Jobs and volunteering at the Bronte Society

A MUSEUM FOR EVERYONE

The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth attracts people from all over the world. Some are making a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to see the home of their favourite authors, but many return year upon year to see the new exhibitions and changing displays.

We welcomed some 70,400 visitors to the Museum in 2019 and providing the best possible customer service is of immense importance to us. Comments collected via TripAdvisor, social media and other visitor books indicate that the visitor experience at the Brontë Parsonage Museum is overwhelmingly positive.

The dedication and commitment of our staff and volunteers is key to these results, as our feedback testifies.

 
VACANCIES & OPPORTUNITIES

Visitor Experience Volunteers
If you enjoy meeting people from all over the world and would like to help visitors get the most from their visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum - it would be really great to hear from you !


The Brontë Parsonage Museum is an independent charity, we love involving volunteers in the work we do, and want to give opportunities to as wide a range of people as possible - all our volunteers are provided with full training, ongoing support and development.

Our volunteers bring a wealth of experiences and skills to the museum which has such a positive impact on our visitors and colleagues.
 
We have vacancies for weekend Visitor Experience Volunteers for our next intake in May. The role description, registration form and equal opportunities form can be found in our 'Downloads' section on this page. 

If we can help with further details please call 01535 640181 or email Nicola.peel@bronte.org.uk to speak with Nicola Peel, the Visitor Experience Manager.

If you require any of the documents in a different format (eg printed/large type) please let us know at  bronte@bronte.org.uk 

 
Trustee Vacancies, including Finance Lead
Could you be a trustee of the Brontë Society? 

In readiness for our anticipated AGM later this year, The Brontë Society is seeking applications from people interested in joining the Board of Trustees.

The Brontë Society is a registered charity (charity number 529952) and a company limited by guarantee.  It is responsible for the accredited Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth and is dedicated to promoting the Brontës’ literary legacy within contemporary society.  

It is a pivotal time to be a trustee and board member as the Brontë Society emerges from the challenges of the pandemic and looks to the future as a resilient, inclusive and modern charity.  We are proud to be one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations for literature and are entering a period of development as we refine our strategic plans and key objectives in readiness to apply for the next four-year cycle of funding which will commence in April 2023.

The board of any charity should comprise a diverse range of individuals who collectively bring different expertise, skills and lived experience to form a whole and balanced team.  At the current time, we are keen to hear from people who have expertise in the following areas: 

  • Accountancy and finance (to be our Board Finance Lead and Chair of our Finance and Audit committee)
  • Business and e-commerce
  • Legal and HR
  • Digital development


We are committed to becoming a more diverse and inclusive charity and particularly welcome enquiries and applications from those currently under-represented in our organisation including those from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds, LGBT+ people, D/deaf people, disabled people and people aged 16 – 30.
 
As the majority of board and committee meetings take place online, we also welcome enquiries from people who might only be able to join our meetings remotely. We expect anyone standing as a trustee to demonstrate a commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusivity.
  
The Brontë Society is proud to be a membership organisation and, while our Articles of Association have some provision for us to co-opt people to the Board, the majority of our trustees are elected by the membership at the AGM.  In accordance with our Articles of Association, candidates standing for election need to be members of the Brontë Society at the point of nomination and proposed and seconded by two other members.  We would be happy to explain this process in more detail as part of your application.

In the Downloads section on this page, you will find the following documents:
Information for trustee candidates 2021
Board member job description and person specification
Arts Council England powerpoint presentation
Equal opportunities monitoring form

If, after reading them, you are interested in learning more or would like to submit an application, please email Rebecca Yorke at rebecca.yorke@bronte.org.uk in the first instance and we will contact you to discuss further.

Coordinator, Brontë Festival of Women's Writing (30 July - 1 August 2021)

The Brontë Society is seeking to appoint a freelance events professional to deliver its Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing in July.

The festival is now in its 10th year and has grown in ambition and reach since 2010.   The event comprises readings, panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops and, as well as readers and Brontë enthusiasts, attracts writers at different stages of their careers.

Our 2021 festival will return as an online event with an expanded programme and a digital legacy.   In recognition of the Brontës’ multi-disciplinary talents, this year’s festival will celebrate women’s creativity in all its forms – writing, music and art - under the theme of ‘Speaking Out’.

A draft festival programme is in place, pending confirmation of external funding, and we are now looking for a freelancer to work alongside internal staff to deliver and evaluate the festival which will run Friday 30 July – Sunday 1 August 2021.

Roles and responsibilities will include:
Finalising the schedule of events, programme copy and ticketing information
Issuing any outstanding letters of agreement, contracts etc to all participating artists
Leading on the staffing and logistical delivery of the festival weekend, including the technical / digital elements
Working with our Head of Communications and contracted PR agency to promote the programme via our social media channels and wider media
Budget tracking and monitoring of ticket sales
Accurate and efficient processing of purchase orders, invoices

Evaluation and assessment for internal use as well as for report to funders

Essential experience
  • Significant experience delivering events and activities within the cultural or heritage sector, particularly via digital platforms
 
Skills, knowledge and abilities
  • Excellent project management skills with an organised and disciplined approach to targets and timescales
  • Strong communication skills, including presentation and public speaking, and report writing
  • Ability to think and act creatively, championing and promoting new ideas and solutions
  • Self-motivated, with a flexible approach to matrix working and team-working
  • Excellent budget management skills


Contract:
£2600 / £130 per day for approx 20 days between early June and mid August 2021.   The appointed candidate will be responsible for their own tax and National Insurance and need to have self-employed professional indemnity insurance in place.
As the festival will be primarily a digital event, it is expected that the successful candidate will work from home for the majority of the contract.
To apply:
Please send CV (to include details of referees) and covering letter setting out relevant experience to rebecca.yorke@bronte.org.uk .  You can also email Rebecca if you would like to discuss the position further before applying.
Deadline: 5pm Monday 31 May.