Museum Futures will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals through on-the-job training in digital skills related to museum collections. This programme will provide paid training opportunities for a wider range of people to work in the museum sector, and to open up careers in museums to people from groups which are currently under-represented in the museum workforce. High quality work experience will equip 27 trainees over three one-year intakes with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in museums and galleries, or in the wider heritage sector.

Museum Futures trainees will: 

  • work towards a Level 3 Cultural Heritage qualification

  • earn a bursary of £13,350 (tax free) [£15,350 for london-based trainees]

  • attend monthly training sessions at partner museums across the UK (travel expenses paid)

  • contribute to innovative digital projects to build their skills and make an impact at their museum


“Museum Futures is our fourth Skills for the Future training programme. These traineeships give people a jumpstart in their career and make a big impact on our museum partners."

— Maria Bojanowska, the British Museum's Head of National Programmes



Museum Futures is The British Museum’s latest Skills for the Future training programme. It has been generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.