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Posted: Wednesday, November 7th 2018
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Job Title:     Curator, Heritage
Organisation:     Lakeland Arts
Salary:     £25,000 - 27,000 p.a.
Type:     Full-Time Position
Location:     Windermere & Kendal, Cumbria, England
Closing Date:     Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
Job Ref No:    
Job Description:
Working collaboratively with the Programming Team, Windermere Jetty Team and partners you will be responsible for managing and caring for Lakeland Arts Maritime and Social History collections. You will lead on the documentation, care, research and display of the collections, working closely with the Assistant Curator, and Collections Management Assistant. Working with the Programme team you will build on LA’s reputation for exhibiting art and social history of the highest quality and bringing artists with national and international reputations to Cumbria. Once Windermere Jetty is opened your responsibilities will include public engagement with the collection through a wide range of activities, encouraging and developing access and involvement.

You will join Lakeland Arts in the final stages of preparation for opening of Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories in Spring 2019. You will work with the Project Delivery Team and consultants to lead and complete delivery ready for opening. You will develop a strong understanding of the Maritime and Social History collections and their significance. You will advise the Conservation Boat Building Team and support delivery of the Conservation Management Plan for the Historic Boat Collection.

Key responsibilities
1. Lead on maintaining and caring for displays, interactives and interpretation at Windermere Jetty.
2. Ensure best practice, in collaboration with the curatorial team, in relation to collections management, displays of the collection, storage, access, and loans out, being responsible for the care, conservation, storage and documentation of the collections maintaining the highest standards of collection care and management to maintain Arts Council England Accreditation status.
3. Prepare the application for Accreditation of Windermere Jetty post-opening and application for the maritime collection to achieve Arts Council England Designation Scheme.
4. Advise the Conservation Boat Building Team in relation to delivery of Conservation Management Plan for the Historic Boat Collection at Windermere Jetty see
5. Work in partnership with the Programme Team at Lakeland Arts (LA) sites to co-produce programme to respond to audience need, creating opportunities and a range of activities to engage with, develop and diversify audiences.
6. Develop and deliver public engagement with the collection through a wide range of activities, encouraging and developing access and involvement.
7. Contribute to delivery of the Windermere Jetty Activity Plan and activities at Abbot Hall and Blackwell, working with the Learning and Engagement team and volunteers.
8. Contribute to the development of exhibition and display material including literature, production of LA’s publications and social media.
9. Working closely with Head of Curatorial and the Programme Team, develop an ambitious and innovative programme of exhibitions and installations.
10. Working with the Assistant Curator, Collections & Access and Programme Team, develop displays at the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry focusing upon the collection with the aim of increasing access and connecting with a broad range of audiences.
11. Working closely with Visitor Experience and Programme teams, develop and deliver inspirational experiences derived from our collections.
12. Explore the redevelopment potential and future opportunity of the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry with LA’s colleagues.
13. Working with LA’s Facilities Manager and Conservation Architects share heritage knowledge and experience when required in relation to Lakeland Arts Grade I & II listed buildings.
14. Engage with colleagues, partners and stakeholders to develop strong working relationships beneficial to LA and its audience through representing LA at openings, conferences and events.
15. Contribute to LA’s stakeholder events and other activities to promote LA and involve local communities, visitors and key stakeholders.
16. Manage agreed budgets following Lakeland Art’s financial procedures and contribute to writing fundraising bids and stakeholder reports to the potential funders.
Required Skills:
1. Experience of working in a museum / heritage site curating and organising innovative, nationally recognised exhibitions
2. Experience of best practice collection care & management
3. Experience of actively contributing to learning programmes in a museum / heritage venue
4. Successful track record of developing significant new audiences for programmes
5. Best practice in collections management
6. Best practice and current thinking in audience development
7. Demonstrable informed knowledge of maritime, social history, history or subject related to Curatorial responsibilities
8. Ability to work strategically
9. Ability to develop and deliver high quality programme to successfully attract new audiences and enhance LA’s reputation
10. Ability to write clearly and engagingly, with attention to detail, for the general public as well as specialised audiences
11. Excellent advocacy skills and an ability to communicate effectively to a range of people
12. Good I.T. skills
13. Ability to build good colleague and volunteer relationships, and work in a supportive manner
14. Commitment to Equal Opportunities, Cultural Diversity and excellent customer service
15. Self-motivation, with ability and willingness to work as part of a team
Application Instructions:
You must complete an application form available to download from the Lakeland Arts website in Word and PDF formats. You may attach a letter but please don’t send photographs. We don’t accept CVs.

In completing your application, you must tell us how you meet the essential qualification, experience, skills and qualities outlined in the Job Description. We will assess how you meet them through the application form and interview. We will let you know if we will include a presentation or a skills test if you are selected for interview.

Deadline for receipt of applications
This vacancy closes 9am on Tuesday 27 November 2018. Any forms received after this time won’t be accepted. Your completed application form should be returned by one of the following methods:

By email: Please email
By post: HR, Lakeland Arts, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT
Address for application or further details
Contact Name:     Helen Tappenden
Contact Tel:     015398 88055
Contact Fax:    
Contact Email:
Address:     Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria.  
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