Vacancies

Programme Administrator at The Common Room of the Great North

Salary: £20,000 – £23,000 depending on skills and experience

The Common Room of the Great North Limited (CRGN) is a new limited company and registered charity, created to take forward the restoration and redevelopment of its Grade 2* listed 19th Century building, Neville Hall in Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne (known to many simply as ‘the Mining Institute’) and to preserve its internationally important collection and archive and make it available to a wider audience through a programme of digitisation.

Introduction/Background to the Role

CRGN has been successful in securing approval for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and several Trusts, Foundations and individual donors, enabling it to proceed to develop and restore the Mining Institute building.

Full details can be found at the followniog

Common Room Programme Administrator Job Spec_June 2019 (002)

Closing date:  Friday 21st June 2019 – Applications close 12 noon


Volunteer opportunities at The Common Room “On the Road” Programme 

The Common Room is looking for heritage enthusiasts and innovative minds to join our ‘On The Road’ volunteer team. As a volunteer you will be the face of the exhibition and programme of events and will demonstrate exceptional visitor service skills. You will actively engage with a wide range of diverse audiences, encouraging families and visitors to interact with the content displayed, the industrial heritage of our region and the Common Room project through a series of engineering challenges and heritage / STEM activities for families.

The Common Room of the Great North

As part of the comprehensive redevelopment of the Mining Institute in Newcastle upon Tyne and the establishment of a new entity to manage the building and its programme, the Common Room of the Great North Limited is to establish a skilled volunteer team and is now seeking to recruit individuals for our ‘On the Road’ touring exhibition and activity phase.

During the refurbishment of the Mining Institute, from 2019 – autumn 2020, the Common Room’s programme of activity will go ‘On The Road’ across the region, engaging with a mixture of heritage, educational and industry based venues.

The Common Room is looking for heritage enthusiasts and innovative minds to join our ‘On The Road’ volunteer team. As a volunteer you will be the face of the exhibition and programme of events and will demonstrate exceptional visitor service skills. You will actively engage with a wide range of diverse audiences, encouraging families and visitors to interact with the content displayed, the industrial heritage of our region and the Common Room project through a series of engineering challenges and heritage / STEM activities for families.

The Common Room are seeking to appoint 10 passionate volunteers who will be integral in the running of the exhibition and activity on a day to day basis. There are two main types of volunteer roles The Common Room is looking to recruit for. These include;

‘Graft & Glory’ ‘On The Road’ Exhibition Volunteer

The Common Room is looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to be the face of the Graft & Glory travelling exhibition providing a friendly and engaging service to visitors of the exhibition. Graft & Glory will be touring the region from the Tweed to the Tees from April 2019 until September 2020 visiting a number of heritage and industry based venues.

These include:

  • Newcastle City Library
  • Reece Group, Newcastle
  • St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead
  • St Hilda’s Pit Head, South Shields
  • Tanfield Railway Museum, Durham
  • Redhills Durham Miners Association, Durham
  • Museums Northumberland Trust Venues:
    • Woodhorn Museum, Ashington
    • Berwick Art Gallery & Museum
    • Hexham Old Gaol
    • Morpeth Chantry Museum
  • Caterpillar Articulated Trucks, Peterlee
  • Materials Processing Institute, Middlesbrough
  • Crowne Plaza, Newcastle
  • The Sill – National Landscape Centre, Bardon Mill

‘Our Voices’ ‘On The Road’ Oral History Volunteer

The Our Voices Programme uses Oral History to capture engineers and innovators stories and experiences of transitioning through industrial changes in the North East region.  Working with participants from local communities, heritage, cultural and industry sectors, The Common Room will collect and establish a data base of archived stories which will celebrate the regions skills and industrial talent past, present and future.

The Common Room is looking for volunteers to support this programme and to collect the industrial voices from members of the public alongside the exhibition at set venues. Professional oral history, interview techniques and technical training will be provided prior to workshops.

Background

The Common Room will be a celebration of graft and glory.

Telling the stories of the North East that changed the world, then and now…

By revitalising our Grade 2* Listed building and making a step change in the access and interpretation of our internationally recognised archive of the Industrial Revolution we will provide the space, and inspiration, for new collaborations and innovations.

Instilling pride, ownership and understanding to support the North East economy…

Using our unique heritage to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers…

Engaging with the business community, the Common Room programme will deliver this, providing education and enrichment for young people, promoting skills development for the region’s workforce and engaging the public with the heritage.

The Role of the Common Room Volunteer

  • To actively support the Common Room’s ethos and core values
  • To act as an advocate of the Common Room of the Great North and it’s ‘On the Road’ activities
  • To promote the Common Room ‘On the Road’ programming
  • To attend training sessions in visitor services, oral history interviewing and technical competency arranged by the Common Room
  • To support the running of the exhibition as a guide at specific venues
  • To engage a wide range of diverse audiences with the industrial heritage displayed in the exhibition
  • There will be reimbursement of travel expenses but no fees will be paid for attending meetings of volunteer work done as a Youth Board member
  • To undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check in order to volunteer

Key Dates       

Common Room Volunteers will be working at specific sites across the North East and will be expected to support the day to day running of the exhibition and to support the facilitation of any educational and family workshops.

‘On The Road’ Exhibition – opens 12th April 2019

3 days of visitor services, facilitation and oral history training will be given leading up to the opening of the exhibition.

Each volunteer will be expected to commit up to 16 hours per week. Times and days can be flexible to accommodate any other commitments. Weekend and bank holiday work may be required.

Closure of the ‘On the Road’ exhibition – September 2020

Contract

The contract is with The Common Room of The Great North Limited

Day to day management of the contract will be by Programme and Activity Coordinator.

The Common Room volunteer will work closely with the Programme and Activity Coordinator to ensure that objectives are met.

Application process

C.V and covering letter to be sent to emily.tench@northeastcommonroom.org.uk

Volunteer applicants short listed will be invited to an informal interview

Successful volunteers will be appointed and will start training April 2019.


Apply to become a member of the Common Room Youth Board 

As part of the comprehensive redevelopment of the Mining Institute in Newcastle upon Tyne and the establishment of a new entity to manage the building and its programme, the Common Room of the Great North Limited is to establish a Youth Board and is now seeking to recruit individuals to join the Youth Board in the autumn of 2018.

The shadow board for under 30’s is to influence the content and delivery of the Common Room programme. Engaging those young people who are inspired and influenced by their engagement through the education and apprentice programme, or who might attend affiliated activity in the Common Room.

  • Applications to become Youth Board Member to be submitted to emily.tench@northeastcommonroom.org.uk by 12 noon on 1st February 2019
  • Invitation to join the first Youth Board meeting in March 2019.

Common Room Youth Board Brief

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