Costume Maker Job

Visitor Experience Manager Job at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Job title: Costumer Maker
Hours: up to 16 hours/month
Contract type: Temporary – funded project for 6 months
Salary range: £13-£15/hour depending on skills and terms

Chiltern Open Air Museum is running a Houses Inhabited project, funded by the Arts Council, which aims to put volunteer costumed inhabitants in the museum’s residential buildings to increase the engagement and experience of visitors. We are looking for an experienced costume maker to lead a team of volunteers to make costumes for the stewards.

As part of the project we have funding for materials to make a selection of Iron Age costumes, 19th century costumes and 20th century war and post war costumes. The post holder will use the project brief to select the materials and patterns to purchase and will work with, co-ordinate, guide and assist a team of volunteer costume makers in the production of the costumes. Our volunteer costume makers meet onsite roughly every couple of weeks and will continue their projects at home. Working with our Volunteer Coordinator, you will engage volunteers in the project and help recruit new ones.

Essential Skills
• Excellent practical sewing skills and a knowledge of garment construction
• Ability to work collaboratively to help deliver the Houses Inhabited project
• Attention to detail and commitment to the highest possible quality work and standards
• Excellent people skills
• Ability to handle fittings and measuring with tact and care
• Able to work within a team and take a hands on approach
• Interest in historic costume
• Good time management

Find out more about our Houses Inhabited project here

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to Helen Light, Marketing and General Manager on
Closing Date: 5th December 2021
Informal Chat: Week of 13th December 2021
Start Date: January 2022

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