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Have the best of both worlds

Our Museum is a unique place, both for our dedicated staff and our many visitors.

Our aim as a Museum is clear, but equally clear is the importance we place on our staff; without whose knowledge, experience and passion we wouldn’t be the success we are.

Whether you are looking for a career specifically in the museum or charitable sector or one of the professions, the Black Country Living Museum has many things which set it apart from other organisations.

What we can offer you

Along with our competitive benefits such as generous annual leave allowance (plus a buying and selling annual leave scheme),   occupational pension scheme, enhanced sick pay, staff discount scheme, subsidised food and drink, voluntary Health Cash Plan, Child Care Voucher Scheme and free entry to numerous other local attractions, we offer an environment which encourages development, empowerment and personal responsibility. 

Current Vacancies

For the full job profiles, please click on the job title links.  

BLCM is inviting tenders for the design of a new Visitor Welcome as part of its BCLM: Forging Ahead project.

Architects are invited to submit proposals against the attached brief and enclosures.  Please read the instructions on the tendering procedures carefully.  Failure to comply with them may unfortunately invalidate your tender.

  Please send one electronic copy of your tender to Hayley McCafferty-David,  Project Manager at Should you prefer to send your tender in hard  copy please send two copies in the post for the Attention of Hayley McCafferty-David at  Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SQ no later than 15 April 2017. Late tenders will not be considered.

 Please do not hesitate to contact us via email at or by telephone at 0121 521 5614 if you have any questions about the tendering procedure. The  documents below contain details for providing you with further information or clarification of the requirements.

Closing date: 15 April 2017

BCLM: Forging Ahead

BCLM: Forging Ahead is a £22m project to create a world class heritage attraction at the heart of the Black Country. Growing the existing site by a third and creating a new historic development set in the 1940s-60s, the project will also include a new visitor welcome and a contemporary Visitor Centre to greet up to 5,000 visitors per day.

Project Manager (Development Phase)

18 month contract

Salary: £45,000 per annum

We are recruiting a highly motivated Project Manager, ideally from a museum, heritage, leisure or visitor attraction environment.

Your role will be to project manage the Development Phase of BCLM: Forging Ahead. You will manage and coordinate all development activity, including the production and dissemination of reports, plans and papers to internal and external stakeholders. Responsible for liaising with external grant bodies and producing the required documentation and applications, you will be established in your field and have proven experience of similar grant submissions.

For an informal discussion about this role, please call Andrew Lovett, Director and Chief Executive on 0121 521 3513.

To apply, please send a covering letter and c.v., each no more than 2 pages in length, to

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on 31 March 2017, with interviews taking place at the Museum on 26 and 27 April.

Anticipated start date: 5 June 2017 (subject to external investment).

Architectural Technologist (Historic Development)

4.5 year contract
Salary: £40k per annum

We are seeking an experienced Architectural Technologist with a background in construction projects, preferably within an historic setting.

Familiar with managing building projects from feasibility to completion, you will undertake the lead architectural advisory role for the project, which will include the deconstruction, relocation and rebuilding of historic structures.

The successful candidate will have a sound working knowledge of construction and technical legislation and be able to instruct and manage a range of trades to ensure the project remains on track and on budget.

For an informal discussion about this role, please call Jonathan Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive (Collections, Learning & Research) on 0121 521 5606.

To apply please send a c.v. and covering letter, each of no more than 2 pages in length, to

The closing date is 5pm on Monday 10 April 2017, with interviews taking place at the Museum w/c 24 April 2017.

Anticipated start date: 3 July 2017 (subject to external investment).



£16,000 per annum (pro-rata)

18.5 hours/week

3 month fixed term contract with possibility of extension

Closing date: 31st March 2017

Shortlisted: on or before 3rd April. Interviews for this post will take place quickly after shortlisting.

Start date: 10th April 2017 

We are seeking an enthusiastic and reliable Administrator to provide administrative support for the Volunteer programme.

Our volunteers are essential to the growth and development of the Museum, supporting our staff across a range of disciplines. This role will assist with the recruitment, placement and support of volunteers as well as responding to enquiries from individuals, companies, colleges and universities in a helpful and confident manner.

You will have great verbal and written communication skills, being able to undertake initial telephone discussions and supporting departments to arrange interviews. Attention to detail and accuracy are essential as are the ability to prioritise tasks in order to meet deadlines.

To apply for this position please click on the job title above to view the full job description and see our “Applying for Jobs” Section below.  


