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New Museum Mentor Opportunity – Saltash Heritage Centre

Roz Bonnet, 30.01.2018

An opportunity has arisen for a Museum Mentor to work with the volunteer team at Saltash Heritage Centre. The Museum Mentor is a voluntary position supporting Arts Council England’s Accreditation scheme.

Saltash Heritage is more than a museum, it has an active team of more than 50 volunteers that undertake research, family history, archaeological work, exhibitions, publish books and special projects that highlight the history and heritage of Saltash. The team established the first blue plaque heritage trail in Cornwall; supported the Town Council in creating a peace garden around the war memorial and have an innovative approach to transcribing historic documents.

Located at a pivotal crossing point of the river Tamar and the gateway to Cornwall, Saltash Heritage contains a rich collection of archives, photographs and artefacts detailing the social history of the town; the all-important ferry, trades and industries, families and famous names in Saltash.

Saltash Heritage is looking for a new Mentor to support their achievement in delivering their Accreditation Forward Plan, and to assist with an Accreditation return that is due in 2018 (subject to the Accreditation Review). They would be particularly interested to hear from someone with collections care and management experience.

Under the Accreditation scheme a Museum Mentor will provide the museum with professional advice and input into policy development and decision making.

To be a Museum Mentor you must have:

  • A minimum of 5 years of working professionally within a museum and with recent experience at a curator/manager level
  • Relevant or linked qualification
  • A commitment to CPD

Research has shown that you should expect to provide up to 4 days a year support to the museum – including a minimum of two site visits.

This is an excellent opportunity to share your knowledge and skills with a pro-active volunteer run community museum.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further or express your interest in the role please contact museum.accreditation@bristol.gov.uk

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