Join the team

Recruitment

Find out how you can join the Hope Mill Theatre team through our recruitment opportunities below:

Hope Mill’s Big Birthday

Researcher

Subject to funding, Hope Mill Theatre https://hopemilltheatre.co.uk/ is seeking an experienced researcher to support primary investigation and research and then the engagement of project participants with this research as part of Hope Mill’s Big Birthday – a community-based programme exploring and celebrating 200 years of Hope Mill history. The project will engage with a broad range of participants drawn from our communities; local people, volunteers, participants in our adult and young people’s projects and our community of artists.

The overall aim of the project is to uncover, explore and interpret stories relating to the important role Hope Mill has played for local people during its 200 year life span, including its pivotal place at the heart of huge industrial, social and cultural revolutions.

Overview of role

The researcher will be required to search out and collate historical material – e.g. facts, images, documents, artefacts and oral material/testimonials (we have identified individuals with direct connections to the mill) – in response to questions raised by our community, and the themes they wish to explore. Examples of questions already raised by participants include:

– What has Hope Mill produced since it was built – from its early days as a maker of cotton, to the creative ‘makers’ who live here today?

– What was life like for the children who worked and lived around the mill? (Young people from our theatre school are curious, given their experience of Hope Mill)

– What has life been like as a queer person during these years? Our theatre serves a large LGBTQIA+ community, young and older.

The researcher will start by collecting and collating research materials in response Research materials to a small number of themes, prioritised in the early weeks of project activity. This will then be the starting point for community activities. Groups of diverse ages, backgrounds and interests will explore the material with you before devising a range of creative avenues for interpreting and sharing this with our wider audiences – through devised performances, short plays, readings, song recitals and more. The researcher will be required to advise on/review elements of content for accuracy, with allowance made for the public-facing, accessible nature of much of this programme, which includes e.g. a Big Birthday family fun weekend, inspired by the types of entertainment and fun that Hope Mill families would have enjoyed in the past. You will also support the development and accuracy of heritage interpretation boards for display on site at Hope Mill and on our website.

Finally, the researcher will be required to support and advise volunteers who wish to undertake research independently or in small groups, around the agreed themes.


Schedule – Project activity will run from 10 July 2024 to end March 2025 (8.5 months). The researcher will be required to work flexibly throughout this period and this will be negotiated with you on appointment, bearing in mind your other commitments.

Time commitment – 40 days over the project

Fees – £9,600 inclusive of VAT and expenses


Specification

The researcher will –

· Research and document details of currently known people who have a history with the Mill; also other groups who have had connections with the building/area through its 200 year history (especially people with protected characteristics)

· Access relevant archives to obtain information about the building and its social and cultural history

· Support and advise small group/s of volunteers interested in contributing to the research process. This will include:

· introducing them to the skills you use for research;

· delegating appropriate elements of the research for the group to undertake;

· encouraging and guiding their own independent research elements for the project;

· Attend up to 4 community meetings throughout the year and give short talks about your skills with updates on the project;

· Share information gathered with the wider team and Research Group to help create detailed, accessible interpretation for the project;

· Contribute to a blog to keep the community updated on the process;

· Advise on the production of project content/interpretation and the preparation of materials for archiving

Person specification

Essential

· Experience in carrying out historical research, particularly using archives

· Experience of participatory research and working with communities to interpret heritage

· Experience of working across disciplines (e.g. heritage and the arts)

· Experience guiding a research process

· Some knowledge of the participatory arts and/or community engagement

· Willingness to work flexibly

· Willingness to travel across Greater Manchester as necessary.

Desirable

· Experience of working with intellectual property guidelines

· An interest in the history of industry and of the arts in Greater Manchester

It is anticipated that you’ll work remotely and at Hope Mill theatre to work with participants and to attend meetings.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an application of no more than 1000 words detailing your relevant experience and qualifications; one or more examples of past, comparable roles you have successfully completed and your interest in the project. Please provide details of two referees. Please email this to outreach@hopemilltheatre.co.uk by 5pm on 2nd June. Please use “Researcher Application” as your email title.

This will be a Freelance contract. You will be responsible for paying your own Tax and NI contributions.

Application Deadline: 2nd June 2024

Interviews will be held on the week commencing 10th June 2024 at Hope Mill Theatre.

**NOTE: We plan to make an in principle appointment week commencing 24th June 2024 for work to start on 22nd July 2024. Appointment will be made subject to a successful outcome of a funding application, which will be known w/c 24th June 2024.

Hope Mill Theatre are open to all applicants and are particularly keen to hear from individuals from the Global Majority, Trans and Non-Binary Individuals and disabled individuals.


