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Lead the revitilization of Kirkaldy Testing Museum

Bankside and You Opportunity

‘Facts not Opinion’ it says on the stone lintel over the door. Do you have a passion for quirky places and a talent for making things happen? The Kirkaldy Testing Museum – a hotbed of Victorian engineering innovation on Southwark Street – is looking for a volunteer project manager to help take the revitalization of this important small museum to the next level.

David Kirkaldy was one of Britain's most innovative engineers and chose this as the home for his pioneering machine testing the breaking strength of metals. His work helped solve some of the major structural engineering problems of his day on bridges from the Mississippi to Hammersmith. Thanks to a small group of dedicated volunteers the machine is still in full working order and the museum welcomes visitors once a month, and recently it has been brought to new audiences through Open House and Bankside’s annual arts festival, Merge.

The opportunity

The museum is being revitalized, with a project underway to build support among professionals and the wider public. A team of passionate supporters is developing a new business plan and sponsorhip, but they now need an enthusiastic and well-organised volunteer project manager who can help keep this momentum going.

Intern / volunteer job description:

To assist the Director and the team to prepare promotional and marketing material to build greater awareness
To assist with fundraising
To assist the Director and the team with operations at the museum
To assist in the preparation of information and documents for Board meetings
To develop a database of key contacts
To assist in managing the content of a new website
To help plan and execute events at the museum to build greater awareness and help develop revenue streams


Your skills and experience will ideally include:

1.     Business/Project management and organisation

2.     IT, publishing and social media

3.     Good eye for detail and problem solving

4.     Enthusiasm for small museums/heritage sector

The commitment will be for one or two days a week starting immediately, with occasional weekend work possible. The role is based in Bankside but some home working is also possible and ideally you will have your own laptop.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter stating how you could help to Caroline Jones by email to: caroline [at] by 5 March 2014.

Feb 21 2014