We are seeking to appoint a Heritage Engagement Manager to lead the delivery of the cathedral’s vision to promote and share our collections as a resource for the whole community, developing and expanding our engagement programmes, whilst ensuring a high quality level of collections management and conservation. You will join the cathedral at an exciting time as we prepare our stage 2 National Lottery Heritage Fund bid to transform the quality, breadth and depth of visitor engagement.
Exeter Cathedral’s historic collections consist of over 20,000 Library titles, and 325 linear metres of archives, objects and pictures. Almost all are unique in their history and are connected to the cathedral, its people and its story. Our accredited Library and Archive is responsible for the care of some extraordinary, globally significant treasures including the Exon Domesday, the Exeter Book and the Eliot Indian Bible and a collection of remarkable medieval wax votive offerings. It also holds all records of the cathedral including Edward the Confessor’s foundation charter and fabric rolls.
The historic collections are divided in to 3D objects, such as plate, historic vestments, pictures, archaeological fragments, paintings, misericords etc. and 2D library manuscripts & printed material; and archival records & manuscripts. They are located in The West Wing of the Bishop’s Palace, the Vault and throughout the Cathedral. The Heritage Manager is responsible for the management of the West Wing and the historic and heritage collections. The successful candidate will hold a degree-level qualification in museum, library or archival studies or equivalent experience.
The new Heritage Engagement Manager role will lead the growth of our education provision, bringing it together with the Library and Archives, to create a new Learning and Resources Department, which will interpret our collection effectively, and creatively to develop and attract new audiences and partnerships. We have begun to develop our online presence and engagement with Social Media, but both need further work. As a collections specialist with a passion for public engagement, the Heritage Manager will lead this whole department.
Purpose of the role:
• Direct the overall development of the Learning and Resources Department, ensuring integration with, and contribution to the Chapter’s mission, vision and values.
• Lead the implementation of the Learning and Resources elements of the Activity Plan to grow audiences and transform access to and engagement with the cathedral’s stories and collections.
• Integrate the education department within Learning and Resources and lead the growth and development of the education programme, ensuring that we reach out effectively to new and existing audiences, using creative interpretation of the collection and the cathedral to build and diversify audiences.
• Lead on all historic and heritage collections strategy, policy, decision-making and service development.
• Initiate, develop and implement, strategically and operationally, the care of the collections including conservation, documentation, interpretation, scholarly research and loans in line with Accreditation Standards.
• Oversee, develop and implement strategic and operational care of manuscripts, books, documents and records in line with Accreditation Standard.
• Develop online engagement to give better access to the collection, and to enhance our educational offering.
• Develop new and existing partnerships to resource and develop the work.
• Hold a Museums Management Qualification or Library or Archive degree, potentially a Master’s Degree, or equivalent experience
• Undertake training for personal and professional development.
• Experience of engaging a wide range of audiences, and a commitment to access and inclusion.
• Participate in professional organisations, conferences and meetings as part of CPD, contributing to the profession’s debates and representing the work of Exeter Cathedral
• The Cathedral will match up to 5% of your contribution to your pension plan (provided it is HMRC approved)
• Holiday entitlement – 30 days including Public Holidays per annum
• 10% discount in our Shop and Café
• Chance of complimentary tickets to our in-house concert
• The appointment will be subject to enhanced clearance from the DBS
Please read the full Job Description here.
How to apply
An initial, informal, telephone conversation is welcomed: please contact Catherine Escott, Cathedral Administrator, on 07914 901254.
Please complete the application form, available on our website, you may also include your curriculum vitae, if you wish.
Applications should be sent by email or post to: Catherine Escott, Cathedral Administrator, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter, EX1 1HS. Tel: 01392 255573, email: email@example.com. We will acknowledge receipt of all applications.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 15th March 2021. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 31st March and Thursday 1st April.
At present it is planned to hold interviews on zoom, however we will arrange socially distanced visits for candidates who are invited to interview, as long as government guidelines allow.