FREELANCE BRIEF: Exhibition Design Consultant to provide training

FREELANCE BRIEF: Exhibition Design Consultant to provide training
The Heritage Lottery funded project Transition from fields to Ford and beyond is seeking a Freelance Exhibition Design Consultant to provide two sessions of training to a team of volunteer curators whose task is to support professionals in designing and curating a pop-up museum exploring the changing uses of the former Ford site in Swaythling, Southampton. 

The temporary museum will be displayed in two cargo containers at the former Ford site in Swaythling, Southampton (subject to final agreement). Content for the exhibition will be researched, collated and curated by the volunteer curation team with guidance from the professional steering team made up of a partnership of Now Heritage CIC, Cosmic Carrot and freelance oral historian Padmini Broomfield. The audio visual content will be produced by Cosmic Carrot.  

The Design Consultant will deliver two 90-minute training sessions aimed at inspiring the voluntary curation team and equipping them with some simple tools to get started with the process of creating a design which translates their research for audiences in exciting and engaging ways. They will attend two 2-hour curation team meetings and deliver the 90 minute training sessions within this time, as follows: 
  1. Principles of exhibition design, with examples of museum, community and site-specific exhibitions that incorporate audio-visual and 3D elements. 
  1. Process of planning and creating an exhibition design, incorporating floor plan, visitor flow, display infrastructure, graphic panels, objects and artefacts, interactives and other interpretative elements.  
Dates: Ideally, the 90-minute training sessions will be delivered between 1pm until 3pm on  
Tuesday 28 November and Tuesday 5 December 2017.  

Location: Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre, Rear Of, 200 Burgess Rd, Southampton SO16 3AY 

Fee: £500 inclusive of expenses. 

The focus: The pop-up museum will explore Southampton’s shift from making to moving through the changing uses of one small but historically significant site. From production of aircraft parts at Cunliffe-Owen (1939-40) to the iconic Ford transit van (1953 – 2013) the changing industrial activity at the site in Swaythling encapsulates the story of Southampton’s rich manufacturing heritage. Now, as it is redeveloped into a logistics park attracting businesses through its land, sea and air connections, the site tells a new story of Southampton’s status as ‘Gateway to the World’.  

How to apply: Please send an email / letter with a C.V. or a link to your website / LinkedIn profile. Please include examples of exhibitions you have designed and an outline of your training approach.  

Deadline: Tuesday 14 November. Email Emma at


  1. It is very positive idea to provide free classes to the aspiring volunteers related to exhibition designs. I think contacting an exhibition design company will guide you better as they have professionals available all the time plus they might offer you sponsorship as well.


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