In January 2017, Milton Keynes celebrated its 50th birthday as a new town.
Living Archive MK has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to acknowledge and celebrate this anniversary. We’ll be digitising historic film and video footage, interviewing key people involved in the planning and early development of Milton Keynes, and creating 50 digital film stories from individuals recalling special events, places or objects that have been significant over the last 50 years. We’ll hold series of 4 public screenings of the digitised film and video material to stimulate memories.
From our research we will create a full length documentary film, a large-scale multi-media exhibition, a book, a website and education resources.
We’ll also be working closely with Milton Keynes Museum to contribute directly to the content of the new Modern Milton Keynes Gallery at the Museum. Extracts from the digital stories will be presented either by projection or using digital media techniques. This will tell the People’s Story which will run throughout the Modern MK gallery exhibitions, telling stories of those key people that made it happen but also of the waves of people that have come since – the pioneers who came in the 1970s but also the people who have come from all over the world to live here.
We require an experienced project co-ordinator to work alongside partners, volunteers, filmmakers and participants to bring together all aspects of the project.
Project Co-ordinator – Job Description
Post: Project Co-ordinator for Milton Keynes at 50 People’s Story Project
Hours: 15 hours per week – with some evenings and weekends (12 month contract)
Salary: £20,000 per annum pro rata
Job location: Living Archive MK Office at Milton Keynes Museum
Responsible to: Living Archive’s General Manager
The post holder will:
- Have the ability to plan and manage their own performance in a way which delivers high standards and results
- Be able to develop effective working relationships with colleagues, volunteers and external organisations
- Have an ability to engage others of all ages and backgrounds
- Have a “can-do” attitude and approach
- Be able to work independently and flexibly to meet deadlines
- Demonstrate excellent administrative and IT skills
- Have some experience of filmmaking processes
- Have experience of developing and co-ordinating volunteer activities
- Have a full UK Driving Licence and own transport
- Have a good geographical knowledge of Milton Keynes and surrounding areas
- Have a keen interest in history and heritage
- Assist in recruiting and arranging training for project volunteers
- Liaise with filmmakers and interviewees to oversee the creation of 50 digital stories from individuals recalling events, places and objects that have been significant over the last 50 years
- Arrange four public screenings of film and video footage to engage the wider community of Milton Keynes
- Work with Milton Keynes Youth Services to assist in the collection of stories from young people recounting their own experiences of journeying to, and living in Milton Keynes.
- Work with Milton Keynes Library and Milton Keynes Museum staff to arrange showcase exhibitions
Background to Living Archive Milton Keynes
Living Archive MK is an independent charity which has been collecting documents, sound and video recordings about Milton Keynes life stories and experiences for over 35 years.
Living Archive MK has hundreds of stories recorded and transcribed, and thousands of photographs and original documents digitised.
Living Archive MK ‘gives back’ these stories to the community. The recordings and digital archive are a permanent resource for multi-media projects:
musical dramas, concerts, documentaries, art and history displays, books and broadcasts, all held by, and for the communities of Milton Keynes and district.
Living Archive MK is a precious resource for local schools, clubs, museums and societies, and for academic researchers, local and family history enthusiasts, enabling users to discover the story of our evolving communities, adding so much to the melting pot of national and international history.
Living Archive MK aids social cohesion in the ever-growing new city and metropolitan borough of Milton Keynes. This work is on-going. The continuing stories of the people of Milton Keynes will be collected from, and for, Milton Keynes’s future generations of residents and visitors.
The aims of Living Archive are to:
- collect and archive stories of Milton Keynes’ past and present life
- share those stories in creative and educational ways
- encourage artists to use our archive as a source of inspiration for artistic expression
- increase community cohesion and pride of place.
Please send a current CV with a covering letter to Mel Jeavons ku.gro.evihcragnivilnull@lem outlining how you would approach the project and how your experience is relevant to the post.