Museum Futures - Birmingham Museums Trust Trainee

Birmingham Museums Trust was formed in April 2012 and is the largest independent Museums Trust in the UK, comprising of nine museums and historic sites: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG); Thinktank, Birmingham’s Science Museum; Aston Hall; Blakesley Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill; Soho House; Weoley Castle; Museum Collections Centre. The collection consists of around 1 million objects including fine art, decorative art, social history, archaeology, natural science, and science and industry.

BMT’s vision is to reflect Birmingham to the world, and the world to Birmingham. Our mission is to showcase our outstanding collection and venues to inspire learning, creativity and enjoyment for people of Birmingham and visitors to the region.

About the Role:

The Museum Futures trainee will work as part of the Collections Team to help BMT to improve access to information about objects and collections for staff, visitors, and online audiences. The chosen candidate will be trained in the digitisation process, including the use of a digital SLR camera and scanner, collections care (including object handling) and inventorying collection data for the museum’s collections management system (CMS). The trainee will also support the Digital team in making the collection images available in the museum’s Digital Asset Management System (DAMS: http://dams.birminghammuseums.org.uk).

The BMT trainee will be paid a bursary of £13,350 (tax free) and work towards a Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage.This is a full-time placement for one year.

How to apply:

1. Read through the role description to make sure this is the right opportunity for you. 

2. Attend a Taster Day on Friday 18 October 2019. Potential applicants will be able to explore what it is like working at the museum, sample some tasks and activities based around our collection of objects and speak with staff. Attendance is encouraged but not required in order to apply.

3. Complete both the application AND monitoring forms and email both to recruitment@birminghammuseums.org.uk. Because this is a UK-wide traineeship, and we want to understand who is applying across the programme, it is important you complete the confidential monitoring form along with your application.