A series exploring the experiences and cultural learnings from our New Museum School trainees

The New Museum School provides yearlong traineeships at some of London's leading cultural and heritage organisations like Southbank, Magnum Photos and National Trust.

Each episode from the series is produced by one of the New Museum School trainees and speaks to their experience of the programme and at their host organisation.

About the New Museum School

The New Museum School addresses Culture&’s core strategic objective to open up who makes and enjoys arts and heritage. The second year of the programme included training in conservation, collections management, digitisation, public engagement and traditional craft skills for the restoration of heritage.

We work with leading national, regional and local cultural heritage organisations who manage collections and run development programmes. Each partner has a commitment to diversify the workforce and invest in skills to tackle sector shortages, and access a new generation of talent.

Our unique partnership with Create Jobs provides life-changing experiences for trainees and delivers a learning and change programme based on the conviction that the heritage sector needs to adapt and change with the times in order to be inclusive and sustainable.

The New Museum School aims to make heritage more relevant, accessible and meaningful to more people and a greater range of people whilst ensuring that heritage continues to be a driving force for good that celebrates the distinctiveness and connectivity of culture. We aim to create a vibrant and passionate workforce with the skills and attributes that are relevant for the curation of heritage itself, as well as the people enjoying and shaping it.

Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage

All New Museum School trainees undertake a Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage, a work-based learning qualification delivered by the BIIAB awarding body. Culture& acts as the college or center provider. This qualification is for learners who are working in a Cultural Heritage role and who need to demonstrate their skills and understanding.

Achievement at Level 3 reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity. It includes taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgment within limited parameters. It also reflects an awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of work.

The qualification requires 338-406 Guided Learning Hours and approximately 600 hours in total.

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