A programme of year-long traineeships, opening up the arts and heritage workforce to the next generation of diverse talent

New Museum School is a talent-development programme for those starting a career galleries, museums, archives and collections. Create Jobs have teamed up with Culture& to deliver 34 year-long paid traineeships hosted by London’s leading cultural organisations over the next two years. The programme aims to support the next generation of talent within the heritage sector.

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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.

Trainees receive:

  • 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)

Who’s involved?

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.

Organisations include:

  • Art UK
  • Bletchley Park Trust
  • Brent Museum & Archive
  • Culture&
  • English Heritage
  • Keats House
  • London Metropoolitan Archives
  • Magnum Photos
  • 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
  • Shape Arts
  • Southbank Centre
  • 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.

To express interest in becoming a host partner for future rounds of the programme please contact Rachael at rachael.baskeyfield@anewdirection.org.uk or 020 7608 8986.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I be doing day-to-day in the traineeship?

The traineeships, whilst focused on three areas digital, outreach and conservation, are as diverse as the sector itself. As part of a New Museum School traineeship you may be developing imaginative new ways for audiences to view collections online; connecting with communities through events and learning projects; exploring and conserving archives; managing precious collections; helping the public to learn about historic buildings; managing venue operations; running digital marketing campaigns or working on audience development. Take a look at the traineeship descriptions above for outlines of individual roles.

How does the qualification work?

The RQF Diploma in Cultural Heritage is an accreditation that assesses the work trainees complete within their host organisations. Managed by a supervisor, evidence of work will be provided and trainees will check in on their progress with an assessor every three months.

Qualifications are offered at Level 2, 3 or 4 depending on the trainee.

What are the professional development programmes?

Trainees will complete a monthly series of learning days, this will include attending conferences, seminars and masterclasses, broadly addressing ideas and learning around the museum of the future. Trainees will also take part in ‘Create Audiences’, an audience development course, focussed on cross-sector collaboration delivered by creative organisations from beyond the heritage sector. And finally they will complete a broadcast media project lead by a BBC producer, planning, producing and publishing podcasts.

What does heritage mean?

HLF defines ‘heritage’ as ‘what we value, want to share and pass on’.

Our heritage sector is responsible for looking after the nation’s heritage, bringing it to life and engaging the public in learning and decision-making about its assets. Heritage assets include a wide range of things including: cultural objects (including works of art, design, monuments and sculpture); historic buildings and public spaces (including places of worship, parks and natural landscapes) and archives and libraries. Also included are less tangible things such as the histories of individuals, families and communities, and their cultural traditions and beliefs.

There are many stories to tell about heritage, New Museum School is interested in seeking out and celebrating the cultural heritage of those in society who have historically been overlooked or marginalised.

New Museum School is a HLF programme, delivered by Culture& and A New Direction.