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Job Opportunities: Gawthorpe Textiles Collection

Gawthorpe Textiles Collection in Lancashire have two vacancies, as follows:

Job Opportunity: Gawthorpe Textiles Collection
Job title: Commercial Development Officer
Salary: £29,120 pro rata
Location: Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Nr Burnley, BB12 8UA
Hours: Part-time 18 hours per week
Contract: Fixed-term to September 2021
Closing date: 4 August 2020

Working alongside the GTC Director, this new role will support the charity to develop its commercial potential. GTC is seeking a self-motivated and proactive individual with strong interpersonal skills, experience in commercial development and marketing to develop GTC’s income generating activity. A small range of products and licensing opportunities have been developed over the past 2 years and GTC now seeks to consolidate and build on this activity. There is also significant untapped potential within the collection to create new commercial opportunities through offering talks, workshops and curatorial services. The key duties of the post will include:

Identifying, prioritising, developing and marketing commercial activities.

Contribution towards the production of commercial development strategies and plans.

Audience development work including research, product testing and evaluation with stakeholders and representative audiences.

Product development – liaising with manufacturers, contemporary artists and makers.

Maintaining the GTC sales website ( and developing promotional content for both the website and social media.

Ordering and distributing retail products and supplies as necessary.

Supporting promotional and fundraising events and activities.

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Job title: Ethical Textiles Community Engagement Officer
Salary: £32,500 pro rata
Location: Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Nr Burnley, BB12 8UA
Hours: Part-time 16 hours per week
Contract: Fixed-term to February 2022
Closing date: 4 August 2020

Ethical Textiles is an 18 month project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
We are seeking to appoint a self-motivated individual with a good knowledge of textile craft and proven success in delivering multi-faceted community focused programmes of activity with groups and individuals from a range of ages, cultures and experience levels.

The key threads of this project will be to:

Create a vibrant and supportive cross cultural social network for residents within the local community based on shared experience and a passion for craft.

Promote intergenerational work to enable older adults to pass on skills, knowledge and expertise to younger generations.

Harness participants desire to utilise skills to make a real difference to the lives of people within the local community.

Tackle real world issues on a local level (including fast fashion, environmental sustainability and plastic pollution), demonstrating that small changes in daily life, can make a significant cumulative impact.

Connect the community with organisations (educational, commercial, environmental etc.) across the local area to build networks and influence change.

Create opportunities for young advocates to emerge who will serve as champions for sustainable activity amongst their peers.

Within this framework the successful post holder will be required to work relatively autonomously to:

Plan and deliver / coordinate two days of textile focused workshops and activities per week initially online and when possible, from Valley Street Community Centre in line with the project activity plan.

Be the lead responsible person for the health and safety of participants.

Develop networks and contacts across sectors of the community and recruit and motivate community members to achieve the project outcomes.

Gather qualitative and quantitative evaluation data.

Recruit, upskill and supervise community activity volunteers and craft ambassadors to deliver project activities and outcomes.

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Source: Museum Development North West