The programme
Where we are is a new national programme delivered by the British Museum and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. From 2021-2025 the programme will work with third sector and cultural partners across the country to develop meaningful arts and cultural projects with young people.
These co-produced projects will respond to something in their local area that the young people are passionate about and as such the direction these projects will take will be driven by the young people.
This year we are working with three partners:
• Museum & Galleries Edinburgh and Edinburgh Young Carers, Edinburgh, Scotland
• Geraldine Connor Foundation and Harewood House Trust, Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber
• Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester and Pedestrian, Leicester, East Midlands
We are seeking to appoint a session facilitator for our Edinburgh partnership who will work with the young people to develop their ideas and passions into a creative output.
Once we know what the young people want to develop, the facilitator will be responsible for working with the young people to hire a relevant creative practitioner who will work closely with the facilitator, young people and project partners to shape the arts and cultural output.
Vital to the success of this project is listening to young people about what they are interested in talking about and exploring possible ways for them to express this interest. This project will not be about dictating ideas of culture to young people, but will be about listening to what culture means to them. However, it will be important to provide young people with a scaffold and framework within which to work.
By working in a co-production four-way partnership between the British Museum, cultural organisations, third sector organisations and young people, the programme aims to:
1. Remove some of the barriers to engagement with the cultural sector that young people face
2. Create a sense of agency in young people that can be reflected into their communities

Role description
You will be working with 10 young people aged 18-24 who are supported by Edinburgh Young Carers. A key part of this role will be to coax out of the young people what they are interested in and how they want to talk about that. The successful candidate will be able to work with young people who do not see themselves in museum or gallery spaces and will be able to draw out of the young people the confidence and skills needed to develop a creative output.
The sessions will take place in Museums & Galleries Edinburgh venues in the city centre (restrictions allowing).

Duties will include:
1. Working closely with the Edinburgh partners and the British Museum to develop a
robust yet flexible plan for a taster day and 6 full day sessions with the young
people, providing a framework to work with the young people.
2. Developing sessions that are relevant, responsive and adaptable to the young
people’s needs.
3. Creating a group agreement with the young people
4. Working closely with project evaluators
5. Working closely with all partners to understand Museum & Galleries Edinburgh’s
collection and the needs of Edinburgh Young Carers service users.
6. Building rapport with the young people, being mindful of their lived experience and
other responsibilities
7. Working collaboratively with a creative practitioner to shape the creative output
with young people
8. Collaborating closely with all partners, communicating clearly with Museums &
Galleries Edinburgh about the day-to-day and reporting into the British Museum
about overall progress
9. Communicating closely with all partners and committing to regular catch up
meetings #

Person specification

We are particularly interested in applications from people who have shared lived experiences with the young people in your area. Any experience required can be demonstrated by paid for or voluntary work or can come from outside the work environment.

1. Committed and passionate about co-producing meaningful creative projects with a
diverse group of young people
2. Ability to relate to young people and draw out their skills, interests and experiences
into meaningful arts/cultural project ideas
3. Experience of co-production working in museum, gallery or cultural settings
informally with a diverse group of young people
4. Experience of developing sessions that respond to various learning styles and
5. Ability to work with a creative practitioner collaboratively to develop project ideas
and outputs with young people
6. Ability to communicate effectively with project partners both verbally and in writing
7. Confidence in delivering workshops in person and online
8. Understanding and experience of safeguarding young adults

• Taster day plan
• Adaptable and flexible session plan
• Working with the creative practitioner to develop the creative output with young
• Update meetings with the project team – number to be agreed
• Reflection session with the project team

Proposal format:
• A brief written response to the programme overview provided
• Reference to how you propose to deliver this work
• If you are applying as part of an organisation, please provide an introduction to the
organisation and its credentials.
• Two examples of relevant projects you and/or your organisation have previously
• A CV
• Details on how you would propose to satisfy the requirements of the brief
• Ability to meet the timescale outlined
• Contact details of two referees

Pay and term
• £4,800 for 20 days work (£240 a day), exclusive of VAT. We are flexible about how
this time is allocated, but there will be 6 days of sessions across August – November
and one taster day on 31st July. All sessions will be held on Saturdays.
• The role will ultimately report to Sophie Alonso, National Programme Manager at
the BM, but will work closely with Ria Sloan, Outreach and Access Manager, at
Museum & Galleries Edinburgh and Lee MacKenzie at Edinburgh Young Carers. Ria
Sloan will manage the day to day management of the role.
• Disclosure Scotland check will be needed. Please let us know if you have this
• You will need to provide proof that you can work in the UK
• Payment schedule to be agreed

