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By West Midlands Museum Development / Posted on Wednesday 7th September 2022

The West Midlands Museum Development programme (WMMD) is seeking a freelance individual, agency, or team to develop, launch and project manage the Revealing Hidden Histories programme for 2022/23.

Revealing Hidden Histories launched in 2019 and has run for three consecutive years.

The programme recognises that every collection includes objects with complex or sometimes contentious stories. These stories are often the areas that museums find difficult to talk about with their audiences. The programme aims to support museums to increase their knowledge, understanding and confidence in making these objects more accessible to their audiences.

Revealing Hidden Histories works closely with small numbers of museums recruited through a competitive application process. Subject specialists support the museums to explore an object or group of objects which have an interesting untold story, something that may not have been interpreted before and which might have links to a challenging, emotive or potentially contentious narrative. The programme culminates in a sharing event for the participating museums to share their experiences with museums in the region.

The sector’s approach to contentious histories is constantly evolving. There is the opportunity to refresh how Revealing Hidden Histories can support museums to explore contentious histories. WMMD is interested in hearing from a freelance individual, agency or team who can develop and lead the next iteration of Revealing Hidden Histories for 2022/23.

Download the Hidden Histories brief 

Timescales and key dates

  • Invitation to quote closes 5pm, Monday 24 October 2022
  • Interviews week commencing Monday 7 November 2022
  • Successful applicants notified no later than Friday 18 November 2022
  • Start of contract with WMMD Thursday 1 December 2022
  • Revealing Hidden Histories programme completed and evaluated by Wednesday 1 March 2024

Project budget and payment terms

Up to £10,000 for the duration of the programme, including VAT and any expenses.

Please email Olivia Basterfield to arrange a informal phone call if you have any questions about the project.

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