Heritage officials are searching for an “outstanding individual” who can encourage the thousands of visitors using Norwich’s museums to spend more money.

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The Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, which operates 10 attractions including Norwich Castle, the Bridewell Museum and Strangers’ Hall, is looking to employ their first commercial manager.

Councillors have previously encouraged the position to be created in an attempt to raise more money for the Norfolk-wide service at a time when funding is stretched.

The successful applicant will be paid between £37,941 and £41,421 a year, with the contract lasting until March 2015. Arts Council England funding will pay for the position.

No appointment is expected to be made until after a group of councillors investigating the future of the museums service report back their findings. It is believed this will be completed by November.

Vanessa Trevelyan, head of Norfolk’s museums service, said: “We want somebody with a fresh perspective and we want to build on what we’ve already done. But I think there are ways we are not exploiting assets in the ways we could do.

“With any commercial activity, although we want to earn as much as we can in a suitable way, one of the things we have always taken into account is the best way to get money into services is to get grants.”

Mrs Trevelyan said this included the £1.4m a year Arts Council grant, a figure in excess of the amount generated by the museum service’s shops and cafes.

She said, once costs have been taken into consideration, the cafes generate £30,000 a year while shops have a surplus of £45,000.

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5 comments

  • Exit throught the gift shop? Wouldn't expect anything more from the team which tackied up the Castle. How about staying open a bit longer instead of chucking people out at 4.30pm off peak,then they might take afternoon tea.One can hardly get value for money in a post lunch visit. How about a good on line sales shop for the prints of the paintings the Castle exhibits, and the books and local craft work it sells in the shop at present. How about letting more Norfolk people know about the museums via better advertising and a few features on local TV to get more people through the doors.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • should be free entry like London.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • they are stopping poor people looking at treasures. no wonder BARGAIN HUNT is so popular.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • Institutional ! Thats the word ! Make the Museums "Feel" more human, From catering to the door welcome

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • they are stopping poor people looking at treasures. no wonder BARGAIN HUNT is so popular.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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