Cultivator funding secures place on National Arts Fundraising School

Cornwall Museums Partnership’s Engagement Lead, Chloe Hughes, has secured funding from Cultivator to attend the National Arts Fundraising School, as part of their Skills Development Fund.

The School has helped over 1,200 organisations realise their fundraising potential, and is a highly-respected course. This training will increase Chloe’s fundraising expertise within the team at CMP and enable her to provide support and advice to museums in Cornwall.

Chloe plans to share her knowledge via workshops or webinars that will focus on key topics after completion in November 2018.

Cornwall Museums Partnership becomes Artsmark partner

Artsmark is a creative quality standard for education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. The award supports settings to develop, evaluate and celebrate their arts and culture provision, and has a huge range of benefits:

  • Culture and creativity increases pupils’ confidence, critical thinking, communication and literacy skills, improving attainment and bringing core subjects to life.
  • Artsmark provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.
  • Settings are supported throughout their Artsmark journey by a network of local partners, providing training, advice, practical teaching resources and introductions to leading cultural organisations in your area.
  • Settings are awarded Silver, Gold or Platinum, based on their achievements.
  • Artsmark provides evidence of how a setting meets its spiritual, moral, social and cultural requirements for Ofsted.

As an Artsmark Partner, we can connect you to your local museum.

Job Vacancy: Wheal Martyn – Project Manager

Wheal Martyn are looking for a Project Manager to oversee the Clayworks! project. The project has been granted Round 2 Heritage Lottery funding to create a gallery for temporary exhibitions, an activity and learning space, improved interpretation and better access through the historic buildings, offering new opportunities to engage with wider audiences through an ambitious Activity Plan, enabling more people to benefit from our work, enhancing the sustainable future of Wheal Martyn.

  • Job Title: Clay Works! Project Manager
  • Location: Wheal Martyn, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 8XG
  • Salary: £24,000 – £26,000 per annum pro rata
  • Duration: April 2018 – August 2019 (17 Month Contract)
  • Hours: 30 Hours per Week
  • Responsible to: Wheal Martyn Managing Director


Download a job description here

Download an application form here

Job Vacancy: Wheal Martyn – Exhibition and Engagement Officer

Wheal Martyn are currently seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic Exhibition and Engagement Officer to join the team and help deliver their visions.

The successful candidate will be confident at engaging with a wide range of people and have skills and experience in developing exhibitions, events and relationships with community groups.

  • JOB TITLE: Exhibition and Engagement Officer
  • LOCATION: Wheal Martyn, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 8XG
  • SALARY: £21,000 – £24,000 per annum
  • FIXED TERM: April 2018 – March 2022
  • HOURS: 37 hours per week (to include weekends, evenings and bank holidays as required)
  • RESPONSIBLE TO: Museum Manager


Download a job description here

Download an application form here

South-West Beginners Oral History Community Workshop


28 April 2018, 9.30-17.00 (Mast House, Plymouth University)


History with Plymouth University invites you to develop your skills and knowledge of oral history.


What is Oral History?   One of the most important methods to explore the past, oral history involves the use of interviews to record individuals’ memories to narrate the history of families, organisations, and communities.

What is the Workshop?  this one-day workshop will take you through the process of developing an oral history project, covering such topics as:  planning your project and getting started, how to conduct interviews; what to do with your recordings.

Who is the Workshop for?  The Workshop is ideal for anybody who is interested in starting a Project but little or no knowledge of oral history.  Or, if you have already commenced a Project, the Workshop is an excellent way to refresh your best-practice skills and knowledge.

Who leads the Workshop?  The workshop is run by Plymouth University in collaboration with the Centre for Oral History and Tradition (Canada) and Cornerstone Heritage.

In a series of lectures, practical-skills seminars and discussion groups, you’ll work with leading local and international historians.  Special Guests include:

  • Dr. Carly Adams (Centre for Oral History and Tradition, University of Lethbridge, CANADA)
  • Mr. Peter Davey (Project Leader of the HLF funded, Stonehouse 100 Homes Project)
  • Dr. Alan Butler (Project Leader and founder of Plymouth’s LGBT Archive)

You’ll have a chance to develop links with other projects, too.



  • Date & time:  Saturday 28 April, 09.30-17.00
  • Venue:  Plymouth University, Mast House
  • A fee of £75/person*** – entitles you to a full day of activities, lunch and break refreshments, as well as a Workshop package of information, and follow-up consultation.


