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Executive Producer required to support Dippy on Tour, North West Region (deadline: 17 Feb 2017)

diplodocus-1160-discoverLink4Life (the Rochdale Borough-wide Cultural Trust) in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council are seeking to appoint a freelance Executive Producer to develop and implement a programme and fundraising strategy that will enable delivery of the objectives of the North West Dippy on Tour residency.

In November 2016 the Natural History Museum announced its intention to tour its iconic Diplodocus cast ‘Dippy’ to eight venues as part of their new strategic focus working nationally to engage audiences with culture, nature and science, inspire a new generation of scientists and build capacity in natural history museums across the UK.

The selected venues are: Dorset County Museum; Birmingham Gas Hall; Belfast National Museum; Glasgow Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery; Newcastle Great North Museum; Wales National Assembly of Wales; Norwich Cathedral and Rochdale Number One Riverside (February – June 2020)

As hosts of the North West leg of the tour, the partnership will be collaborating to develop, fundraise for and deliver an expansive programme of activities in the lead up to and to accompany the residency in order to engage communities both locally and across the North West.

This is an exciting opportunity to positively raise the profile of Rochdale regionally and nationally by promoting the rich heritage, culture and visitor assets of the Borough as well as deliver real benefits for our local communities and a legacy lasting far beyond the life of the project.

Fee: £25,000 – £30,000 inclusive of VAT and all expenses.

Deadline for Quotations: 17 February 2017

Interviews: 24 February, to be held in Rochdale.

Commencement: It is expected the work will commence 1 March 2017

Contract Duration: 12 months

See downloads at http://www.link4life.org/news/506-executive-producer-required-to-support-dippy-on-tour-north-west-region for full invitation to tender including brief and details of how to apply.


Funding for the Historic Regeneration of Towns & Cities (UK)

The Townscape Heritage Initiative is Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant giving programme that supports schemes to regenerate the historic environment in towns and cities across the United Kingdom. The programme is designed to address problems in areas of particular social and economic need.

The scheme is open to single organisations (such as Local Authorities) or partnerships of not for profit organisations and provides grants of between £100,000 and £2 million. If applicants receive a first-round pass, they will need to develop the scheme further within a 12-month development phase and then send a detailed second-round submission. The second round is not competitive; a grant will be offered to the applicant if it meets the HLF’s criteria and priorities.

The next closing date for stage 1 applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Townscape Heritage Initiative is 12 noon on the 1st September 2017. Second-round applications can be submitted up to 12 months after first-round approval. Read more at: http://www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/programmes/Pages/Townscape_Heritage.aspx#.VArHA2NAf20

Source: Arts Development UK

Vacancies & Opportunities

Visitor Experience Officer

Gallery Oldham, Oldham Council

Gallery Oldham and heritage services have established an excellent reputation for innovative temporary exhibitions, participatory formal education and family programmes, community engagement and partnership working. This is an exciting time to join the team as we embark on a major capital development which will result in a new Heritage & Arts Centre for Oldham.

We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and energetic Visitor Experience Officer to join our team and help us realise our aspirations.

Applicants should be committed to delivering a high quality experience for all our visitors and should have experience in the following areas:

  • Experience of working in a Gallery, Heritage, Visitor Attraction or Leisure Environment.
  • Experience of managing a team providing face to face customer services
  • Experience of leading, motivating and developing effective teams


Contract: Permanent
Grade 5. Salary: £21,530-25,440 p.a.
Hours:36.40 per week
Based: Gallery Oldham, Cultural Quarter, Greaves St, Oldham, OL1 1AL
Closing Date: Friday 29th January 2016, 5pm.


Interviews will be held in Oldham on Thursday 18th February 2016


Oldham Council is a leading Local Authority; shortlisted for the Local Government Chronicle Council of the Year 2014 and described as “an ambitious and effective Council” by the Local Government Association. We want people who share our values and can deliver for the Borough of Oldham. To find out more about who we are, what we do and why you should join us please visit our dedicated  careers pages where you will also find useful guidance on how best to complete the application form: http://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200270/working_at_the_council



Funding for the Restoration of Historic Buildings (UK)

Funding is available to restore historic buildings through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise grants programme. The programme provides grants to support not-for-profit organisations in partnership with the private sector for the restoration of unused historic building and sites. The programme provides grants where historic buildings have failed to attract enough investment because the cost of their repair has not been commercially viable for private developers.   Under the programme, two levels of grants are available:

  • Grants of between £100,000 and under £2 million
  • Grants of between £2million and £5million.

Previous projects supported include:

  • A grant of £4 million to a large industrial site: Harvey’s Foundry Trust in Hayle, Cornwall. The project will conserve and adapt the remaining derelict Grade II listed buildings to bring them into commercial use.
  • The Globe, an Art Deco ‘super theatre’ in the centre of Stockton on Tees, which will be transformed from a derelict eyesore into a 2500-seater live music and comedy venue with the potential to create 64 jobs.

For grant requests of over £100,000 and under £2million decisions are made every three months. For grant requests of between £2 million and up to £5 million the next closing date for applications is the 11th February 2016. Read more at: http://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/heritage-enterprise


Source: Arts Development UK

Vacancies & Opportunities

Project Manager for Spodden Valley Revealed

We are looking for a special individual to join our team and manage the hugely exciting new project Spodden Valley Revealed.  You will be part of our dynamic team initiating and managing a busy portfolio of artist commissions and engagement projects. We seek an experienced, versatile project manager with an extensive range of skills, initially on a short term contract, but with the opportunity to build on a successful start and follow this brilliant project through to its conclusion. If you have a strong track record of developing high quality, project-based contemporary arts work, have affinities with landscape, heritage and/or archaeology and would like to contribute to the work of our team, we would love to hear from you. You can find out more on our website and our blog.

Closing date – 9am on Wednesday 13 January 2016.