Curatorial Internship – Cornwall’s Regimental Museum (Bodmin)

This is an entry-level position designed to provide hands-on work experience.  Working alongside the museum’s experienced management team, the Curatorial Intern will assist with;  

  1. The care, management and documentation of the museum collection 
  2. Making the collection more relevant and interesting for a wider audience through on-site displays, exhibitions and digital content. The intern will benefit from a training programme and will be part of a peer network of curatorial interns based at other Cornwall Museums Partnership museums. 

The intern training programme will build skills and confidence in exhibition-making, interpretation, conservation, collections management, learning programmes and marketing.

Salary: £17,000 pro rata (= £12,750 for 9 months) + 4% employer’s pension contribution

Hours: 37.5 per week includes some flexible working evenings / weekends

Leave: 20 days pro rata plus statutory bank holidays

Term: 9 months fixed term

Full details of the role and how to apply can be found at this link: cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/job-opportunity-curatorial-intern-paid/

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 13th November when full details of the interview will be provided. Interviews will be held on 21st or 22nd November. These may be carried out via video link if you are unable to attend in person due to distance or financial constraints – Start date is Monday 13th January

This internship is part funded by Cultivator; a project supported by European Structural and Investment Funds, HM Government, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council, as well as the John Ellerman Foundation and Cornwall Council, as part of a Cornwall Museums Partnership programme.

Curatorial Internship – Wheal Martyn Clay Works (St. Austell)

Wheal Martyn is an accredited independent museum on the edge of St. Austell in Cornwall. The museum which is set within two former Victorian clay works preserves and shares the heritage of Cornwall’s significant china clay mining industry and is actively working to broaden its audiences and increase access to its collection. This internship is part funded by Cultivator; a project supported by European Structural and Investment Funds, HM Government, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council, as well as the John Ellerman Foundation and Cornwall Council, as part of a Cornwall Museums Partnership programme.

Working alongside an experienced member of staff, this post will assist with the care and management of the museum collection and share aspects of the collection and the stories they hold with a wider audience through on site displays and digital media.

Based at the museum on a day-to-day basis, the intern will be assisting with a number of collections projects including collections documentation, display, interpretation, digital and community engagement. The intern will support the museum to implement its Conservation and Documentation plans.

The post holder will also benefit from an individual training plan and budget, including trips to galleries and museums and specialist talks. Through Cornwall Museums Partnership the intern will be able to contribute to and benefit from a peer network of other curatorial interns in Cornwall. The internship will have responsibility for developing a project based on their own career aims, to be agreed with the museum team.

This role is an entry-level position designed to provide hands on work experience in a range of museum activities and events, often working with the general public. Although this post does not require a degree the candidate should be prepared to research and write in different formats, this could also suit a graduate wishing to gain experience. However, we welcome all backgrounds and are interested in your potential to develop as a curator or museum practitioner within the cultural sector in Cornwall.

 

Job Title: Curatorial Intern

Based at: Wheal Martyn Clay Works

Salary: £17,000 + 3% pension (eligible after three months) pro rata and essential travel allowance

Hours: 37.5 per week

Leave: 23 days leave + statutory bank holidays pro rata

Term: 9 months

 

For a detailed job description and application form visit www.wheal-martyn.com/about-us/vacancies/

Closing date for applications: 12 midnight Friday 8 November 2019

Applications can be emailed to Ernie Shepherd at recruitment@swlakestrust.org.uk

Interviews will be held week commencing 18 November 2019

Start date: Monday 13 January 2020

Curatorial Internship – Museum of Cornish Life (Helston)

We are offering an exciting opportunity to join our friendly and dedicated team as Curatorial Intern. Working with a small staff team (Director, Community Engagement Curator and Apprentice) and over 80 volunteers you will get to experience all aspects of museum work. The focus of the role will be assisting with a range of collections projects including collections documentation, exhibitions, digital and community engagement.

The intern will be supported by an individual training plan and budget to allow you to attend training and undertake study trips to museums/galleries. Through Cornwall Museums Partnership you will benefit from and contribute to a peer network of other curatorial interns in Cornwall. This role is an entry-level position designed to provide hands on work experience in a range of museum activities. We welcome all backgrounds and are interested in your potential to develop.

