Museum Futures - Derby Museums Trainee

Derby Museums’ cause is to ‘expand perspectives of what a museum is and can be’ and we aim to do this by:

  • Being independent

  • Fostering a spirit of experimentation

  • Pursuing mutual relationships with others

  • Creating the conditions for well-being

  • Proving that we are doing it

Derby Museums became an independent charitable trust in October 2012 with responsibility for development and management of the city’s collections and three museums, The Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and Derby Silk Mill.

We believe the best museum is a place of encounters. Somewhere people can look at the world differently, form new friendships and be active. Our visitors must feel they are entitled to participate.

About the Role:

There are lots of projects which the trainee will get to work on, with full training and support provided by Derby Museum colleagues. We aim to work with the trainee to develop a plan suited to the skills and interests of the trainee, and the digital needs of Derby Museums.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Digitisation (mainly digital photography and scanning of objects): Priority collections for digitisation are Egyptology, British archaeology and the designated Joseph Wright collection of paintings.

  • 3D scanning –There is a 3D scanning programme at Derby Museums and the trainee would be trained in the scanning process as part of their traineeship

  • Egyptology –The trainee will help us make use of research and technology such as new CT scans of our mummies, and share this information with audiences.

The Derby 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 15 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 LauraP@derbymuseums.org. Because this is a UK wide traineeship, and we want to know who is applying across the partnership, it is important you submit the confidential monitoring form along with your application.