Freelance opportunities at Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT) are listed below. For Job Opportunities please see the Careers page.
Freelance Research Assistant (Body Image and Identity)
Fee: £15,000 (based on 100 days @ £150 between 4 December 2017 and 31 July 2017, with work pattern to be agreed in discussion with Line Manager)
Start date: 04 December 2017
Reporting to: Curatorial Team Leader, Rebecca Bridgman
Areas of responsibility: Collections research, exhibition production, writing interpretive text
Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT) is in the process of defining an outline business case and masterplan for a transformational and ambitious redevelopment of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG). A major bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund is anticipated in October 2018.
The city of Birmingham’s museum collection consists of around 800,000 items. Collected over a century and a half, it is one of the great regional collections of the United Kingdom, reflecting Birmingham’s status as the Second City of the British Empire. Few civic collections in Europe can rival this historic, encyclopedic collection, which covers almost every imaginable subject area across art, human history, natural sciences, and science and industry.
Birmingham’s population of 1.1million is one of the largest, youngest and most diverse in Europe, with over 400,000 children and young people, and over 450,000 BAME residents. Visitors to BMAG do not currently reflect the diversity of Birmingham. Only 29% visit in family groups, and 19% are BAME residents. 27% of BMAG’s visitors are from lower income backgrounds, compared with 53% of the city’s population.
Our ambition is to take one of the world’s great museum collections and unlock its potential to inspire and engage these communities, most of whom are not regular museum visitors. We will use objects to tell stories about how people respond to the world and to each other – historically, socially and creatively. The Museum will explore Birmingham’s social, artistic, scientific, and industrial heritage using objects, oral histories, images and aspects of intangible cultural heritage. We will develop the displays through a process of community and academic engagement, acknowledging that there is as much knowledge and expertise outside the museum as inside it. The people of Birmingham will take ownership of their collection and their Museum.
For more information please read the job description .
Application deadline: Please apply by email with a covering letter and CV by 9am on 24 November 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org