***Registration is required as space is limited to 25 participants.



To Register or for more information:

Job Vacancy: Tintagel Castle – Operations Manager

Title – Operations Manager Tintagel Castle

Location – Tintagel Castle, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE

Salary – c£23,500 depending on skills and experience, annualised contract 36 hours per week, free parking in the village

Job Type – Permanent

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Tintagel Castle is set in one of the most spectacular locations on the Cornish coast. Perched high above the Atlantic sea the castle sits within a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As the prestigious seat of Cornish kings and with its literary connection to the legends of King Arthur, Tintagel already attracts over 200,000 British and international visitors every year making this one of our busiest sites.

2018 is set to be an extraordinary one in the castle’s history. Starting in October, we are undertaking a bold and visionary project to restore the link between the mainland and island sections of the castle by building a cantilever bridge. Alongside this, we will be improving footpaths and the operational infrastructure to ensure we can effectively manage the site and provide an outstanding visitor experience. This is a multi-million pound project that will transform the site and the way we run it.

The rugged nature of the site and volume of visitors is an operational challenge that is met on a daily basis by a dedicated team of nearly 40 full and part-time personnel. We need a skilled Operations Manager to lead and motivate that team, ensuring that we continue to provide an exceptional visitor experience and safe environment. You will be responsible for all areas of operational management including driving membership, retail and catering sales; effective staff recruitment, training and deployment; health and safety for staff and the public; strong financial management; maintenance of operational infrastructure and development of a volunteering programme.

You have a strong commitment to the mission and vision of English Heritage and this informs the way that you work. You will relish the prospect of managing a team and you are a skilled communicator, motivator and delegator. You will have an excellent operational knowledge and can manage risk effectively. You are also an efficient administrator that meets deadlines, enjoys the challenge of achieving KPI’s and is willing to dig into the detail to meet budgets. You are a practical, positive, solutions person and you are not afraid to lead the team in trying new ideas.

By joining us you’ll enjoy the rewards of a great team environment and an inspiring location, helping to make our site a wonderful place to visit and work. You’ll also be joining our charity which through our 400 historic monuments, buildings and sites, brings the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year.

You’ll find it’s a workplace like no other – taking you behind the scenes of these extraordinary sites and supporting you to share your ideas, inspire others and make a difference.

To apply for this role, in addition to completing the online application form, please submit your CV with a covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 stating why you are interested in applying and what knowledge, skills and experience you could bring to this role.

Closing date: 15/04/2018 23:59:59

To see the original job vacancy post, please click here

You will need to refer to the following documents when completing your application:

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Job Vacancy: Helston Museum – Customer Service Apprentice

Helston Museum is offering an exciting opportunity to join a friendly and dedicated team as a Customer Service Apprentice. Helston Museum is a fun place to work where something different happens each day.

Closing Date – 12th April

Working with a small staff team (Director and Assistant Museum Curator) and over 80 volunteers you will carry out a broad range of roles with a focus on customer service and retail.


  • Weekly wage: £234.90
  • Working week: 30 hours per week (1 Saturday in 4)
  • Apprenticeship duration: 15 months
  • Training Provider: Cornwall College
  • Apprenticeship standard: Customer Service Practitioner


Daily duties will involve:

  • Greeting visitors at the museum reception/shop
  • Assisting with the daily presentation of the museum including signage, shop, tourist information point, pop-up cafe and galleries
  • Assisting with ordering shop stock, dealing with suppliers and stocktaking
  • Merchandising and display of the museum shop
  • Managing bookings for events and memory boxes
  • Collecting visitor surveys and inputting data online
  • Administrative tasks such as photocopying, answering the phone, dealing with enquiries
  • Assisting with museum events
  • Undertaking any other work as requested by the team


Desired Skills:

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Able to multi-task
  • Able to get on with all types of people
  • Willingness to learn


Desired Qualifications

  • GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or 4 (or equivalent) are desirable but not essential.
  • Experience of working in a customer service role would be advantageous.




This apprenticeship is supported by Cultivator with funding from the European Social Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.


Shortlisting completed for the first Cornwall Heritage Awards

The first round of shortlisting for the first Cornwall Heritage Awards was successfully completed on the 12th of January. There are twenty different organisations competing throughout six categories, excluding the Object of the Year Award which is subject to public voting, as well as the Judges Choice Award.


The finalists for the six different award categories have been selected by a small shortlisting committee with Ellie Collier, Museums Consultant for Arts Council England, as the Head Judge. Shortlisting judge Lynsey Jones, Museum Development Officer & Accreditation Adviser North West, said: “They were all great projects, with some absolutely outstanding ones, and it was really difficult to try to compare them!