This internship is part funded by Cultivator; a project supported by European Structural and Investment Funds, HM Government, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council, as well as the John Ellerman Foundation and Cornwall Council, as part of a Cornwall Museums Partnership programme.

Summary

Job Title:         Curatorial Intern

Based at:         Museum of Cornish Life, Market Place, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8TH

Salary:             £17,000 +4% pension and essential travel allowance pro rata

Hours:             37.5 per week (the post holder must be able to work Saturdays)

Leave:             25 days leave + statutory bank holidays pro rata

Term:              9 months (13 January – 12 September 2020)

 

Application

Closing Date:     15 November (5pm) 2019

Interview:           29 November 2019

Start Date:          13 January 2020

Apply:                  Email Annette MacTavish (director@museumofcornishlife.co.uk) with your CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the Personal Specification and what interests you about the opportunity to be a Curatorial Intern at the Museum of Cornish Life

 

Personal SpecificationEssential Desirable
Qualifications  
Degree or relevant experience in museum/gallery/heritage/cultural setting Yes
3 A Levels (or equivalent)Yes 
GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or 4 (or equivalent)Yes 
Experience & Knowledge   
Working/volunteering in a museum, gallery, cultural or historic venue or in a customer service roleYes 
Experience of volunteering or working with volunteersYes 
Research skillsYes 
Interest in the Museum of Cornish LifeYes 
Skills & Ability  
Excellent IT skills including use of Word, Excel and Social MediaYes 
Ability to multi-task with strong organisational skillsYes 
Team playerYes 
Commitment to learning and attending trainingYes 
Good communication skillsYes 

Fun Palaces 2019

October is not only the beginning of autumn, it’s also the month where for two days, communities and culture come together in a blur of creativity. Fun Palaces is an annual free weekend and campaign which ‘promotes culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture’. Using a combination of arts, craft, science, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities, Fun Palaces is led by local people for local people, giving the opportunity for skills and passions to be shared across the community. Fun Palaces really is a weekend to celebrate cultural democracy.

An abundance of workshops were held across the first weekend of October, including many of the museums in Cornwall who took part in this fantastic campaign. Carry on reading to hear from 7 Cornish museums on their Fun Palace experiences.

Museum of Cornish Life – Helston

Museum of Cornish Life Fun Palaces

Museum of Cornish Life decided upon a Space Art theme where the 1st Landewednack Brownies came to the museum and explored their new exhibition; Lizard Point Residency. Isobel King, Community Engagement Curator for Museum of Cornish life said how, ‘the exhibition celebrates the work created this year at the Lizard Point Residency, as part of a summer of celebration focussed around Goonhilly Earth Station. The Brownies explored the art works and then set about making their own art using the theme of space as their inspiration.

‘Some of the Brownies worked in teams to recycle cardboard to make two giant rockets which they named The Brownie 1000; others made their own spaceships, pictures of galaxies far away and pictures of what life from another planet would look like.’

If you would like to see the art work from this Fun Palaces weekend, the rockets will be on display at the museum as part of the exhibition until the end of the month.

Penlee House and Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Telegraph Museum Porthcurno and Whole Again Communities worked in partnership with Treneere Team Spirit to deliver the Treneere Fun Palace at the Lescudjack Centre in Penzance.

The Fun Palace was created by the Treneere Team Spirit community group, where they had 65 participants take part from the local community.

Penlee House Gallery returned to the event this year, building on their brilliant previous partnership work with Treneere Team Spirit, and delivered a wonderful ‘Collage on Canvas’ hands on activity.

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno hosted ‘I spy treasures’ and ‘Circus skills’ which included cracking a code on pirate doubloons in a sandy treasure chest, juggling with devil sticks and plate spinning! Families were given a ‘I’m a PK star’ sticker and/or a pirate temporary tattoo after taking part.

Kay Dalton of Porthcurno Telegraph Museum said, ‘it was great for us as an organisation to be able to be a part of Fun Palaces for the first time. There was a lot to do and the weekend brought together the communities and really showed off what Fun Palaces is all about.’

‘Great partnership working!’  Treneere Team Spirit.

‘The whole event had such a buzzing, lovely vibe!’  Penlee House Gallery.

‘Children came back to redo our activities again and again, it was great to see how much time they spent having fun together.’  Telegraph Museum Porthcurno.

Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn Fun Palaces

Wheal Martyn’s Fun Palace event went incredibly well, with approximately 60 people attending, all of which were families. They had 7 Makers plus Gemma Martin, Education Officer of Wheal Martyn museum, running the activities all day.

There was a wonderful selection of activities on offer, including:

  • Zenology Doodling with Laura Martin from their regular Social Prescribing Arts and Crafts Group
  • Paper Journal Making with Ruth Hills
  • Clay Fun Palace Models with Lynne Simms and Suzy Johnson
  • Story Collections and porcelain figures for the Bucawdden Project and, with Zenna Tagney
  • Planting and gardening workshops with Tam Pemberton from Perennial Harvest
  • Great Biscuit Show Stopper biscuit decorating with Gemma Martin, Wheal Martyn

A great time was had and plenty of lovely feedback with one attendee saying, ‘a lovely idea, my two loved all the different things to do and enjoyed the clay making and biscuit decorating. We’ll be back for more Fun days like this!’ Another person loved it so much that they already can’t wait for the next one, ‘lovely idea, so much to do, friendly atmosphere, something for everyone.  Please do another one soon!’

Falmouth Art Gallery and Library

Fun Palace in Falmouth Art Gallery was a collection of different experiences, run for the Community by Community groups. If you felt creative you could create poems with the Write Café, make your own woolly planet with Cornwool, try a Camel costume from Miracle Theatre, join the Global Cardboard challenge with the engineers from the University of Exeter or the LEGO club in the library, drawing in VR with INTERANIMA, make your own electronic textile bracelets with Touch Craft or have a go at weaving.

If music is your thing, you were able to play bells with Perran Rebells, improvise a song with SING! Choir or create electronic instruments with CO:NOISE project. You could relax in their boardgames café with cakes, tea and coffee from Falmouth Fairtrade. Source FM Community radio was also there interviewing all the community groups involved. It was a great day and one they can’t wait to repeat soon!

Cornwall’s Regimental Museum – Bodmin Keep

At Bodmin Keep, the theme was ‘Building, Making, Playing’, a theme that extended across the whole town, with 8 Fun Palace sites and one roaming Fun Palace. At the Keep, 12 makers produced theatrical wounds and gave reflexology. There was also badge and pom-pom making, engineering challenges with the local Cadets and healthy eating activities with Cornwall Council, as well as a whole host of games to play. There was a quiz to complete, part of a town wide Fun Palaces quiz, encouraging people to visit all the venues over the weekend.

Verity Anthony, Visitor Experience and Collections Manager of the museum said, ‘the day went fantastically, and participants and makers alike had a great time. We’re already thinking ahead to next year!’

Royal Cornwall Museum – Truro

The Royal Cornwall Museum had a plethora of different activities for people to explore, discover and create. Sophie Meyer, Marketing Digital Lead for the museum said, ‘you really felt the community spirit on Fun Palace day. A great range of people who had never been to the Museum before, suddenly spending hours exploring all the different activities on offer. It’s fantastic for the local community to come together and share skills and it’s a joy to host.’

The Royal Cornwall Museum had all sorts of activities such as;

  • Shallal 2 Dance performance inspired by their Face to Face exhibition. Be inspired and check out their video!
  • Lithium extraction and geology games with Cornish Lithium
  • Radio broadcasting with Pirate FM
  • Learning to sing with Hall for Cornwall
  • Learning Cornish
  • Gold Panning

 

If you’d like to take part in or host a Fun Palace weekend, please head to the Fun Palaces website for all the details. The next weekend of action is the 3rd and 4th October 2020.

 

– Jody Woolcock

Marketing and Impact Officer, Cornwall Museums Partnership

A Greener Museum

Bryony Robins

Bryony Robins, Museum Development Officer for Cornwall, recently headed to Brighton for the Museums Association conference. Alongside colleagues of CMP and The Castle Museum and Heritage Centre in Bude, Bryony highlighted the fantastic work which has, and continues to be carried out, throughout the small museums of Cornwall to tackle climate change. Read on to hear what Bryony has to say about the sessions and case studies from the conference. 

Green Museum Manifesto

I have long campaigned to raise the profile of the amazing and groundbreaking work by small museums that so often falls off the radar yet is something which we, in the wider sector could benefit from. I was delighted to have the opportunity to highlight some of the pioneering work they are doing to tackle climate change, at the Museums Association conference in Brighton earlier this month.

