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True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, King’s Lynn

Job Title: Deputy Manager

Location: True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, North Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1QW

Responsible to: Museum Curator

Salary: £10.94 per hour

Hours: 22.5 hours per week


True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum was founded in 1991 by Pat Midgley to preserve the last fisherfolk cottages and yard in King’s Lynn. The Museum’s collections relate not just to the lost fisherfolk community of the North End, but also to local and county history. The True’s Yard Research Centre was opened in 2012 and renamed the Pat Midgley Research Centre in memory of the Museum’s founder in 2014. The Centre contains over 13,000 photographs and documents, a rich reference library at the service of researchers (including BA dissertations), family history files (containing letters and photographs), a Sound Archive containing personally-recorded audio files and copies of primary sources (such as census returns and records from both St Nicholas’ Chapel and St Margaret’s Church). It also includes the important archives of the Eastern Sea Fisheries (1890s-1970s).

The person appointed will be part of a team of professional staff including the Museum Curator, School’s Liaison Worker and Finance Officer and a number of volunteers.

Further details about the Museum and the Pat Midgley Research Centre may be found on the True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum website at www.truesyard.co.uk


Job Purpose

The post-holder will be involved in all aspects of the Museum but particularly working with schools and the promotion and development of the Pat Midgley Research Centre.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To act as a key holder and take responsibility for Museum management when circumstances dictate (e.g. staff holidays or sickness) and to support the Curator in general.
  • To take responsibility for the Pat Midgley Research Centre (PMRC) and its development including being chairperson of the Oral History Committee and volunteer support.
  • To assist the Schools Liaison Worker in receiving and conducting school visits.
  • To lead and manage the North End Tour guides with special reference to organising the summer programme (June to September).
  • To be responsible for the successful delivery of True’s Talks (Thursday lunch times) every autumn and spring including liaison with all the speakers. The annual Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture also to be organised.
  • To oversee family history classes and aid the Curator with the Summer Art Exhibition including the recruitment of volunteer stewards.
  • To assist the Museum Curator in marketing the Museum via a) the press b) leaflets/posters c) social media d) community links.
  • To act as a member of the committee of the Friends of True’s Yard.
  • To write a succinct report three times a year for the information and consideration of the trustees at their board meetings.
  • To be prepared to carry out any other reasonable duties as and when requested by the Trust Chairman.





Person Specification

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experienceX
Excellent IT skills, particularly in Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Outlook.X
Previous experience working with childrenX
Experience of supervising volunteers.X
Experience of working with computer cataloguing programmes. 


Good oral and written communication skills.      X
Good presentation skills.X
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.X
Ability to plan and prioritise work and meet deadlines.X
Ability to work methodically and accurately.X
Ability to motivate, encourage and supervise volunteers.      X
Initiative, and a positive and enthusiastic approach to work.X
An up to date DBS check or the willingness to undertake one.X
Possession of a current First Aid Certificate.X



Conditions of Employment

The salary is £12,800.97 a year and the contract is initially for 1 year.

The hours of work are 22.5 per week

Annual leave entitlement is 5.6 weeks pro rata. The leave year will run from the start of the contract.

Closing date for applications: 20th December 2023.