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12200965677?profile=originalPhoto50 is an exhibition of contemporary and historical photography featuring fifty works, curated this year by Nick Hackworth, Director of Paradise Row.

A 'Cyclical Poem' is a partial and elliptical look at the relationship between photography and a cluster of themes: time, memory and repetition. It brings together photographers who have had long and significant careers. The British documentary photographers with works in the exhibition are Ian Beesley, Brian Griffin, Dorothy Bohm, Paul Hill, Sirkka Liisa-Kontinnen, Marketa Luskacova, Chris Steele-Perkins, and Homer Sykes.

Photo50 will be at the London Art Fair from 16th-20th of January 2013. Details can be found on the website at

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Anniversaries in 2013

12200958295?profile=originalIn common with newspapers, radio and television at this time of year it seems appropriate to look forward to 2013...The year will see the: 

  • Thirtieth anniversary of the National Media Museum. The museum opened as the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford in 1983, with a remit to explore the art and science of the image and image-making.
  • The Royal Photographic Society will commemorate its 160th anniversary, The Society was founded in London as the Photographic Society in 1853 and held its inaugural meeting on 20 January that year.
  • 'Kodak' celebrates its 125th anniversary. The word Kodak was registered as a trade mark in 1888 and the world's first [original] Kodak camera was introduced that year.
  • Kodak also introduced the Instamatic camera fifty years ago in 1963 based around the new Instamatic cartridge designed to make film-loading fool-proof.
  • Leica has an important centenary and 90th anniversary. In 1913 The first Leica prototypes were built by Oskar Barnack at Ernst Leitz Optische Werke, Wetzlar. Ten years later in 1923 a pre-production run of 31 cameras were built.

There are probably others. What else happened in 1838 (175th), 1863 (150th), 1888 (125th), 1913 (100th), 1938 (75th) 1963 (50th), and 1988 (25th), 2003 (10th) or on any of the less obvious dates?

Please add your suggestions below.

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12200958283?profile=originalWith the end of analogue photography, the fate of the negative material is sealed as storage of image information, the place of the visual perception is mediated digital information entered. They will remove the knowledge of the nature of the photosensitive substrate, which had as a primary medium of recording over 150 years associated with the essential photography.

It therefore seems at the time, critically reflect on from a distance with the related phenomenon of the negative and of its interest in photography to question its meaning and benefits. At the cabinet exhibition The Creation of Beauty. Frank Eugene and the technique of art photography (3.12.2012.-24.02.2013) organized in cooperation with the German Museum of History and Archives section of the DGPh a conference that will discuss some key aspects of the negative. The contributions to the conference are focused on the genesis of the medium and its "finish" in the course of history. Use and importance of the negative into art, science and film production are as much for discussion as well as his epistemic potential within the media theory.

This is an Interdisciplinary Conference of the Deutsches Museum in cooperation with the German Society for Photography (DGPh)



Friday 22, February 2013


13:00 to 14:00

Registration and Coffee


14:00 to 14:30

Welcome by Helmuth Trischler, Head of Research, Deutsches Museum


Cornelia Kemp, Munich

Introduction to the conference



Director: Hans Christian Adam, Göttingen


14:30 to 15:15

Larry J. Schaaf, Baltimore

The black magic of Talbot's sciagraphy - extracting light from the shadows


15:15 to 16:00

Marc Osterman, Rochester

Truth and the Photographic Negative


4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Coffee break


16:30 to 17:15

Dorothea Peters, Wanzka

The search for the right tone


17:15 to 18:00

Rolf Sachsse, Saarbrücken

The color negative and color palettes


18:00 to 19:00

Tour of the exhibition "The Creation of Beauty.

Frank Eugene and the technique of art photography "


Saturday 23, February 2013



Conductor: Ulrich Pohlmann, Munich


10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Dagmar Keultjes (Cologne)

The invisible mask. The corrective negative retouching in portrait photography from 1850 to 1900


10:45 to 11:30 Cornelia Kemp, Munich

The Creation of Beauty. Frank Eugene and the technique of art photography


11:30 to 12:15

Marjen Schmidt, Oberhausen

The techniques of manipulation. The glass plate negatives of Frank Eugene


12:15 to 13:45




Director: Martin Loiperdinger, Trier


13:45 to 14:30

Floris Neusüss, Kassel

For photogram. A negative without negative?


14:30 to 15:15

Jochen Hennig and Vera conceit, Berlin

Negative and negative imagery. Process and viewing habits and how to overcome in microscopy and X-ray technology


15:15 to 16:00

Martin Koerber, Berlin

The film and the original negative - opportunities and threats


Coffee break


16:30 to 17:15

Siegfried Zielinski, Berlin

Instantaneous archeology (the technical image)


17:15 to 18:00

Final discussion



Presentation of the Research Award DGPh photographic history

Exhibition Photo + Film, 2nd OG


A binding, free registration is requested by 8 February 2013.


