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Blogger in Residence Project: Royal Pavilion & Museums

Introduction

This is a project which aims to raise the profile of the Royal Pavilion & Museums’ collections and archives, and the work that goes on in the community through a blogger in residence. The blogger will act as a catalyst for discovery, discussion and creativity amongst identified non-users of museum collections.

The rich historical knowledge, information and collections that are held at the Royal Pavilion & Museums offer great potential for creative writing. There is a vast amount of material to inspire any writer, of any age.

For our second blogger in residence post we want the person to immerse them selves in our community and outreach work. There will also be some specific projects relating to our exhibitions and community work helping to commemorate WW1 in 2014, and working in the community with groups researching this subject will be a large part of the post.

It is envisaged that the chosen blogger in residence will spend time with the many community groups that access the Royal Pavilion & Museums. We want to help to open up and de-mystify the work that is done with communities. The blogger will encourage audience participation and online conversations and encourage real time visits to the Royal Pavilion & Museums.

The brief

The brief is for the writer-in-residence to:

Spend allotted time with museum education/community project staff working with groups of young people and adults from the community.

Devise and deliver with the project consultant’s assistance an agreed number of workshops with community groups.

To explore a selection of potential stories that arise from working with community groups.

A commitment to being on site (or working in the community) for at least 2 days a week.

Project Aims

To raise the profile of archive and museum collections as creative as well as informative sources.

To encourage more community based curation, and discussion.

To encourage communication with community groups and to foster further conversations about museum collections, conservation, etc.

To encourage on-line participation/conversations and to increase traffic to our social media platforms and other websites, and in turn encourage visitors to the RP&M sites.

Writer-in-residence: personal specification

We are actively seeking a blogger-in-residence with experience of working with communities and arts organisations. Although not essential the writer should ideally have some understanding of the work of historic properties and/or museums.

Experience of working with community groups

Experience of writing a blog and awareness of the opportunities around online interaction and communication

Excellent writing skills

Excellent communication skills

Ability to work with others and deliver to deadline

Ability to quantify, track and analyse online statisitcs and report on them

A clear ability to recognise and manage any sensitivities associated with this subject matter

Please submit a short proposal (max 500 words) on how you feel you would help us to raise the profile of the work we do with community groups. Please also send us links to your current blog and any other online work you feel is relevant to the post.

The commission is based on a fee of £4,500 for 6 months.

Applications should be emailed to museumnews@brighton-hove.gov.uk by Friday 14 February 2014. You will be notified by e mail if you have been selected for interview.

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