To apply please email Ria Sloan on by 12pm on Friday 25th June
For more information about the programme, please see our website or get in touch with Sophie Alonso on

To maximise our visitors’ enjoyment of National Trust for Scotland managed sites by maintaining excellent standards of service, optimising opportunities to generate income and ensuring that the site and its assets are safe and secure.
Specifically, to ensure the smooth and safe operations of Functions and Events, with occasional work in Admissions, Retail, and Catering activities making the property the best possible place to visit and work.
Interested applicants should forward a completed application form to the People Department (Applications) by email via, or by post to The National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road Edinburgh EH11 4DF, by first post (i.e. 10.00am) on 18th June 2021.

Hopetoun House is arguably Scotland’s finest stately home. Built in 1699 for the first Earl of Hopetoun this stunning example of 18th century architecture remains a family home and is still lived in by the current Earl & Countess of Hopetoun along with their four children.

From Good Friday through to the last weekend in September Hopetoun is open as a 5 star visitor attraction and from October to March the house and grounds are closed to the public. The house and grounds are available for private hire all year round and offer a flexible and incomparable setting for exclusive events such as weddings, conferences, gala dinners, media location shoots and many more exciting events.

For more general information see

The Role

A broad and challenging position that offers the right candidate a wealth of experience and opportunity to contribute, learn and develop in an exciting sector, set within a premier historic 5 Star hospitality setting.

The primary role is to sell, design and hands-on and actively deliver 25-30 stunning weddings per year.

Alongside this the role is responsible for administering and developing our renowned and key public event, the Hopetoun Christmas Shopping Fair, and other smaller in-house and third-party public events.

This role is responsible for providing the Director of Sales assistance in marketing these activities, and supporting the Visitor, Ranger and Education Teams in marketing theirs.

This role works alongside, supports and learns from the Senior Events Manager whose role focuses on corporate and incentive hospitality business as well as larger-scale third-party public events and filming.

Working as part of a small team the candidate must be sales focused, energetic, enthusiastic, highly professional and above all a strong ambassador for the Hopetoun brand.

This role has 4 core responsibilities as follows:


Ultimately the candidate will be the first point of contact for all wedding enquires and therefore must be able to sell Hopetoun as an exclusive use events venue. The candidate should be able to anticipate the clients’ needs, create personalised creative proposals and follow up on these sales leads in a timely manner following all office procedures. Site inspections are actively encouraged in order for the client to see the scale and grandeur of what Hopetoun can offer and the candidate must have previous experience of converting live enquires. In the short terms virtual tours will be offered. The candidate must be confident delivering online live tours.

Event Planning

The candidate must be able to plan events with confidence and provide accurate and detailed functions sheets so that lines of communication are kept strong between all departments. Above all the candidate must be confident in managing client expectations and working together to create high level events.

Event Delivery

As the onsite venue contact to represent Hopetoun on the day / evening of the event, the candidate must be completely confident in running small and large scale events bringing together many different suppliers. Working on such prestigious events the candidate must be able to work well under pressure and remain calm. Working in an historic building and most of all a family home, the candidate is responsible for protecting the house and the contents within it so communication with external suppliers is key. The candidate must also be capable of managing a small team of event stewards to ensure that the event runs to the high standards expected at Hopetoun so that our reputation for quality is upheld.


Ideally the candidate will have some experience of managing company social media accounts on a day to day basis. The successful candidate will work alongside the Director of Sales & Marketing in order to manage social media channels and website content across all areas of Hopetoun.

We are looking for someone educated to degree level, with some prior experience in both event sales and event delivery in the luxury venues market. Applicants must be able to:

Work well within a small team and under pressure
Take a sense of ownership
Prioritise workloads in a fast paced environment
Manage time and differing workloads effectively
Multitask and manage a number of bookings at different stages along the sales journey
Take accountability
Show initiative
Think logically
Work with minimum supervision
Maintain a positive attitude both internally with colleagues and externally with clients
Deliver a high level of customer service and exceed client expectation every time
Demonstrate excellent communication skills internally and externally
Possess strong customer relationship skills
Operate CRM systems (preferably KX)
Show genuine desire to develop the business at Hopetoun and create seamless events
Usual working hours are Tuesday – Saturday 9-5, however when delivering events, you will be expected to work variable shifts. Time off in lieu is given for evening and weekend event delivery duties. During peak wedding season (May – October) the candidates work pattern will most likely be Tuesday – Saturday.
We offer 29 days paid holidays (including Bank Holidays), plus a discretionary 3 additional days at Christmas and various company benefits including pension contributions.

