National Trust, Polsden Lacey

The role

In order to have appeal for anyone in its local community and beyond, they need to find new ways to share stories and identify new stories to share to make Polesden relevant to those who might visit. This is where you come in. Our trainee will work within the house team, learning about how we care for our collections but also helping us to look at new ways to interpret them to our visitors. You will also help us with our regular programme of exhibitions, identifying and telling stories in new and exciting ways.

About the employer

The National Trust looks after over 500 historic properties and landscapes and Polesden Lacey is a part of this. Polesden Lacey is a house, garden and estate sitting in the beautiful Surrey Hills that was once the weekend party home of society hostess Margaret Greville. Polesden is a place of luxury, fun and hospitality and while no longer the exclusive reserve of the rich and famous, it is a place to share stories and make special memories.

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.

Apply through New Museum School