New Museum School is a work-based, nationally accredited training programme supporting young Londoners to shape the future of arts and heritage sector.

New Museum School

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


The New Museum School is a new programme that aims to shape the creative workforce, reflecting the communities that London’s heritage is produced by and built around. Over two years, New Museum School will provide 34 young Londoners with the skills, opportunities and networks to gain full-time paid employment within museums and galleries.

Taking focus on known skills gaps within the heritage sector, the talent-development programme will create new paid traineeships across a consortium of London-based organisations. The programme will support individual learning and skills development across three areas; digital, conservation and traditional craft.

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 consuming and shaping it. New Museum School is a learning programme based on the conviction that the heritage sector needs to adapt and change with the times in order to be inclusive and sustainable.

New Museum School is a partnership between Culture& and A New Direction and funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund through Skills for Future.

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 catalouging, as well as learning & outreach and conservation.

Organisations include: Brent Museum & Archive, Culture &, English Heritage, Magnum Photos, Museum of London, Museum of Croydon, National Trust, London Creative Team, Sutton House and Rainham Hall, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Museums Greenwich, Royal Collection Trust, Shape Arts, Keats House, Southbank Centre, William Morris Gallery.


2018-2019 New Museum School


Sixteen trainees will begin their placements in October 2018, the first cohort of New Museum School. They will 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.


Trainees receive:


  • 12-month traineeship at host partner

  • Work-based RQF Diploma in Cultural Heritage

  • 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 £16,004 (equivalent to full-time London Living Wage £18,564)




The New Museum Consortium


Culture& and A New Direction are building a core consortium of museums, galleries and heritage focused organisations to share a more diverse, responsive and relevant sector for future generations.

By participating in The New Museum School the consortium commits taking action on diversifying the workforce. Participating employers gain:
  • Subsidised vocational traineeship that brings new perspectives and energy
  • Trained and committed staff member with a focussed skill set relevant to the growth of the heritage sector
  • Access to a network of organisations committed to increasing diversity within the heritage workforce, and a raised profile in terms of inclusion and access
  • Industry-led training and support from A New Direction and Culture &