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Engagement Officer (Dialect and Heritage project)

Do you have a track record of engaging new audiences for a museum or heritage venue/project?  

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, creative and flexible individual to work on a project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund that aims to engage new audiences with collections at the University of Leeds and at five partner museums across England. The partner museums are: Dales Countryside Museum, Ryedale Folk Museum, Weald & Downland Living Museum, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, and the Museum of East Anglian Life.  

You will be based at one of the five partner museums and develop audience engagement programmes and relationships with external organisations who can support you to access new, diverse audiences.   

The project centres around the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture (LAVC). The LAVC is a unique and nationally important multi-media archive including the records of the Survey of English Dialects and the Institute of Dialect and Folk Life Studies. The collection is housed and accessible at the University of Leeds Special Collections:

The project will digitise the LAVC and make it available, meaningful and relevant to public audiences. The project will marry LAVC resources with partner museums’ complementary and contemporaneous artefact collections, putting the LAVC back into the communities from which it was originally collected and where it truly belongs, reuniting tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and breathing new life into museum displays, local heritage, and the LAVC. Public engagement activities with a lasting legacy will enable visitors (within museums, in the community and online) to uncover their own cultural heritage and that of others, to learn more about their dialect inheritance, and to share their stories, memories and linguistic heritage for the benefit of current and future generations.  

You will be managed by the Project Manager who is based at the University of Leeds, School of English, but you will be a key part of your museum team, working closely with all your colleagues there as well as with your fellow Engagement Officers in the other four partner museums.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Sarah Hughes, Project Manager


Location:  University of Leeds Role - Working off campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:  School of English
Category:  Administrative and Clerical Support
Grade:  Grade 5
Salary:  £23,067 to £26,715 p.a.
It is likely that an appointment will be made no higher than £23,067 p.a., since there are funding limitations which dictate the level at which the appointment can start
Working Time:  0.5 FTE
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Until September 2022)
Release Date:  Tuesday 30 March 2021
Closing Date:  Tuesday 20 April 2021
Reference:  AHCEN1049
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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