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Sustainability Project Sharing Day
28th March 2018, Kelmscott Manor, Lechlade, GL7 3HJ
Kelmscott Manor invites museums from around the area to come and find out more about their Arts Council England Resilience funded sustainability project and the Manor's plans, and to hear about what they have learnt.
In a time of political and economic uncertainty and an ever increasing demand on resources, Kelmscott Manor is looking for innovative ways to increase its profile and become more sustainable so that the Manor and its heritage will continue to attract visitors and be maintained for future generations. The day will feature talks about the project and also a talk by a professional fundraiser with a specialism in museums.
Lunch will be provided and a tour of the beautiful property will also be offered. The manor, famed for their cream teas, has been described as an 'utterly beautiful slice of heaven', and this is a day not to be missed!
Job Opportunity: Collections Manager, Chiddingstone Castle
Sunday 24th September 2017
Part time: 4 days per week
Salary: Negotiable depending on experience
Based at Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath Road, TN8 7AD, Chiddingstone, Kent
Application deadline: Sunday 24th September
Interviews to be held: Week of 2nd October
Primary responsibility for all aspects of the care of the Collections of Denys Eyre Bower at Chiddingstone Castle.
To understand and appreciate the Charity Commission’s Mission Statement of the Denys Eyre Bower Bequest: “To preserve and maintain Chiddingstone Castle and its contents, including the Collections of the late Denys Eyre Bower, in perpetuity for the benefit of the public”.
To be responsible for the display of the Collections To abide by the Museums Association’s Code of Ethics
To ensure adherence to quality expectations and standards, with specific adherence to Museum Accreditation Standards
To commission external conservation of items in the Collections as required having gained permission to do so from the Board of Trustees
To keep all documentation of the Collections updated (including the collection management system MODES), following Spectrum standards
To manage all volunteers working with the Collections
To write interpretation of Collections where required
To deal with enquiries from the public and professionals including any stakeholders
To undertake research of items within the Collections and disseminate such information as required, ie to the public, the media or within a catalogue
To undertake preventative conservation of the Collections in order to minimise damage
To assist with writing copy for the Castle’s website, guide book and media to promote the Collections
To network with other museum and art gallery professionals and outside agencies
To assist the Education Officer in planning school visits
To develop and maintain positive working relationships with others and support team to reach common goals.
To contribute to fundraising efforts to meet targets set by the Board of Trustees
To ensure all Denys Eyre Bower’s property remains in a good state of maintenance and repair
To undertake such other duties as may from time to time be required by the Board of Trustees and to provide such reports, advice and information as may be reasonably required to enable the Board to discharge its statutory responsibilities
High standards of personal conduct and confidentiality, as detailed in the Museums Association’s Code of Ethics
A positive and enthusiastic attitude, lively personality and flexible manner
Able to multitask, work well under pressure and make educated decisions, sometimes at short notice Able to work unsupervised
Strong communication skills, both written and oral
Excellent organisational skills and problem-solving abilities
Excellent people management skills – able to provide clear direction
A relevant qualification to a minimum of degree level
A minimum of 4 years’ paid experience in an Accredited Museum
A specialism in one or more of the collection subjects would be ideal
Experience in managing budgets
Experience of hiring, training and supervising staff/volunteers
IT literate including experience in Collections Management Systems, ideally MODES
Experience in working in a small team