The full list of finalists competing for the Cornwall Heritage Awards are:

Innovation Award

Falmouth Art Gallery, Royal Cornwall Museum, Helston Museum, Lostwithiel Museum and Saltash Heritage.

Project on a budget Award

Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum, Trenance Cottages and King Edward Mine.

Cornish Heritage Award

South East Cornwall Museums Forum, St Neot Local Historians and Falmouth Art Gallery

Audience Initiative Award

Falmouth Art Gallery, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Falmouth Poly, Perranzabuloe Museum and Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum

Family Friendly Award

Lostwithiel Museum, Mevagissey Museum and Penryn Museum

Heritage Heroes Award

Geevor Tin Mine, Wheal Martyn, Helston Museum, Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum, The Castle Bude Heritage Centre and Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol Looe


Further to the above, awards will be given for two additional categories. For the Object of the Year Award, CMP have partnered with Devon and Cornwall Media to bring the voting process to the general public. You can vote for your favourite object online until the 1st of March, via the Cornwall Live website. There are nine different objects to choose from, each one telling a very interesting and quirky story – from an impressive whale’s ear drum to a piece of the historic Berlin Wall.

Finally, the Judges Choice Award will be given to the excellent project or organisation that the judges feel most merits additional commendation, and it will be selected from applications from the six categories mentioned above.

The next and final judging process will be commencing on 5 February 2018. The winners will be selected by a diverse judging committee comprising of: Deborah Boden; Cornish World Heritage Mining Site, Ellie Collier; Museum Consultant, Tamsin Daniel; Heritage Lottery Fund, Gordon Seabright; Eden Project, Sarah Trethowan; Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and Belinda Waldock; Software Cornwall and Agile for businesses. The final results for all awards categories will be announced during the Awards ceremony on the 20th of March at Scorrier House in Redruth.



About Cornwall Museums Partnership

Cornwall Museums Partnership is a charity that exists to help all museums in Cornwall to thrive. CMP encourages museums to work together, helping create a stronger voice for heritage here in Cornwall.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.

Photography credits: James Stuart, Lightbox Inc

For more information about the Cornwall Heritage Awards and any news updates, follow CMP on Twitter @cornwallmp or visit the CMP website:

Catalyst Programme comes to an end

Over the past 4 years, Cornwall Museums Partnership, with support from Heritage Lottery Fund, has delivered the successful Catalyst business support programme for museums in Cornwall. As the final phase of this programme comes to an end, we wanted to share some of the successes of this practical and effective programme with you.

Museums from all over Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – as far apart as Bude and St Mary’s, some with no paid staff and some with over 20 members of staff, have benefited from the skills workshops, and provided us with feedback like ‘an excellent balance of learning and practical exercises, the trainer had a wealth of experience’ and ‘very interesting, informative and useful. Lots to share with others and leads to follow-up. Thank you.’

A number of museums have also benefited from mentoring and further business support to help them develop effective fundraising strategies, these organisations have measurably increased their confidence, skills and resources over the course of the programme.

The time and support to write our fundraising strategy has come at exactly the right time. Because of our tiny staff capacity, without the support provided by the Catalyst programme, we would have struggled to make any headway at all.’

Trustees and staff have gained a much greater understanding of the challenges we face and the steps we need to take in order to fundraise successfully.  There has been a profound organisational change insofar as everyone now understands and accepts the need for change and for a major focus on fundraising.’

Readers may view below videos – case studies of museums who have participated in the second and final phase of the Catalyst Programme, namely, Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, Helston Museum and Truro Cathedral.

Cornwall Museums Partnership Seeks Chair of Trustees

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Cornwall Museums Partnership is a charitable incorporated organisation which exists to help all museums in Cornwall to thrive. Between 2018 and 2022 we will invest nearly £4.5m in an ambitious programme to promote innovation, help museums to raise standards, improve museums’ business performance, and develop and share new knowledge about museums’ collections to inspire a wide range of people. Put simply, we want to help museums to make people’s lives better by ensuring that Cornwall’s unique cultural identity is shared with and enjoyed by as many people as possible.

Cornwall Museums Partnership is looking for a new Chair to succeed Sir Ferrers Vyvyan who steps down after completing his successful 3 year term in the role, having led the formation of the charity and its entry to the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation cohort.

The Chair will lead the board and ensure its ambitious strategy is effectively delivered. Strong governance skills and experience of senior leadership at board level or equivalent, plus experience of non-executive/trustee governance are essential, and candidates should demonstrate a commitment to CMP’s mission, aims and values, and a willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities. This is a great time to join our charity which is recognised nationally for its innovative, collaborative approach.