Plastic pollution is a particularly important issue for Cornwall. We have around 300 miles of coastline and you are never more than 20 miles from the sea. In Britain there is around 150 plastic bottles littering each mile of coastline and we use around 38 ½ million single use plastic bottles every day, of which less than half are recycled. Each plastic bottle takes 450 years to decay* – it’s clear to see we have an ongoing issue here.

Bryony - MA Conference

Photo – Rachael Rowley

Big Ideas, Small Museums was a workshop session with a film case study from Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum about tackling plastic pollution. The museum is a small independent charity which operates on an inside-out basis, meaning they concentrate their efforts on going out to where the people are through heritage walks, pop-up exhibitions, hotel talks and schools’ outreach, infiltrating heritage into any activity they can across the town. They work collaboratively within the heart of their community and are dependent entirely on the support of local partners, businesses and donations. You’ll find their short film, Together Against Plastic, at the end of this article.

The second case study was given by Janine King from the Castle Museum and Heritage Centre, Bude. Janine spoke about their ambition in becoming the UK’s greenest town and what the museum are doing to contribute towards this initiative through their learning activities, exhibitions and within the organisation through their operations, café and shop.

Participants at the session took part in round table discussions to share and brainstorm practical solutions that museums can adopt to improve their environmental impact. The ideas from this discussion coupled with those within the case studies and a further conversation within the National Museum Directors Council have fed into the following Green Museum Manifesto, designed for organisations to adapt and build on.

It was great to hear how many museums are already tackling this work, and the range of initiatives being taken towards reducing carbon footprint. As a sector, we can take a lead in reducing our carbon footprint and taking a stand towards a greener future.

 

– Bryony Robins

*Statistics from Surfers Against Sewage

Penlee House Retail Manager and Retail Assistant

Penlee House, Penzance

PENLEE HOUSE RETAIL MANAGER

32 hours per week
12-month fixed term with possibility of extension

HOURS: 32 hours per week to include alternate Saturdays on a rotational basis (plus additional hours as required)

SALARY GRADE: SCP 8 £19,945 per annum pro rata

PENLEE HOUSE RETAIL ASSISTANT
10 hours per week
12-month fixed term with possibility of extension

HOURS: 10 hours per week. Fridays 12.30 – 5.30pm and Saturdays 12.30 – 5.30pm

SALARY GRADE: SCP 3 – £9.36 per hour

 

Penlee House is a much-loved Gallery & Museum in Penzance, owned and operated by Penzance Council. We are looking to recruit a Retail Manager to run a profitable retail operation and a Retail Assistant to provide excellent customer service on the admissions desk within the reception area of Penlee House Gallery & Museum.

The Retail Manager will be responsible for making the shop financially successful through understanding our audience and maximising profit. You will ensure the shop looks appealing and work towards making it a destination in its own right. You will select quality, relevant products and have an excellent grasp of stock control. You will get to know and understand our customer profile, making visitors feel welcome and ensure that they have a brilliant experience. You will also take responsibility for the supervision of two part-time Retail Assistants and your attention to detail will ensure that high standards are maintained at all times.

The Retail Assistant will be responsible for making sure that Penlee House visitors have an enjoyable visit by offering a friendly welcome, selling admissions tickets and answering enquiries. You will make sure that shop stock is well-presented and you will help to meet sales targets within the shop. You will be expected to work 10 hours each week, working every Friday afternoon from 12.30pm until 5.30pm and every Saturday afternoon, from 12.30pm until 5.30pm. These start and finish times may be adjusted slightly to reflect our winter opening times, which will be discussed with your line manager. There will be opportunities to work additional hours to cover holiday for the other Retail Assistant and Retail Manager.

Both posts are being advertised as a 12-month fixed-term post, with the possibility of extension/a permanent role at the end of the 12-month period.

For an application pack, please contact:
Penzance Council on 01736 363405; Email: info@penzance-tc.gov.uk
Or download an application pack from our Vacancies page at: www.penzancetowncouncil.co.uk
For an informal discussion about the role please contact 01736 363625

The closing date for receipt of all applications is noon on Wednesday 23 October 2019.

