Plas Mawr – A Two Year Contract to Deliver Costumed Guided Tours

Monday 26 November 2012

Plas Mawr – A 2 year contract to deliver costumed guided tours

Plas Mawr – A 2 year contract to deliver costumed guided tours

Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, is seeking a business or experienced guide to lead a series of first person costumed tours focusing on the history of Plas Mawr. The tours will provide visitors with an interactive, engaging and entertaining experience of the history of Plas Mawr. The tours will include local stories and folktales and also reveal Plas Mawr’s ‘supernatural’ secrets. The tours will be suitable for a family audience.

Plas Mawr, or the ‘Great Hall’, is an exceptional example of an Elizabethan town house at the heart of medieval Conwy, in north Wales. As its name unashamedly announces, it is one of the grandest and most ambitious houses ever raised in a Welsh historic town. The building itself stands as a symbol of a prosperous time, epitomised by the style and taste of Robert Wynn, a well-travelled trader who rose to pre-eminence amongst the Welsh gentry. Plas Mawr's authentic period atmosphere is further enhanced by furnishings based on an inventory of the contents in 1664, which bring the building alive with colour and grandeur.

A two-year contract to run tours will be offered. The Thursday evening ‘after-hours’ tours are a regular fixture at Plas Mawr and the successful applicant will continue to deliver this high quality experience and build on the tour’s success and reputation. The script for the tour will be developed in partnership with Cadw and will remain Cadw’s intellectual property. Cadw would expect the successful applicant to liaise with other organisations delivering similar heritage tours within the town of Conwy to ensure the tours at Plas Mawr complement other activity.

Anybody wishing to be considered to undertake this guided tour contract should contact the Lead Custodian at Plas Mawr to participate in a familiarisation tour. This will need to be undertaken between 26 November – 21 December 2012. Contact Plas Mawr by ringing 01492 580167.

Following the familiarisation tour, candidates will be required to submit a full business proposal, as a word document, to Ffion Reynolds, Public Engagement and Welsh Language Manager, Cadw: ffion.reynolds@wales.gsi.gov.uk by 14th January 2013.

The business proposal should include a letter of application, C.V.s, proposals as to how content will be prepared and how the tours will be delivered. An ability to deliver the tours in both Welsh and English is desirable. Candidates should have a proven background in creating and delivering costumed tours and hold relevant and up to date insurance / CRB certificates etc.

Applications will be evaluated on:

• Cost (30 per cent)
• Experience and ability to meet requirements of creating and delivering a tour
(40 per cent)
• Experience and track record (30 per cent)

Contract Value: around £7500 over 2 years

We will be anticipating that the rate of pay will fall in the region of £80–£120 and will
include two tours per evening.

Timing: Two tours per evening at 6.00pm and a second at 7.30pm

Tours to commence each Thursday evening from 29 March 2013 until 29 March 2015, during opening times at Plas Mawr, I April to 31 October. There may be the potential for the contract to be extended through the winter months.

For further information please contact:

Ffion Reynolds
Public Engagement and Welsh Language Manager
Cadw
ffion.reynolds@wales.gsi.gov.uk 
01443 336009 / 07772 888029