Contact and registration:

Dr. Cornelia Kemp (

Heidemarie Klotz beer (

Phone 0049 - (0) 89-2179-380

Fax: 0049 - (0) 89-2179-514


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FORMAT - volunteers required

12200967054?profile=originalFORMAT13 will bring the busiest and most ambitious programme of exhibitions and events planned yet. To help realise this we are looking to form a first-class team of volunteers to help us setup and deliver the festival.

FORMAT’s success relies on the enthusiasm and hard work of a group of committed volunteers. FORMAT13 offers volunteers the invaluable experience of working with internationally renowned curators, photographers, festival management team and the camaraderie of being part of an international experience. FORMAT will provide training, support and a reference to help your future career. Previous volunteers, who have excelled in their roles by showing passion and dedication, have been employed by QUAD/FORMAT, and many other creative organisations. 

We will make every effort to offer a range of experience and match individuals where possible to particular areas of interest. We are interested in volunteers from all backgrounds and areas of the community.

Join our team and help deliver the biggest and best FORMAT yet!

Deadline for applications is the 14th January 2013. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 21st January.

To apply, please download the FORMAT Volunteer Application, Person Specification and Equal Opportunities form below and return to or via post:

FAO Volunteer Coordinator
Market Place
Cathedral Quarter
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12200927099?profile=originalMuseums Journal reports that the National Media Museum, Bradford, has made cuts of about £250,000 in the first phase of its review of spending, which is due to complete at the end of January.  Direct changes have been made to 35 roles and nine members of staff have taken voluntary redundancy. The roles reorganised so far were from: collections; public programme; communications; design; and learning departments.

There were 183 roles across the museum before the restructure, including 41 casual staff. 

Jo Quinton-Tulloch, head of the National Media Museum, said: "We do not anticipate any compulsory redundancies in this phase, and despite the on-going requirement to save money I am confident these changes will enable the National Media Museum to deliver a re-vitalised visitor offer, a more varied programme and focus on the use, research and development of the core collections.”

The review aims to bring down the running costs while also looking at ways to increase visitor numbers through improved public exhibitions, events and cinema programme.

See: and

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Job: Co-Director, Fotomuseum Winterthur

12200962680?profile=originalFotomuseum Winterthur is an international museum. It sees itself as a vibrant space for exhibitions, education and collection, dedicated to the presentation and discourse on photography and images related to photography.
Founded in 1993, Fotomuseum Winterthur sees photography as an art form as well as a documentation of reality. It presents perspectives on photography through monographic and theme-oriented exhibitions, symposia, exhibition tours, and lectures, as well as the blog Still Searching – An Online Discourse on Photography and Plat(t)form. In addition, it hosts a comprehensive collection which is publicly accessible on its homepage.

The Directors are responsible for the exhibition, education and event programs as well as the operational management of the museum. The precise areas of responsibility for both Co-Directors will be defined accordingly.
In the position of Co-Director we seek someone of the younger generation. Candidates should be particularly knowledgeable in the history of photography as well as contemporary international photography and art. Candidates should have completed art college or university studies and have proven experience in organization and project management. They should be well versed in current forms of communication and new media, and display an aptitude for creativity and teamwork. Linguistic proficiency in German and English is also required.
For further information, please contact Monika Faber (, and visit
Please send your detailed application by January 8, 2013 to:
Findungskommission Fotomuseum Winterthur
c/o Franz Probst
Bahnhofplatz 18
CH-8400 Winterthur, Switzerland

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12200965497?profile=originalAward winning, visionary and truly unique, the National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. As Project Management Support Assistant, you will coordinate and support the Indian Cinema 100 project and programme of events. 
This role offers the opportunity to be right at the heart of a new programme for the Museum. You must have office management experience with the skills to coordinate meetings, compile schedules and produce a variety of spreadsheets, documents and reports to a high standard. Efficient and customer-focused, you will ensure that every aspect of the project is run effectively, including payment of suppliers, information flow and event planning. Experience of project and budget management, supported by strong secretarial skills, is an advantage. 
Part of the Science Museum Group of museums, the National Media Museum aims to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.

Full details can be found here.

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Research Seminars: History of Photography

12200943683?profile=originalDe Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre has announced its Spring term research seminars in cultures of photography. These take place on Tuesdays 4 – 6pm in the Edith Murphy Building at De Montfort University, Leicester. 

