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Working with us at Lakeland Arts

Welcome to our recruitment section. By visiting this page you are indicating you are already interested in us which is great!

Rather than tell you about us (you can find that in other areas of our website) I will say what a fabulous time to be thinking of joining us.

At a time when we are almost ready to grow significantly by opening Windermere Jetty as a world-class visitor attraction in a World Heritage Site, it is really important we recruit people with a passion and enthusiasm for what we do and what we want to achieve.

At Lakeland Arts, we come from all walks of life and backgrounds but we have one thing in common: connecting people with outstanding art and heritage in our breath-taking world-class cultural landscape.

If you work for us, you can expect a fair salary –  together with a benefits package which we are reviewing to ensure we are an employer of choice in the region.

More than this, you can expect to work in some of the most beautiful buildings, venues and locations throughout the County and you can expect to feel a real sense of pride in the job you do, every single day.

We have all sorts of roles available, if not now, as we move closer to opening Windermere Jetty so do click through and take a look and find out about all the exciting opportunities we have to offer and get involved.

Please remember our team are here to help. If you'd like to know more about working with us, or you'd like information about a specific job, feel free to email us at

I look forward to welcoming you to Lakeland Arts. 

Gordon Watson
Chief Executive, Lakeland Arts.




Full-time, permanent, £28,000 - £30,000 depending on experience.

Closing date: 8 October 2018

Interviews: 16 October 2018

We are lookinng to appoint a Head of Learning and Engagement to lead our learning and engagement programme.  Lakeland Arts runs high quality family activities and learning programmes for all audiences at our sites including formal learning with schools and colleges, family events, workshops, performances and talks. Many of these involve artists and creative practitioners and all are inspired by our collections, architecture and surrounding landscape. 

You will lead a highly qualified team to produce, manage and deliver Lakeland Arts learning and engagement offer across Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House and Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.

We are looking for someone with significant experience of planning, developing and delivering learning and engagement programmes for a range of audiences who effective at networking and building partnerships.  You will be an experienced leader with a successful track record of motivating and managing staff and teams, including freelance staff and volunteers.

Your previous experience will include developing interpretation and learning resources for a range of audiences alongside monitoring, evaluating and reporting on learning programmes to a range of stakeholders.

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Full-time or Part-Time as a job share, permanent. £20,000 - £22,500 depending on experience.

Closing date: 8 October

Interviews: 15 October

You will be joining a highly qualified team to produce, manage and deliver our learning programme for schools and families. You will work closely with the Head of Learning & Engagement and the programme team including learning and curatorial colleagues, working to a model of co-production with both the learning and curatorial team to produce high quality programming for a broad range of audiences.

You will produce, manage and deliver the schools engagement programme across three sites working in partnership with teachers, colleagues and other partners. Producing and delivering quality learning sessions with the aim of growing and diversifying the number of schools and pupils that visit our sites and engage with our collection is a key objective of this role.
You will also produce, manage and deliver a comprehensive creative programme for families across the three sites working closely with creative practitioners and partners. Producing and delivering activity linked to school holidays are all key components of this role.

We are looking for someone with relevant experience of delivering engagement and learning activities for schools and families in a museum or heritage venue and attracting new audiences through delivery of innovative learning activities, programmes and events in a museum or heritage setting.  You will have experience of developing learning activities inspired directly by art, social history, craft, local heritage and landscape and/or museum collections to engage visitors.

You will know of best practice in formal and informal learning and have a thorough understanding of access and interpretation strategies for museums and heritage organisations.

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We are looking for two volunteers to help us deliver a preventative conservation routine at Blackwell. This will be an ongoing regular role. This is a great opportunity to become part of a small friendly team and to gain an insight into the daily operation of an Arts and Crafts House.

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We are looking to recruit two volunteers who are passionate about gardening and meeting the public.

You will be based at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria. The gardens at Blackwell were designed by Thomas Mawson, renowned Cumbrian Arts and Crafts garden designer. The gardens are maintained by a gardening contractor and we are looking for volunteers to augment this provision by providing gardening duties outside of the contractor's weekly visit.

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Are you passionate about history and heritage? Do you enjoy meeting people? Help us to bring Blackwell's historic Arts and Crafts rooms to life, as you welcome visitors and share fascinating stories about the house and those who lived and worked here.Visitor Engagement Volunteers are our ambassadors - the public face of Blackwell - so volunteers need to be warm, friendly and approachable. You will meander around the house and welcome visitors, answer visitors' questions and chat to them about our history.

If you are confident enough, we will also train you in delivering guided tours of the house to groups. Volunteers will receive full training and detailed information packs about the Blackwell's history.

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