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Programme & Engagement Manager


This is an exciting opportunity to join People’s History Museum’s (PHM) and lead the multidisciplinary Programme and Engagement Team in a time of reflection, planning and change as the museum reviews past work, responds to the impact of the last two years and looks ahead to the future.  We are looking for a collaborative individual with strong management skills to lead the development of programme and engagement activities, including the exhibition programme, community engagement, public programme and learning programme.

Over the last five years, the Programme and Engagement Team has delivered a ground-breaking programme of co-curated activity including Never Going Underground: The fight for LGBT+ rights (2017), Represent! Voices 100 years on (2018), Disrupt? Peterloo & Protest (2019) and Migration (2020-22).  You will lead the team in reflecting on the challenges and successes of these programmes, and embed learning into the planning of upcoming and future programmes, including Nothing About Us Without Us which will explore disabled people’s rights and activism (2022-2023/4) and Climate Activism (2024-2025)

You will have experience of managing engagement activities or programmes in a museum, heritage, charity or similar organisation, and be able to lead on evaluating their impact for PHM’s audiences and communities. A strong commitment to equality and diversity, with experience of developing audiences through implementing accessible and inclusive practice will be central to this role.

Your skills at managing, supporting and developing individuals and teams will result in a stronger, more connected and effective Programme and Engagement Team. As a comfortable changemaker, one of your first tasks will be to define roles and responsibilities in this complex, innovative and multidisciplinary team. You will develop and define communication structures, policies, procedures and practices that will enable creative, meaningful and impactful work to thrive.

As a skilled project manager, you will be able to effectively manage workflows, resources and budgets.  Your strong collaborative skills will enable effective interdepartmental working with collections, archive, conservation, marketing & comms, visitor experience, retail, finance, development and venue hire colleagues.

We recognise we currently under-represent Black people and People of Colour, Disabled people, and LGBTQ+ people and those with intersecting identities in our workforce; PHM is actively working to address this and encourages applications from these backgrounds.

Further information

Download the Job Pack, including job description and person specification

Download a large print Job Pack, including job description and person specification

Download the latest PHM Business Plan

How to apply

Please complete the online application form which can be found here. You will be prompted to write up to 300 words to demonstrate how you meet each of the five criteria listed in the ‘Person specification – experience, knowledge and skills’.

If you’d prefer to submit a video application you can do. Please make sure you record a response to each of the five criteria. Please e-mail if you wish to submit a video application.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 28 June at 9am.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 5 July.

Each application will be assessed against the criteria for the roles, as published in this document. If you have any questions regarding your application, or would like to arrange a chat to discuss the role, please contact Charlie Corkin at

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