About the opportunity

The Ouseburn Trust is commissioning a Young Creative Producer to help us deliver an event for Heritage Open Days 2024, as part of the National Trust’s New Wave programme. 

Taking inspiration from the heritage, people and stories of the Lower Ouseburn Valley, the Young Creative Producer will work with the Heritage Programme Officer to plan, design and deliver a creative event to take place during the Heritage Open Days festival in September. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, reliable, organised and self-motivated, who can work well both independently and as part of our small team of staff and volunteers.

The brief

  • To plan and deliver a creative, high-quality event for the Heritage Open Days festival 2024 in line with festival requirements. 
  • To be willing to attend a project induction session to introduce the organisation and its history. 
  • To be eager to learn and undertake a wide variety of event-planning tasks, including setting objectives, budgeting, and marketing. 
  • To collaborate with young volunteers to develop the final event.
  • To complete a project diary throughout the process as part of monitoring requirements.
  • To attend and help coordinate the final event as part of Heritage Open Days.  

The Young Creative Producer will work alongside and receive support from the Ouseburn Trust’s Heritage Programme Officer across the project. You will be asked to attend bi-weekly meetings with the Heritage Programme Coordinator between June and September 2024, in-person and/or via Zoom, and to stay connected by email. Applicants must be available on the day of their event during Heritage Open Days.  

The final form of the event can be very free – while it should link to the history and heritage of the area, it can take any shape: it could be a musical response to oral histories in our collection, or an event inspired by the illegal party culture through the Ouseburn; or something inspired by the Victoria Tunnel; whatever is of interest! 

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who are based in or close to the Ouseburn area but open to applications from across Tyne and Wear. 

All the details

Budget & time

37 hours between June-September at £600, with a materials budget of up to £300. 

The Heritage Open Days festival occurs between 6-15 September. The final event must take place between these dates.

Eligibility

You must be between 18-25 years of age for the duration of the project. 

Application Process and Deadlines  

We ask you for a short statement outlining your interest in the role, as well as a short event proposal outline. Please note we have not asked for a CV, so make sure any information you want us to know is included in your statement.

This opportunity is aimed at people aged 18-25, and as such we are conscious that you might be at the beginning of your career. We’re most interested in hearing about your enthusiasm, ideas, interest and willingness to get stuck in. 

The application deadline is noon on Monday 24 June 2024. Applicants may be invited for an informal interview to discuss the project as part of the selection process.  

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about this project, please email emily.toth@ouseburntrust.org.uk

Before you apply

About Ouseburn Trust

The Ouseburn Trust is an independent charity that protects the heritage of Newcastle upon Tyne’s Ouseburn Valley by housing photography and oral history archives. We work with a dedicated team of volunteers to gather information about our area’s history and development, and bring to life local heritage sites, such as the Victoria Tunnel, by making them accessible and educational. Crucially, we programme events and experiences which aim to help people of all ages and backgrounds access the history of Ouseburn Valley.

You can find out a little bit about some of our heritage work here. 

About Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations and thousands of volunteers to create free heritage events. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors for free to celebrate their heritage, community, and history. From cathedral tower tours to open mic nights, these events give visitors the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences. Find out more about HODs here

About New Wave

New Wave is a training and development project that guides a small cohort of organisations through a structured programme focusing on the development of new and innovative Heritage Open Days (HODs) events. Selected organisations will develop and deliver an event in collaboration with Young People (18-25) during Heritage Open Days 2024 (6-15 September) aimed at attracting and engaging younger audiences with the festival. The Ouseburn Trust is proudly part of the 2024 cohort of organisations. Read more about previous New Wave projects here. 

This commission has been made possible thanks to funding from the National Trust’s New Wave initiative.