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Senior Public Programming Manager

  • Organisation:The National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Salary:£35,500
  • Contract type:Full Time | Permanent

We are recruiting a Senior Public Programming Manager to lead the Public Programming Team. This is a new and exciting role that creates a new focus for NMRN at a critical moment.

We are looking for an innovative individual to create a step change in our public programming offer; someone who can drive collaboration in public programming to effectively deliver our master narrative to a range of audiences, both on site and digitally. This is an exciting opportunity to help NMRN develop its national voice and reach.

Our ideal candidate will have a great understanding of working with museum collections and how to interpret these creatively whilst also being commercially aware. The Senior Public Programming Manager is a key strategic role that will drive income generation through an innate understanding of how to meet audience needs.

Key Opportunities

– Leading our Public Programming Team in expanding our reach and profile. You will be responsible for developing all aspects public programmes including scale and spectacle events and schools programming. You will be comfortable in working collaboratively: you work will work closely with our General Managers to shape our public programmes across all of our sites in Portsmouth, Gosport, Yeovilton and Hartlepool and in the online realm. The role will require some presence on sites and travel between them, but you may be based at any of our sites, or work from home.

– Managing our Public Programming Managers, Public Events Manager, Access and Inclusion Coordinator, with an overall team of 18 people. You will lead cross-organisational project teams to deliver innovative interpretation bringing our stories and collections alive.

– The programmes you develop will meet the needs of a diverse audience and generate income and as such you will work seamlessly with our Head of Trading.

– This role provides the opportunity to not only shape public programming at NMRN, but lead the sector in new ways of working through integrated public programmes.


– You will be up to date in your thinking in public programming in museums, with a sound understanding of financial planning and commercial awareness.

– You understand the diverse needs of audiences, the barriers to engagement and how access principles can be embedded to deliver a holistic audience experience in both the digital and physical realms.

– You will have experience of implementing creative object led interpretation methods, be conversant in exhibition development and museum engagement, including in the online realm.

– You know how to motivate and inspire teams and bring experience of effectively managing performance.

– You have significant experience of working within museums, preferably with experience of exhibition / interpretation development, and working with museum collections.

For further details, or an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Trudie Cole on: 02392 510354 ext. 2112 or by email to:

Applicants are asked to submit a CV and a statement indicating how their knowledge and experience match those specified.

Applications should be forwarded to the HR Team at and are required by 5.00pm Thursday 3 December 2020.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and our responsibility to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place, we will be conducting the interviews virtually using Microsoft Teams on Monday 14 December 2020

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