January 15th
Dr Annabella Pollen (University of Brighton) [EM 5.15]
Here Comes Everybody? Mass-participation photography

February 5th
Dr. Ewa Manikowska (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw) [EM 1.27]
Turning local into universal. Museums, photography and the discovery of Poland’s cultural patrimony (1918-1939)

March 5th
Dr Jennifer Baird (Birkbeck College University of London) [EM 1.27]
Exposing Archaeology: Time, Beauty, and the Role of Photographs in Archaeological Knowledge

All welcome, no need to book, just turn up. Any queries, please contact the convener: Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Photographic History Research Centre (

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12200964679?profile=originalIn 1862, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was sent on a four-month educational tour of the Middle East, accompanied by the British photographer Francis Bedford (1815-94). This exhibition documents his journey through the work of Bedford, the first photographer to travel on a royal tour. It explores the cultural and political significance Victorian Britain attached to the region, which was then as complex and contested as it remains today. 

The tour took the Prince to Egypt, Palestine and the Holy Land, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. He met rulers, politicians and other notable figures, and travelled in a manner unassociated with royalty – by horse and camping out in tents.  On the royal party’s return to England, Francis Bedford’s work was displayed in what was described as ‘the most important photographic exhibition that has hitherto been placed before the public’. 

The photographs, which belong to the Royal Collection, will form part of this new exhibition to be held at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, from March 8, 2013. Further details can be found here and you can read some info here too.

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I would like to share this opportunity to apply for a fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center as part of its 2013-2014 research fellowship program. Please note that applications must be received by February 1, 2013 in order to be considered for the 2013-2014 academic year

The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, annually awards over 50 fellowships to support research projects in all areas of the humanities, including photography.

The Center’s photography collection includes the first photograph, created in 1826 byJoseph Nicéphore Niépce, the Helmut and Alison Gernsheim collection of nineteenth-century photography, and holdings of such twentieth-century photographers as E. O. Goldbeck, Walker Evans, Fritz Henle, Ruth Robertson, and Arnold Newman, among others. The Ransom Center also houses the Magnum Photos collection as well as the archive of Elliott Erwitt. For more information about the Center’s photography collection, visit

The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200 to $1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend. Complete applications for the 2013-2014 Research Fellowships in the Humanities must be received by February 1, 2013. More information about the fellowships and complete application instructions are available online at

Jessica McDonald
Curator of Photography
Harry Ransom Center

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12200957859?profile=originalIn partnership with Plymouth University The Royal Photographic Society is hosting a seminar on 6 February 2013 on photographers' archives and their legacy. This is one of a series of events being held in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

The event will be of particular interest to:

  • photographers with any sort of archive;
  • students and early career photographers who should think about this from the start;
  • curators, librarians and archivists; and
  • families of photographers who are thinking about what to do with an archive.

Click here to find out more and to book. The event is free but places are limited. 

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Book: Amélina and the Talbots at Lacock

12200964295?profile=originalAmélina and the Talbots at Lacock is a new publication which takes extracts from the journals of Amélina Petit de Billier written between 1820 and 1835. She joined the family of W H F Talbot and remained at Lacock Abbey until her death in 1876. The volumes offer an absorbing insight in to her life with the Talbots at Lacock including both the busy social round and their continental travels. The journals were transcribed by Sheila Metcalf and Trudy Wallace.

The 84 page illustrated book is available from or by writing to Madeira Media at 2 Madeira Road, Clevedon, BS21 7TJ. It costs £6.99 plus £1.45pp. For further information contact Jude Harris by email:  

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12200961252?profile=originalIt has been reported in The Guardian that a £2.25m bid has been launched this week to acquire an archive of Fox Talbot's life and work – including some of the first photographs ever taken, and the first taken by a woman. The bid, which the Bodleian hopes will attract a National Heritage Memorial Fund grant for just under half the cost, is supported by photographers, including Martin Parr, and historians.

The key meeting is on 11 December when the National Heritage Memorial Fund Trustees meet to discuss supporting of up to half the cost of the Bodleian's acquisition of what is almost certainly the last major archives of material by the British pioneer of photography William Henry Fox Talbot still to remain in private hands.


UPDATE: The NHMF has awarded the Bodleian £1.2m towards acquiring the Talbot archive. An appeal will be made to public and private donors to secure the balance. More soon...

The archive was recently bought from the family by a New York-based dealer, and holds Talbot's earliest notes and records, as well as family papers such as a touching letter he wrote to his mother when he was six in which he asked for green plums and wrote sadly "come to me, you have been away three weeks and six days". There are estate records from Lacock Abbey, records of his time as an MP, his own photographs, and hundreds of images which he acquired from other pioneers. The papers were acquired from a descendant of Talbot and are subject to an export licence before it can be exported. 

You can read the rest of The Guardian's story here.

The British Library has acquired a substantial collection of Talbot material (see: 

At the same time photography commentator Francis Hodgson describes the campaign and sets it in to a wider context. He comments that: 'Very noticeable, for example, is the emergence of two great libraries as photographic centres of excellence.  Both the Birmingham City Library and the British Library in London have grasped that incredible photographic riches have been held and filed under categorizations other than primarily photographic.  Both are making large efforts to make that material available.  Birmingham is working on a strategy of positioning itself as a ‘hub’ among photographic institutions, and will have world-class facilities for study and display of photographs when its new building is completed.  Photography, that is to say, is already at the heart of Birmingham’s plans for cultural provision over the next generation.' 

