Inclusive Heritage Associate - KTP Associate

£27,924 - £32,344

Port Sunlight, Merseyside - 18 months

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Job description

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious graduate with the ability and confidence to manage a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with The Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT).

The University of Manchester and PSVT are looking to recruit an Associate with specialist knowledge or interest in difficult heritage/history to undertake this 18 month project. The overall aim of the project is to transform the ways in which PSVT interprets its history, site and collections with its stakeholders through the design and delivery of pilot projects specifically in relation to the village’s founder, William Lever, and the exploitation of Lever Brothers’ Congolese employees in the twentieth century.

The position will provide the successful candidate with a unique opportunity to:

Embed expertise in emerging anti-racist heritage practices and engagement design respecting the diverse needs of a wide range of visitors, residents and staff.
Develop a new research strategy to support interpretation and co-production at Port Sunlight
Reimagine the future direction of heritage interpretation at Port Sunlight and help shape organisational change
Co-create interpretation with Port Sunlight’s stakeholders and wider communities.
The project will have a huge impact on heritage interpretation and activities at Port Sunlight and to other organisations, across the UK.

Candidates will require a Master degree (merit or above) preferably in Heritage, Art Gallery and Museum Studies, Arts Management, or a relevant discipline. Or a degree with professional practice to an equivalent level in heritage management and interpretation; decolonisation practice and principles; community engagement will also be considered.

This post is funded through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) award, a UK Government scheme intended to promote sustained and mutually beneficial relationships between universities and industry.

Based at Port Sunlight Village Trust, 23 King George’s Drive, Port Sunlight, Wirral, CH62 5DX, and the successful candidate will work directly with supervisors from both the University and PSVT and will use the facilities and resources of both organisations.

BIPOC or BAME people are underrepresented in the host organisation so we would especially welcome applicants from these groups.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working. Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Academic Supervisors – Dr Andy Hardman

Email: andy.hardman@manchester.ac.uk

General enquiries:

Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk

Technical support:

https://jobseekersupport.jobtrain.co.uk/support/home

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Project description

To create and embed a framework and tool-kit underpinned by museological and critical heritage research to transform the ways in which PSVT manages and interprets its history, site and collections.

About the business

Port Sunlight was declared a conservation area in 1978. It contains more than 900 Grade II listed buildings in 130 acres of parkland and gardens. It is also home to a thriving community and welcomes more than 300,000 visitors a year. It is important to strike a balance between the past and the present, which is where Port Sunlight Village Trust comes in. Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT) is an independent charitable trust responsible for preserving and promoting the village. Set up by Unilever in 1999, the Trust works with Port Sunlight’s residents to create a self-sustaining village for all who live, visit and work here. All of the village’s parks, gardens, monuments and memorials are cared for by PSVT, as well as the majority of public buildings and nearly a third of the houses. The entire village is a Designated Conservation Area and nearly every building is Grade II Listed. PSVT also runs Port Sunlight Museum (including SoapWorks and the Edwardian Worker’s Cottage) which celebrates the unique heritage of the village – its development, architecture, people and landscapes – through special exhibitions, events, learning programmes, and volunteering opportunities, all underpinned by our historical collection and archive. Every year, PSVT spends more than £3 million on cyclical building work, conservation projects, landscape maintenance, and lifelong learning programmes through the museum. We rely on grants, charitable donations, and the income received from property rental, museum admissions, and shop sales to carry out this essential work. Every penny is reinvested back into the village.

Museum

Heritage & History

Master degree (merit or above) preferably in Heritage, Art Gallery and Museum Studies, Arts Management, or a relevant discipline. Or a degree with professional practice to an equivalent level in heritage management and interpretation; decolonisation practice and principles; community engagement will also be considered

6 December 2021

17 January 2022

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This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious graduate with the ability and confidence to manage a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with The Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT).

The University of Manchester and PSVT are looking to recruit an Associate with specialist knowledge or interest in difficult heritage/history to undertake this 18 month project. The overall aim of the project is to transform the ways in which PSVT interprets its history, site and collections with its stakeholders through the design and delivery of pilot projects specifically in relation to the village’s founder, William Lever, and the exploitation of Lever Brothers’ Congolese employees in the twentieth century.

The position will provide the successful candidate with a unique opportunity to:

Embed expertise in emerging anti-racist heritage practices and engagement design respecting the diverse needs of a wide range of visitors, residents and staff.
Develop a new research strategy to support interpretation and co-production at Port Sunlight
Reimagine the future direction of heritage interpretation at Port Sunlight and help shape organisational change
Co-create interpretation with Port Sunlight’s stakeholders and wider communities.
The project will have a huge impact on heritage interpretation and activities at Port Sunlight and to other organisations, across the UK.

Candidates will require a Master degree (merit or above) preferably in Heritage, Art Gallery and Museum Studies, Arts Management, or a relevant discipline. Or a degree with professional practice to an equivalent level in heritage management and interpretation; decolonisation practice and principles; community engagement will also be considered.

This post is funded through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) award, a UK Government scheme intended to promote sustained and mutually beneficial relationships between universities and industry.

Based at Port Sunlight Village Trust, 23 King George’s Drive, Port Sunlight, Wirral, CH62 5DX, and the successful candidate will work directly with supervisors from both the University and PSVT and will use the facilities and resources of both organisations.

BIPOC or BAME people are underrepresented in the host organisation so we would especially welcome applicants from these groups.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working. Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Academic Supervisors – Dr Andy Hardman

Email: andy.hardman@manchester.ac.uk

General enquiries:

Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk

Technical support:

https://jobseekersupport.jobtrain.co.uk/support/home

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.