Digital Engagement Professional, Eastleigh Museum

Location:Eastleigh Museum Salary:A fee of £1,500, including VAT is available for this brief. Travel and expenses are included. Main duties:

We are looking for a vibrant, enthusiastic and engaging digital engagement professional with a good understanding of working with young people.
Key Deliverables

• Organise and deliver 6 digital sessions aimed at providing the project’s young people with a better understanding of how digital can be used positively. The sessions will focus on conveying the project’s key messages and stories related to Eastleigh industrial heritage as well as developing an understanding on how it can make information accessible to those with additional needs.

• At the end of the sessions,

– young people will have a better understanding of the importance of selecting the right stories and information to be included in museum interpretation, thinking about the different kind of people that live in their community as well as wider audiences.
– Young people will gain new skills in digital technologies and digital interpretation as well as have increased empathy towards peers and the wider audience. The Digital Engagement Professional will be inspirational and instrumental in this development.
As well as the facilitated sessions, the facilitator should offer opportunities for the young people to seek support and guidance if needed through zoom/email/phone contact.

Interview date:12/01/2021 Closing date:06/01/2021 Job Description:

• Background
Eastleigh Museum is situated in Eastleigh, a town in Hampshire that was originally developed as a railway centre by the London and South Western Railway. Housed in the old Salvation Army Citadel, the Museum explores Eastleigh’s history as an epicentre of the railway development which led to the industrial growth in the area. In 1884, the London and South Western Railway Company decided to build a wagon and carriage works at Eastleigh, leading to a huge boom in the town’s industry.
Hampshire Cultural Trust has been awarded funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund for the delivery of the Industrious Minds project.

Project Brief
Young people in the Eastleigh Borough will engage with the history and heritage of industry in the local area.
They will investigate the following themes;

– The history of Eastleigh as a town at the forefront of engineering including the London and South Western Railway and the Spitfire
– The social, economic and environmental impacts of engineering on the Borough of Eastleigh from 1880 – 1980.
– Eastleigh and it’s the new social, economic and environmental issues it faces today (including recent large housing developments).

By the end of the Project, young people will have acquired a better understanding of how digital can be used positively to convey key messages and stories as well as how it can make information accessible to those with additional needs. They will have a better understanding of the importance of selecting the right stories and information to be included in museum interpretation, thinking about the different kind of people that live in their community as well as wider audiences. An increased empathy towards their peers and the wider community.
The voices of the young people will be expressed through creative responses. Utilising the knowledge and skills gained throughout the project, and working with a professional artist, a ‘centrepiece’ artwork will be created by the young people which will be featured in a touring exhibition.

Please submit an application, expressing your suitability for the brief, to be no longer than 2 x A4, along with your CV. Please outline a daily rate that you will apply to the payment available.
Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
– Evidence of developing successful engagement programmes and strategies
– Ability to engage with a variety of stakeholders and with a younger audience in particular, within a digital context, preferably, arts, museums or heritage based
– Value for money
– Applications to emma.banks@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk by 6th January 2021, 10am.
– Interviews: 12th January 2021 in the afternoon (interviews will be held online)

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