Call for 2020 Museum partners

Call for 2020 Museum partners

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.

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Recruitment of trainees

Recruitment of trainees

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.

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Volunteering with Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

Each of the Museum Futures host museums will be offering volunteer activities this autumn, specifically to young adults interested in learning more about museum work. We are hoping that these experiences will ignite an interest in museums as a career option. And maybe a few people will apply for the Museum Futures paid traineeship that wouldn’t otherwise think this kind of work was for them.

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Museum Futures Partners

Museum Futures Partners

The British Museum will partner with over 20 museums across the UK over the next three years. Trainees will be based at their host museums, and will benefit from the network of other trainees, partner staff, and mentors. 

We are pleased to announce the partners that will host trainees for the 2020 cohort:

  • Birmingham Museums Trust

  • Bristol Culture/ South West Museum Development

  • Derby Museums

  • Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

  • Horniman Museum and Gardens

  • Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

  • Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

  • The British Museum

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Training on digital skills related to museum collections

Training on digital skills related to museum collections

The Museum Futures programme has the management and access of collections and museum data at its core, recognising that an emphasis on data in its many forms is something becoming increasingly important to every area of museum activity. All traineeships will strongly reflect the importance of data and its long term preservation and access. There are four key digital concepts we will be exploring through regular network training sessions: digitisation; data management; digital access and engagement; and digital preservation.

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