Sixteen trainees began their placements in October 2018, the first cohort of New Museum School, with a second cohort will start in 2019. Trainees take part in a monthly programme of trips and professional development days, a ‘Create Audiences’ audience development course, as well getting involved in a podcasting project.
Whether interested in digital engagement, learning and outreach or collection care, the programme offers an alternative route into a career in heritage. Over the course of a year trainees will develop skills within a specific department of a host organisation and receive a tailored RQF Diploma in Cultural Heritage.
New Museum School is a collaboration between Create Jobs and Culture & and aims to open up the UK arts and heritage workforce to more diverse talent, offering high quality training at some of London’s leading organisations.
12-month traineeship at host partner
Work-based RQF Diploma in Cultural Heritage
Week of induction training with cohort, exploring London's arts and heritage sectors
Monthly professional development days including venue visits, peer learning, networking and guest training
‘Create Audiences’ audience development course delivered by creative industry partners
Digital broadcast course with BBC producer
Tax-free bursary of £16,594 (equivalent to full-time London Living Wage £19,201)
Some of London’s leading cultural organisations have joined forces as part of New Museum School. The traineeships have key focuses including digital skills including social media, website management, digital cataloguing, as well as learning & outreach and conservation.
Bletchley Park Trust
Brent Museum & Archive
London Metropolitan Archives
Museum of Croydon
Museum of London
National Trust: London Creative and Properties Teams, Morden Hall Park, Osterley House, Polesden Lacey, Rainham Hall, Sutton House
Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery
Royal Collection Trust
Royal Academy of Arts
Royal Museums Greenwich
William Morris Gallery
What are we looking for in applicants to the programme?
This is a selective programme and applicants must be able to show motivation, enthusiasm and commitment to developing a career in the arts and heritage sectors. Applicants must be curious and able to seek new ways to interpret and connect communities with the UK’s heritage. New Museum School is as much about approaching museums with criticality, as it is about learning the ropes, and so welcomes applicants who bring new ideas, energy and perspectives to the sector.
The assessment panel will look for applicants who can prove their interest in the sector, whether that be through work experience, volunteering or self-initiated projects. Or, if you are considering this career for the first time, the assessment panel will be looking for research and awareness of heritage and its interpretation, as well as enthusiasm and demonstration of transferable skills.
New Museum School aims to transform the workforce in order to reflect the society we live in, which is made up of wealth of cultures, communities and perspectives. We particularly welcome individuals who are underrepresented in industry, including people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, differently abled people, those from the LGBTQ+ community, as well people from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. We also welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds and therefore do not require a minimum formal qualification for these traineeships.