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Job Opportunity: Pioneering Canterbury Exhibitions and Heritage Producer

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Salary: £26,511
Full Time, Fixed Term for 1 year (option to extend dependent upon funding)
Commissioned Services - The Marlowe Theatre

As a World Heritage Centre with an international reputation, culture and heritage defines Canterbury’s personality. The story of the city’s literary legacy is rich and fascinating and its influence resonates today.

The Marlowe Theatre and Canterbury Museums and Galleries have come together to develop a new cultural heritage venue in the heart of historic Canterbury. Opening next April in a Grade 1 listed medieval building, The Marlowe Kit will house a unique fusion of heritage, theatre, writing, learning and digital technology, celebrating Canterbury’s stories and its storytellers and using them to inspire creativity, new writing and the telling of new tales. Central to The Kit will be the life and legacy of Canterbury’s most famous literary son, Christopher Marlowe.

The delivery of the Marlowe Kit is enabled by ‘Pioneering Canterbury’, a cultural placemaking project, supported by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is part of a larger East Kent project, Pioneering Places, that involves partners in Folkestone, Thanet and Dover.

Pioneering Canterbury is a brand new programme which will re-interpret and celebrate the region’s stories and storytellers, its heritage collections and historic buildings. There are plans for a new exhibition exploring the life and legacy of Christopher Marlowe and other writers with local associations, such as Joseph Conrad. There will also be an Escape Room and a programme of immersive, interactive digital and theatrical engagement for Canterbury’s young visitors.

The Pioneering Canterbury programme will illuminate and celebrate the incredible contribution of Kent based and inspired writers to world literature, inspiring and emboldening new pioneers of the written and spoken word.

We are now seeking an exceptional, dynamic and innovative team to help us deliver this programme.

Pioneering Canterbury is part of the East Kent Pioneering Places project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

Main Duties

To devise, continually develop, and manage the delivery of, the heritage exhibition element of the Pioneering Canterbury project at The Marlowe Kit, interpreting the collections, bringing Canterbury’s literary heritage to life and making the collections accessible to a wide audience. Pioneering Canterbury is part of the East Kent Pioneering Places project which aims to strengthen networked arts, culture and heritage within the place, leading to a more prominent role for culture in meeting local social and economic priorities. All Pioneering Canterbury posts will work to support the delivery of the East Kent Pioneering Places aims.

Essential Requirements

  • Knowledge of history and literature with a demonstrable interest in the early modern period and other period and writing relevant to literary development in the region
  • Knowledge of best practice in collections management and applying for and securing loans of national significance
  • An understanding of best practice and current thinking in audience development
  • Good knowledge and understanding of culture and heritage policy and practice in a local, regional and national context
  • Some knowledge of Arts Council England’s Accreditation Scheme.
  • Creative thinking with the ability to be imaginative and innovative with regard to collections and access to collections
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Partnership working with a collaborative style
  • Good organisational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written. Ability to write fluently and clearly in an accessible style for a wide range of different audiences.
  • Experience in developing, proposing and implementing innovative ideas
  • Experience of expressing innovative ideas through displays, print and digital
  • Can provide a minimum of two examples of how they have provided innovative access to collections
  • Experience of curating museum exhibitions/ displays (can provide at least two examples)
  • Experience of managing and motivating volunteers
  • Ability to manage own workload, completing tasks to deadline

Canterbury City Council provides a wide range of services that have a significant impact on children aged 0-18 years. The council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children who are in contact with us through these services.

Due to the nature of the role, this post requires an standard DBS check.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Paula Gillespie, General Manager at or via Stage Door 01227 862268.

Closing Date: Wednesday 11 October 2017

Interview Date: Monday 23 October 2017

To apply visit the website here