Job: Project Officer- West Yorkshire

Posted on 23/06/2016 by


Freelance Project Officer: Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre

100 days over 12 months, averaging 2 days per week but with some flexibility. £180 per day

The Friends of Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre have recently received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to purchase the cottage in which the heritage centre is located and to maintain and preserve the Centre as a place of historic interest for future generations, to promote and increase awareness of its place in local & textile history, increasing visits by the general public & in particular local schools & students and the elderly.

We are seeking a freelance project officer to initiate and develop sustainable activities to increase public participation in a small but important social history museum.

Each year we welcome around 400 visitors to the Centre. We have open days, including the 4 national Heritage Open Days in September, and have received various groups & private parties; school parties and students from the University of Huddersfield. The project officer will develop links with other organisations including youth groups, historical societies, schools, colleges and universities, as well as the village community; organise training for volunteers; and develop publicity materials for the centre, including its website and printed publicity. The project officer will have substantial independence to develop the outreach activities of the centre, including seeking additional external income to sustain the centre and its activities.

The successful candidate will need:

  • Proven experience of managing and delivering successful heritage projects
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Experience and knowledge of digital technologies and applications
  • Experience of working successfully with a range of audiences interested in heritage
  • Skills to effectively engage and involve community groups and individuals in the development, management and delivery of all aspects of the project

To apply, please submit a CV and a covering letter outlining relevant experience, knowledge and skills. Please include contact information for two referees with knowledge of your prior experience. Applications should be sent by e-mail to by 7 July, although the post will remain open until filled.

It is intended to interview for this role on July 14 with a start date for the project in September.

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