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The British Library acquired the most significant collection of Talbot material in 2006: 

The single most comprehensive collection of manuscript material relating to the many facets of the prime inventor of photography, William Fox Talbot's career and scientific and scholarly interests has been donated to the British Library.The gift of the collection to the British Library will for the first time allow full access to many hitherto little-studied aspects of the work of one of the most creative scientific minds of the Victorian period.

Talbot is most widely known today as the inventor of the negative-positive photographic process (the calotype or Talbotype process) and the archive includes a uniquely important collection of original prints, negatives and other photographic material, which is of seminal importance to the history of photography. In addition to more than 1000 original calotype negatives and prints, both by Talbot himself and some of the most important photographers of the 1840s (including Rev. Richard Calvert Jones and Rev. George Bridges), the collection contains the finest existing daguerreotype portraits of Talbot and his family and one of the best-preserved copies of Talbot's Pencil of Nature (1844-46), the first photographically-illustrated book. Less generally known, but equally important, much of Talbot's researches were directed towards photomechanical printing processes and the archive also includes unique documentation (early prints, correspondence and research notes) relating to this aspect of his career.

Talbot's importance as a scientist and scholar was not, however, restricted to photography. In the course of his life, Talbot published seven books and nearly 60 scientific and mathematical articles (his mathematical researches were recognised by the award of the Royal Society's medal in 1838), maintained an extensive correspondence with the leading scientific thinkers of the day and for some years represented Chippenham in Parliament. All these aspects of his career are represented in the extensive archive of photographs, correspondence, manuscripts and research notes.
Fox Talbot's granddaughter Matilda, distributed examples of his work to institutions worldwide, while ensuring that a full account of his work was reflected in the archive placed on loan to the National Trust and housed in the Fox Talbot Museum at Talbot's home of Lacock Abbey. This archive has been donated to the British Library to allow more researchers to access the collection. All the objects and other material currently on display at the Fox Talbot Museum will remain on loan to the National Trust as part of a long-term loan agreement between the British Library and National Trust.

Clive Field, Director of Scholarship and Collections at the British Library said: "The gift of the Talbot Collection to the British Library and to the nation by Petronella and Janet Burnett-Brown and other members of the Talbot Family Trust is an act of immense generosity. It is a hugely important addition to the Library's existing holdings in the fields of 19th-century photography and science. Talbot's connections and correspondence with many of the major scientists and scholars of his time include several figures whose papers are already held by the Library and fuller accessibility to this wealth of primary source material can be expected to stimulate research in the future."

Stephen Ponder, National Trust Curator for Lacock, said: "The National Trust warmly welcomes the exceptionally generous gift to the nation of the Talbot Collection. The Trust has for nearly 30 years housed and cared for the Collection, on behalf of the Collection's owners, in the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock, cataloguing the Collection, providing access for researchers and loans to other institutions from the Collection. We are delighted that the Collection's new home, the British Library, will be able to offer increased access to this marvellous collection.

"In partnership with the British Library, the link between the Talbot Collection and Lacock will continue. The Trust's Fox Talbot Museum, as it has for many years, will continue to tell the story of William Henry Fox Talbot and his pioneering work at Lacock, through displays from the Collection of Talbot's equipment, objects he photographed, his publications and personal items. A loan agreement between the British Library and the National Trust will ensure that the Talbot link remains unbroken."


Additional information and reporting by Michael Pritchard

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Job: Press Officer, National Media Museum

12200965098?profile=originalThe post holder will make a significant contribution to the realisation of our ambition of becoming the best Museum Group in the world. They will deliver all elements of a comms campaign but will specialise in PR when appropriate. They will take specific responsibility for delivery a large number of campaigns and the Museum’s relationship with its online influencers.



1.      By working with the Senior Press Officer contribute to the development of the Museum’s Media Relations strategy and play a significant role in its delivery. The strategy should have a heavy digital element (to agreed targets and priorities of digital strategy) and be based on visitor insight, innovative, creative and fully integrated with the whole comms mix.

2.      Work independently and with the Marketing, Web and Content teams to develop effective and integrated campaigns which have a strong digital bias (to agreed targets and priorities of digital strategy) where appropriate to drive physical and online visitation. Take the lead as Campaign Manager when appropriate.

3.      Manage an online influencer outreach program and build an active brand ambassador network to spread the word about the Museum (to agreed targets and priorities of digital strategy).

4.      Manage campaign budgets and timing schedules ensuring that all activity is delivered on time, on budget and compliant with SMG Finance guidelines e.g. the raising of Purchase Orders and the processing of invoices, raising queries directly with Finance where appropriate.

