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GL50 3JT

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Freelance School Workshop Leader

£17.50 per hour

The Cheltenham Trust is looking for School Workshop Leaders to assist the delivery of the popular learning programme at The Wilson.  This role will support the delivery of history and art topics both on site at The Wilson and off site in schools. History workshops are delivered to school groups of Key Stages 1 – 4 and vary in historical content from Stone Age through to early Twentieth Century. The learning programme at the art gallery and museum takes full advantage of the rich collections held by The Wilson, plus a handling collection as part of the Museum Takeaway, a museum loans service. 

This role is ad hoc in nature depending on schools bookings but the right candidate may be asked to deliver up to two sessions a week.

Full training of the learning programme will be provided and freelance staff will be monitored and regularly evaluated.

The School Workshop leader will be trained by the Formal Learning Team Leader at The Wilson but candidates will be expected to come with a solid understanding of British history.

Essential requirements:

a)      Skills & abilities:-

-        an ability to engage audiences in a topic

-        an ability to deliver a fun and interactive session for a class of children / students

-        an ability to manage a class of children effectively

-        an ability to think creatively and deliver sessions with a passion and understanding of the content

-        to be flexible and able to adapt to different locations when delivering out at schools

-        to be prepared to contribute ideas to the development of new workshops

-        to be physically able to handle boxes as well as have a driving licence

-        the ability to evaluate their own teaching practice and develop practice accordingly

-        the ability to communicate effectively with the Learning Team Leaders

-        to prepare resources for sessions where needed


a)       Knowledge:

-        a formal teaching qualification

-        working knowledge of the National Curriculum

-        an understanding of local and British history and the various related topics, particularly to Primary School level

-        a willingness to learn about areas of history or art associated with the permanent collections held at The Wilson

-        an understanding of a variety of teaching methods and styles including the use of handling collections

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter to For an informal discussion or for more information, please contact Sophie Williams or Kim Hill on 01242 775702.

Closing date for applications is Friday 17th February.

Voluntary work

The Wilson is currently looking for new volunteers to support our visitor services team. Visitor Services Volunteers We are looking for a group of enthusiastic, friendly, professionally-minded people who are able to support our busy and dynamic front of house team.

Two types of volunteer role are available: 'meet and greet' team members, who welcome our visitors to The Wilson on the ground floor; and gallery-based volunteers, who assist our permanent staff to invigilate exhibitions and engage with visitors within the gallery areas.

We really value the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, and are looking forward to welcoming new volunteer members to our close-knit visitor services team.

Please email to request an application form.

Work experience

We are pleased to welcome students for work experience placements, please contact the Education Department on 01242 775 702.

Media Enquires and Communication Requests

For all media and communication enquires please contact Tristan Mullholland | 07342 087 286 |

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(Closed on 25 & 26 December, 1 January and Easter Sunday)

Admission free

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Clarence Street
GL50 3JT
Tel: 01242 237431