Old and new join forces

A NEW post is being created at one of north Northumberland’s best-loved attractions, to help carry it forward over the coming years.

Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum is looking for a co-ordinator to work with its team of trustees and volunteers to preserve and celebrate the heritage of Alnwick and district and provide an excellent community, tourist and educational resource.

Last year the venue – which occupies a converted church – was recognised as one of the top attractions in the country for youngsters to visit, alongside the likes of the Eden Project and the Tate Liverpool.

Early Years magazine, which is published by the Department for Education, listed it as one of the 25 best days out for children, on a par with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the Royal Air Force Museum.

As the Museum approaches its 10th anniversary and prepares a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund bid for a major three-year project, the trustees want to appoint someone who can coordinate and support all the different aspects of a busy and outward-facing organisation.

Trustees have overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the museum while an operational steering group made up of trustees and lead volunteers is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the museum.

The post will be part-time and for a fixed term contract of eleven months, beginning mid-April, or as soon as possible after that.

Chairman of the trustees, Tom Pattinson, said: “We believe that this demanding role offers an excellent opportunity to the right person, who will be joining a vibrant museum community at an exciting time, when spirits are high and where there is a real commitment to ensure our future.

“Trustees are looking forward to hearing from people who are seeking an interesting, challenging but rewarding job, carrying out essential work at the Museum and working at the heart of our community.”

An application pack with full details can be obtained from the Museum by emailing ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk and quoting the reference Museum Coordinator Role.

Applications must be received by noon on Tuesday, March 26, with interviews taking place in the week commencing April 2.