Working collaboratively with the Programming Team, Windermere Jetty Team and partners you will be responsible for managing and caring for Lakeland Arts Maritime and Social History collections. You will lead on the documentation, care, research and display of the collections, working closely with the Assistant Curator, and Collections Management Assistant.  Working with the Programme team you will build on LA’s reputation for exhibiting art and social history of the highest quality and bringing artists with national and international reputations to Cumbria. Once Windermere Jetty is opened your responsibilities will include public engagement with the collection through a wide range of activities, encouraging and developing access and involvement. 

You will join Lakeland Arts in the final stages of preparation for opening of Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories in Spring 2019. You will work with the Project Delivery Team and consultants to lead and complete delivery ready for opening. You will develop a strong understanding of the Maritime and Social History collections and their significance. You will advise the Conservation Boat Building Team and support delivery of the Conservation Management Plan for the Historic Boat Collection.

Key responsibilities

  1. Lead on maintaining and caring for displays, interactives and interpretation at Windermere Jetty.
  2. Ensure best practice, in collaboration with the curatorial team, in relation to collections management, displays of the collection, storage, access, and loans out, being responsible for the care, conservation, storage and documentation of the collections maintaining the highest standards of collection care and management to maintain Arts Council England Accreditation status.
  3. Prepare the application for Accreditation of Windermere Jetty post-opening and application for the maritime collection to achieve Arts Council England Designation Scheme. 
  4. Advise the Conservation Boat Building Team in relation to delivery of Conservation Management Plan for the Historic Boat Collection at Windermere Jetty see
  5. Work in partnership with the Programme Team at Lakeland Arts (LA) sites to co-produce programme to respond to audience need, creating opportunities and a range of activities to engage with, develop and diversify audiences.
  6. Develop and deliver public engagement with the collection through a wide range of activities, encouraging and developing access and involvement.
  7. Contribute to delivery of the Windermere Jetty Activity Plan and activities at Abbot Hall and Blackwell, working with the Learning and Engagement team and volunteers.
  8. Contribute to the development of exhibition and display material including literature, production of LA’s publications and social media.
  9. Working closely with Head of Curatorial and the Programme Team, develop an ambitious and innovative programme of exhibitions and installations.
  10. Working with the Assistant Curator, Collections & Access and Programme Team, develop displays at the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry focusing upon the collection with the aim of increasing access and connecting with a broad range of audiences.
  11. Working closely with Visitor Experience and Programme teams, develop and deliver inspirational experiences derived from our collections.
  12. Explore the redevelopment potential and future opportunity of the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry with LA’s colleagues.
  13. Working with LA’s Facilities Manager and Conservation Architects share heritage knowledge and experience when required in relation to Lakeland Arts Grade I & II listed buildings.
  14. Engage with colleagues, partners and stakeholders to develop strong working relationships beneficial to LA and its audience through representing LA at openings, conferences and events.
  15. Contribute to LA’s stakeholder events and other activities to promote LA and involve local communities, visitors and key stakeholders.
  16. Manage agreed budgets following Lakeland Art’s financial procedures and contribute to writing fundraising bids and stakeholder reports to the potential funders.

Additional Information

The position is full time, 37.5 hours per week. As a key member of staff, the post holder will be required for events connected with responsibilities of the post on occasional evenings and weekends.

The post holder will act as a key holder and will have emergency planning responsibilities as designated in the Disaster Plan for each Lakeland Art’s site.

Candidates must demonstrate that they can fulfil the requirements of the post. 

The post holder will take responsibility for own personal and professional development.

Health and Safety

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with Lakeland Arts Health and Safety policies and procedures.


The post holder is required to have due regard to equal opportunities at all times, and to work in a fair and reasonable manner towards all people, ensuring service standards are maintained for all cultures.

Job type



  • Experience of working in a museum / heritage site curating and organising innovative, nationally recognised exhibitions
  • Experience of best practice collection care & management
  • Experience of actively contributing to learning programmes in a museum / heritage venue
  • Successful track record of developing significant new audiences for programmes


  • Best practice in collections management

  • Best practice and current thinking in audience development

  • Demonstrable informed knowledge of maritime, social history, history or subject related to Curatorial responsibilities


  • Ability to work strategically
  • Ability to develop and deliver high quality programme to successfully attract new audiences and enhance LA’s reputation 
  • Ability to write clearly and engagingly, with attention to detail, for the general public as well as specialised audiences
  • Excellent advocacy skills and an ability to communicate effectively to a range of people
  • Good I.T. skills


  • Ability to build good colleague and volunteer relationships, and work in a supportive manner
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities, Cultural Diversity and excellent customer service
  • Self-motivation, with ability and willingness to work as part of a team



  • Experience of managing and developing freelance staff and volunteers

  • Writing for catalogues and publications

  • Experience of using a collections database e.g. Modes


  • Good knowledge of national, regional and national maritime and social history collections
  • Knowledge of new media and social networking and applying this to promoting artistic programmes
  • Good contacts in museums & heritage sector



  • Ability to contribute to setting, and delivering within budget


  • Have or be working towards the Museums Association’s AMA
  • Educated to at least degree level in maritime, social history, history or curatorial responsibilities
  • Postgraduate degree in Museum Studies
£25,000 - £27,000
Job location
North England

You must complete an application form available to download from the Lakeland Arts website in Word and PDF formats. You may attach a letter but please don’t send photographs. We don’t accept CVs.

In completing your application, you must tell us how you meet the essential qualification, experience, skills and qualities outlined in the Job Description. We will assess how you meet them through the application form and interview. We will let you know if we will include a presentation or a skills test if you are selected for interview.

Deadline for receipt of applications

This vacancy closes 9am on Tuesday 27 November 2018. Any forms received after this time won’t be accepted. Your completed application form should be returned by one of the following methods:

By email:

Please email (Please note that our email servers will not accept emails larger than 10MB)

By post:

HR, Lakeland Arts, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT

Acknowledgement of receipt

Email applications will be acknowledged by when we receive them.


Interviews will be held on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

If you would like to have an informal discussion around this job role, please do not hesitate to contact Helen Watson, Director of Programming on 015397 37813 or Helen Tappenden, HR Manager on 015398 88055.