Salary c. £20,000 – £21,000 (DOE)

Please send a copy of your CV to

Deadline for applications is Monday 31st May with interviews taking place in early June. The interviews will take place face to face at Hopetoun following Covid guidelines. The successfully candidate will be expected to join the team from July ideally. With the ongoing Covid restrictions in place we are unsure when large scale events will take place at Hopetoun, therefore at the beginning of the contract the day to day tasks may vary slightly and the successful candidate may work across other areas of the business. This will be dictated by the business needs.

Please note that we are unable to acknowledge all applications, only those selected for interview will be contacted ahead of the closing date. If you have not been contacted within four weeks, you have not been selected for interview. Only those with a right to work in the UK will be considered.

Direct applicants only. Please no Recruitment Agencies.

The Hopetoun House Preservation Trust (Scottish Charity Number SC009760), Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, EH30 9SL

𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝗻, 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗶𝗺 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵 – 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲.

As a local, 5 star family business we’ve been giving history a ‘damn good telling’ since 1985. The unique personality of our team shines through everything we do and guarantees a warm welcome and memorable experience for our visitors.

Our multiple awards and reputation recognise our desire to give the best quality experience – for our visitors, our team and local community.

𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧 𝙂𝙪𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙨

We’re currently recruiting Storyteller Guides. If you have a passion for history, a flair for presentation, and take pleasure in helping visitors enjoy our beautiful city, then get in touch!

Can you;

– Give history a damn good telling
– Deliver authentic, high quality walking tours for our visitors, helping to create memorable moments
– Represent Mercat Tours and our city in a positive, professional manner

– Passion for history, culture and Edinburgh!
– Excellent communication skills
– Friendly, energetic and helpful
– Adaptable and resourceful
– Commitment to be the best you can be
– Sense of humour!

– Part-time contract, 5hrs – 15hrs per week
– Shift patterns vary in duration from 2hrs through to 7hrs
– You will be expected to work weekends, evenings and throughout the summer season
– £10 hourly rate, increasing to £13.35 on successful completion of probationary period and/or sign off
– Working week Monday to Sunday
– 3 month probationary period

– Your personal development and training is core to your time with Mercat
– Living Wage employer
– Bike to work scheme
– Access to ASVA cards
– Company holiday home
– Annual discretionary bonus

𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀
Stage 1: Successful applicants will be called by for an initial ‘meet the team’ chat by phone

Stage 2: An 10min online interview with 3 individual members of our team

Stage 3; 5min audition

Stage 4: Successful interviewees will be called for a second audition and storytelling workshop (approximate duration 2.5 hours) date to be confirmed after audition stage.

Stage 5: Successful candidates will be offered a permanent contract with a three-month probationary period. You will receive our award-winning, accredited training to deliver our 5 star visitor experience.

𝗔𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴
– Initial induction sessions to teach and develop guiding skills
– Storytelling practice with fellow trainees; peer to peer and online
– As skills progress, trainees share tours for the public supported by experienced Storytellers
– Full H&S, fire and first aid training

𝗧𝗼 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆
Please send to by Friday 28th May

– Application form – download here
– Covering letter (optional)
– 30sec max video – tell us about yourself and why you want to be a Mercat Storyteller (youtube link preferred)

We’re sorry but due to limited resource and anticipated demand, only successful candidates will be contacted

Interviews will be held online on zoom and in person at 28 Blair Street, Edinburgh

30 hours per week (Tues – Friday) with flexibility required to meet needs of the programme offer to include some evening and weekend working.

Culture Perth and Kinross is a dynamic charitable trust managing Libraries, Archives, Collections and Museum and Gallery venues on behalf of Perth and Kinross Council. A large and diverse public programme of talks, exhibitions, workshops, and events is delivered across our venues and increasingly, online. We are seeking to appoint a highly creative and experienced Public Programming Officer to evaluate, review and further develop the programme across all our services to increase engagement with local and national audiences and help amplify the cultural offer of the region.

We are seeking someone who can be fearless, bold and creative; who will put audiences and communities at the heart of all that they do and who has a track record of working in collaborative environments. You will have experience of leading a creative team and of working collaboratively with multiple local and national partners to deliver success.

You will be based in Perth but will be expected to work across the region and beyond its borders to develop partnerships and projects which will enrich the programme and a flexible approach to when, where and how you work will be essential.

Culture Perth and Kinross is well placed to offer the right candidate experiences which will stretch, inspire and further develop their skills in a location recently placed as the happiest place to live in Scotland.

If you believe you have what it takes to help us achieve success then please email for an application pack including Post Description or download below.