Museum Futures - Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trainee

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust is one of the biggest museums in Cumbria (with over 230,000 visitors every year). We are the lead organisation of the Cumbria Museum Consortium (an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation). Our collections cover Art, Natural Science (recently Designated), Social History and Archaeology. Using these collections, we tell the history of our region, covering around 5 million years! Our Social History and Archaeology collections focus on the fascinating history of people in Cumbria, from prehistoric stone axes and Roman writing to records of medieval guilds and photographs of Victorian Carlisle.

In 2016 we launched a new Museum Manifesto. The main aims of this Manifesto are to create a museum that has something to say about Carlisle, Cumbria and the world we live in; a museum that encourages people to get involved; a museum which is focusses on collections, people and learning.

About the Role:

The Museum Futures trainee will work as part of our curatorial (collections) team and will be involved in a wide range of activities, from caring for our collections to helping our schools and community work. In particular, they will work on a project to digitise our Social History collection, which records information and stories about local people and places; this will include photographing objects, scanning photographs and writing down information about them. They will also help us to develop new ways to engage local communities with this collection both online and in our galleries. The trainee will be part of our Digital Team, where staff from every department work together to improve digital working across the museum.

The Tullie House 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 Tuesday 1 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@museumfutures.co.uk. Because this is a UK-wide traineeship, and we want to know about who is applying across the programme, it is important you submit the completed the confidential monitoring form along with your application.