Museum Futures Trainee

Location: Somerset Heritage Centre, Taunton

Hours: 37 hours per week

Bursary: £13,350 per annum (tax exempt)

Contract: Full-time one-year training placement (starting 21 January 2019)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated trainee to help to implement a new digital preservation system across the South West Heritage Trust, support the digitisation of the Trust’s collections and assist in making them accessible online.

You will need to be interested to learn about cultural heritage and museums, curious about objects and the stories they can tell and confident using digital technologies with an interest in broadening digital knowledge.

The South West Heritage Trust is a charity which delivers a broad range of heritage services across Somerset and Devon that were previously delivered by local authorities. We manage and run three museums (including the Museum of Somerset and Somerset Rural Life Museum), two Archives and Local Studies services and look after the historic environment in Somerset.

About Museum Futures

The role is offered as part of the Museum Futures programme, a partnership of museums across the UK working together to support new entrants into the museum sector who are interested in gaining digital skills and broader heritage experience. The trainee will be based for a year at the Somerset Heritage Centre but will also benefit from the network of other participating museums through regular training sessions and the community of Museum Futures trainees.

The aim of this programme is to seek out young people who may not have considered a career in museums before and who have the digital confidence to work on new digital projects including digitisation of objects and digital engagement online.

Trainees will complete an accredited Level 3 diploma in Cultural Heritage and gain in-work skills training and experiences to add to their CV and further their career opportunities. For these reasons we encourage young people aged 18 to 24 that have not completed an undergraduate degree to apply. Candidates with over 6 months paid or unpaid experience of working in a museum and/or a postgraduate qualification in a related area are not eligible to apply.

Museum Futures is positive action traineeship. We particularly welcome applications from candidates that are under-represented in the museum sector, including black and minority ethnic candidates, candidates from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, candidates from rural areas of Somerset, and/or candidates with disability.

How to Apply

We will be hosting a taster day for this role at the Somerset Heritage Centre on Friday 12 October 2018. Potential applicants will be able to explore what it is like working at a Museum, try some digitisation tasks and activities, and speak with staff. We encourage applicants to attend the taster day before submitting their applications.

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For an informal discussion of the role please contact Amal Khreisheh (Curator of Archaeology) or Eve Bickerton (Archivist) on 01823 278805.

For more information about the role, the Trust and the application process please download the Recruitment Information Pack and Museum Futures Specification documents below.

To apply for this role, please complete the application form and Monitoring and Diversity form and return by email to by the closing date of Monday 22 October 2018.

Please note that CVs are not accepted for this position.

Key recruitment dates:

  • Taster Day: Friday 12 October 2018 (at the Somerset Heritage Centre, TA2 6SF)
  • Application Deadline: Monday 22 October 2018 at 9.00am
  • Group Assessment: Thursday 1 November 2018 (at the Museum of Somerset, TA1 4AA)
  • Individual Interview: Tuesday 13 November 2018 (at the Somerset Heritage Centre, TA2 6SF)

Application Documents