I’m Josh and I am the Museum Futures Trainee for the South West Heritage Trust in Somerset. For the last three months I have been working in both the Museums and Archives teams at the Somerset Heritage. The History of Somerset has always been incredibly important to me, so having the opportunity to work with a collection of ten million archival materials and three million objects relating to the county seems the perfect way to learn more about my community and heritage.Read More
I tagged along on a knowledge sharing trip to the Museum of East Anglian Life with our Senior Photographer. What I learned is that you can do excellent object photography even at speed and even when your photo studio is a shed within a shed. All you need is a digital camera, lights, some simple materials like mirrors and polystyrene, and a bit of experimentation. This trip also gave me the opportunity to see Lois in action and lean more about her experience as a Museum Futures trainee.Read More
I’m Abbie and I’m the Museum Futures Digital Preservation Trainee for National Museums Liverpool. I work with the Regional Archaeology Department at the Museum of Liverpool and I’ve already learned and done so much in just my first few months.
Some of my day-to-day responsibilities have been performing collections management duties such as creating and updating our databases and records, as well as handling and organising some sites in the regional archaeology collection.
Currently I am working on making records for a hoard of 1500 Roman coins found in Poole in 2016.Read More
One of my first projects as Museum Futures Trainee was to digitise and publish the Pavilion Review, the Royal Pavilion & Museums newsletter which ran from 1984 to 2008.
This archive of 42 issues contains an incredible amount of insider knowledge and behind the scenes stories which very few people have had the opportunity to read. This limited audience is the exact reason why I was so eager to publish them, to make this wealth of knowledge accessible to the public.Read More
Hi, I’m Helen and my Museum Futures traineeship is taking place at the Garden Museum, Britain's only museum dedicated to the art, history and design of gardens.
In my first two months I have been immersed into the world of museum work, from understanding the procedures followed to ensure objects in the collection easy to identify to how public events are programmed and executed. As part of my core work I’m been looking through and beginning to digitise some of the Museum’s collection and archive of garden design.
We are all naturally curious and I have become particularly fascinated by the large selection of photographic portraits of people in their gardens which the Museum has in the collection. These are not only charming images but give an insight in to historical gardening practices and social customs in a range of gardens: public parks to private kitchen gardens, grand greenhouses to common backyards.
Here I present ten of my favorite portraits that I’ve discovered and digitised so far. All taken around the turn of the century, these images reflect a time when improvements in technology allowed photography to be more widely available.Read More
Update 13 March: We have received a great response to the #MuseumFutures call for mentors! We are still looking for 2 more museum professionals based near Norwich or Liverpool to support young people starting their careers!
We are seeking experienced Museum professionals to become mentors for the 2019 cohort of Museum Futures, the British Museum’s paid training programme in partnership with museums across the UK. Ideal mentors will be based in the geographic area of one of the partner organisations and have an interest in supporting the development of one young person starting their career in the museum sector. Please see below or attached Mentor Role Description for more information and contact me with any questions or to register your interest by March 25 so we can plan a training day (travel expenses covered) for all prospective mentors.Read More
The British Museum is seeking museum, gallery and heritage organisations to host trainees for the second year of Museum Futures. Recruitment of trainees would begin summer 2019 for January 2020 placements.
In the 2020 cohort year there will be 9 trainees, one will be based at the British Museum, one at another London museum/gallery and 7 based at partner museums across the UK.
We are looking for partner museums that can identify a well situated and keen supervisor to support a trainee to work on an important digital project related to museum collections. Ideal trainee projects could connect to the four key digital concepts we will be exploring through regular network training sessions: digitisation; data management; digital access and engagement; and digital preservation.
Please click the button to download the expression of interest form which has more information about the programme and how to apply to become a host partner. The deadline for this round of EOIs is 17th of May 2019.Read More
From 11th – 13th February, all the trainees and supervisors from each museum participating in Museum Futures met up for the first time at the British Museum for an induction to the programme.Read More
Trainees will gain a diploma and in-work training and experiences to build their CV, so we encourage young people aged 18-24 that have not completed an undergraduate degree to apply. Candidates should be IT literate and curious about museum work and digital technology. No previous museum experience is necessary. Candidates with over 6 months experience of working in a museum and/or a postgraduate qualification are not eligible to apply.Read More