We are looking for a temporary Manager to manage the Lancaster City and Cottage Museum, as a maternity cover for a period of 9 months. The Museum forms part of Lancaster City Museums along with the Maritime Museum. The City Museum is situated in the Grade 2* listed old Town Hall in the centre of Lancaster, while the mid 18th century Cottage Museum can be found on Castle Hill close to the Castle and the Judges Lodging Museum. The City Museum showcases the history of Lancaster, houses temporary exhibitions and displays a selection of the City’s art collection. It also houses the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum. The Cottage Museum is displayed as an artisan’s dwelling of the mid-late 18th century.
This is an exciting time for Lancaster City Museums, which have recently transferred back to the City Council from Lancashire County Museums with a view to making them an integral part of the cultural life of the City.
The successful candidate will manage and develop the City and Cottage Museums, developing audiences and continuing to improve visitor numbers and income. They will lead and develop the front of house team to ensure that high standards of customer service are built upon to achieve an excellent visitor attraction. They will also ensure that all proper standards are put in place and maintained, both for premises management and for the care of collections.
You will have significant experience in either a museum or heritage environment and have some experience of site or building management. You will have experience of collections care, including museum documentation, as well as exhibitions work and community engagement. Excellent customer service will be important to you, as well as an ability to lead and inspire a team and you will also be motivated to improve the visitor experience as well as develop audiences.
The hours of work for this position are 37 per week, working Monday to Friday with some evening and weekend work. The Council currently operates a Flexible Working Hours Scheme which applies to this post. This post is based at the City Museum.
If you would like an informal discussion please e-mail Carolyn Dalton, Museums Development Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this year Lancaster City Council unanimously declared a climate emergency and will therefore work towards reducing carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030. As part of this role, you will be expected to participate and work towards reducing carbon emissions.
Excellent benefits include: A Local Government Pension Scheme (the Council makes a 15.5% contribution). Discounted gym membership and discount on days out, activities and retail.
Closing date: Sunday, 21st June 2020
Interview date: Friday 3rd July 2020