Opportunity: Creative Writing Facilitator- £85 per two hour workshop Contract (Freelance)


Are you a creative writing facilitator who can champion People’s History Museum (PHM) and its programme by delivering creative writing workshops in response to the museum’s collection?

People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future.  The museum provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation, and a fair world for all. PHM offers a powerful programme with annual themes; 2018 looks at representation and commemorates 100 years since the first women and all men got the vote, and 2019 will see a year of activities around protest movements to mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, 1819.

We offer an inspiring Learning Programme for all ages that uses Living History performances, art based workshops and creative writing to engage learners with ideas worth fighting for. In line with Arts Council England (ACE) Cultural Education Challenge, we want to make sure that more children and young people can create, compose and perform. We want every child and young person to have the chance to visit, experience and participate in extraordinary work, and be able to know more, understand more, and review the experiences they’ve had.

Through our creative writing workshops participants examine key political speeches and explore their own voice and ideas.  These workshops are delivered to a range of audiences including schools, colleges, community and adult groups.  Using hot seating drama techniques and gallery exploration, participants give a voice to a historical object. By the end of the workshop participants, individually or in a group, create an original poem or story to perform in the galleries.


To deliver workshops on a freelance basis, scheduled in response to booking requests. We expect approximately four creative writing workshop bookings per month, though this number may fluctuate according to demand.

To deliver the majority of workshops at PHM, however there may be occasions when workshops are required at outreach locations.


To perform all tasks in line with the museum’s policies, including Equal Opportunities, Safeguarding, Environmental and Health and Safety.

This role requires the post holder to work with children and vulnerable adults.  Please provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate (less than 12 months old) or willingness to undertake checks.

Essential skills

Experience working with a range of formal learning groups, including primary, secondary and college students.

Experience adapting delivery style when working with informal learners from a range of backgrounds.  This could include (but not restricted to) English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), youth groups, adult groups and groups with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Willingness to work with the Learning Officers to regularly monitor, review and improve the workshop to ensure all sessions are delivered to a high standard.

Strong time keeping, planning and organisational skills.

Ability to work independently, be proactive and use own initiative to deliver workshops


We work with another creative writing freelancer and we aim to evenly distribute workshop facilitation between both facilitators.  We aim to fit with any prior commitments and work flexibly with groups to find times and days that suit the group, the facilitator and the museum.

This is a freelance post. You will be responsible for all of your tax and National Insurance contributions.  You will be required to provide evidence of your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) when invoicing for fees.

One day paid training provided. Opportunities for further training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) will be available.

Where delivery of workshops is at outreach locations, travel arrangements and expenses will be organised with the museum.  A car is not essential.

Where the post holder is disabled, every effort will be made to supply all necessary aids, adaptations or equipment to allow them to carry out all the duties of the job.  If, however, a certain task proves to be unachievable job redesign will be pursued.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.  However, as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled people are currently under-represented within our organisation, we would particularly welcome applications from BAME and disabled applicants.  All appointments will be made on merit.

For enquiries relating to the post, please contact Charlie Corkin, Executive Support Officer at charlie.corkin@phm.org.uk  or 0161 838 9190.or phone 0161 838 9190.

To apply:

Please send your CV and a covering letter to charlie.corkin@phm.org.uk.

Closing date: Monday 8 October 2018 at 9.00am

Interview candidates notified: Thursday 11 October 2018

Interview date: Thursday 18 October 2018

Please indicate on your covering letter if you are unable to make the interview date.

The Past, Present & Future of Protest 2019 open call for public events

2019 marks 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.  To commemorate this monumental anniversary, the People’s History Museum (PHM) will explore the changing face of protest: past, present and future.

A year long programme of events and exhibitions will explore creative disobedience and its role in today’s ideas worth fighting for.  Kicking off in January 2019 with a brand new display of protest banners.

The museum’s headline exhibition Disrupt? Peterloo & Protest, opening spring 2019, forms part of the national bicentenary commemorations and will feature objects from the museum’s unique collection including original Peterloo artefacts.  At the heart of the exhibition will be a specially commissioned film that tells the story of protest and the road to democratic reform.

As part of this Family Friendly exhibition PHM will run a Protest Lab, opening up gallery space for individuals, communities and organisations as an experimental area where views and ideas can be shared and developed for collective action.

As part of our 2019 public events programme we are pleased to announce an open call for submissions from groups or individuals wishing to showcase or produce an event at the museum in 2019.  We are particularly interested in creatively disobedient events and activities, ranging from the fun to the formal, that relate to our year long theme of protest: past, present and future, or give voice to issues and ideas worth fighting for today.

Events are not limited to, but can take place within the Protest Lab space, and also on our Radical Lates, which are the second Thursday each month when the whole museum is open to explore until 8.00pm.

The 2019 public events programme will be selected by a panel of museum staff and volunteers.

To apply:

  •  Fill in an 2019 Expression of Interest Form (Events)
  • Remember to write in clear, accessible language.  Applications that exceed the word limits will not be considered
  • Attach a maximum of two A4 sheets of supporting visuals

Deadline for submissions: Monday 19 November 2018 at 5.00pm

Please send submissions for the attention of Michael Powell, Programme & Events Officer to the museum address or by email michael.powell@phm.org.uk.

If you have any questions please email michael.powell@phm.org.uk or phone 0161 838 9190.