up to £27,000 pro rata

Contract type:

Contract Permanent


Part time



Public Programmes Manager

Sir John Soane’s Museum is the captivating house-museum of the great neo-classical architect Sir John Soane and still displays his collection of antiquities, furniture, models and paintings in much the same state in which they were left at the time of his death in 1837.

The Museum strives to produce an inspiring, diverse and questioning programme of high-quality exhibitions, events and collaborations, fulfilling Soane’s vision of the Museum as an active ‘Academy’ and embracing both historic and contemporary inquiry and debate about architecture, art and design to appeal to a broad online audience and a targeted physical audience.

Reporting to the Curator of Exhibitions, the Public Programmes Manager is responsible for a range of events and activities which encourage adult audiences to engage deeply with the Museum and its themes. The five broad strands of activity set out in the Public Programmes Strategy are: Engaging with Collections, Engaging with Exhibitions, Architecture and Cities (including the Soane Medal event and related programming), Art and Design (including the By Design talks series) and a new strand focusing on collaborations with architects, artists, designers, communities and other institutions.

The Public Programmes Manager is responsible for contributing creatively to programme development, in close collaboration with the Curator of Exhibitions and staff from other departments, particularly Learning, Curatorial and Development. They are also responsible for the ongoing management of the programme including planning, budget management, on-the-day event management and evaluation.
Key activities
1. Under the direction of the Curator of Exhibitions, organise and deliver an innovative and appealing programme of in-person, online and hybrid events including, but not limited to, talks, tours, symposia, masterclasses, residencies, interventions, touring projects and online content.
2. Take the lead on all areas of logistics and planning, both for events on-site, off-site and online.
3. Contribute to the Museum’s Audience Development Plan (currently a work in progress) and take the lead within the Exhibitions Department in targeting specific audience groups
4. Seek opportunities to collaborate with creative practitioners, communities and architecture, arts and heritage organisations
5. Administer events and special projects budgets accurately and efficiently, and support as required the Development Department in securing sponsorship

Person specification:

You should have a BA or equivalent in Architecture, Architectural History, Art History, Museum Studies or a closely related subject and experience of organising public events

For a full job description and person specification please visit

Applications : Please send a CV and supporting letter, together with the names and addresses of two referees to [email protected]

Closing date: 27 September 9.00am Interviews: 11 October 2021

The Museum is an Equal Opportunities Employer committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

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