Evaluation Specialist

Subject to funding Hope Mill Theatre https://hopemilltheatre.co.uk/ is seeking an experienced evaluation specialist to support evaluation for a far-reaching community-based programme – Hope Mill’s Big Birthday – exploring and celebrating 200 years of Hope Mill history. The project will engage with a broad range of participants drawn from our communities; local people, volunteers, participants in our adult and young people’s projects and our community of artists. 

The overall aim of the project is to uncover, explore and interpret stories relating to the  important role Hope Mill has played for local people during its 200 year life span, including  its pivotal place at the heart of huge industrial, social and cultural revolutions. 

Overview of role

The evaluation specialist will be required to support our teams in developing an appropriate evaluation framework and action plan for the project, with supporting materials (e.g. questionnaires; interview prompts; other approaches). They will ensure that the project team, front of house staff and volunteers have the necessary understanding, guidance and confidence to carry out effective monitoring and evaluation of the project.

We wish this framework to draw on and align with our existing systems and processes as far as possible, to maximise efficiency and the value of the data collected.

Elements of Hope Mill’s Big Birthday programme that require a bespoke approach include:

  • formative evaluation: throughout the project we aim to harness community ideas, insights, responses and preferences in shaping the content that is produced and that will live on in exhibition and digital content
  • differing approaches are required to reflect different depths of engagement in/association with the project e.g. some family audiences may simply attend a Big Birthday family fun day; a small group of volunteers is expected to contribute considerable time and effort to carrying out detailed investigations
  • we wish to find appropriate ways and metrics for assessing changes in how local people perceive Hope Mill, after engaging with the project

Schedule

Project activity will run from 10 July 2024 to end March 2025(8.5 months). The evaluator will be required to work flexibly throughout this period and this will be negotiated with you on appointment, bearing in mind your other commitments.

Time commitment

Expected approx. 12 days over an 8-month period

Fees

Fixed fee is £4,800 inclusive of VAT and expenses

Specification

The evaluator will –

  • Guide development of a suitable evaluation framework and supporting action plan for Hope Mill’s Big Birthday, to ensure that appropriate, relevant data and feedback are captured and analysed at relevant stages of project delivery
  • Support the training of staff and volunteers, to equip teams with the necessary skills and competencies in inviting and capturing feedback
  • Advise on mechanisms for feeding audience and participant feedback into ongoing content and programme development/creation – and evidencing this process
  • Support analysis of findings and production of an end of project report: this report will be drafted in the first instance by our own teams, following the agreed framework
  • Have due regard throughout the process of the priorities and investment principles of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, so as to ensure that the evaluation process as a whole provides meaningful insights into the project’s success in meeting relevant NLHF objectives.

Person specification

Essential

  • Evidenced skills and experience in evaluating community projects of this nature, in a culture and heritage context – from inception to final reporting.
  • Capable of mentoring and upskilling team members (staff and volunteers) with evaluative methodologies and approaches
  • Exceptional communication and strong facilitation skills, coupled with sensitivity and a commitment to confidentiality, and comfortable engaging with staff, volunteers, visitors and encouraging new visitors and/or participants.
  • Ability to produce evaluations that not only support funding requirements but also inform future decision-making and strategic planning.
  • Understanding of NLHF mission and objectives
  • Practical experience of database management

Desirable

  • Experience of designing and implementing successful approaches to data collection and sharing that encourage input from those audiences/communities less likely to engage with cultural initiatives.
  • Familiar with novel methods for data collection that harness modern technologies or methodologies.
  • Interest in the global, social and cultural histories related to the industrial heritage of Ancoats. 

It is anticipated that you’ll work remotely and at Hope Mill theatre to work with participants and to attend meetings.  

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an application of no more than 1000 words detailing your relevant experience and qualifications; one or more examples of past, comparable roles you have successfully completed and your interest in the project.  Please provide details of two referees. 

Please email this to outreach@hopemilltheatre.co.uk  by 5pm on 2nd June 2024 Please use ‘’Evaluation Specialist Application” as your email title. 

This will be a Freelance contract. You will be responsible for paying your own Tax and NI contributions. 

Application Deadline: 5pm Sunday the 2nd June 2024. 

Interviews will be held on the week commencing 10th June at Hope Mill Theatre or online. 

**NOTE: We plan to make an in principle appointment week commencing 24th June for work to start on 22nd July 2024. Appointment will be made subject to a successful outcome of a funding application, which will be known w/c 24th June 2024.

Hope Mill Theatre are open to all applicants and are particularly keen to hear from individuals from the Global Majority, Trans and Non-Binary Individuals and disabled individuals.

Sign up to our mailing list!