English Heritage

The role

The focus of the placement will be on engaging audiences with heritage within, or local to, London. This is likely to include working with English Heritage’s Shout Out Loud Lottery funded project with young people, and new initiatives around creative programming. There will be opportunities to support staff leading on interpretation projects, and also to manage a discrete project in order to gain more direct experience of the process and procedures involved in interpretation planning. There will be opportunities to get involved with digital skills such as onsite digital media and managing and creating web pages.

The trainee will be primarily based within the Interpretation team, helping the team on projects to engage visitors with our sites. Opportunities to get involved within the other teams will also be available, depending on the interests of the trainee. The English Heritage trainee will get well rounded experience within the team, assisting others and will get the opportunity to manage their own project during the year.

About the employer

Traditionally, people who work at English Heritage have been white, middle-class graduates. The organisation is committed to increasing diversity both through their workforce and their visitor facing outputs, and are actively working to do this.

The New Museum School would help English Heritage to reach out to those who have a passion for arts and heritage who may not have paid experience. The experience of having a New Museum School this year has been a positive one for the trainee, their department and the organisation.

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.