Southbank Centre

The role

Last year the Southbank Centre completed a major National Lottery Heritage funded project to explore and foreground their heritage, and open up access to our unique, significant and extensive archive collections.

During 2019/20, they continue to build upon this legacy, working with volunteers, artists and other partners in their purpose-designed Archive Studio, and developing a rich digital presence for the collections.

The traineeship offers the chance to gain foundation archive skills in an an inspirational setting, balancing collections management and preservation activity with a flexible, creative and innovative approach and a strong emphasis on public engagement and participation.

About the employer

Southbank Centre is the UK's largest arts centre and one of the UK's top five visitor attractions, occupying a 17 acre site in the midst of London's most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. They exist to present great cultural experiences that bring people together and they achieve this by providing the space for artists to create and present their best work and by creating a place where as many people as possible can come together to experience bold, unusual and eye-opening work. They want to take people out of the everyday, every day.

The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as being home to the National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. It is also home to four Resident Orchestras and four Associate Orchestras.

Person specification

  • No previous paid experience is necessary, however it’s important that applicants are able to demonstrate an interest in the arts and heritage sector through volunteering, self-initiated projects, great research, or demonstration of transferable skills. We want people who can show their motivation, enthusiasm and commitment to developing a career in the arts and heritage sectors
  • We are always keen to receive applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the creative and cultural sectors. This includes people from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background; D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people; those from the LGBTQ+ community, and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
  • We are much more interested in your potential than we are in your academic qualifications, and therefore do not require a minimum formal qualification for these traineeships. We would steer postgraduates away from applying - this is a Level 3 qualification and as a postgraduate degree is Level 6 or above, it is not likely to be the most appropriate experience for you.

How to apply

This role is offered as part of New Museum School, a Create Jobs development programme offering Londoners 12-month paid traineeships at leading cultural organisations and awarding a Level 3 Diploma at the end of it.

To be considered for this role, please apply through New Museum School.

Apply through New Museum School