The Royal Collection Trust

The role

One of Royal Collection Trust's responsibilities is to raise revenues to care and present the Collection and the official residences. The trainee will be based with the Collections Information Team (CIT) at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. The team has a close working connection with the various sections of the Department and aims to provide a varied and dynamic traineeship.


The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most diverse collections of art in the UK. It dates back to the mid 17th-century and before, having been re-founded after the Civil War and Commonwealth period. It contains groups of paintings, drawing books, photographs and decorative arts of world importance and is spread across 13 major locations: working royal residences, historic royal residences and many long-term loan locations. It is a working collection still in part used for the purpose for which it was acquired, the day-to day decoration and functioning of the royal court. It reflects the tastes and interests of monarchs and their families over the past 350 years and the historic position of the British monarchy and its residences on the national and international stage. It is not only unique in being a functioning royal collection in the 21st century, but is also self-funding, being supported financially without any recourse to public money.

Person specification

  • No previous paid experience is necessary, however it’s important that applicants are able to demonstrate an interest in the arts and heritage sector through volunteering, self-initiated projects, great research, or demonstration of transferable skills. We want people who can show their motivation, enthusiasm and commitment to developing a career in the arts and heritage sectors
  • We are always keen to receive applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the creative and cultural sectors. This includes people from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background; D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people; those from the LGBTQ+ community, and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
  • We are much more interested in your potential than we are in your academic qualifications, and therefore do not require a minimum formal qualification for these traineeships. We would steer postgraduates away from applying - this is a Level 3 qualification and as a postgraduate degree is Level 6 or above, it is not likely to be the most appropriate experience for you.

How to apply

This role is offered as part of New Museum School, a Create Jobs development programme offering Londoners 12-month paid traineeships at leading cultural organisations and awarding a Level 3 Diploma at the end of it.

To be considered for this role, please apply through New Museum School.