Job vacancy – Interpretations Manager at Black Country Living Museum

Job title: Interpretation Manager
Salary: c£33,000 per annum
Hours: Part-time, 30 hours per week (4 days)
Location: Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands
Closing date: 8 January 2021

BCLM is an equal opportunities employer and we are particularly keen to hear from applicants from BAME and disability groups as we are underrepresented in these areas.

Black Country Living Museum is one of Europe’s most successful open-air museums. Our strategic view is that our success originates from being an independent heritage business, and giving equal weight to our purpose as a museum, charity, and visitor attraction. The Museum is also regularly used for TV and Film locations, and hosts some fantastic seasonal and themed events including our 1940s Weekend and Peaky Blinders Nights. We are currently embarking upon the single largest development in our 40-year history with a multi-million pound investment to take our story into the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Interpretation Manager to lead our current Interpretation and Content team.

Reporting into the Director of Programmes, you will be tasked to deliver quality, inclusive and innovative interpretation and content that will subsequently inform the development and implementation of original programmes and interpretation projects relevant to diverse audiences.

Specifically you will:

  • Support the Director of Programmes to identify and develop the themes, topics and subjects of the Museum’s narrative.
  • Set inclusive and relevant research priorities in line with the Museum’s audience and programme strategies.
  • Deliver high quality, inclusive, historically-accurate research and content for interpretation projects and programmes that connect and offer relevance for a diverse audience.
  • Work in partnership with the Museum’s Programme Development and wider operational teams to help create and deliver a historically accurate and inclusive visitor experience.
  • Lead, manage and develop the Interpretation and Content team.

We are keen to hear from candidates with substantial experience of developing content for diverse audiences, utilising creative and inclusive approaches to storytelling and developing innovative methods of engaging audiences. Equally important are strong communication skills, evidence of collaborative leadership, aptitude for building effective networks and critically your commitment to inclusivity and representation.

We’re looking for a skilled influencer experienced in delivering interpretation in a physical setting and able to positively represent our stories clearly and compellingly to both internal and external audiences.

Based in the heart of the Black Country’s regeneration zone, with good road, rail and, shortly, metro links, we are within good commutable distance from many of the surrounding counties, including Worcestershire and Staffordshire. As well as financial rewards, the museum offers a truly invigorating and kind work environment with a positive attitude to work life balance.

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If you’d like to apply for this role, please send your CV and one-page covering letter to

Closing date is Friday 08 January 2021, however applications will be reviewed on an immediate basis as they come in.