Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest social and charitable organisations. The Museum of Freemasonry is an Accredited Museum which holds a Designated Outstanding collection of museum, library and archive material representing over 300 years of freemasonry’s heritage. A registered charity, the Museum seeks to help the widest possible audience to learn about freemasonry in all its social, historical and cultural richness. Located within Freemasons’ Hall, a landmark Art Deco building in Covent Garden/Holborn, the Museum attracted over 44,000 visitors in 2018 and has ambitious plans to grow and diversify its audience. The Museum is now seeking an experienced and creative Interpretation Manager to lead on delivering a programme of exhibitions, events, gallery improvements and digital content which will attract and engage new audiences.
The purpose of this new role is to plan and oversee the delivery of a bold, creative programme of exhibitions, gallery improvements, events and digital content which will attract new and diverse audiences, enabling them to learn about freemasonry and the roles which it has played in society over three centuries. No prior knowledge of freemasonry is required.
- Work with the Director, collections team, marketing manager and stakeholders to ensure the public programme supports the Museum’s audience development strategy – embodying its brand values, engaging target audience segments and helping to demystify freemasonry through dialogue and bold curation
- Working with the Director, colleagues and stakeholders, plan a rolling exhibition programme for the main exhibition gallery, library and supporting display spaces
- Coordinate the delivery of the exhibition programme, project managing individual exhibitions
- Contribute to the planning for a major redevelopment of the permanent gallery displays as well as interim gallery improvements
- Lead on content development for selected exhibitions and gallery displays, working with the Curator, Librarian, Archivist and wider collections team to develop content hierarchies and learning outcomes, select objects and assets, and integrate varied and interactive interpretation techniques
- Procure and manage contracts for external creative agencies, contractors, advisors and partners
- Draft, write and proof-read exhibition text
- Working with the collections team, oversee the new touring exhibition programme, initially reaching out to regional masonic museums and libraries
- Devise and deliver a programme of high-profile public events which raises awareness of the museum and attracts new and repeat audiences, working with external partners and creative practitioners
- Working with the Marketing Manager, devise a plan for adding new, collections-based content to the website and coordinate its delivery
- Set up and deliver an artist in residence programme
- Work with the front of house team to deliver interventions which will enhance the visitor experience, such as spotlight talks, trails or object handling sessions
- Conduct audience research and evaluation and apply findings to the ongoing development of the public programme
- Ensure all outputs incorporate best practice in accessibility
- Actively seek and nurture opportunities to work in partnership with external organisations
- Contribute as a member of the Museum of Freemasonry management team
- Contribute to fundraising efforts for interpretation projects
- Recruit and supervise volunteers and student placements as required
The following skills and attributes are essential:
- Experience of developing audience-focused, object-rich exhibitions with a museum context
- Expertise in modern museum interpretation techniques
- Excellent project management skills
- Excellent organisation and time management skills
- Demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate a public programme
- Experience of procuring and managing creative agencies and contractors
- Excellent writing and editing skills
- Understanding of best practice in collections management and care
- Good stakeholder management skills
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team
- Understanding of health and safety as it applies to the role
The following are desirable:
- Experience of collaborating with artists/creatives of any discipline – visual art, performance, literature, etc.
- Experience of managing project budgets
- Experience of programming and delivering public events
- Experience of developing digital and hands-on interactive exhibits
- Good knowledge of modern British history, decorative arts or other relevant field
The post-holder will report to the Director of the Museum of Freemasonry.
Hours of Work
35 hours per week to include some weekends and evenings. The role will be subject to a 3-month probationary period.
Salary and Benefits
Salary: £34,000 - £39,000 + benefits.
Other benefits include:
- BUPA private medical cover
- Pension (3.5% employee & 9% employer contributions – increasing to 12%)
- Free Life Assurance
- Holiday (25 days increasing to 30 days)
- Interest free season ticket loan
- Gym membership (subsidised)
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Flexible working
Please email your CV and covering letter to Elizabeth Gay no later than 5pm on Sunday 27 October.