A collaboration between Cornwall Museums Partnership working with 11 museums helped to secure the first Gold Arts Award achieved within museums outside London and the South East of England. It was one of only 7 awarded through museums this year.

Rachel Bell undertook the Gold level Arts Award whilst working as a museum development intern at Cornwall Museums Partnership. The award is designed to inspire young people and develop their arts and leadership skills.

“We created much of Rachel’s internship around the Arts Award programme because it provided a great structure to ensure she gained the right experiences and learnt as much as she could during her time with us.” Chloe Hughes, Community Engagement Officer, Cornwall Museums Partnership

During her internship Rachel worked with over 11 museums and galleries across Cornwall and delivered several projects including a large exhibition at the Royal Cornwall Show.

“We are very proud of Rachel and all she has achieved during her internship. Achieving a Gold award takes a lot of commitment and hard work in an environment that is very different to formal education. At Cornwall Museums Partnership we are committed to developing a skilled and diverse workforce and so Arts Award offered a fantastic framework for Rachel’s skills development.”

Rachel has since secured a job at Truro Cathedral where she is putting her skills to good use.

Of her success Rachel said, “Arts Award gave my internship structure and encouraged me to reflect on what I have learned and achieved. It gives recognition of the professional skills I have gained and improved on through my six months at Cornwall Museums Partnership.”

Cornwall Museums Partnership is committed to increasing diversity in museums, and the internship scheme offered the opportunity to consider how they can encourage different people to engage with and have a voice in museums.