Interviews for the Retail Manager role will be held on the morning of Monday 28 October; for the Retail Assistant role they will be held on the morning of Tuesday 5 November.

Penzance Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer

The Firm Foundations Programme

Firm Foundations

The Firm Foundations Programme is a four-day masterclass for people about to embark on a capital development project in the heritage sector.

Firm Foundations offers delegates the opportunity to learn from respected professionals, to have candid and exclusive insights into the industry and how it works, from procurement and project management to risk management and contracting.

Delegates will be able to share ideas and challenges in a supportive, confidential environment, and draw support from experts and peers.

Our team of professionals with extensive experience in developing and delivering heritage projects, will show you how to prepare, plan, deliver and sustain a successful capital project.

In the below film, Elisa Harris of Krowji, who took part in Firm Foundations last year (2018), talks about her experience of the programme and how it helped her take on and deliver a more effective and impactful capital project.

For more information and to book your space on the 2019/20 Firm Foundations programme, please click this link;  www.cornwallmuseumspartnership.co.uk/firm-foundations or email clare@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk

 

Emerging Voices

Becki and Katie

The Emerging Voices bursary supports museum volunteers or emerging professionals to undertake training, research or placement opportunities that enhance their skills and bring new benefits to their host museum.

Becki Brattin and Katie Bunnell decided to apply for the bursary following their experience as Citizen Curators at Falmouth Art Gallery. They have been awarded the bursary to continue developing their project, “Gut Reaction” which focuses on audience responses to the Margaret Whitford Bequest, a collection of 48 contemporary prints and a sculpture acquired by the gallery through the Artfund.

The collection is remarkably vibrant and graphically strong and while individual pieces have been on display, relatively little is known about the provenance of the collection as a whole. Through their research on Margaret as the source of these collected works, Becki and Katie have discovered there are another 25 pieces located in 8 museums and galleries in the UK.

For this post Becki and Katie have answered three key questions:

Why did you want to continue your “Gut Reaction” Citizen Curators project? 

K: With the continuing support of Falmouth Art Gallery, the Emerging Voices Bursary will enable us to pursue research threads we have discovered through the Citizen Curators project, visit the other pieces in Margaret’s collection, find out what we can about their provenance and to chase stories as they emerge.

For us, the idea that it is possible to have a felt, physical reaction to an artwork is fundamental to enabling everyone to respond to art in their own way. From what we have read about Margaret we understand that this was her approach to choosing art and have used this as the basis for our “Gut Reaction” project. We would like to continue to develop this idea through the creation of the digital exhibit and for workshops that connect to it.

B: Our initial Citizen Curators project took quite a natural progression after learning more about Margaret once we spoke to some of her friends about the type of person she was within her professional and personal life. We are now faced with learning a whole lot more information about Margaret’s further collection which is spread around the UK. It seemed very obvious to try and bring an awareness of Margaret’s other pieces together, in this case through a digital experience – building a portrait of a female Cornish collector and celebrating the collection in its entirety.

What are your hopes and expectations for this project?

B: I’m hoping we can do the collection justice and bring about a beautiful digital exhibition with a very ambitious idea of perhaps, bringing some or all pieces together for a physical exhibition (one day!) Also, I will be keen to explore how we will be able to bring to the surface a little about who a female collector is? Is it important, and if so, how does this stance affect galleries today or previously?

We are expecting to document our journey within the project through the use of blogs, vlogs, Podcasts and Instagram. Hopefully building an informative and enjoyable journey for all to evaluate.

K: I think that the Emerging Voices Bursary opens the possibility of seeing Margaret’s dispersed collection, hopefully bringing it together as a digital exhibit that can be shared with many. Personally, I am really interested in trying to see it from her perspective, to understand a bit more about her motivations as a collector and how this relates to her work as a feminist philosopher, and one who started life in a Methodist community in Cornwall.

Why do you think it will be useful to Falmouth Art Gallery?

K: I think it is a great opportunity to try out new ways of creating a digital exhibit, using the story of the collector as a way in to seeing this dispersed collection as a whole. We would like to develop the digital exhibit as a tool that enables audiences to think about and respond to the artworks and the business of collecting from their own perspectives.

