a broad range of initiatives and recipients, to provide a range of valuable work and support in the area.
When the Panacea Society was active, it collected a vast amount of material relating both to its own history and practices, as well as those of earlier groups they affiliated themselves to. Over recent years, the material has been catalogued and the charity is currently conserving and digitising the collection to make them more readily available for academic research.
About The Panacea Museum
The Panacea Museum is an activity created and run by the Panacea Charitable Trust. The Museum tells the story of the Panacea Society and other groups within the English Millennarian tradition, and displays important archives and objects relating to Joanna Southcott. The Founder's House and Bishops' apartments are restored to their Edwardian state, offering a valuable resource for domestic history.
The Panacea Museum opened in 2012, and has seen steady visitor growth over the past 7 years, with around 6,000 people currently visiting the museum annually. The charity employs three part-time museum staff, who are supported across various disciplines by the wider charity management, staff and trustees. Care of the collections is maintained by the archivist/conservator. The museum works closely with the other Bedford museums, particularly in education. The museum is open on a seasonal basis, between three and four days per week, including weekends.
To learn more about the Museum and charity, please visit www.panaceamuseum.org
About the role
In consultation and collaboration with existing museum and charity staff, improve the charity’s whole museum experience, ensuring visitors (both physical and virtual) can have a meaningful museum experience.
The primary focus of the role will cover four areas:
- Improving the design and reception of the permanent displays by way of refreshed displays, and develop means to extend the reception of the displays by way of appropriate online resources.
- Investigate, develop and recommend concepts for temporary exhibitions that relate to the broad history of the Panacea Society and its members, or cover relevant topics, and if approved, deliver such exhibitions within agreed timescales and budgets.
- Investigate, develop and recommend for approval internal and external events appropriate to the museum.
- Contribute to the museum’s overall development strategy.
JOB DESCRIPTION & PERSON SPECIFICATION
Adapting and improving upon the existing museum experience. Key tasks will include:
- Contributing to a review of the existing museum displays, and implementing recommended actions from the review
- Researching and developing appropriate online tools (including a virtual tour) for those who cannot physically visit the museum
- Researching and developing innovative ways of engaging with visitors during their visit
- Contributing to the museum’s Forward Plan and other strategy documents
- Networking with local museums and other appropriate institutions, and contributing to the museum’s marketing activities
Creation and maintenance of temporary exhibitions. Key tasks will include:
- Researching and developing topics for exhibitions
- Drawing up and managing exhibition resources
- Writing & designing panels and finding objects for display
- Creating and monitoring of installation schedules for exhibitions
- Assist with the production of exhibition catalogues, publicity material and displays
- Researching and developing potential events, including liaison with third parties
- Once approved, drawing up and managing event resources
Reporting and accountability
- This role will report directly to the senior management of the charity
- Progress and activity reports to the charity’s senior management required on a periodic basis.
- Presentation of those reports and strategic planning documents to advisory groups and trustees where appropriate.
- Educated to degree level
- 3-5 years’ proven track record of developing museum projects
- Knowledge and experience of curatorial practices,
- Knowledge and experience of the development and use of online technology solutions to make the exhibition more accessible to visitors, and to engage with those unable to visit in person.
- Experience of working to departmental budgets
- Good communications skills, both written and verbal
- Good ability to multi-task and prioritise within a constrained environment
- The ability to work collaboratively as part of a small team
Submission and closing date
Application form and cover letter should be sent to email@example.com no later than Friday 14th February 2020.
Interviews are scheduled to take place on Friday 21st February 2020 at the charity’s offices, 14 Albany Road, Bedford, MK40 3PH.
For further information, please contact David McLynn or Sean Gillen:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01234 359737