Cowper & Newton Museum Development Officer – Appointment

Museum Development Officer

Fixed Term Contract: April 2022 –April 2023

3 days per week

This role is suitable as a freelance or employed post

Salary:  £ 20,000 per annum or fixed fee.

IF EMPLOYED plus pension, annual leave of 20 days pro rata

Location: C&N Museum and remote working.  The post requires travelling to meetings so the applicant must have transport and a clean driver’s licence

Amazing Grace 250 – Celebrating a Diverse Legacy

This project will:

  • Have increased skills for Trustees and volunteers securing the sustainability of the Museum
  • Bring new and diverse audiences to the museum and provide links to Black and Minority Ethnic communities throughout Milton Keynes and to the world through links with Caribbean and African partners.
  • Install a new improved museum display telling Newton’s story, his early time as a sailor and his participation in the slave trade. The display will be curated with assistance from Museumand (the social history museum which celebrates the contribution of Caribbean life to the UK), the African and Caribbean Arts and Heritage Union and the African Diaspora.
  • Create a travelling exhibition which will be made available to a network of partners to spread the Amazing Grace story and establish partnerships for the future.
  • Create an online exhibition will be produced which will allow the story to be accessed nationally and internationally, particularly to Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Create a learning programme made available online, aimed at secondary schools focussing on the history of the slave trade, the British role in that trade and the contribution of Caribbean culture to the UK.
  • Deliver an activity programme which will appeal to local, regional and national audiences with partners from the Open University, the Friends of the Caribbean-MK, the African Diaspora Foundation-MK, the African & Caribbean Arts & Heritage Union-MK, the Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet, Olney Town Council, The Stables music venue.
  • Employ a Heritage Engagement Officer and a Development Officer and a heritage programmer to manage activities and embed good practice and skills in the museum for the future.
  • Recruit and train new and more diverse volunteers to shape the activities and make the museum more sustainable in the future.

Role overview

The key objective of the role is to action the fundraising strategy to support the Museum in its future growth.

The postholder will be responsible for:

  • Managing and developing applications to Trusts and Foundations,
  • Developing an individual giving programme and form relationships with key supporters.
  • Seeking corporate support and sponsorship from local business.
  • Supporting volunteers in growing skills
  • Working with Trustees to ensure the skills are embedded in the organisation and that the strategy can be continued after the end of the project.

Accountability: The Development Officer reports to the Trustees in accordance with the Museum policies, procedures and best practice in transparency and accountability.

Relationships: Works and liaises with the Cowper & Newton Museum Trustees to assist, manage and evaluate progress. These responsibilities call for relevant experience, together with strong communication skills.

Key responsibilities

  • Carry out research and make applications to Trusts and Foundations
  • Train volunteers and Trustees in good practice in writing bids
  • Devise and put in place an individual giving scheme
  • Develop relationships with local business for regular giving and sponsorship in cash or kind to grow specific improvements and/or events/audience engagement
  • Assisting with evaluation
  • Contributing to the development of a robust and exciting Museum Forward Plan

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and experience



Experience of working in the arts or heritage sector



Experience of fundraising and development in a heritage or arts setting



A good communicator with ability to bring people together, to influence and engage



Able to take responsibility for organising fundraising and supporter events



A belief in the power of heritage and community engagement to impact on people’s lives for good



A graduate qualification in the arts or heritage



Application process:

  • To apply please provide the following:
  • Fully completed application form (Download here)
  • A letter including your personal statement
  • At least two referees

You must have the right to live and work in the UK

The post is subject to 3 months probation

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION: 17.00 on Monday 28th March


You are able to download the details for this post here

For any queries and questions please contact Amanda Molcher, Trustee – AG250 Planning at

Applications should be sent to Mrs A Molcher at

Applications can be sent by post to Amazing Grace 250, Cowper & Newton Museum, Market Place, Olney, Milton Keynes, MK46 4AJ

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