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New Heritage Solutions – Community Engagement Officer

New Heritage Solutions C.i.C is seeking to appoint a Community Engagement Officer to lead the development and delivery of our community events and formal education activities as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project – Harwich Haven: Surrender to Sanctuary.

The successful candidate will lead the delivery of community and education activities to enable local communities to deliver the volunteer-led community research and activity aspects of the project; ensuring the project meets its milestones and delivers the required outcomes to time and budget.

In particular, you will co-ordinate the delivery of a formal education programme, build partnerships, design and delivery informal engagement activities such as exhibitions and festivals, support activity design and procurement, and encourage local communities, groups and individuals to become actively involved in and investigate the heritage.


This is a two-year project of public research and interpretation around the Harwich Haven ports of North East Essex and East Suffolk (notably Harwich and Felixstowe) which explores a defining passage of world history through two internationally significant anniversaries: the centenary of the surrender of the German U Boat fleet in November 1918 and the arrival of the first Jewish refugee children known as the Kindertransport in December 1938.


Harwich Haven – Surrender and Sanctuary will be a unique commemoration which engages the wider public with questions about how wars start and end and how ordinary people are affected by them. The project will empower people to deliver community-based, inter-generational research, including: landscape research, genealogy, the construction of a mechanical representation of the U-Boat threat, walking trails, a refugee exhibition on the region’s railways, video, archive films in an historic cinema, debates, art installations and oral history.


You will need experience of delivering community heritage activities to community and school audiences, an innovative approach to delivering history in new ways, excellent people management skills and an ability to work across different activities simultaneously.

The two year project will see the focus of delivery of our activities across North essex and South Suffolk, with wider activities in 2019 around the east of England. It is envisaged that the Project Officer will be based within this area and be available to travel locally and across the region.

Interviews for this role will be held in Harwich and Dovercourt on 27 February 2018.

Informal Discussion

For an informal discussion please contact Mr David Cain, Project Manager, (Tel: 07944 102830 or email: david@nhscic.org.

Job Description

A job description is attached as Appendix A. The precise duties will be agreed in discussion with the Manager.




Salary will be £25,000 per annum.

The post is available from on a full time ( 37.5 hours per week) basis for a fixed term period to 31 December 2019. Some evening and weekend work will be required depending on activity delivery.

Applicants should be aware that this post will be based within the Harwich and Dovercourt area and could involve working from other locations. This will be discussed at interview.

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