Museum of London

The role

The trainee would work with these teams on a wide range of activities that are undertaken to care for, document, manage and preserve the collections. Work might include collections audit and inventory, pest management, environmental monitoring, repacking collections, object handling, answering enquiries, research, digitisation and working with volunteers and visitors. Opportunities to work on projects related the new Museum are also available.

About the employer

The Museum of London exists to enrich the understanding of London and its people, past and present and we are currently on an exciting journey to develop a new museum for the city. Between now and then, as well as building a new museum at West Smithfield, the museum aims to reach more than 4 million people, grow our audiences, broaden engagement and ensure specifically that London’s diverse make-up is better reflected in our audiences and collections. To achieve their vision, they must better represent London’s diversity across our staff too, adding new voices to the conversation about London. The museum holds in excess of 6 million objects in its collections and the traineeship would be based in the conservation and collections management teams who are responsible for many aspects of the day to day management of those collections

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.