5.      To proactively identify both on and off-line media opportunities which the Museum could use to promote its activities.

6.      To proactively build and maintain effective local, regional and national media contacts, both on & off line.

7.      Proactively sell-in stories to targeted media and manage media enquiries.

8.      Make regular contributions to the NMeM social media platforms.

9.      Produce high quality media information (e.g. press releases, background documents, briefings, speeches) and organise press events, visits, and media calls.

10.  Develop online content for media use with a particular emphasis on rich media, e.g. video.

11.  Provide regular reviews of the Museum’s media coverage.

12.  Coordinate the Museum’s media competitions if outside an agreed campaign.

13.  Proactively develop excellent relationships with Museum staff and build an informed knowledge of the Museum, its intellectual territory and the sector.

14.  To assist with all general Comms Office duties and administration. These include maintaining the media contacts database, image library, monitoring media coverage and supervising filming and photography on site.

15.  Take care of your personal health and safety and that of others and report any health and safety concerns. Ensure proactive compliance with SMG H&S Policies, including risk assessments and implementing safe systems of work.




  • They will report into the Senior Press Officer of the NationalMediaMuseum
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Museum to develop high profile comms campaigns and promotional initiatives and ensure relevant sign-off. This will particularly involve colleagues in the Cultural Programme, Film, Exhibitions teams, Design, Learning, Curators, Web, Development but also colleagues from right across the organisation.
  • Work closely and share experiences with other Comms Team colleagues from across the Group e.g. those in sister Museums, the Visitor Insight Team.



  • Press, Broadcasters, Bloggers and online influencers
  • Partners - Sponsors, Welcome to Yorkshire and Bradford Council.
  • Agencies – Press, Media Evaluation, Freelancers


Line management and budget responsibility

Budget holder of: will vary from campaign to campaign, unlikely to exceed £50k per campaign.




  • Solid grounding in a digital comms, PR, Press Office or journalistic environment with proven experience of community management and online PR.
  • Practical experience of formulating and delivering integrated communications campaigns and managing budgets.
  • Project management experience with a track record for effectively delivering multiple projects at one time in a busy environment.
  • Experience of working within a complex, matrix layered and multi stakeholder organisation.


Skills knowledge and relevant qualifications

  • Excellent written skills with the ability to produce high quality, creative, effective and accurate written materials and Press information.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with journalists, bloggers and broadcasters.
  • Confident and articulate with strong analytical and strategic skills
  • Educated to degree level or with a relevant Comms qualification or demonstrated experience.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to plan and prioritise complex and competing workloads under budget, resource and time pressures.
  • A proven ability of managing budgets/financial management processes
  • Up to speed with the latest thinking in communications, paying particular attention to the latest trends and innovations in digital media.



  • Exceptional team player with the confidence and integrity to earn internal team confidence quickly.
  • Single minded, results driven with a track record of relentless delivery.
  • Creative with the ability to think laterally.
  • Highly motivated, solutions focused, identifies and deals with obstacles to success, not deterred by setbacks.
  • Takes pride in delivering work of high standard.
  • Prioritises objectives and plans work, flexible and uses initiative.
  • Flexibility to work occasional unsocial hours.


Scope for impact

The main aim of the post holder is to deliver campaigns that will generate visits to the Museum, its festivals and to the Cinema offer. In some cases they’ll deliver the campaign in its entirety e.g. the whole mix. However, for larger campaigns they’ll focus on the PR component only. They’ll be specifically responsible for the Museum’s relationship with its online influencers. This activity will enable us to meet our targets whilst enhancing the reputation of the Museum and the strength of the brand.

  • Visitor numbers – Delivery of budgeted visitor numbers will lead to us achieving commercial targets and more positive relationships with sponsors, partners and the DCMS.
  • Reputation management – Protects and strengthens the standing of the Museum to secure financial stability through visitors and other sources of income.
  • Brand – Delivery of a consistently strong brand underpins the successful delivery of our business plans.


Please note:

  • This job description is not exhaustive and amendments and additions may be required in line with future changes in policy, regulation or organisational requirements, it will be reviewed on a regular basis.
  • This role is subject to a Disclosure Scotland basic criminal record check

Posted: 06/12/2012 13:46
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £19,000
Location: National Media Museum - Bradford
Level: External Affairs
Deadline: 17/12/2012 23:59
Hours: 35
Benefits: SCMG Enterprise Benefits

Job Type: Full Time - Fixed Term

More details:

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12200927099?profile=originalAward winning, visionary and unique, the National Media Museum holds world class collections that embrace photography, film, television, radio and the web. The museum also hosts a wide range of events, from film festivals to premieres.

