Jobs and volunteering at the Bronte Parsonage Museum

Jobs and volunteering at the Bronte Parsonage Museum

We are currently recruiting for the following roles:

Contemporary Arts Commissions
Full-time (37.5 hours per week), fixed term contract until 31 January 2022
Salary:  £24k
Closing date for applications:          Sunday 2 December 2018 
Proposed Interview Date:                Monday 10 December 2018 

The Brontë Society is looking for a motivated, creative individual to lead on the development and delivery of its renowned and respected contemporary arts commissioning programme.

The Brontë Society is a multi-disciplinary organisation that exemplifies the richness that results when heritage and the arts come together.  The contemporary arts commissioning programme engages with and interrogates our collection in innovative ways.  Its main focus is literature and visual arts, but the programme also explores Brontë links with other artforms through partnerships.  Since the programme was established over ten years ago, we have presented new work by artists including Sam Taylor Wood, Cornelia Parker, Tracy Chevalier and Lily Cole.
Based at the world-famous Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, you will work closely with the Audience Development and Curatorial teams to commission, develop and deliver new and innovative arts projects.  You will collaborate with artists and external partners to devise fresh and exciting ways to access and work with the Museum’s accredited, world-class collection and test new ways of reaching audiences.  The role also offers an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in the celebrations for the bicentenary of the birth of Anne Brontë in 2020. 

To be successful in this role, you will have at least five years’ experience of programming within the cultural or heritage sector and experience of commissioning new work from artists.  You will also need to demonstrate strong project management skills and the ability to contextualise the programme to underpin the ambitions of the Society and reflect its status as a National Portfolio Organisation and an Accredited Museum.

We value a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community so or a full job description and person specification please visit our website  

Applicants should forward a CV together with a covering statement of how their skills and experience match the requirements of the role.  We will also require contact details of two referees. 

Please forward applications to the Management Support Officer, Brontë Parsonage Museum, Church Street, Haworth BD22 8DR or email

If you would like an informal conversation about the role before submitting an application, please contact Rebecca Yorke on 01535 640183 or at


Salary:                                                £7.83 per hour
Post Details:                                   Perm/PT - 30 hrs p/w to be flexibly worked over seven days
Application Closing Date:        Sunday 2 December
Proposed Interview Date:        Thursday 13 December

The Brontë Society is recruiting for a Retail Assistant to join the Brontë Parsonage Museum’s successful and friendly museum shop team to provide a high level of customer service to visitors as well as helping to maximise sales.

The Museum attracts nearly 100,000 visitors a year so the ideal candidate will have some previous experience in working in a retail/customer facing role and also be a confident communicator with a friendly manner who enjoys assisting people in a busy visitor based environment.

We are seeking people who can be ambassadors for our brand and the values it represents and an interest in literature, heritage and history would be an advantage.

Please note that Brontë Parsonage Museum is a seven day a week operation, so the successful candidate will be required to undertake some weekend and bank holiday hours, on a rotational basis, as well as support some evening events as and when they occur.

We value a diverse workforce and welcome applications from suitably qualified individuals from all sections of the community.

For further information on the role please download the Job Description and Person Specification  from our website at  or contact the Management Support Officer at or DD 01535 640194.
Applicants should forward a CV together with a covering statement of how their skills and experience match the above requirements. We also require contact details for two referees with preferably one being your most recent employer. (Referees must not be related to you).
Please forward applications to the Management Support Officer, Brontë Parsonage Museum, Church Street, Haworth, BD22 8DR, or email to



Do you enjoy meeting people from all over the world? Do you have free time that you would like to put to good use by helping visitors to the Brontë Parsonage Museum have an enjoyable experience? If the answer is 'Yes', you might consider becoming a Volunteer at the Museum.

The Bronte Parsonage Museum is an independent charity which runs a volunteer programme to supplement our Front of House staff and Learning Officer.  Our volunteers are an invaluable part of keeping the Museum running and get involved as Visitor Experience volunteers, or with delivering walks and talks as part of the Learning Team, or working with our volunteer gardening team. In general there is no minimum time you must give but as volunteer it would be beneficial to have regular involvement.

The Museum is open on a daily basis, throughout the full year, and is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Our visitor numbers are currently very high, particularly at the weekends, so we are very keen to hear from people who may be able to assist by volunteering some time on either a Saturday or a Sunday.

The Museum conducts quarterly intakes of volunteers and upon receipt of a Volunteer Application Form arrangements will be made for you to attend an introductory meeting with the Museum Manager or Learning Officer.  

All volunteering will take place at the Museum and reasonable travel expenses will be paid in line with the Volunteer Policy 2016.

If you are interested in a volunteer role you can access a brief summary of the roles and an application form using the Download button. Alternatively you can email us here, or phone the Museum on 01535 642323.