 Maintenance & Cleaning

Saturday & Sunday (8 hours) 0800-12.00  

We're currently recruiting for a part time cleaner to provide daily cleaning and maintenance duties across the Museum.  

This part time position will work as part of a team to ensure high standards of cleanliness in both historical and non-historical buildings and across the site. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of COSHH regulations and have previous experience of cleaning in a public environment. 

Please email to request an application form and job profile or call 0121 521 5619.  

Closing date: 20th March 2017


Visitor Services


On-going recruitment

We are looking for 6 part time staff to work on our busy car parking operation both during the day (particularly school holidays) and at our popular evening events, for which an enhanced rate of pay is offered. 

Working for circa 200 hours across the year, the successful candidates will have first-class interpersonal skills and be prepared to provide a great first impression to our visitors. The ability to work under pressure is important, as is being able to work as part of a team.  

To apply for one of these positions, please click on the job title above to view the full job description and see our Applying for jobs section below.

We are currently seeking experienced and reliable Retail and Admissions Assistants to work on fixed term contracts (end of March to the beginning of November).

The have the following fixed term contracts:

  • 1x4 days
  • 2x3 days
  • 1x2 days

We are also recruiting for casual team members.

Rate of pay £7.38 (rising to £7.50 on 1st April 2017)

Please apply online and indicate which fixed term contract you are interested in. If you want to apply as a casual team member please indicate this on your application. 


Applying for Jobs at BCLM

For the full job profiles, please click on the job title links above. 

If you are interested in being a part of the Museum and wish to apply for one of our current vacancies, you will need to complete an application form (unless otherwise specified). Download the Job application form below:

Be sure to read the guidance notes (DOC 214kB), before completing the form.

Completed forms can be emailed to or posted to:

Head of Human Resource Development

Black Country Living Museum
Tipton Road


If you require assistance in completing the form, or need to make your application in an alternative format, please contact Head of Human Resource Development on 0121 521 5615 or email: 

The Museum is committed  to being an equal opportunities employer. Candidates will be short-listed and selected  on  the sole basis of their relevant skills, experience and knowledge. 


Become a Trustee

 We're currently looking for Trustees.

Becoming a Trustee offers a rewarding and stimulating opportunity to get involved in the development of the Museum and make a real contribution to cultural life, both on a local and national scale. We’re aware that as we grow and develop as a business, the requirement to attract and grow our visitor base is essential and we would like to reflect this in the diversity of our Trustees.

We welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds, particularly those with proven business experience, who can enrich our organisation by bringing their knowledge and acumen to the table. If you would like to apply, please read the guidance notes carefully, in which application details are attached.


Volunteering Opportunities

Easter Volunteer (Collections Team)

Do you have an interest in local history? Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes of a museum? Our Collections Team is looking for 4 eager individuals to volunteer with us over Easter. At Black Country Living Museum we are lucky enough to have over 8000 photographs in our collection. To make this into a more accessible resource, our curators need help to digitise some of our photographs. You would receive training in handling photographs, object storage and using a collections management database as well as other aspects of curatorial work.

You will need to be available Monday to Friday 10am to 3:30pm fromMonday 10th April until Friday 21st April 2017 (not including the Bank Holiday’s).

If you would like to know more or to apply please send your C.V. to with a few words about why you are interested in volunteering with us. If the positions are over-subscribed we may invite you in for a chat week beginning 3rd April. 

Visitor Engagement Volunteer (Locksmith’s House)

We are looking for  a volunteer to help with  demonstrating activities to schools and general visitors at our sister Museum, The Locksmith's House in Willenhall.

This role would include carrying out the following day to day activities in an Edwardian costume: 

  • Demonstrating to small school groups (KS2 and below)
  • Interacting with visitors
  • Tidying and light cleaning as and when required
  • Helping to deliver our special event days

To apply for this voluntary role please download the   role summary.

For other volunteering opportunities visit our  volunteering pages


Work Experience Placements 

The Museum offers a range of unpaid work experience opportunities, from front of house placements in our demonstrated workstations, food and drink outlets and retail and admissions visitor centre, to administrative and support function placements.

If you are interested in applying for a work placement, please complete the Work Experience Placement Form and email to our Head of Human Resource Development,  

Please note that we receive a high volume of work experience requests and we are, unfortunately, unable to accommodate them all.

If you require assistance in completing the form, or need to make your application in an alternative format, please contact Head of Human Resource Development on 0121 521 5615 or email  

And finally...

Whichever role you are applying for, you can be sure that your contribution will make a real difference to the experience of our visitors and the success of our fantastic museum.


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