Community Engagement Co-ordinator at the Silk Museum & Paradise Mill
Freelance Contract Brief
May – September 2021
The Silk Heritage Trust wants to increase local engagement and interest in the Silk Museum and Paradise Mill. We want to make our work relevant, interesting and connected with local people by developing what we do in partnership with local people. Covid has made us realise that we need to change and to make that evolve by focussing on the needs of residents. We need to feel that we are making a strong contribution to the town’s recovery by providing a vibrant cultural and social place for residents and visitors.
Supported by the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Arts Council’s Cultural Recovery Fund, we are launching a programme of events and activities that tests new ways to engage audiences with The Silk Museum and ensure that they are connected to its history and its collections. This programme needs to create a clear message and build audiences – creating opportunities for new relationships with local audiences, for new partnerships and for extending our reach. This programme will kick-start not only the Silk Museum’s reopening but will start sharing the vision for the redevelopment and building a supporter-base for this transformation.
We need a Freelance Community Engagement Co-ordinator to help test ways of developing our audiences and partnerships with communities: building connections with underserved communities; helping people feel a connection to the museum; creating opportunities for creative commissions across a range of media.
This Co-ordinator will bring experience in:
• connecting with local groups and networks to develop new partnerships
• engaging with local people and groups by:
– Increasing wellbeing
– Reducing disadvantage and isolation
– Strengthening skills and experience through volunteering and other opportunities
– Consulting with communities so that their ideas and views inform our plans
• making new connections with creativity and heritage
• communicating with local people through social media and other means
• capturing data and evaluating initiatives to develop an evidence base to help fundraising opportunities
Provisional Programme July – September
We need a Co-ordinator to
1. Plan, manage and oversee delivery of a Summer programme; current ideas include:
• Art on Your Doorstep – a pilot of wide-ranging creative activities for all, run by local artists during the summer; building on the success of our Have A Dabble programmes; inspiring people to be creative, perhaps continuing to develop skills and interests started during Lockdown.
• 10 minutes’ Walk – a pilot ‘then and now’ programme using archive photographs and digital technology to explore the rich and diverse heritage within 10 minutes’ walk of the Museum’s front door; connecting with our neighbours – residents, shopkeepers, bars and businesses; transforming our digital profile across a number of platforms.
• Based on the history and heritage of the town – a Macclesfield ‘welcome pack’ that has activities to explore the local area – on line, creatively and through walks. We would be particularly interested in seeing this as a way to find out ways in which local people might want to work with us develop the Silk Museum displays and collections.
2. Work towards an Autumn programme, the delivery of which will be funding dependent, which includes:
• The Town is the Venue – building on town-wide partnerships that have come out of Lockdown, that celebrate creativity, heritage and the natural world and commemorate 120th anniversary of the birth of Charles Tunnicliffe; and also, to celebrate our renown textiles’ collection Macclesfield Stripe. Delivery of these events may fall outside this contract, but we need support to put things in place.
• It is the 120th anniversary of Charles Tunnicliffe’s birth on 1st December 2021, public activities to raise the profile of Tunnicliffe as a way to connect people more with the natural world
• Macclesfield Stripe – public activities to include Macclesfield Stripe bunting across Sunderland street, Macclesfield Stripe images for shop windows
Contract Dates: to start as soon as possible, completed by 31st August 2021
Freelance Fee: £3500 + VAT including expenses
Project Budget: £5000 + VAT
Emma Anderson, Director
Kathryn Warburton, Curator
Natalie Lane, Education Officer
How to Apply
Please email your up-to-date CV with two recent references, plus a covering letter setting out why you are interested in the contract and your relevant experience.
To: Emma Anderson, Director, Macclesfield Museums [email protected]
If you have any queries, please contact Emma Anderson on 0750 481 3966
Deadline for applications – 12 noon Monday 31st May 2021
We intend to hold ‘in person’ or Zoom interviews on 3rd or 4th June and hope to make an appointment quickly so that the contract can begin almost immediately.
The Macclesfield Silk Heritage Trust is a company limited by guarantee (2182687) and a registered charity (519521). It is dedicated to preserving and curating the cultural and industrial history of Macclesfield in the Northwest of England.
The Trust is the custodian of buildings and historic collections of local, national and international significance, and is responsible for ensuring the public have the best possible access and engagement opportunities with these treasured assets. The Trust is governed by an active group of Trustees who work closely with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.