We are now looking for a Communications Manager with a proven instinct for finding stories that capture the imagination of local, national and international journalists. They also need to be able to manage marketing campaigns that raise our profile and dramatically increase attendance at our exhibitions and events. The museum has collections of international importance including the Royal Photographic Society Collection, The Daily Herald Archive and the Kodak Museum Collection.  We also hold the National Television Collection, the National New Media Collection and the National Videogame Archive

This role will suit someone who is energetic, outgoing and ambitious. It’s an opportunity for an experienced, hands-on journalist/PR who can build their own media network, engage opinion formers directly and exploit PR opportunities across both press and social media channels.

You will have personal experience of social media, such as Twitter or blogging, a track record of being able to build relationships and have an eye for an angle, capable of leading a small team by example and introducing stories – big and small - to the press with passion and persuasiveness. You’ll have the vision to see exactly how Press & Marketing can help deliver the Museum’s aspirations – and also the skills to inspire and influence curators to help drive and contribute to a continuous flow of good news stories.

Part of the Science Museum Group, the National Media Museum aims to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.

To apply, please upload one document containing your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the position. 


Purpose of the Job

Through leadership of the National Media Museum’s Communications team you will make a significant contribution to the realisation of our wider goal of becoming the best Museum Group in the world.


You must be proactive and not afraid to get your hands dirty delivering task after task as you lead your team by example.  Whilst strategy has its place it must not get in the way of you doing your job and delivering tangible output.


You will oversee a small integrated Press and Marketing team but your strength will most definitely lie within Press.  Writing will come as second nature to you and you will have extensive experience with social media and online publishing.  You will have a knack for uncovering stories no matter how big or small and be well positioned to see these into the national and local press through your extensive contacts, persuasive personality and first rate networking skills.


You and your team will develop and execute campaigns that have innovation and visitor insight right at their core, these along with other initiatives will enhance our national and international reputation.  Appropriately for the National Media Museum the campaigns should have a strong digital element which when combined with traditional activity will exceed targets whilst enhancing the reputation of the Museum.  Working closely with the Science Museum Communications team you will identify and maximise publicity opportunities made possible from Media Space.


Critically important is your vision and the capability to take advantage of the socio-political landscape which Bradford has to offer.  All activity will be undertaken against a backdrop of building, managing and protecting the brand.



Key Deliverables/Accountabilities

1.                  Develop and implement high impact, cost effective, integrated communications strategies and plans, ensuring an appropriate balance between cultural, visitor experience, brand and commercial objectives.  Delivering budgeted visitor numbers and revenues and influencing peers to ensure you have the product necessary to pique both the interest of visitors and the media.  The Communications strategy should be established with your first six months; this should not only address the media but also the local key stakeholders for the NMeM and identify the Museum’s role within the Group.

2.                  Take overall responsibility for issues management at the Museum to protect its reputation and identify media and partnerships to maximise the profile of gallery developments, exhibitions, events, and achievements of the museum.

3.                  Identify and capitalise on stories big and small within both the Museum and the Media to demonstrate the vast array of exciting initiatives at the Museum and to communicate our relevance to current affairs.

4.                  Ensure the best return on the Communications budget by maximising agency relationships, tracking effectiveness of campaigns improving ROI and taking a rigorous approach to the budget management process which must be compliant with SMG Finance guidelines.

5.                  Work with the wider communications family within the Museum and across the Group e.g. Web, Development and Enterprises to seek synergies and ensure that we maximise all opportunities and that all communications strengthen the brand.  Advising others on their communications needs where resource permits.

6.                  Act as the contract manager for the One Film Strategy, ensuring comms activity supports revenue targets.

7.                  Advise the Head of Museum on Corporate Communications and Advocacy to ensure good will towards the Museum from Government, the media, funders and local stakeholders.

8.                  Proactively develop excellent relationships with Museum staff across the Group and build an informed knowledge of the Museum, its intellectual territory and the sector.

9.                  Develop and motivate a strong Communications team with the aspiration of making them the most innovative and effective team in the sector.  They will be target driven, positive, courageous and creative.  Taking specific responsibility for the line management of the Senior Marketing Executive and Press Officer and take responsibility for the delivery of their business and personal development objectives.

10.             To assist with all general Communications Office duties and administration.

11.             Take care of your personal health and safety and that of others and report any health and safety concerns.  Ensure proactive compliance with Science Museum Group H&S Policies, including risk assessments and implementing safe systems of work



Working Relationships and Contacts



  • The Communications Manager will report into the Group’s Head of Communications.
  • Executive, in particular the Director of External Affairs, Deputy Director of the Science Museum
  • Take an active role on the Group’s Communications Strategic Team, and the National Media Museum’s Interim Management Group, Strategic Operations Group, Audience Evaluation Group and Programmes Board.
  • Enterprises SMT: Head of Events & the Business Analyst.
  • Museum SMT: Head of Museum, Head of Development, Head of Learning, Head of Public Programmes, Head of Collections, Future Strategy Coordinator and Head of VE.
  • The Design Studio, Media Production Unit & Web.



