Sir John Soane’s Museum is the idiosyncratic house-museum of the great neo-classical architect Sir John Soane and still displays his collection of antiquities, furniture, models and paintings in the same state in which they were left at the time of his death in 1837.
In keeping with Soane’s vision that the Museum be a place of education and creativity, the learning programme aims to inspire interest in and understanding of the Museum and its collections, as well as architecture and the arts more broadly, among people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Learning team consists of the Learning Manager who works 28 hours a week over 4 days, a part-time Learning Officer (2.5 days) and a team of around ten freelance educators who support programme delivery.
The Learning programme consists of three audience-focussed strands: schools, families and communities. The schools programme welcomes both primary and secondary groups to the Museum through a range of curriculum-linked sessions, as well as through live-streamed virtual visits. The families programme involves drop-in workshops and the department runs four architecture clubs/courses.
For community groups, the team organise tours of the Museum and support the Operations Department in ensuring accessibility for a range of audiences. There is a youth panel which meets twice per month, made up of members aged 15-24 who help to shape the activities, events and opportunities we offer to this age group. We also run an eight-week programme for people living with dementia and their carers, which involves art workshops inspired by the Museum collection.
Our ideal candidate will understand the demands of running an educational programme in a Museum/Historic House context. Ideally you will have experience of working with schools and families and/or community groups. You will have an understanding of varied learning styles and how these operate in a museum or gallery context. Experience of classroom teaching would be an asset.
Knowledge of one or more of the following is also desirable: Sir John Soane’s Museum, architectural history, archaeology, fine and decorative art, social history.
The post-holder must have excellent knowledge and understanding of safeguarding practices and will act as one of the lead Safeguarding Officers for the Museum.