17th May 2021

Learning & Engagement Officer Job Opportunity

Learning & Engagement Officer

Kent Mining Museum

Betteshanger Country Park Ltd

£25,000 to £28,000 p/a

Full Time (40hrs) Permanent


We are looking for a dynamic individual to develop, embed and expand our Learning and Engagement offer into the operations of the new National Lottery Heritage Funded Kent Mining Museum.  Working alongside the Museum Manager, you will be responsible for implementation of the Strategic Learning Plan, leading and developing educational and learning content, creating new and innovative ways of delivering learning and engagement opportunities for the museum in the wider community.  This role is essential in engaging people with this fascinating and important piece of Kent’s heritage and attracting visitors to the Museum.

Coal was discovered in East Kent in 1890, however, it wasn’t until 1912 that commercial coal was raised to the surface and the four East Kent collieries were established at Tilmanstone, Chislet, Snowdown and Betteshanger.  Thousands of jobs were supported by the coal industry and many families migrated from Wales and the North East in search of work. Betteshanger was the last of the four East Kent Coal Mines to close in 1989.

Betteshanger Country Park was established in 2007 when the former coal mining spoil heap was transformed into a space for people to enjoy.  The 250acre site has been slowly transformed over the years to become a centre for events, outdoor sporting, and adventure activities. We are at an exciting point in the project’s development as Betteshanger Country Park will soon be opening the doors of a new iconic Visitor Centre that will host the Kent Mining Museum, a learning space, café and conference centre.

Celebrating Kent’s mining heritage will be a key focus for the new Visitor Centre and wider Park. It will provide opportunities to showcase the unique story of Kent’s mining communities and profile their heritage through a combination of the Museum, Heritage Trail, Coal Mining themed play area, a vibrant programme of learning activities and online collections database.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and to provide proof of their right to work in the UK.

You can request the application pack by emailing info@kmhf.org.uk

This position is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 20th June 2021 (Midnight)

Interviews will be held on Thursday 8th & Friday 9th July 2021