Published date: 20 September 2017

Last edited date: 20 September 2017

This notice was replaced on 16 November 2017

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Awarded contract (published 16 November 2017)

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Contract summary


  • Primary education services - 80100000

  • Recreational, cultural and sporting services - 92000000

Location of contract

North West

Value of contract


Procurement reference

NML True Colours school programme

Published date

20 September 2017

Closing date

25 September 2017

Contract start date

16 October 2017

Contract end date

30 October 2018

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

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This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

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Bidders are asked to submit a formal tender for the Development & delivery of Terracotta Warriors True Colours school programme

An Artistic Producer is required to manage an educational project for the forthcoming Terracotta Warriors exhibition. The project is expected to start on 16 October 2017 and end on 30 October 2018.

An experienced organisation is required with the creative, organisational and management skills to provide and manage a creative team (director, writer, composer, teacher, designer) to develop & deliver the Terracotta Warriors True Colours school programme as specified above. The organisation will work closely with NML and its staff to create a programme that works seamlessly with NML's operational and educational requirements. Backdrop, music, script and resources will be ready by 30 November when rehearsals will commence. The programme will be ready to deliver to schools by 31 January.

Programme delivery and evaluation will run from 19 February until 30 October 2018.The contract involves organising and delivering training for teachers.

An exhibition of 12 Terracotta Warriors from the tomb of China's First Emperor (whose reign began in 246BC) will be returning to the UK for an exhibition at World Museum, Liverpool from February to October 2018. This is the first time in more than 30 years that spectacular Class 1 National Cultural Treasures will be brought to a museum in the UK outside London.

The Terracotta Army represents one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century and the exhibition will raise awareness of the importance of China. Since 1974 archaeologists have unearthed more than 8,000 life-sized Terracotta Warriors from underground tombs. Each warrior is individual: together, in this exhibition, they help us understand about everyday life in China over two thousand years ago.

Demand for the exhibition will be significant. The exhibition offers wonderful educational opportunities

More information


About the buyer

Contact name

Ian Lindsay


127 Dale Street
L2 2JH