Pejepscot History Center (PHC), which owns and operates the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum in Brunswick, Maine, seeks an exhibition consultant to develop a new narrative and multimedia design for the historic home. This is a time-limited contract position to begin in late 2022 or early 2023, with a design to be produced by March or April 2023. The plan is to begin introducing aspects of the new design before and during the visitor season (Memorial Day Weekend – October) 2023.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of PHC owning the museum, an ideal time to introduce a fresh experience in the historic home, one of the top heritage-site destinations in Maine and drawing visitors from around the country and internationally. Joshua Chamberlain is famous for leading the 20th Maine Regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg, serving four terms as Maine Governor, and leading Bowdoin College as President for 12 years.
The rooms on the museum tour, which is currently only docent-led, have little to no interpretative panels, nor is there any use of multimedia in the house. The new design will review and suggest revisions to the tour narrative, make recommendations for the look and content of a series of panels, and include plans for appropriate use of multimedia. This will include the addition of a mobile tour and any relevant components for a self-guided tour option. (Self-guided tours will not replace docents, but instead provide another way for people to experience the museum.)
Qualifications include historic home and/or small museum experience, 5+ years of curating exhibitions or exhibition design, facility with digital media and how to weave it with static/traditional forms of museum interpretation, familiarity with mobile/audio tours, understanding of varying demographics/generational differences of museum-goers. Requires a B.A., M.A. preferred, in museum studies, public history, or similar field. Candidate must be deadline-driven, creative, efficient and possess strong writing and organizational skills.
PHC has dedicated funds for this time-limited contract position and will entertain either a negotiated hourly rate or flat fee for the work. Work can be done remotely but must begin with an in-person detailed study of the museum and interviews with various constituents. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume/C.V., and sample of previous exhibition design work that includes multimedia to Larissa Vigue Picard, Executive Director, Pejepscot History Center, email@example.com, no later than November 14, 2022. Email submissions only; no phone calls, please.