Creative Workforce for the Future: Bristol Museums Programming Placement

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Placement description:

This is an exciting opportunity to develop excellent skills and experience in the programming department for Bristol Culture & Creative Industries. The team works with colleagues across the service, together with external partners to develop and deliver the temporary exhibitions, events and the family programme at a range of museums.

Under the supervision of the Senior Officer: Programming your placement will support us in delivering a range of activities that will be able to meet our audience and income targets, in particular you will focus on our autumn 2020 exhibitions programme at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. You will also provide general business and/or administrative support as required.

About the team

The Programming team support Bristol Culture & Creative Industries’ mission to deliver an excellent, inclusive, resilient and valued service for the public. The team leads on the development and delivery of temporary exhibitions, gallery interventions, the core family offer, family events, debates, talks, walks, community and anniversary celebrations and live performance.

Our work includes:

  • Ensuring the exhibitions and public events programme contributes to the income targets for the service
  • Leading on the production of a range of exhibitions across four spaces a year, in 2019? we have delivered seven exhibitions across M Shed and BMAG
  • Developing and maintaining the family spaces across our sites which include; Little Curiosity, Little M Shed, Amazing Animal Adaptation family activity areas, dressing up areas across sites as well as designed trails and activities.
  • Co-ordinating over 300 public events a year from talks and walks to large scale evening extravaganzas. Many of our events also contribute to delivering our audience development such as LGBT+ events, Somali Festival.

The Programming team are:
Becky Peters – Senior Officer, Programming
Julia Thomson-Smith – Engagement Officer, Families
Karen Garvey – Engagement Officer, Public Events
Karen MacDonald – Engagement Officer, Exhibitions
Steven Bradley – Engagement Officer, Exhibitions

Person Specification:

For the placement we are looking for someone that is able to demonstrate how their previous skills and knowledge would help deliver the following key duties and outcomes.


  • Willingness to work with the programming and other museum teams to contribute to the development of the autumn project aims, objectives and outputs to ensure that it will meet visitor and income targets.
  • Contributing to development of an exciting range of museum events for April – June 2020.
  • Contributing to the development and delivery of the marketing and audience plans for the programme including supporting social media content and evaluation.
  • Supporting the project management process as directed by Exhibitions officer/s.
  • Bringing creativity and experiences to the development of the programme.


  • Making appointments for yourself and others.
  • Responding to routine correspondence via email and monitoring.
  • Updating information and records.
  • Taking notes at meetings.
  • Collecting information from visitor surveys.


  • Keen interest in museums and culture.
  • Follow instructions carefully.
  • Understanding of good equalities practice and diversity.
  • Accuracy & attention to detail including good spelling & grammar.
  • Good time management skills.
  • Good communication skills.

Bristol City Council is committed to equality and diversity, as both a provider of services to the community and to our employees. Our practices and procedures aim to reflect the varied needs, expectations and culture of all members of our community and our workforce. Please note that if you were to be invited to interview, you will be asked a question on equal opportunities.

You can find out more about the programme.

Bristol City Council is working with The Guild (Coworking Bath)Knowle West Media Centre, Spike Island, Watershed, CYN The Station and UWE Bristol to support creatives and businesses across the West of England to develop both industry employment practices embracing inclusion and diversity as an asset, and nurture young talent from certain under-represented groups to gain the experience required to sustain a creative career.  Creative Workforce for the future is funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) and is being delivered as part of the B+B Creative R+D programme.