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Salary: £17,000 per annum pro rata (15 hours per week, six-month fixed contract)
Location: Berkeley, Gloucestershire
Closing Date: 9am 27th February 2017
Interview Date: 3rd March 2017
Overview and Background
Dr Jenner’s House, Museum & Garden is situated in the historic market town of Berkeley, at The Chantry, a striking Grade II* listed house where Edward Jenner lived for 38 years until his death in 1823. This is the house from which he pioneered vaccination against smallpox and it is now a museum celebrating his life and legacy. The museum is operated by The Jenner Trust with a small staff and team of volunteers.
The Realising Education Through Virtual Environments and Augmented Locations (REVEAL) Project is a two-year Horizon 2020 Research Project funded by the European Union applying VR technologies to education, with partners in the UK, Netherlands, Italy and Malta. The Project Assistant will assist the Museum Manager in research to support the development of a VR ‘environmental narrative’ based around the appearance of The Chantry in the 1700s.
We are looking for an individual with a track record of carrying out research in a museum, archive or similar setting, with excellent communication skills and a high level of motivation. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate organisational and planning skills and be able to work closely with others to realise deadlines. Ideally, you will have a good understanding of Eighteenth Century British history. As REVEAL Project Assistant you will be directly responsible to the Museum Manager.
Due to limited public transport provision in Berkeley, we anticipate that the post holder will require a full driving licence and access to their own vehicle. The post holder will also need to be prepared to travel within Gloucestershire and sometimes further afield.
For a full job description, candidate profile and application form please contact:
Owen Gower (Museum Manager) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
NB CVs will not be accepted
In 2016, we launched our Jennerosity Appeal to try and secure £20,000. Due in part to significant and sometimes unexpected maintenance costs (such as the unfortunate demise of the museum’s boiler in 2016), and despite reducing operational expenditure to the absolute minimum, the museum has operated at a deficit for a number of years. This is unsustainable and whilst we do have a plan to revitalise the museum and increase our revenue-generating activity, we need time to realise these plans and put in applications for all-important large grants. We asked for your help to raise £20,000 and thanks to your generosity we achieved this target in December.
We really are grateful that we can now open the museum for the 2017 season, but now we must start fundraising again for we need to secure a further £20,000 this year, and every year, to keep the museum open.
We have a number of ideas and fundraising events planned, so please keep an eye out for these. You can find out more about Supporting Us here.
We hold events throughout the year at Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden. To book, please contact the Museum Office on email@example.com or 01453 810631. You can also book online using WeGotTickets (please note booking fee applies).
Evening events usually take place in the Old Cyder House Conference Centre. Free parking is available in the museum car park. Doors open 30 minutes before the advertised start time.
21 January 2017, 10am-1pm
Since launching our secondhand book stall last year, we have been inundated by kind donations from people looking to support the museum and find new homes for their books. Join us for a coffee morning, peruse our wonderful selection of secondhand books and help us raise funds for the museum at the same time. Free entry.
Saturday 11 – Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12-4pm
Join us this February half term as we explore Dr Jenner’s interest in balloon flight.
Drop-in craft activities and family trails around the museum to keep everyone entertained. Normal museum admission applies.
Wednesday 22 February, 7:30pm
The unprecedented casualties of the First World War led to over 3,000 auxiliary hospitals being set up around the country. These were situated in all manner of buildings, from libraries to grand houses, and were almost entirely staffed by volunteers. In this talk, local author Geoff North traces the development of these hospitals in Gloucestershire and the vital role they played.
Tickets cost £5.00.
Image © Wellcome Library, London
Sunday 19 March 2017, 1-4pm
Whether you consider yourself a complete beginner or a seasoned veteran of photography, join local photographer Jess Greenwood for tips on developing your creative eye in the garden.
Suitable for all abilities and all camera types. Please bring a camera and suitable outdoors clothes and footwear.
The workshop costs £35.00 per person, to include refreshments. Advanced booking is essential.
Wednesday 22 March, 7:30pm
As pubs continue to close at a rate of 21 a week, we welcome Pete Tiley, landlord of the award-winning pub The Salutation, and BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Pete Wilson to discuss the crucial role that pubs play in rural communities today.
Tickets cost £5.00.
Are you looking for a Christmas card with a difference this year? This year we’re delighted to launch our new Dr Jenner’s House cards, featuring an image of The Chantry by Emma Gower.
All proceeds from the sale of these cards support the work of The Jenner Trust (registered charity 1158316), enabling us to continue telling the remarkable story of Edward Jenner from his home in Berkeley.
The cards cost £4.50 for a pack of 10 (including envelopes) and can be purchased during working hours from the Museum Office in Berkeley. We can also dispatch the cards to anywhere in the UK (postage and packing costs £1.35), just click the link below to enter your payment details:
Please note that orders must be received before 5pm on 16 December otherwise you may not get your cards before Christmas. Orders are dispatched by Second Class post so we cannot guarantee an arrival date.