Manager, Kent Mining Museum

Reference No.KMM MM21 Location:Deal, Kent Salary:£38 - £40k Main duties:

This is a diverse role encompassing curatorial and archive responsibilities combined with project management, strategic business, learning, monitoring and evaluation. There is a requirement to manage and coordinate several project strands at a time involving:


  • Collection management and cataloguing, exhibition curation and design
  • Use project management experience to deliver the Kent Mining Museum as part of the NLHF delivery phase
  • Programme development and management
  • Learning and audience development
  • Identifying external funding opportunities and leveraging in core and project funding,
  • Commercial – Driving visitor figures according to the outlined targets. Developing and maximising commercial income streams in line with the Business Plan.
  • Training provision and requirements – ensuring that all staff and volunteers are trained to support the effective operation of the Museum and wider Visitor Centre
  • Mediation, negotiation and detailed partnership work with the Kent mining Heritage Groups.

Dealing with these diverse strands will require effective and focused time management and an ability to deliver project outcomes to time and to budget.

Interview date:27/05/2021 Closing date:16/05/2021 Job Description:

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Museum Manager to lead the establishment of the new National Lottery Heritage Funded Kent Mining Museum ahead of its official opening.  You will be responsible for leading and developing curatorial, educational and learning content, establishing and managing the volunteer programme and for the ongoing management and sustainability of the Kent Mining Museum once fully operational.

Coal was discovered in East Kent in 1890, however, it wasn’t until 1912 that commercial coal was raised to the surface and the four East Kent collieries were established at Tilmanstone, Chislet, Snowdown and Betteshanger.  Thousands of jobs were supported by the coal industry and many families migrated from Wales and the North East in search of work. Betteshanger was the last of the four East Kent Coal Mines to close in 1989.

Betteshanger Country Park was established in 2007 when the former coal mining spoil heap was transformed into a space for people to enjoy.  The 250acre site has been slowly transformed over the years to become a centre for events, outdoor sporting, and adventure activities.  The Park currently attracts approximately 72,000 visitors per annum.

Betteshanger Country Park will soon be opening the doors of a new iconic Visitor Centre that will host the Kent Mining Museum, a learning space, café and conference centre.

Celebrating Kent’s mining heritage will be a key focus for the new Visitor Centre and wider Park. It will provide opportunities to showcase the unique story of Kent’s mining communities and profile their heritage through a combination of the Museum, Heritage Trail, Coal Mining themed play area, a vibrant programme of learning activities and online collections database.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and to provide proof of their right to work in the UK.

You can request the application pack by emailing

This position is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 16th May 2021 (Midnight)

Interviews will be held on Thursday 27th & Friday 28th May 2021

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