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Consultancy Opportunity: Bolton Museum

The brief

Bolton Museum is undergoing a major redevelopment project which will transform the Egypt, Art and Nature galleries to appropriately and effectively showcase our collections and create a unique visitor experience. The redevelopment of the Egyptology galleries will create a journey through Egyptian life to showcase our world famous collections. The project will include a facsimile copy of Thutmose III tomb which will be the only one of its kind in the UK. The galleries are currently under construction and will be complete in 2018.

Bolton is well known for its significant Egyptology collection and since the establishment of the museum in its first home at Chadwick Museum it has grown a rich and varied collection of artefacts.

As part of the capital project we want to take the opportunity to maximise the potential of a new shop space and venue hire for commercial events.

Bolton museum service is commissioning this piece of work to:

  • Gain an understanding about how to configure the new shop to maximise display space
  • Develop retail lines appropriate to our visitor demographic
  • Train staff to equip them with retail knowledge to enable us to maintain the shop and provide a successful and consistent income stream
  • Explore the potential of our spaces for events hire and ensure we are equipped to offer a professional and well organised service.
  • Maximise our potential as an events hire venue during a time of strong investment from businesses in the town.

Outputs

The successful consultant will deliver the following outputs:

  1. Recommendations for planning, marketing and delivering successful event hire
  2. A report outlining the best use of shop space and gallery space for events hire
  3. Training for staff around selecting appropriate product lines including bespoke products, effective marketing and display and maintaining stock.

Budget

The budget is £4500 inclusive of expenses

Conditions

Tender showing relevant experience to be submitted by 23 June 2017
Interviews will be held week beginning 10 July 2017
Training and advice sessions to take place between July and November 2017
Report to be produced by 29 January 2018

Submit your tender to: Jennifer.rudd@bolton.gov.uk

Phone 01204 332731 for further information

Funding

Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving 2017

Community groups in the UK have until 31st July 2017 to apply to Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving programme.

There are 164 pots of £500 to be given away in 2017.  To be in with a chance of receiving an award, groups must show a real commitment to their local community and demonstrate how they will make a difference and enhance lives in the neighbourhood.  Preference will be given to volunteer orientated groups, who are used to relying on minimal funds and the good will and generosity of members.

The judges are looking for projects with ‘the greatest chance to progress ideas and activities with a lasting impact’.  The application process includes a public vote. Please note that this scheme is not open to registered charities.  To give you some ideas, click the link for a list of last year’s award winners.

Read more at: http://www.bfunded.org.uk/community-news/news/skipton-building-society-grassroots-giving-2017/

Funding

Engaging Libraries Programme Deadline: August 2017

The Carnegie UK Trust has announced that its Engaging Libraries Programme is now open for applications. The programme offers grants of £5,000 – £15,000 to libraries to deliver creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing. Applicants must be public library services, but the programme has a strong emphasis on collaboration and encourages libraries to think about a broad range of potential partnership opportunities in the delivery of their projects.

The Carnegie UK Trust is aiming to support between 8 – 10 libraries and activities must be completed between October 2017 and October 2018. The closing date for applications is August 2017.

Find out more here.

Funding

MIF Creative 50

Creative50 is a great new opportunity for emerging writers, bloggers, artists, musicians, performers, gamers (anyone creative!) to join the Manchester International Festival to experiment, explore and play with new digital technology.
We’re offering 50 creative individuals a £400 bursary, training and exclusive access to the Festival this Summer and the opportunity is open to everyone aged over 18 and living in Greater Manchester.
More info can be found here…  mif.co.uk/my-festival/creative-development/   and the deadline for applications is 3rd May.
There are lots of other ways to get involved in this year’s Festival – from volunteering to skills development and opportunities to be part of MIF shows – all of which can be found at  mif.co.uk/my-festival/

Funding

Prosper business support – applications are now open

Deadline: 31st May
Funded by Arts Council England, Prosper is a new business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries.  Prosper will offer organisations and individual entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in nine months of free, dynamic and impactful business support activities. To be eligible organisations must be based in England and operate in the creative or cultural sectors; furthermore museums must be fully accredited and libraries must be publicly funded.

To apply, you need to complete an online application form and a diagnostic report.