Current Vacancies & Volunteering

Finance Officer

Grade B1 £18,905 - £21,378 plus pension benefits

37.5 hours per week

Appointments are usually made at the bottom of the scale

We are seeking an excellent Finance professional to join our team, to assist the Finance Manager in the day to day operation of Seven Stories’ financial systems and the smooth running of the Seven Stories Office.  To also provide support to staff at all levels of the organisation

This role involves the day to day operation of Seven Stories financial systems, assisting in data entry (mainly in Sage Line 50 financial software), cash handling, stock management and monitoring income and expenditure.  Working to a defined set of daily, weekly and monthly functions guided by our Financial Regulations, the Finance Officer is a key role in recording and managing financial information in the organisation, including maintaining sales and purchase ledgers. The postholder will work with all other departments to do this and will be required to maintain good levels of customer service, both within Seven Stories and with external customers and suppliers.

We are seeking someone who is qualified to AAT Level 3 or beyond. Experience of Sage 50 accounts software or similar is desirable.

To apply please complete the application form and return to by 12 noon on Friday 6th July.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Friday 13th July 2018 and invited to attend interview on Wednesday 18th July.

To reflect our commitment to safeguarding children, all employees working for Seven Stories are required to be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Fundraising Co-ordinator

Salary Band: £18,905 - £23,345 pro rata plus pension benefits

Permanent 22.5 hrs per week

Seven Stories is an award winning National museum, educational charity and leading visitor attraction dedicated to children’s literature based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, experience and proficient fundraiser to help us develop long term supporter relationships that will increase fundraised income from donors and companies in the North East and nationally.

This role is ideal for someone keen to develop their fundraising skills in a small team, providing the rare opportunity develop fundraising practice at a local and national level. The ideal candidate will enjoy a varied workload and demonstrate ability to skilfully manage relationships and develop new ideas.

If you want to make a real difference to our success and are excited about using Seven Stories’ unique mission to inspire and motivate new and existing donors, this is the perfect role for you. You will be a confident networker, able to inspire and motivate others, bringing passion and energy to your work, ensuring all fundraising opportunities are maximised.

Deadline for applications: 10am Monday 23rd July 2018  

Interview date:  Provisional interview dates 30th, 31st July, 1st August (please specify alternative availability if you are not available).

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Creative Producer (Partnerships)            

£24,487-£30,146 pro rata plus pension benefits

Appointments are usually made at the bottom of the scale

22.5 hours per week (0.6 FTE)

Seven Stories is an award winning National museum for children’s books in Newcastle upon Tyne.

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Creative Producer to join our well-established Creative Learning and Engagement team. You will lead the development of ambitious and interdisciplinary offsite arts programmes inspired by children’s books and our collections.

You will-

  • Manage innovative and exciting partnership projects that unlock the creative potential of children’s books and of Stories past, present and future.
  • Expand our creative practice to deliver a greater variety of public experiences outside our visitor centre and the classroom, across new types of venue, and physical and digital public spaces.
  • Increase the involvement of children and young people in the development of our creative and curatorial work.
  • Grow and diversify Seven Stories’ regional and national audiences through programming popular, inclusive and challenging projects.

From April 2019, this role will line manage and lead the Creative Associates outreach team.

You will have excellent project management skills, a strong track record of producing diverse and socially-engaged arts programmes, and you will bring ideas and energy to this newly created role.

Please send completed applications to

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 11th July 2018 at 12pm midday

Interview date: Friday 20th July 2018 and/or Monday 23rd July.

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Creative Associate

£18,905 - £23,345 pro rata plus pension benefits

Appointments are usually made at the bottom of the scale

We are currently seeking three Creative Associates, part time, term time only (44 weeks with holidays to be taken in school holidays):

  • 21.5 hours per week over 3 days (0.6FTE) Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • 15 hours per week over 2 days (0.4FTE) Monday, Tuesday
  • 15 hours per week over 2 days (0.4FTE) Thursday, Friday

Seven Stories is an award-winning National museum dedicated to children’s literature with a well-established creative learning and engagement programme with over 47,000 engagements with children and young people in education settings (2016-17).

We are seeking excellent arts engagement practitioners to join our team of Creative Associates, delivering Seven Stories’ creative learning and engagement outreach programmes across the region in schools, education settings and public spaces to engage children, young people and adults in shared story experiences. This will include short term engagements such as Story Party, Sensory Adventures and Reading for Pleasure sessions along with longer term engagements such as Families Reading Together and Reader in Residence programmes.