B: Falmouth Art Gallery is very fortunate to be the custodians of such a beautiful and vibrant set of prints from the Margaret Whitford Bequest; we like to think that our project will help to raise the profile of the bequest and give the community and beyond the chance to interact and access the collection as a whole, leaving a fantastic digital collection tool for all to explore alongside more extensive history files for Falmouth Art Gallery.

 

– Becki Brattin and Katie Bunnell

Falmouth Art Gallery

10 Tips For Making Collaborative Leadership Work

Collaborative Leadership

“Collaborative leadership needs people who can be open, flexible and responsive.”

For the last four years, Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) has been helping museums across the county become more open and connected to the people they serve. We set out with a clear aim to effect some fundamental changes by creating a collaborative culture within our own charity and across the museum sector in Cornwall. As an infrastructure charity that doesn’t run or own any museums, influencing ‘beyond authority’ is core to our approach. We believe that the power lies in the team.

Emmie Kell, CEO of Cornwall Museums Partnership, has recently written an article sharing ten things she learned about creating a collaborative culture over the last few years.

 

Read: Collaborative Leadership

 

Emmie Kell

Author – Emmie Kell

Published – Arts Professional 12/09/2019

Cultural Democracy and Cultural Rights in Cornwall

What are our museums doing to respond to calls for greater cultural democracy and cultural rights in Cornwall? One of our major cultural democracy programmes is Citizen Curators. In partnership with the Curatorial Research Centre and funded by the Museums Association’s Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, the programme has two clear aims.

The first, to begin to democratise our museum collections by narrowing the gap between Cornish collections and communities; the second, to provide the start of an alternative pathway into museum work. We first piloted Citizen Curators at Royal Cornwall Museum as part of our Arts Council-supported Change Makers programme in 2017/18. Currently, seven NPO funded museums are taking part in the current three-year programme which offers 35 free places on this free curatorial training course.

Tehmina Goskar, Programme Leader, has recently written about how Citizen Curators was developed for Museum-iD magazine, and showcases some of the results and impact so far.

Read: Citizen Curators. An Experiment in Cultural Democracy.

Freelance Early Years Facilitator – Minnows Explorers

national maritime museum

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

We wish to appoint a suitable individual to work as a Freelance Early Years Facilitator to help the Museum expand our successful early years ‘Minnows’ programme.

With funding and support from Nesta and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, together in partnership with the Eden Project, we will be launching a new exciting session, Minnows Explorers. Working with the NMMC Learning Team, the Early Years Facilitator will help to develop, plan and deliver a pioneering new programme of activities aimed at grandparents and their grandchildren.

This new session is due to start at the beginning of October 2019 and will run until mid-July 2020. It will therefore be important for the appointee to be able to commit to the entire duration of the programme and work flexibly in order to meet external deadlines.

The new sessions will be designed to help grandparents who regularly look after their under-fives to play and learn together by exploring the Museum involving storytelling, games and craft activities.

There will be a total of 33 Minnows Explorers sessions, delivered every Thursday afternoon from 1.00pm-2.30pm. The Facilitator will be expected to organise the setting up and taking down of these sessions, covering a four hour period incorporating the delivery of the session, for which you will be paid £80.00.

In addition we anticipate there will be 12 days for development and training, for which you will be paid £140.00 per day. Travel expenses for off-site training will be paid.

The Facilitator will contribute to the development and planning of high-quality weekly activity sessions and resources designed to engage a diverse intergenerational audience, working in consultation with the NMMC Learning Team.

Ideally you will have at least an NVQ3 or NNEB qualification (or equivalent) in Early Years and Childcare, with a good understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage. You will have previous experience of working with children aged 18 months to 5 years of age and the ability to develop activities and resources which are fun and enjoyable for the under-fives. A DBS certificate will be required for this role (the cost of which will be covered by the Museum if you do not have one).

A full brief for this freelance position can be found here.

If you are interested in applying for this freelance position, please send your current CV, detailing your skills and experience, to lindafrost@nmmc.co.uk or send to Linda Frost, Human Resources Manager, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, TR11 3QY

The closing date: Monday, 9 September 2019 at 9.00am
Interviews: Thursday, 12 September 2019

Bright Sparks of 2018

Cornwall Museums Partnership and FEAST are challenging museums and artists to work together to generate original ideas for bringing more and different people into the museums of Cornwall to enjoy Cornwall’s unique heritage. For the third year, we are offering a joint small grants fund to enable the best ideas to be tested and delivered.

