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Public Programmes Manager

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Purpose of job
To lead on, 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. It is also a place to explore the relationship between gardens and art and architecture, food and fashion, literature and design.

This is a new role designed to manage and further develop this area of our work. The post-holder will manage our Tuesday night lectures; recent speakers have ranged from designers such as Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith to public figures such as Lord Michael Heseltine and Evan Davis, Alan Titchmarsh and Philip Mould, Allan Jenkins and Penelope Fitzgerald. They will be responsible for further developing our weekend activities, including workshops and sessions for families, and Museum-wide fairs, following the models of our successful Plant Fair and Craft Fair.

The Public Programmes Manager will also be tasked with working with a number of the Museum’s partners across the horticultural sector, including the Gardens Trust and National Gardens Scheme on devising more specialist programmes (we also have an annual Literary Festival, organised by an independent producer). They will always be on the look out for new trends and themes for our programmes, and will have new ideas and approaches.

Our existing events attract a large number of attendees, and part of this role will involve ensuring that the needs of our core audience are met whilst expanding the scope of our work and attracting new faces to the Garden Museum. The Museum is an independent charity, and operates without public funding. We have a small, self-motivated team who work creatively and be resourcefully together, and this role will share the Museum’s spaces and calendar with other members of the team, primarily Learning and Venue Hire.

Background to the Garden Museum
The Garden Museum re-opened in the summer of 2017 after an £7.5 million capital project. The new Museum tells the story of British gardens since 1600, and hosts three major exhibitions each year of art, design and history.  We host a public programme of over 100 events per year, from floristry classes to international design symposia, for audiences from young families to the biggest names in garden design.

Our new building has been designed to welcome more visitors than ever, and we now attract over 75,000 people per year to the Museum and Café. Our diverse learning programmes range from teaching children how to prepare food they have grown at home, to exploring clay with those with dementia, and using microscopes to study plant science with GCSE Biology groups. We have the country’s first and only archive of garden design, which stores the plans, documents and memories of the 20th century’s most prolific garden designers.


Download the full job description to find out more about this role. Applications close 10am on Tuesday 7 May.

Interview Date: Tuesday 14 May
Second Round Interview: Friday 17 May

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  • Apply by: 07/05/2019
  • Full Time
  • Permanent
  • 28,000
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