Find Out More - 10am-1pm Thursday 5 July

Seven Stories will be holding an open house for prospective candidates to informally meet some of the team and ask any questions about the role. This will take place at Seven Stories on Thursday 5 July, 10am-1pm as a drop in session, no need to book in advance.

Please send completed applications to 

Deadline for applications: 9am Monday 9 July 2018

Interviews to be held on: Thursday 19 July 2018

Starting Date: First week of September

Seven Stories is committed to safeguarding children and is working towards equality and diversity in its policies and procedures.


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Casual Trading Assistant

The hourly pay rate is £7.20 for under 21s, £7.38 for under 25’s and £7.83 for over 25s.

We are currently looking for motivated, customer service driven and enthusiastic new Trading Assistants to join our vibrant front of house team at Seven Stories the National Centre for Children’s Books.

You will:

  • Provide excellent customer service and offer a cheerful, informative, helpful and warm welcome.
  • Offer quick and efficient service that is particularly responsive to family needs, providing sound product knowledge of the bookshop, coffee shop and café products.
  • Assist in all aspects of the retail operation including; preparing food and drinks, taking orders and serving.
  • Understand the benefits of reading for pleasure, and how the Seven Stories core ethos to ‘Save, celebrate, share’ children’s literature is an integral aspect of our trading departments.
  • Be available over weekends and school holidays

If this sounds like you and you would like to come and work with us we would love to hear from you please complete the application form below and return it to

Please note that this is an ongoing recruitment with currently no closing date we will endeavour to respond back to everyone who applies but during busy period there will be a delay. 

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Seven Stories is committed to safeguarding children and is working towards equality and diversity in its policies and procedures.

Registered charity number: 1056812


Call Out for a Participatory Visual Artist

Seven Stories is seeking a participatory artist for Curious Festival 2018!


 We want to engage an artist with inclusive facilitation skills & experience, to deliver our Curious Studio Takeover between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday 7th July 2018. We’d like the artist to design, develop & deliver an exciting creative activity  which allows children and young people to make a piece of colourful, wearable art (e.g. a t-shirt, head-piece/hat, jewellery, brooch/rosette, tote bag or similar) to proudly celebrate their (or their family’s) unique identity. 

The activity should be designed to encourage creativity, and to inspire participants to have high aspirations for their outcomes. It should be inclusive & accessible for children aged 7+ (bearing in mind that some younger children may also wish to take part), with a range of abilities. Depending on the activity, it could take the form of a session lasting up to an hour (delivered twice over the afternoon), or work on a drop-in basis – to be agreed. Ideally we’d like to work with an artist who identifies as LGBTQ+, but would also be interested in hearing from any artist who has experience of working with LGBTQ+ communities.

The fee for this commission is £450 - to include pre-planning & delivery, inclusive of materials & expenses. Visitors will pay a fee to take part in the activity, and will take their piece of wearable art away to enjoy. Materials should be high quality, and safe for families to use.

If you would be interested in working with us please submit a recent CV, a proposal for the activity including budget breakdown (max. 1 side of A4) and links/images showing examples your previous work via email to by 12pm on Weds 6th June.

Seven Stories The National Centre for Children’s Books offers vibrant exhibitions, events and learning programmes throughout the year aimed at saving, celebrating & sharing Britain’s literary heritage.

Curious Festival is an annual celebration of LGBTQ culture across the North East, increasing visibility, dialogue and understanding of the LGBTQ community.

Contact: Beth Coverdale, Creative Producer (Practice & Programmes)  0300 3301095 ext. 220

Seven Stories is committed to fair pay for artists. We particularly welcome submissions from disabled artists and artists of colour, as people from these groups are currently underrepresented in our network. We will require the artist to hold a current DBS check.






Newcastle University’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics and Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books are pleased to announce that the application process for 2018 David Almond Fellowships is now open.

Find out more about the opportunity and how to apply here.


Placements and Volunteering

Seven Stories can offer a range of volunteering opportunities and placements across the organisation - from collections to marketing.  To express your interest in volunteering please email us and include the following details:

  • Contact information (full name, address and contact details)
  • Name of school or university (if applicable)
  • Length of placement sought
  • A copy of your CV