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Title: Interpretation Officer (Stonehenge)
Location: 29, Queen Square, Bristol
Job Type: Permanent
Salary: £28,100.00 pro rata
Job Description:
To assist with the delivery of a new interpretation and presentation scheme as part of the Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Project (SEIP). The scheme will engage and enthuse the thousands of leisure and education visitors as well as those who use our online resources.

This post is for 3 days per week, and is located between the Bristol and Salisbury offices.
Close Date: 30/09/2012 23:59:59

Job Description
Job title:                   INTERPRETATION OFFICER (STONEHENGE)
Location:                 BRISTOL
Payband:                  C
Contract:                 PERMANENT
The National Collections Group is responsible for all aspects of the stewardship, management and public understanding and enjoyment of the national collections of historic properties, artefacts and archives in English Heritage's care.
The aims and objectives of the Project are to deliver:
·                 A new, sensitively designed and a environmentally sustainable Stonehenge visitor centre. The new centre will provide high-quality and fully accessible interactive experience, including an exhibition area, café, shop and public amenities;
·                 An improved landscape setting for Stonehenge. The A344 adjacent to the Stones, and the current facilities, will be removed and returned to chalk downland, reuniting the monument with its Avenue;
·                 Better interpretation of the Stones and the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS).  Innovative displays will engage and inspire visitors, whilst equipping them to explore Stonehenge and its landscape in completely new ways. We are working with the National Trust to deliver the improved interpretation scheme across the wider landscape. 
These improvements will transform the visitor experience, radically improving the quality of facilities and access to the surrounding landscape. The visitor centre will act as the gateway to the WHS and an intellectual gateway to Britain’s distant past and is due to open in late 2013.
Overall purpose of the job:            
To assist with the delivery of a new interpretation and presentation scheme as part of the Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Project (SEIP).  The scheme will engage and enthuse the thousands of leisure and education visitors to the stones as well as those who use our online resources.
Main duties and responsibilities:
1.                To lead on the development, production and installation of the opening temporary exhibition at the Visitor Centre and to deliver the temporary exhibition programme going forward, carrying out evaluation as required.
2.        To act as production and administrative support for the Head of Interpretation (Stonehenge) in the delivery and implementation of the new interpretation scheme at Stonehenge. This includes a permanent exhibition at the new Visitor Centre, audio and paper resources to assist in interpretation at the stones and associated items such as web content.
3.        To assist on the development, production and installation of the landscape interpretation scheme being developed in partnership with the National Trust as outlined in Stonehenge Landscape Design Brief (June 2012).
4.        To assist in the recruitment and training of volunteers and also provide effective line management for them which ensures they feel supported and motivated and that their work is of a consistent quality. The volunteers will conduct live interpretation on a daily basis in the external gallery at the Visitor Centre which will include three reconstructed Neolithic houses.
5.               To co-ordinate and liaise with consultants, contractors and partners as required.
6.               To work with the on-site Stonehenge Historic Properties operational team, education manager, other English Heritage staff and any external maintenance contractors to ensure the continued smooth running and high presentation standard of all elements of the interpretive scheme both at the Visitor Centre and in the Landscape.
7.               To work with the on-site team and education officer to ensure the interpretive programme and schemes work alongside other functions.
8.               Any other duties reasonably required as requested by the Head of Interpretation (Stonehenge) and Head of Stonehenge.
Person specification
Training, experience & qualifications
·     Degree in relevant subject (history, archaeology or design related equivalent)
·     Demonstrable experience of temporary exhibition programming and organisation (including loans-in)
·     Demonstrable experience of interpretation/exhibition production and implementation
·     Demonstrable understanding of good practice in interpretation (including accessibility and audience focus)
·     Demonstrable project and budget management experience
·     Postgraduate qualification relevant to the role
Knowledge & skills
·     Excellent organisational skills
·     Familiarity with current practice, debate and issues in interpretation
·     IT literate
·     Experience of managing people
·     Understanding of and familiarity with issues in relation to the presentation and conservation management of archaeological sites
·     Understanding and familiarity with the issues in relation to the presentation of 2D and 3D museum objects
·     Experience of recruiting and managing volunteers
Interpersonal skills
·     Excellent communication skills
·     Excellent interpersonal skills
·     Ability to manage relationships up and down the organisation and externally
Particular Circumstances to Consider
The ability to travel regularly across the region and a driving licence are essential. 
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