Stories and archival brief
King George’s Hall (KGH) is seeking to appoint a creative team for its new Arts Council England funded Centenary project: ‘Walls have ears – 100 years in and counting’. The project aims to create a digital visual and audio archive of memories of activities at the hall from its opening to the present day. Findings are to be creatively displayed digitally and physically, and through a programme of local events (including a temporary exhibition during our centenary celebrations).
King George’s Hall was built as a public hall, opened in 1921, as has been at the heart of the Blackburn community ever since. Further information about the history of the hall can be found here: The History of King George’s Hall – BwD Venues
As Covid-19 took hold and the last majority of our events were cancelled during 2020, King George’s Hall utilised the time to begin overhauling their archive in preparation for the centenary year in 2021. By compiling a list of shows from diaries, What’s on guides, posters, newspaper clippings and on line resources, we now have a relatively full list of the history of the hall.
We see the ‘Walls have ears’ project as a vital way to engage with our community whilst the doors remain closed. We want to bring our heritage to life as part of our celebrations in October 2021 through talking to people for whom the venue has played a role in their experience of Blackburn across the past 100 years.
Main Purpose of Job
To create an engaging digital archive and a portfolio of oral histories that tell the story of our first 100 years. The project needs to focus on community engagement, getting local people involved in sharing their memories of King George’s Hall, and building awareness and momentum for the Centenary celebrations. You will be expected to work proactively and creatively with local communities, partners and voluntary / public sector agencies in promoting the centenary of King George’s Hall.
Responsibilities and Tasks
The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the project, including:
Applicants should have previous experience working in heritage projects and with volunteers, knowledge of and interest in performing arts and an understanding of archiving and oral history. They should also have excellent organisational and communication skills.
We are looking to appoint in March 2020 with the project commencing as soon as possible thereafter and completing in September 2021.
For further information about who we are and what we do please visit www.bwdvenues.com
How to apply
If you are interested in tendering for this work please email Rebecca Weaver with a brief proposal (maximum 4 sides A4) outlining your methodology and approach, giving examples of related work that you have undertaken in recent years, a fee structure together with your contact details and two references.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to make a short presentation to the Interview Panel.
Please send your tender to: Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions during the tender period can be addressed to Rebecca Weaver
King Georges Hall
Northgate, Blackburn, BB2 1AA
Box Office: 01254 582579