  • Through their team they will manage a variety of external agencies e.g. creative, media buying, PR, freelancers and media evaluation.
  • Trade partners e.g. Yorkshire Attractions Group, Welcome to Yorkshire, Bradford Council, ALVA and Commercial partners e.g. Virgin Media.

Line Management and Budget Responsibility

Directly line manages:          2

Indirectly line manages:        1

Contractors/freelancers:       0


Budget Holder of £355k (includes salary costs)



Candidate Profile


  • Extensive senior management experience in a busy press office of a major corporation/public body or on a busy new desk including issues management.
  • A demonstrable record of building strong relationships with journalists on a national and regional basis, key opinion formers and stakeholders.  Additionally you’ll have a healthy network of media contacts at your finger tips.
  • A demonstrable record of securing significant coverage by highlighting business relevance to current media stories.
  • Significant experience of resource management i.e. budgets, people management, staff development, change management and performance monitoring.
  • Seen as a leader in the use of digital and social media in a corporate context.
  • Significant of experience of leading multi- disciplinary teams with a complex, matrix layered and multi stakeholder organisation.
  • Proven track record of leading a motivated team that relentless and successfully deliver project after project over and above expectations.
  • Experience of managing the marketing elements of an integrated Communications Campaign.


Skills, Knowledge and Relevant Qualifications

  • Educated to degree level or with a relevant Communications qualification or demonstrated experience.
  • Driven by results with the motivation and diplomacy skills to get the best out of your team.
  • Able to demonstrate personal authority, credibility and leadership, to inspire confidence and respect in others.
  • Able to evaluate political and sensitive situation and act accordingly.
  • Extensive contacts, persuasive personality and first rate networking skills.
  • Strong writing skills and good instincts for deciding what will be of interest to the Media along with the ability to identify potential issues which will need to be carefully managed to protect the reputation of the Museum.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills when dealing with peers, external stakeholders and colleagues at a senior level.
  • Strong organisation skills and the ability to plan and priorities complex and competing workloads under budget, resource and time pressures.
  • A proven ability of managing budgets/financial management processes
  • Ability to think beyond the immediate area of responsibility to take into consideration the broader Museum agenda.



  • A self starter, with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and used to multi-tasking, balancing deadlines and workloads whilst always keeping a keen eye on the detail.
  • Single minded, results driven with a track record of relentless delivery whilst possessing strong diplomatic skills.
  • Sets a clear vision, objectives and expectation and ensures staff members understand their responsibilities.
  • Calm in a crisis and when under pressure to deliver multiple projects/tasks simultaneously and concurrently.


Scope for Impact

The main aim of the post is to raise the profile of the Museum through the development and implementation of high-profile and creative communications campaigns and other marketing initiatives.  This will enable us to meet our visitor and revenue targets whilst enhancing the reputation of the Museum and the strength of the brand.

  • Profile – Press coverage and Social Media secured in the UK and overseas will enhance the standing and financial stability of the Museum.
  • Visitor numbers – delivery of budgeted visitor numbers will lead to us achieving commercial targets and more positive relationships with sponsors, partners and the DCMS.
  • Onsite sales – Delivery of budgeted onsite revenue will continue to the successful trading of SMG Enterprises which in turn makes more cash available to SMG.
  • Reputation management – protects and strengthens the standing of the Museum to secure financial stability through visitors and other sources of income.
  • Consulting – By providing advice to the wider Communications team you will help increase effectiveness of their campaigns which will result in a better ROI. Additionally, it will ensure brand consistency across all communications activity.
  • Brand – Delivery of a consistently strong brand underpins the successful delivery of our business plans.
  • Product – Ensuring that our cultural programme is aligned to our audience and priorities and of a standard worthy of a ‘National Museum’ will help ensure financial stability through visitors and other sources of income.
  • Strategy – Through the development of organisation wide strategies such as the brand alignment plan and audience plan you will shape the future of the organisation.

For further information about the National Media Museum, a full job description and details of how to apply, please visit and

Closing date: 13th January 2013

Interviews: week commencing 28th January 2013

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V&A: Played in Britian

12200964257?profile=originalThe Victoria and Albert Museum has launched a new app, called Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays, which comprises a chronological collection of photographs of 100 plays from 60 years of remarkable post-war theatre - from J. B. Priestley’s classic play An Inspector Calls (1946), to Laura Wade’s Posh (2010).

Following the death of photographer, Douglas H Jeffery, in 2009, the V&A has acquired his whole collection of theatre photography, dating back to the 1950s and comprises more than 100,000 images from around 30,000 productions. A selection of his photographs has also been included in this newly-launched app that aims to examine the history of theatre in Britain from 1945 to 2010. Presenting a fascinating overview of British theatre, each play is accompanied by an original essay summarising its plot, impact and legacy and features material from the V&A’s vast Theatre & Performance collection.

