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Senior salary information

South Shields Museum

Salary information as at 31 March 2018

The total remuneration shown within the pay band is inclusive of pay, national insurance and pension contributions.

Job titleFTEPay band
Senior Manager2£67,220 to £75,690

Scale of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums


Headcount as at 31 March 2018: 208


The total gross expenditure for 2016/17: £10,315,822. This is taken from the TWAM Statement of Accounts 2016/17.

Service Responsibility

TWAM is a joint service of the four local authorities on Tyneside: Newcastle (which acts as lead authority and legal body), South Tyneside, North Tyneside, and Gateshead.

TWAM manages nine museums, galleries and heritage sites (two of which are recognised as world heritage sites) and archives on behalf of these five local authorities.

TWAM hold collections of international importance in archives, art, science and technology, archaeology, military and social history, fashion and natural sciences.

A sixth partner is Newcastle University, with whom TWAM has worked to create the Great North Museum, along with the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Natural History Society of Northumbria.

TWAM receives annual grant-in-aid support from the Arts Council England in recognition of its commitment to the successful delivery of services to new and diverse audiences.

Other funding partners include the Ministry of Defence, which funds a post to curate the collections of the 15th / 19th the Kings Royal Hussars and the Northumberland Hussars – now the A Soldier’s Life gallery in Discovery Museum. Discovery Museum also hosts the John George Joicey Museum in the form of the Newcastle Story gallery by arrangement with the Trustees of the John George Joicey Bequest.

TWAM has secured the following funding from Arts Council England over the period 2015-2018:

  • Major Partner Museums Grant £4,664,340, to support activity across TWAM ensuring excellence, developing audiences, building sustainability, supporting leadership and engaging children and young people.
  • Bridge £1,500,000, to bring the cultural and education sectors together to ensure that Children and Young People (C&YP) from across the region benefit from access to excellent culture.; and
  • Museums Development £441,000. Under the Museums Development Programme (MD), TWAM will work with and support those museums in the North East which are not funded through MPM.

Key Statistics

Number of museums and galleries: 9
Number of archives: 1
Number of in-person visits in 2017/18: 1,336,296