To get a better idea of the diverse range of projects that have enjoyed Bright Sparks support, here are the museums and artists who were successful last year.

Isles of Scilly Student Publication

The Islands’ Partnership worked with the Isles of Scilly Museum and the Five Islands Academy to produce a publication for visitors using selected artefacts as a starting point to explore local history.

Students visited the museum and interviewed local trustees and experts to investigate the islands’ rich heritage and changing fortunes over the past four thousand years.

The resulting guide for visiting families includes a young persons’ perspective on Scilly’s past, reflections on growing up on Cornwall’s islands and suggested activities linked to local culture and heritage.

Wish You Were Here

‘Wish You Were Here’ took as its starting point the idea of providing a winter escape for the residents of two nursing homes in Helston and the Lizard.

The Museum of Cornish Life worked with artist Susanna Webster, who brought to the project her creativity and experience working with residents in care homes, memory cafes and community settings in Cornwall. Together they designed a series of virtual visits to the museum using FaceTime. On these visits the residents were able to explore the museum and build relationships with the staff and volunteers without needing to travel.

This project allowed visitors who wouldn’t normally enjoy the museum to do so, and as a result of taking part, the nursing home residents became more comfortable using FaceTime and Skype to communicate with their own families. The museum purchased an iPad which they continue to use to help visitors engage with their collection.

The Looe Diehards

This project focussed on a little-known period in Looe’s history, the establishment in 1803 of the East and West Looe Volunteer Artillery during the Napoleonic era. The project wanted to remember this difficult time when the towns were despoiled of its trade by the threat of war and how the community came together.

The Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol worked with Sue Field, a local maker, community artist, and storyteller to help bring this story to life through the interplay of puppets as exhibits and animated characters. Archive material was used to write the stories of the Looe Diehard men, exquisite puppets of Captain Thomas Bond and Fisherman volunteer Pengelly were hand crafted and the museum’s team of volunteers were trained in their operation.

Building audiences and providing engaging and meaningful interactions is essential for the future of the museum and its collections. Through projects like this, The Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol can continue to promote and engage people with their local heritage.

Redefining the Museum Label: New Voices

Falmouth Art Gallery has been working with artist Felicity Tattersall, whose drawing practice is inspired by hidden narratives in museums and archives, and Curator Charlotte Davis to deliver this exciting public engagement project.

A variety of community groups have been given the opportunity to learn about the function and use of museum labels. During these workshops they have been invited to create their own imaginative and experimental museum labels using unusual materials, creative writing, drawing and digital media. This project is about rethinking how people from the local community connect with the work that is in the Gallery.

The project will culminate in a public exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery, a shared learning digital event and an open call for everyone to come and create their own label for a piece in the collection.

Remembering People from the Past

This is a collaborative project between Lostwithiel Museum and creative researcher Amanda Davidge, using the museum archives and collection to discover more about lives of important people from Lostwithiel’s past.

To begin with the team decided to research the fascinating life of Frances Hext (1819-1896) who had lived in the town and written a book Memorials of Lostwithiel (and of Restormell):collected and contributed. Amanda ran workshops with the museum volunteers to create assemblage memory boxes, family trees and journals to illustrate her life in a large display.

Following this, family history workshops will be offered to the wider community who wish to investigate the town’s history as well as their personal family history and create their own ‘story boxes’.

Apply Today

We are looking for genuine innovation and collaboration between the artist(s) and museum, and for ideas which would appeal to a broad range of the community. We are inviting proposals for creative projects which spark interest in what museums have to offer: we want more people interested in their heritage and more people doing or experiencing something creative.

We are offering a number of small grants of up to £2,500. The project must involve some form of tangible activity or event with which the community can get involved.

Selection of successful projects will be made by a panel of FEAST and Cornwall Museum Partnership directors and a member of each organisation’ s board or advisory group.  The deadline for applications is 27th October 2019 and decisions will be announced shortly afterwards.

To apply, please download and complete the application form below.

For more information contact celine@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk  Tel: 01209500750 or  Emma Leaper feast@creativekernow.org.uk   Tel: 01209312502.

 

– Emma Leaper

FEAST Programme Administrator