Sophia’s Story Learning Producer
Contract & hours: 0.6 FTE
Location: London – Combination of Museum-based and homeworking
Salary: £28, 000 – £30, 000 (pro rata, £16, 800 to £18, 000)
Contract: 2-years fixed term
Reporting to: Director
Updated: August 2022
In 2017, the Brunel Museum acquired a pre-eminent collection of thirty watercolours, drawn and hand coloured by Marc Brunel, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and their chief engineer Richard Beamish during the construction of the Thames Tunnel. These unique watercolours are due to be redisplayed from 2024, as part of the Brunel Museum reinvented project.
The designs show in great detail the miners and bricklayers working in the world’s first Tunnel Boring Machine. They show the miners at the face of the tunnelling shield, bricklayers, and even foot passengers and carriages as Marc Brunel imagined they might use the tunnel when it opened. All these figures have one thing in common – their gender. There is only one watercolour, already on display in the Museum, which shows a woman. This watercolour shows Sophia Brunel, Marc’s daughter and sister to Isambard, walking in her father’s tunnel. This is the only representation of Sophia in the Museum in its current form. Yet, she was a promising engineer in her own right, once described as “Brunel in petticoats”, had she not been denied the opportunity to study by the strict behavioural codes of her time.
Using Sophia as a starting point, the ‘Sophia’s Story’ programme is an ambitious but achievable step towards better gender representation in maths and science courses and ultimately the engineering careers they lead to.
So many attempts to encourage girls into STEM subjects focus on problematizing young women, by encouraging them to build their confidence, rather than tackling the biases that exist, in educators, among their peers and society at large. Therefore there are two key aims of this project: to improve gender representation and access to female role models in engineering careers; alongside exploring and tackling gender bias among co-educational groups in schools.
PUPOSE OF THE ROLE
This project has three key strands that will allow the Museum to develop its engagement with young women and girls under the age of 15, both within and outside of a school setting:
- Stemazing Inspiration Academy and After School Clubs (Years 1 and 2)
- What I Am Is, Key Stage 3 school workshops (Years 1 and 2)
- Women in Engineering film with Bacon’s college (Year 2)
- Mentor and support Stemazing volunteers to deliver two six-week afterschool clubs at the Brunel Museum for local children, including ensuring their expenses are processed and paid in a timely manner
- Recruiting participants for the afterschool clubs
- Recruiting new volunteers for the Stemazing Inspiration Academy
- Develop a new series of school sessions and resources for local secondary schools
- Work with students to produce a film for the Brunel Museum reinvented new gallery, liaising with Community Curator and external design team on inclusion in the gallery
- Recruit and work with a consultant to create an evaluation strategy for the Sophia’s Story programme
- Maintaining the Sophia’s Story budget, including purchasing equipment and working with the Project Finance Manager
- Working closely with colleagues across the Museum to coordinate use of Museum space
- Maintaining accurate records of after school clubs, participants in projects and school numbers – ensuring GDPR compliance at all times
- Act as an advocate for inclusion of women’s stories in the new gallery
- Work with the exhibition Design team to ensure new gallery has links to the Primary and Secondary curriculum
- Undertake any relevant training as necessary during the course of the role
Skills and experience
- Experience of coproduction or co-curation
- Experience developing schools’ sessions in a community, voluntary organisation or museum context
- Experience working with children and/or young people or willingness to undertake delivery training
- Understanding of national curriculum
- Experience directing the work of freelancers or consultants
- Attention to detail and some experience reporting to funders, managers or similar
- Some experience tracking or managing project budgets
- An awareness of the urgency of the climate emergency and the role of museums in raising awareness and mitigating the impacts
- Awareness of inclusive practice in museums and/or Specific experience on programmes to improve gender or minority representation, ideally in STEM
Any questions about the role should be directed to the Director, Katherine McAlpine in the first instance, Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: Please apply with a CV outlining your relevant experience and a covering letter explaining why you want to work at the Brunel Museum, and how you meet the required experience and skills by 9am Monday 19 September.
If you wish, you may apply in an alternative format, such as an audio or video application. Please email your application to the address below.
Interviews are expected to take place Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September