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.

Duties

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.

General

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

Conditions

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.

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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.

The Past, Present & Future of Protest 2019 open call for community exhibitions

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 to individuals, communities and organisations as an experimental area where views and ideas can be shared and developed for collective action.

As part of the community exhibition strand of the programme we are pleased to announce an open call for submissions from groups or individuals wishing to display or produce an exhibition at the museum in 2019.  We are particularly interested in submissions relating to protest: past, present and future, or more widely those seeking to promote active and collective participation in local, national or international democracy.  The 2019 community exhibition programme will be selected by a panel of museum staff and members of a cross section of community groups.

Available dates

Engine Hall:

Exhibitions will run for one month and slots available are:

  • Fri 5 April – Sun 5 May 2019
  • Fri 9 August – Sun 8 September 2019
  • Fri 6 December – Sun 5 January 2020


Main Gallery Two display area:

  • Exhibitions will run for three months and slots available are between January 2019 and January 2020

To apply:

 

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 12 August 2018 at 5.00pm

Please send submissions for the attention of Mark Wilson, Exhibitions Officer to the museum address or by email to mark.wilson@phm.org.uk.

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

Website Design Opportunity for People’s History Museum

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The People’s History Museum (PHM) has an exciting opportunity for an agency to deliver a new website for the museum at a time of ambitious growth and change for the museum. Becoming an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) for the first time in 2018, the museum is keen to develop its online presence to better reflect its creative, dynamic and collaborative programming.

The new website will help us achieve the aims laid out in our current Business Plan:

  1. We will have a strong programme-led approach across all services at the museum
  2. We will engage more people in the work of the museum as audiences, customers and partners
  3. We will turn up the volume on the museum’s profile and position locally, nationally and internationally
  4. We will increase our self-generated income and create a more resilient financial model
  5. We will build a bigger and better digital offer
  6. We will strengthen the museum to be more confident, ambitious and effective

The requirements in the brief are informed by our new Digital Plan which runs from 2018 until 2022, however, they should be reviewed as part of a rigorous user-tested approach to the website design and development.

Please provide a proposal outlining how you would deliver the brief by email to marketing@phm.org.uk by midnight on Thursday 15 February 2018. Please include relevant examples, each with a reference, of your recent work in this area and an overview of how you would approach this piece of work. The museum will shortlist from the submissions received and interviews with shortlisted agencies will be held on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February 2018.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity please contact Paula Hope, Communications & Marketing Manager or Daisy Nicholson, Marketing & Development Officer on 0161 838 9190.

Represent! Voices 100 Years On

 

The Manchester suffragette banner in the Conservation Studio at PHM

 

Represent! Voices 100 Years On

PHM wants your objects and stories!

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, in which all men and some women won the right to vote. To mark this monumental anniversary People’s History Museum (PHM) are developing a crowd sourced exhibition which will open on Saturday 2 June 2018. And we need you to submit your objects and stories!

Today most men and women in the UK, over the age of 18, have the right to vote. We are asking for submissions around the following themes:

  •         Do you feel represented? If so, how? If not, why?
  •         Does having a vote mean you have a voice in society?
  •         Who cannot vote or doesn’t know how to use their vote?
  •         How far have we really come in 100 years?
  •         Have there been any defining moments in your life when you have campaigned for greater democracy or equality?
  •         What still needs to be done?

We are looking for you to share your posters, placards, artworks, photographs or something more personal, along with a short explanation or personal perspective. Those submissions will then be selected by the Represent! steering group for the final exhibition. To share an example of the types of things we are looking for…Sarah Galligan a member of the Women’s Equality Party has submitted a letter which she wrote as a 10 year old school pupil entitled ‘Why can’t girls play football?’ She says this was a defining moment in her life when she realised that girls should not only be able to play football, but also should be able to have equal rights across society. Today she continues to fight for gender equality.

To make a submission to the Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition, please send a maximum of 200 word summary of your submission, alongside any relevant images to represent@phm.org.uk by 1 April 2018.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss this further, please contact Helen Antrobus on 0161 838 9190 or email helen.antrobus@phm.org.uk.

 

 

 

Represent! Call for Designer & Evaluator

The Manchester suffragette banner in the Conservation Studio at PHM

We are pleased to announce two exciting opportunities to work with us on our 2018 programme.

Represent! Will mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, in which all men and some women won the vote.  This monumental anniversary will be marked across the country, and PHM will be a leading voice in championing the heritage of the people that fought for this fundamental right. We will programme a year long season of exhibitions, events and learning programmes co-curated with marginalised and underrepresented communities on the theme of the struggle for representation.

We are looking for designers to develop the design and visual identity for both the main exhibition and 2018 programme. The full details in the design brief here.

If you would like to submit an expression of interest please return a PDF with the following information to mark.wilson@phm.org.uk by 5.00pm on Sunday 17 December 2017:

  • Full contact details
  • Relevant examples of your portfolio
  • A statement outlining your understanding of the brief, your values and why you want to work on this project

We are also recruiting an external evaluator to devise and implement a robust evaluation strategy to measure the impact of the museum’s Represent! project running throughout 2018. Full details can be found in the Represent! Evaluation Brief.

Please submit an expression of interest as a PDF, with the following information to helen.antrobus@phm.org.uk by 5.00pm on Tuesday 19 December 2017:

  • Brief CV (max two sides of A4)
  • A statement of your suitability for this work and why you would like to undertake it (max 300 words)
  • A plan outlining what your approach would be (max 800 words)
  • A basic budget breakdown
  • Two testimonials/references

 

 

 

NHS Protest Apron

A guest post by Gabrielle Lorenz and Sylvan Davies, Fabric of Protest members

Our original NHS Protest Apron was inspired by attendance at a Fabric of Protest workshop at the People’s History Museum, focusing on protest messages incorporated into items of clothing.

Dismayed at how the NHS is currently being stealthily dismantled piece by piece we decided to embroider quotes from the founder of the NHS onto a plain white nurse’s apron and offset these with a printed shattered current NHS logo.

NHS Protest Apron 1

 Nicky Salmon, Gabrielle Lorenz and Sylvan Davies at the Anti-Austerity March in Manchester 

Our first apron was delicate and intended for exhibition purposes only. However, in September we decided to make a second more robust apron to wear during the Anti-Austerity March at the Tory Party Conference in Manchester on 1st October. We complemented the apron by making two arm slings each with a current quote, one from Professor Stephen Hawking and one from Kelly-Anne Mendoza outlining the damage being caused to the NHS by the Tory government. The slings also included a Save Our NHS logo, courtesy of 999 Call For The NHS.

NHS Protest Apron 2

Gabrielle Lorenz, Nicky Salmon and Sylvan Davies

October 2017


 

Fabric of Protest

Come along to this monthly creative workshop and share ideas of protest over a cup of tea, while learning new textile techniques. Taking inspiration from the museum’s collection, participants will work collaboratively to produce pieces of artwork rich in personal responses and exploration. Being at the centre of textile production in Manchester historically, we will collect personal stories, learn about the conditions for workers, and compare the industry from past to present with global textile production and zero hours contracts.

Artist Helen Mather leads The Fabric of Protest workshops. You can read Helen’s latest blog post and follow what the participants are learning and creating on Helen’s tumblr blog.

Participants can attend an individual workshop or join us on a regular basis to shape how the work develops.

Suitable for adults and young people over 11yrs.