Job Title: Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust – Learning Practitioner
Service/ Department: Education / Charitable Organisation
Salary: £17 / £9 per hour – Freelance contract (daytime 9am-3.30pm may include occasional weekends and evenings)
Job Description



Are you passionate about sharing heritage in engaging, exciting and inspiring ways?  Would you be as comfortable leading a group tour of adult historians as making yourself look a bit silly dressed in costume or leading a puppet show for toddlers?

As a Buxton Learning Practitioner you will be ready to welcome the public to a world of exploration and discovery.  You’ll demonstrate passion for learning by leading workshops, tours, performances and hands-on activities incorporating history, geography, geology, STEAM and drama.

Working within a small team you will collaborate to prepare and deliver a range of innovative and authentic learning activities which actively involve children, young people and lifelong learners.  It’s a challenging and rewarding role where you’ll often be taken out of your comfort zone, turning your hand to a range of exciting situations.

You may be a specialist in history, education, archaeology, the arts or performance, but just as important is being friendly, outgoing, with a good sense of fun, and excellent presentation and communication skills.

You’ll have a commitment to maintaining the health and safety, safeguarding and accessibility of your sessions, to ensure a positive, safe and inclusive experience for all.

Buxton Learning Practitioners will be employed by The Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust on a Freelance basis with the rate of pay set at £17 per hour for public-facing work, and £9.00 per hour for training, meetings and development time.

We anticipate that the role will grow in time, will be flexible, and can fit in with other part time work or commitments.

Key Accountabilities:



Reporting to the Education Development Manager


·       Deliver fun, engaging and authentic learning activities for Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust and their partners both on and off their sites.

·       Liaise with visiting teachers, children, parents and members of the public to create a warm welcome, and exciting, inspiring and engaging visit.

·       Administer your diary and liaise with the Trust with availability and bookings.

·       Set up and take down equipment for sessions, and maintain a clean, safe working environment throughout.

·       Assist with developing content for activities and complete relevant planning documents and risk assessments.

·       Monitor participation of audiences within the sessions and support in the evaluation of activities.

·       Working with front of house staff, volunteers and the management team to ensure the proper implication of health and safety policies, emergency plans, risk assessments and evacuation procedures.

Person Specification

Your Experience/Knowledge/Skills


Essential Criteria

·      Demonstrated ability to work with family audiences/ young people and schools (but not necessarily all).

·      Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with a range of audiences.

·      The ability to think on your feet, improvise and react appropriately to changing situations.

·      An appreciation of the importance of heritage and the learning opportunities it provides.

·      Highly organised with excellent time management skills and punctuality.

·      Qualified to A level standard, equivalent, or 2 years relevant experience.


Desirable Criteria

·       Experience of delivering activities for a family / schools audience related to a heritage/arts environment.

·       Experience of development of learning activities for a wide range of audiences.

·       An interest in inter-disciplinary learning and an interest in Local History, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).

·       An interest in the history of Buxton Crescent, the Pump Room, the wider town and Peak District, and a willingness to learn about their significance to share with the public.

·       A teaching or coaching qualification.

·       Acting and / or performance experience.

·       IT/Technical skills.

·       An understanding of statutory requirements relating to the safeguarding and health and safety of visitors.

Personal Qualities (All essential)




·       Excellent interpersonal and customer services skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people establishing and maintaining effective working relationships

·       Effective listening, verbal and written communication skills

·       Excellent interpersonal and customer services skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

·       Ability to relate well to colleagues, trustees, stakeholders, funders and members of the public.


Other Information:



Equal Opportunities:

The BCHT fully supports the terms of The Equality Act 2010.  We are an equal opportunities employer and do not discriminate on any grounds.   We want a diverse workforce which reflects our community and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity and marital or civil partnership status.

If you have a disability and demonstrate that you fulfil the person specification criteria for the role on your application form, you will be invited for an interview.  If you feel that you could carry out this post with some adjustments, please let us know.  If you require particular arrangements made for interview etc. (e.g. signing, access), please let us know.


How to Apply:


·       Application is by curriculum vitae (CV) setting out details of your qualifications and experience to date and how they demonstrate that you suit this role.

·       Please ensure there are no unexplained gaps in your work experience.

·       Your CV must be accompanied by a letter of application (maximum 2 sides of A4) setting out the qualities you feel you can bring to the job role and how you meet the requirements of the person specification.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to: or by post to arrive by the closing date:

Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust, Devonshire Dome, Devonshire Road, Buxton, SK17 6RY

Closing date for applications is Friday 28th June at 5pm.

Interviews are expected to take place the week commencing Monday 8th July.  Start date for induction and training will be as soon as possible following selection.

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