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

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.

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.

Current New Museum School partners include:
Aziz Foundation, Brent Museum, Culture&, Emergency Exit Arts, English Heritage Trust,, London Transport Museum, Museum of Croydon, National Trust London and Morden, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Museums Greenwich, Southbank Centre.

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 &


Who are we recruiting?

  • Interested in being part of the Arts and Heritage sector
  • Curious to learn and develop skills in either Digital, Conservation, Preservation & Craft.
  • Ambitious and motivated to develop skills as part of the programme

We particularly welcome individuals who are underrepresented in the industry - including women and non-binary people, people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, people living with disabilities and people from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Applications are now open!