Jobs & Volunteer opportunities

Position: Freelance Educational Resource Creator– Creative Court UK 

Resource Creator Budget: £10,800 – Fixed term (2 days per week over 20 weeks including Tuesdays)                 Timeframe: April – August 2017

Reference number: NJM2017-002

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Deadline for receipt of applications: 5.00 pm on 31/03/2017

Position: Freelance Artist (Arts Council England Funded)

Artist Budget: £21,830 – Fixed term – 20 Weeks (April-August 2017)

Reference number: NJM2017-001

Brief: ‘To design an interactive ‘pop-up courtroom’ installation which acts as flexible and transportable learning environment to be used within schools nationally as part of the National Justice Museum’s educational outreach programme.  The purpose of this installation is to create a contemporary interpretation of the traditional courtroom environment to engage young people with the themes of Justice, Citizenship, British Values and Civic Responsibility.’

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Deadline for receipt of tender proposals: 5.00 pm on 31/03/2017

Title: Creative Court UK Associate (Development Phase)

Role:  Associates will work with a Freelance Artist and Resource Creator to design creative learning sessions for schools.   This role is designed to offer training opportunities to people with limited or no prior education or experience in the heritage sector.

Required Attendance:  Associates will take part in the Development Phase of the Creative Court UK project between April –August 2017. Associates will be required to attend training sessions on Tuesdays between 9.00am – 5.00pm and be available for regular group meetings. A minimum of 6 hours a week attendance is required.

Location: National Justice Museum, Shire Hall, High Pavement, The Lace Market, Nottingham. NG1 1HN

Purpose of role:  To work in a team to develop a creative education outreach programme to be used in schools to link with key topics relating to Justice and the Law.

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Position: Freelance Education Facilitator
Organisation: National Centre for Citizenship and the Law
Location: UK, England, London (Royal Courts of Justice)
Closing date: N/A
Job Type: Freelance
Fee: £45-50 per session

The National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) is seeking enthusiastic and tenacious educators to join the NCCL team in London at the Royal Courts of Justice.

NCCL is part of the National Justice Museum, an education charity that seeks to provide opportunities for all to learn about the law. NCCL works in courtrooms and museums in Nottingham at the Galleries of Justice Museum, in London at the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) and Rolls Building, and in the North West at the Civil Justice Centre and Crown Court in Manchester and Bolton Magistrates’ Court. The schools programme offered at these locations provides unique learning experiences to inspire and motivate young people to learn from the past, act in the present and change their future.

NCCL offers a broad range of workshops at the Royal Courts of Justice from Key Stage 2 to university level.
The Freelance Education Facilitator is responsible for delivering education sessions at the Royal Courts of Justice, and at other outreach locations in London. Key responsibilities include:

• facilitating activities with children, young people and other users – delivering sessions at the Royal Courts of Justice and in outreach locations
• delivering funded programmes at the RCJ and outreach locations
• ensuring that all sessions are delivered to a high standard and fit the needs of teachers and pupils
• carrying out related tasks such as preparation of learning spaces, evaluating learning and recording certain information
You will have experience of working with young people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in a teaching or education environment. You will have excellent communication skills and be able to motivate and inspire the young people you work with.

For more information please refer to the job description

To apply, send a covering letter illustrating how your experience and skills meet the person specification in the job description and an up-to-date CV to [email protected]

The recruitment process, including interviews, will take place on a rolling basis.


Volunteer Roles

Title: Front of House Volunteer

Accountability: Visitor Attractions Manager, Customer Services Co-ordinator, Senior Curator and Archivist, Curator

Hours: This role will require a flexible time commitment including weekends, school holidays and some evenings. Ideally volunteers should be able to offer at least half a day per fortnight in order to make the experience fulfilling and worthwhile

Location: Galleries of Justice Museum, Shire Hall, High Pavement, The Lace Market, Nottingham. NG1 1HN

Purpose of role: Visitor Attraction team is growing to ensure the best possible welcome and engagement is delivered to all audiences.  We are creating a new Front of House Volunteer team who will provide a fantastic welcome, excellent customer service and engage with audiences of all ages and backgrounds in our amazing new redeveloped museum.

Front of House Volunteers will work in a range of positions in the museum: in the galleries managing entrances, monitoring and engaging with exhibition visitors; supporting the Customer Service Co-ordinators; and facilitating engagement activity in the galleries.

Helpful skills/experience: Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to provide a friendly welcome.  Confidence and ability to deal with basic enquiries, and an understanding of when to pass more complex enquiries to staff.  An enthusiasm for the Trust and its aims.  Vigilance and an understanding of the need to keep visitors and exhibits safe.  A co-operative approach to working with other volunteers and staff as part of a team Willingness and ability to attend training and meetings.  A commitment to working with all sections of the community and to providing additional support to those visitors who may need it

Training offered: Induction session, information provided on the history of the building, and on the themes of the museum’s galleries and exhibitions, orientation of the museum, health and safety, visitor routes, and basic security measures

Role and responsibilities:

  • Proactively welcome visitors to the museum in a friendly and open way at all times.
  • Be well informed of all facilities, events and exhibitions taking place in at the Museum and to actively promote these to enhance the enjoyment of visitors. Hand out guidance materials and explain our facilities
  • Assist visitors in using the interactive facilities around the museum and answer general enquiries about the building, exhibitions, activities and local history
  • Provide excellent levels of service to all visitors and museum guests at the ticket desk, in galleries, foyer spaces, events and activity spaces and any publicly accessible parts of the museum.
  • Undertake accurate ticket checking at exhibition entrances.

