Museum and Art Gallery

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Find us at:

The Strand, Derby DE1 1BS
01332 641901
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The Silk Mill

Opening hours:

  • Monday-Sunday Closed

Find us at:

Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF
01332 641901
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Pickford's House

Opening hours:

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed

Find us at:

41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA
01332 641901
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Head of Interpretation and Display

Are you passionate about developing engaging and challenging content in museums through collaboration?

Are you an experienced communicator who strives to ensure their work is relevant and accessible?

If so, Derby Museums wants to hear from you!

The Role:

Derby Museums is looking for a courageous new Head of Interpretation and Display to help lead the way in creating interpretation, displays and exhibitions that challenge, prompt, inspire and engage our communities throughout our Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House Georgian townhouse and the upcoming Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill. Could you be the person we are looking for? You will build on the co-produced programmes delivered so far, working in partnership with your colleagues, volunteers and partners.  We need someone who is up for a challenge and loves collaboration!

Role purpose:

  • To develop and produce interpretive programmes for Derby Museums ensuring narratives are both challenging and relevant to citizens and visitors.
  • To design and develop new displays, programmes and activities at all museum sites.
  • To lead the interpretation and technician teams, facilitating new exhibitions and displays.
  • To take a lead role in the development of the Temporary Exhibition programme, ensuring it responds to user needs and interests.
  • To ensure that displays, programmes and activities support income generation and learning activities.
  • To continue to develop and break new ground in co-production with Community Volunteers and Active Citizens.

The Person

We’re looking for a highly motivated individual with experience of developing and delivering quality interpretation and exhibitions. As an organised, creative and resourceful person, you are a multi-tasker with excellent communication skills. You will have delivered projects and programmes through powerful partnerships that you’ve built and maintained. Above all, you have a strong commitment to creative approaches and a desire to understand and act on our audience and community needs. The cultural heritage of Derby should fascinate you and you should have a strong belief in your ability to be a proactive part of an organisation that aims to have a positive impact. Joining a committed Development Team, you’ll work closely with colleagues across Derby Museums to ensure an audience-centred, collaborative approach to all activities.

Salary: £30,727-£32,425

Hours: 37 hours to be worked flexibly

Contract type: Permanent.

Employee Benefits: 20 days (pro rata) + bank holidays. Derby Museums is committed to flexible working arrangements including the option for some home-working. A mileage allowance is payable on authorised business travel.

For an informal conversation about the post contact Hannah Fox on 01332 641909.

How to apply

Please read the job description below, complete the application form and send it to, quoting the reference number HID/HF/2018   Job Description: Head of Interpretation and Display JD Application Form:  DM Application Form 2018 The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Sunday 23 September 2018. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 2 October 2018.
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