Job Opportunity: National Museums Liverpool


Job Opportunity: Freelance Learning Facilitator

International Slavery Museum, LiverpoolNational Museums Liverpool


The International Slavery Museum, Liverpool is looking for an individual to support its Learning & Participation team and would welcome applications from people from Global Ethnic Majority backgrounds, with lived experience of racism. You will deliver activities and workshops to support schools and education groups visiting the International Slavery Museum. You need to be able to demonstrate that you have the subject knowledge and racial literacy to facilitate learning sessions and reference museum content in an appropriate and engaging manner. The museum’s accessible workshops offer activities linked to the national curriculum.

The International Slavery Museum (ISM) increases the understanding of transatlantic, chattel and other forms of enslavement. Through its collections, public engagement and research, the museum explores their impact and legacies. ISM is a campaigning museum that actively engages with contemporary human rights issues. It addresses ignorance and challenges intolerance, building partnerships with museums, communities and organisations that share its vision.

The Freelance Learning Facilitator will support existing ISM Learning Facilitators to deliver a regular programme of activities and workshops. Workshops explore themes including Black history, the broader Black experience, Liverpool history, chattel and transatlantic slavery, social movements and moments, racial inequalities, contemporary forms of slavery and social injustice.

This includes the following workshops:

Understanding Transatlantic Slavery, key stage 3

Students are guided through a series of hands-on activities with historical sources and museum artefacts to aid and deepen their understanding of transatlantic slavery.

Legacies of Transatlantic Slavery, key stage 2 & 3

Each group is introduced to historical sources, artefacts and artworks to aid and deepen their understanding of complex and global histories, examining changes over time and legacies that continue to shape society today.

Tour of the International Slavery Museum, key stage 2 & 3

This guided tour enables pupils to encounter incredible artefacts and artworks that will deepen their understanding of transatlantic slavery, as well as reflect on the significance of its local and global impact.

Commission Brief

About the role

Workshops and tours for schools are growing in demand at the ISM. The Freelance Learning Facilitator will support the existing ISM Learning Facilitators to deliver booked, timed education workshops and tours as outlined above.

Main tasks required for the role will be to:

  • Deliver tours and workshops to booked school and education groups.
  • Ensure feedback and evaluation is captured to inform future developments.
  • Be part of an inclusive and people focused Learning & Participation team.
  • Contribute to NML’s 2030 vision for all schools in the Liverpool City Region to visit at least one of our museums and galleries each year.

Person specification

  • Experience of working within a school, educational or cultural organisation, to deliver audience-appropriate engagement activity and lessons/workshops.
  • Experience of and understanding of issues unique to communities impacted by museum themes i.e., broader Black UK experience, Liverpool Black experience, social movements, contemporary slavery.
  • Knowledge of primary and/or secondary school national policy and the ability to develop education resources and activity aligned to the national curriculum and the teaching of Black History.
  • Awareness and understanding of the dialogue around decolonising museums/the curriculum.
  • Experience of standard office IT software (Outlook, Dynamics 365, Microsoft Teams on a day-to-day basis) and support basic tech for events.
  • Flexible approach and ability to work with others – you will be part of a team
  • A clear commitment to diversity and inclusion to ensure the museum content and activities are relevant and accessible to everyone.
  • Excellent organisational skills including project planning, risk, and financial management.
  • Clear communicator – able to convey important information in a manner that will maintain good, cooperative relations, and an excellent listener.


The contract is for a total of 32 days (over 4 months, 8 days per month, 2 days per week).

£4,800 (4 months x 8 days per month at £150/day exclusive of VAT or any other tax liability as may arise). The fee shall be paid monthly in arrears on submission of detailed invoices by an agreed date.

Please note that the person appointed for this role will be responsible for their own tax and National Insurance contributions and will need to be registered as self-employed.

A detailed service provider agreement (contract) will be drafted for review by both NML and the appointed person ahead of the work commencing.

DBS check

The appointed person agrees to provide an enhanced DBS certificate no older than two years. If required, an enhanced DBS check will be carried out with NML covering the cost.


March-July 2023

Closing date

Midnight, Sunday 12 March 2023


Interviews will be held during week commencing Monday 20th March 2023

Working hours

Two days per week on average (eight days maximum per month), including some flexibility around dates as required. Ability to carry out activity in the International Slavery Museum. Availability to work the relevant dates pre-existing in the programme calendar for schools.

How to apply

If you think this is the role for you, please send your CV and covering letter detailing how your skills and experience meet the requirements of this role to:

Source: National Museums Liverpool


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