It is available for free in the museum’s theatre and performance galleries and its study room at Blythe House, and can also be downloaded for £7.99 from the iTunes app store for use with an iPad.

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12200963492?profile=originalThe Media Collections possesses one of the most outstanding and valuable photographic collections in the region and one that ranks with major collections through the world. The photographs are of exceptional quality and span from the 19th century to present. The collection includes photographs from early daguerreotypes through albums, photography - illustrated books to contemporary color photographs and a significant collection of cameras and diverse photography and cinematography equipment.

The Media Collections is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced candidate to work full - time in collaboration with the Head of Collections on the registration planning of the collections.


Job responsabilities:

 1) Working with the Head of Collections and maintains records of accession, condition, and location of objects in museum collection, and oversees movement, packing, and shipping of objects to conform to insurance regulations: Observes unpacking of objects acquired by museum through gift, purchase, or loan to determine that damage or deterioration to objects has not occurred.

2) Registers and assigns accession and catalog numbers to all objects in collection, according to established registration system.

3) Composes concise description of objects, and records descriptions on file cards and in collection catalogs.

4) Oversees handling, packing, movement, and inspection of all objects entering or leaving establishment, including traveling exhibits, and confers with other personnel to develop and initiate most practical methods of packing and shipping fragile or valuable objects.

5) Maintains records of storage, exhibit, and loan locations of all objects in collection for use of establishment personnel, insurance representatives, and other persons utilizing facilities.

6) Prepares acquisition reports for review of curatorial and administrative staff.

7) Periodically reviews and evaluates registration and catalog system to maintain applicability, consistency, and operation.

8) Recommends changes in recordkeeping procedures to achieve maximum accessibility to and efficient retrieval of collection objects.

9) Arranges for insurance of objects on loan or special exhibition, or recommends insurance coverage on parts of or entire collection.

The Senior Registrar’s role is critical in identifying and resolving registration and labeling problems, working with the Head of Collections to organize the new acquisitions and updating the Museum’s collection management system with all new information and locations.

The Senior Registrar must thoroughly understand the Museum’s multi-layered object documentation processes and how to correctly enter and accurately retrieve information in the Museum's collection management system (currently The Filemaker System, but in process to migrate to KE Emu collection management system)


Required Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree in history, museum science or related field. An understanding of photography and film history can be an advantage.

- A minimum of two years experience with contemporary museum registration practices using complex databases and collections management systems. Experience with KE Emu collection management system is suitable.

- Experience organizing large amounts of information from multiple sources in a logical manner.

- Efficient typing and data entry.

More about the collections are here:

Please send the CV to Maria Matta 

Closing date 21-12-2012

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12200957276?profile=originalThe Library of Birmingham which opens its new library building on 3 September 2013 has been awarded a major £162,000 grant by Arts Council England. It will undertake a 2 year project to create a new strategic hub and network for photography and photographers in collaboration with national and international partners. The project will be called Grain. This is the largest Grants for the Arts Award given to photography in the region. Details as to what is planned and how the money will be spent will be announced early in 2013.  

Over the last 20 years the Library’s Photography Collection Team has responded to the rapidly changing face of public cultural funding by building relationships with the corporate sector to encourage collaboration, sponsorship and philanthropy initiatives that have enabled them to continue to collect historical work, to support the work of mid to late career photographers, to commission, purchase and collect contemporary work and to support the professional development of emerging photographers.

Pete James, Head of Photographs at the Library said, “This amazing award comes at unique moment in the city’s and region’s cultural history. We stand perfectly positioned with the new Library of Birmingham to take a step-change in our work to support and develop photography in the region and to promote the Library as a photography centre of regional, national and international importance. Building on our work to date, we can now enter a two year period of research and development to deliver a of programme of exhibitions, workshops, seminars, portfolio reviews, commissions and networking events with new and existing partners that will provide the very best opportunities to create new work, new audiences, new partnerships and new ways of working that will result in strategic and sustainable future photography and photographers in the West Midlands."

Ros Robins, Regional Director, Arts Council England says: "The Library of Birmingham is one of the city's most exciting developments; it will be a huge part of Birmingham's cultural landscape and a regional photography Hub will help to make it a central point for photographers both nationally and internationally. The Libraries photography collection team have worked hard to develop an exciting collection and Arts Council England are pleased to support their next project so that their good work can continue."

The award follows previous grants for £62,000 to support Reference Works: The Library of Birmingham Photography Project ( commission established in the city - and a more recent £6284 grant from the Art Council's Designation Development Fund to undertake conservation work on a nine volume publication titled The People of India, published between 1865 and 1870, which contains over 480 original photographic prints.

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