For more information please download the role profile at the end of the page.

To apply please send a letter and CV to Ferrers Vyvyan at or call 01326 221224   to arrange an informal discussion about the role.

Closing date for applications 5pm on Wednesday 31st January 2018.

National Lottery Support for the First Cornwall Heritage Awards

Today, Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project; the first ever Cornwall Heritage Awards. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the very first Cornwall Heritage Awards will celebrate the achievements of museums and heritage organisations across Cornwall.

The Awards will provide a unique opportunity to showcase the hard work of museums as well as the staff, volunteers and trustees that support them. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony that takes place on 20 March 2018 at Scorrier House in Redruth.

The Lottery funding will support cash investment in museums. The £10,000 awards fund will go directly to museums in the form of physical awards and cash prizes, to help museums further develop their community work. The prize money is a fantastic opportunity for museums and heritage organisations in Cornwall to develop new and exciting community projects and to further strengthen their connections with their local communities.

Commenting on the award, Cornwall Museums Partnership CEO Emmie Kell said: “We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players and we are confident that the awards fund will help shine a light on Cornwall’s unique heritage, the thousands of volunteers who care for it and the value it has for us all”.

Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “We are really excited to be supporting these Awards, which recognise the fantastic achievements of museums and heritage organisations across Cornwall. Cornwall Museums Partnership does excellent and innovative work supporting the sector, and these awards are an important way to celebrate the brilliant work that has been carried out and the high standards achieved, as well as to share learning and say thank you to all of the people who’ve worked so hard and accomplished so much”.



About Cornwall Museums Partnership

Cornwall Museums Partnership is a charity that exists to help all museums in Cornwall to thrive. CMP encourages museums to work together, helping create a stronger voice for heritage here in Cornwall.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.

Photography credits: James Stuart

For more information about the Cornwall Heritage Awards and any news updates, follow CMP on Twitter @cornwallmp or visit the CMP website:

Pit Paper Porcelain Performance Raises the Roof

On the evening of the 4th of December, the Atrium and Café at Wheal Martyn were packed with a bustling crowd, keenly anticipating the start of the performance of the Pit Paper Porcelain production. Nervous children took to their places and cleared their throats in preparation to stun the crowd. After months of work, the time had finally come for the performance!
The evening was a celebration of the work done over a 3 month community project at Wheal Martyn with 98 young people from Roche School, Treverbyn Academy, Brannel School and Kernow Young Carers – young people who have a caring role. The project was delivered in partnership with KEAP Kernow Education Arts Partnership and CMEH Cornwall Music Education Hub.
The overarching aim of Wheal Martyn’s Pit Paper Porcelain programme was to support literacy and creative writing through the arts. The partnership aimed to inspire both teachers and children; to bring new ways of working with words; to bring professional writers and musicians into schools and to give the children a reason to write and an audience for their work.
Early in the autumn, the schools and groups visited Wheal Martyn and experienced the beauty of the unique setting. With workshops led by the Education Officer, Gemma Martin, and a professional writer, Becca Gregson, the young people explored the woods, peered into the magnificent Pit View and absorbed the atmospheric Victorian clay works. Carefully crafted activities encouraged the young people to develop skills and techniques in creative writing, leading their reader on a fabulous journey into the nooks and crannies of Wheal Martyn.
Through follow up workshops with CMEH musicians Emma Mansfield, Matt Douglas and Rob Moule, the groups used their pieces of creative writing to collaboratively craft a song inspired by their experiences at Wheal Martyn.
The performance raised the roof at Wheal Martyn with a superb evening of spoken word and song. Amanda Harris, Director of KEAP, commented “It was a delightful event and an absolute triumph! The quality of the writing, the composition and performance was just terrific as well as the reaction from parents and teachers, who were delighted. It was really apparent how much the children had taken ownership of their work and felt proud and confident to share.”
Gemma Martin, Education Officer, added ‘it has been a fantastic experience for the young people here tonight. They have grown hugely in confidence through the project, crafting their own fabulous stories into a dazzling performance piece, and knocking the socks off the audience with the sung performance. It just shows how inspiring the local heritage of the Clay Country and Wheal Martyn can be!’
The Wheal Martyn project was funded through Arts Council England and the Cornwall Museums Partnership; Cornwall Community Foundation’s Duchy Benevolent Fund and the kind support of Cornwall Music Education Hub, Action for Children and Kernow Education Arts Partnership.

Gemma Martin, Education Officer, Wheal Martyn Museum

Photo credits: James Stuart