Call for Mentors

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.

Purpose of mentor role

The mentor will receive training to support the overall development of one trainee, and offer advice, information and guidance. As more experienced colleagues, mentors will use their greater knowledge and understanding of the museum sector or organisation to support the trainee to be more confident and prepared for their next career step. Mentoring will take place during monthly one-to-one conversations over a year period (schedule can be flexible and decided by mentor and mentee).

Aims of Programme

The Museum Futures programme 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.

2019 Training Partners

  • British Museum

  • Garden Museum

  • Museum of East Anglian Life

  • National Museums Liverpool - Still looking for a mentor based in or around Liverpool!

  • Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

  • South West Heritage Trust

  • Norfolk Museums Service - Still looking for a mentor based in or around Norwich!

  • York Museums Trust

Why Mentor

  • To make a positive difference in someone’s career path and life

  • For the training on mentoring and support you will receive

  • You can help shape the next great museum professional

  • You’re expanding your business networks

  • You can build your own leadership skills

  • You will also learn from your mentee