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Public Programmes Manager

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Purpose of job
To deliver and develop the Garden Museum’s public programmes.

Role Summary

The Garden Museum is London’s busiest centre of ideas, research and celebration about the design, history and culture of gardens.

We run a lively and diverse public programme of over 100 talks, workshops, seminars and activities per year which explore British gardens, gardening, and its impact on modern life.

The Garden Museum is also the place where gardens intersect with art and architecture, food and fashion, literature and design. This year, for example, we have exhibitions on the artist-gardeners of the 1930s, on Derek Jarman, on illustrations of ‘The Secret Garden’, and the florist Constance Spry.

The post-holder will:

Deliver the Tuesday night lecture programme, with 40 speakers each year, from celebrated garden designers to art historians and authors.

Deliver and develop a programme of hands-on workshops which also take place on Tuesdays nights, from wildlife illustration to perfume making; our current ‘Overwinter’ programme, sponsored by Seedlip, explores well-being.

Deliver a programme of weekend fairs and Festivals; in 2019 we held a Plant Fair and Craft Fair, British Flowers Week, and a Houseplant Festival and ‘Super Nature’ on 27th to 29th March will be the first art fair dedicated to flowers and gardens.

Support a programme of visits to gardens for our Friends.

This programme, which generates over £80,000 p.a. in ticket sales, is central to the life of a Museum which is small, and without public funding towards operations. It runs side by side with a Learning and Community programme led by a separate team, and with an innovative Food Learning Programme.


To apply, please email recruitment@gardenmuseum.org.uk with your CV by 10am on Monday 24th February 2020. Please add a covering letter of no more than two pages outlining your reasons for applying for this position. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 2nd March 2020.

The Garden Museum is a registered charity and pursues a policy of equal opportunities.  The Garden Museum values diversity promotes equality and challenges discrimination.  We encourage and welcome applications from all backgrounds, and all applications are judged on merit.


  • Apply by: 24/02/2020
  • Full Time
  • Permanent
  • £27,000 p.a.
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