Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the Museum Futures programme will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals to equip them with a dynamic understanding of digital data management, preservation and access practices relating to museum collections.
Three cohorts of trainees, based in museums across the UK, will form a proactive network through which essential digital skills, tools and workflows are developed and shared between trainees, host museums and the wider sector. Trainees will tackle key challenges of digital management, from securing at-risk legacy data to maximising the value of digital assets such as photographs.
Positive action recruitment will seek to appoint trainees who demonstrate a natural digital talent and benefit the diversity profiles of their host museum. Trainees will be paid a bursary of £13,350 [£15,350 for London-based trainees] and work towards a Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage. After a year of on-the-job training, trainees will be able to harness essential skills and act as champions in the sector, placing digital best practice at the heart of all areas of museum work.
Trainees will be recruited locally by each host museum, and year one placements will start January 2019. The host partners for the 2019 cohort are:
• Museum of East Anglian Life
• National Museums Liverpool
• Norfolk Museums Service
• Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
• South West Heritage Trust
• York Museums Trust
• Garden Museum
• The British Museum