Great Inventions: A strategy to increase engagement with the Liverpool City-region’s museum collections through STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths
This freelance project will cast fresh eyes over our collections and sites to make an assessment of their relevance and significance in relation to STEM subjects and create a picture of the achievements and stories that our collections and sites can tell in relation to STEM subjects – individually and collectively. Our sites include – The Atkinson, in Southport; Prescot Museum, in Knowsley; Catalyst Science Discovery Centre & Museum, and Norton Priory, in Halton; World of Glass in St Helens; Port Sunlight Village Trust, and the Williamson, Wirral; Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool
Fee: £4000 + VAT
It is envisaged that this will deliver approximately 15 days’ work to be delivered flexibly as required by the demands of the project.
Contract to start in early January 2017 at the latest and be completed by 31st March 2017
Applications must be received by noon on 2nd November 2016.
The museums, galleries and heritage attractions in Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens, Halton and the Wirral, are filled with hidden gems and cultural treasures. We have remarkable collections and historic sites that tell a story of the city-region, going back to the 12th century, to the seismic changes of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Our venues give visitors an opportunity to learn about the more personal histories of communities and industries that have formed our region, plus the legacies of major aspects of the industrial revolution – in glass, chemicals, transport industries, medicine and engineering- and its aftermath.
The STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths – provide a ‘lens’ through which to look at the whole of our offer from collections, displays and interpretation to learning and public engagement. It is appropriate to the city-region to focus on this aspect of our remarkable heritage– to look backwards at our scientific, medical, industrial and engineering firsts, the remarkable individuals and stories, as well as looking to the future through learning and engagement. There is an important opportunity to demonstrate the relevance of our collections and programmes to this agenda, that will hopefully, strengthen our organisational resilience. There is increasing emphasis on public understanding of science, and academic institutions are under pressure to deliver public engagement with their research, particularly in relation to communication and dialogue about science, technology and engineering. There is a commitment to strengthening learning and teaching of the STEM subjects; in order to provide career options for young people, but also because they enable individuals to be active citizens in an increasingly technological society; and that STEM subjects open doors, provide options and are vital to the modern age.
To identify and report on opportunities for:
· Strengthening understanding of our collections;
· Improving interpretation and display of our collections;
· Developing a strengthened, joined up narrative, learning offer and public engagement programmes, including anniversaries, festivals and special events, that explore links between STEM, art, heritage and culture
· Identifying funding initiatives, individually and collectively, through heritage and STEM routes
· Developing partnerships with higher education institutions and public understanding of science/STEM agencies
· Strengthening advocacy for the impact and significance of our offer
· Identifying robust and appropriate evaluation approaches
To work with the Steering Group and partners developing our work together in order to:
· Strengthen the arts and heritage network, and the Cultural Conversations group as part of the Liverpool City Region.
· Identify shared stories and themes, drawing out common threads and ideas that may become a springboard for new strands of engagement
· Help inspire and inform discussions about the future direction and activities of the partnership
· Identify opportunities for staff training and volunteer development to increase confidence in relation to STEM subjects
· Identify opportunities for improving the communications, marketing and delivery of our offer in relation to new audiences
· A report with recommendations presented to the Steering Group
· Briefing and facilitated discussion with Steering Group to prioritise next steps
· Report summary that can be used for advocacy and press purposes
You will be experienced and passionate about:
· Communicating, interpreting and developing engagement with science, technology, engineering or maths, and heritage
· Working with and inspiring a wide range of external partners and stakeholders
· Identifying strategic and creative opportunities
You will have excellent skills and experience in research and strategic planning; written and verbal communication with a wide range of audiences; and developing evaluation and advocacy materials
How to Apply
Please send or email your CV, plus a covering letter (up to 2 pages) telling us why you are interested in the role, describing your relevant experience and suitability for the role, and when you would be able to start if successful. You may wish to include web links to relevant projects that you have delivered. The names and contact details for two referees must be included:
Please send your applications to: Emma Anderson, Director, The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB; email@example.com. If you have any queries about this research brief please do not hesitate to contact Emma on 0151 934 2322; 07971 033 275
We will interview shortlisted candidates on 9th November 2016. Interviews will be held at one of the LCR arts & heritage venues (to be confirmed).