What will I learn?

  • Being part of an exciting new heritage development
  • Volunteering as part of the visitor team
  • Developing new skills and knowledge and/or building on existing experience in heritage, tourism and commerciality
  • Meeting and engaging with a variety of people.

For more information, contact Bev Baker, Senior Curator & Archivist:

email [email protected]

Title: Family Learning Volunteer

Accountability: Works with Community Participation Officer, accountable to Senior Curator and Archivist

Hours:.Flexible, but must be available during Nottinghamshire school holidays and prepared to give at least one full day’s commitment per week in these holidays

Location: Galleries of Justice Museum, Shire Hall, High Pavement, The Lace Market, Nottingham. NG1 1HN

Purpose of role: To assist in the delivery of activities for families who visit the Galleries of Justice Museum.

The Galleries of Justice Museum, located in Nottingham’s old Shire Hall and County Gaol, is widely recognised as a fun, educational day out for families who come to find out more about the history of crime and punishment and the justice system.

Beginning in 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund financed redevelopment of the museum will see exciting changes to the visitor experience. Included in this project is the introduction of new activities and resources to help families have fun together and learn together when they visit the museum, many of which will be free of charge.

The Galleries of Justice Museum is looking for volunteers to assist in the delivery of these activities. You will work with visitors to the museum, with guidance of the Community Participation Officer, to engage families with the new activities and ensure they have a fun and educational experience. This could include facilitating a short fun trial workshop in the courtroom, or encouraging and helping families to take part in arts and crafts activities.

If you are interested, you might also like to be involved in the ongoing development of family learning activities behind the scenes – this is the chance for creative input, helping the museum respond to feedback and ensuring our programme stays fresh and engaging.

Helpful skills/experience: There are no essential skills or experience for this role. However, it would be helpful to have the following:

  • Ability to work in a team and on your own initiative
  • A pleasant and friendly manner and enthusiasm for the role
  • Experience working with children, young people or families
  • Experience working directly with the public: good interpersonal skills and a confident, engaging manner
  • Interest in museums and heritage sites
  • A creative approach
  • An interest in history or the justice system
  • Interest in arts and crafts

Training offered: Training will be offered appropriate to the role, where necessary. All volunteers receive the Galleries of Justice Museum induction, including a health and safety briefing. Volunteers will be notified of further training opportunities, including with external organisations, as and when they are relevant to the volunteer role.

Role and responsibilities:

  1. Assist the work of the Community Participation Officer to deliver creative, fun family learning activities which meet the museum’s learning outcomes. This will be a customer-facing role interacting directly with family visitors
  2. Give feedback about family learning activities from your observations
  3. Be prepared to familiarise yourself with the history of the site, and crime and punishment, as well as the present day justice system, insomuch as this feeds into delivery of family learning activities
  4. Be aware of other work at the museum which might connect with family learning activities, such as themed tours or new exhibitions
  5. Treat the museum site and collections with care and respect
  6. Report any concern to the Community Participation Officer or other appropriate staff member
  7. Undertake a Child Protection induction and be aware of safeguarding issues when working with families
  8. Take part in any other relevant training
  9. Adhere to the Volunteer Agreement and Volunteer Policy as well as the letter and spirit of the Galleries of Justice Museum staff handbook
  10. Take part in any evaluation activities necessary as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund funded project which could include gathering feedback from families about the activities you are delivering
  11. Give a sustainable level of commitment.

Benefits of Volunteering at the Galleries of Justice Museum

  • See ‘behind the scenes’ of one of Nottingham’s most important heritage sites and best-loved visitor attractions
  • Gain experience in a working environment and gain valuable work-related skills, particularly relevant to the heritage, education and tourism sectors
  • Be part of a significant Heritage Lottery Fund project
  • Gain practical, hands on experience
  • Be part of an award winning team
  • Meet new people and have fun
  • Be reimbursed for travel expenses

For more information, contact Rebecca Buck, Community Participation Officer:

[email protected]

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Corporate Hospitality volunteers wanted!

Want to see what goes on behind the scenes at the Galleries of Justice Museum? Well now you can! We welcome corporate volunteers from all sectors to join our team for the day.  Whether you are interested in trying out as a costumed interpreter or helping to organise or run an event,  we can find something for you. It is a great opportunity to do something different and build new skills that you can take back to the office with you.

If you are interested or want to find out more please contact [email protected]

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