Technical Demonstrator (Quarry Bank) x 2, National Trust


Job Summary

Come and join our great team as a Technical Demonstrator. You'll be joining a team of 13 other Technical Demonstrators, working with a daily team of five. The role combines running the textile machinery whilst interacting with the visitors, tour and school groups.

Job Description

You'll be describing what it was like to work in the mill during the 18th and 19th centuries, whilst also explaining how the machines process the cotton from bale to thread to cloth. You'll also be contributing to the manufacturing of cloth on our historic machinery which is sold in our shop. Our cloth is unique to Quarry Bank and sets us apart from other historical places of interest.

We have 2 roles available:

  • 1014 hours role is 3 days a week throughout the year, working every other weekend as well as weekdays
  • The 780 hours role is 3 or 2 days a week, working every Saturday.

If you have any questions about this role please contact:

The pay for this role will lift to a minimum of £10.42 on 1st April 2023 in line with the changes to the Government National Living Wage.

What it's like to work here

Quarry Bank is a unique place to work as one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, situated just outside Manchester. Today, visitors can step back in time with a tour of the Mill, Quarry Bank House, Apprentice House and workers cottage as well as strolling through the historic gardens, woodland and Styal Village.

It's a friendly team of full and part time staff and over 400 volunteers working together on the property.

Job Requirements

Who we're looking for

Ideally you'll have

Demonstrable practical experience of working with textiles

Working knowledge and /or interest of textile machinery and its maintenance

Experience in interpretation and / or delivery of events in the tourism or heritage industry

Strong verbal communication skills including public presentation and the ability to communicate in an engaging and informative manner with a wide range of people

Good people skills enabling strong relationships both internally and externally

Experience of working with the general public.

Job Responsibilities

What you'll be doing

The role includes demonstrating our textile machinery to public visitors and education groups, contributing to the manufacturing of thread and cloth and the maintenance of textile machinery. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate experience of working in a team, knowledge of health & safety and a background in interpretation. A creative background with an eye for detail as well as a practical experience working with textiles and a working knowledge/or interest in textile machinery would be preferable. The role involves regular weekend working.

Training will be given by the more experienced team members. This training will start in the hand spinning and weaving area, learning to spin on a spinning wheel and weave on our hand looms. You'll learn to maintain the textile machinery which includes cleaning, oiling and repairs.

Over time you will learn to run all the textile machinery. Personal development is important, this includes furthering your know

How to Apply

Please apply online through our jobsite (see attached link)

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