Museums Futures Taster Day

Sep 19, 2019

Bristol Culture and South West Museum Development are delighted to be working with British Museum for their ‘Museum Futures’ training programme. This is a year-long paid traineeship for 18-24 year olds, new to the cultural heritage sector and interested in growing their professional and digital skills. Trainees will be paid a bursary of £13,350 (tax free) and work towards a Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage. Start date is January 2020.

Anyone interested in applying is welcome to find out more at the taster afternoon:

Date: Monday 7th October

Time: 1pm-5pm

Location: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

Book here:


Why attend the taster afternoon

It is an opportunity to learn more about what it is like working digitally in museums, the Museum Futures Programme; the traineeship with Bristol Culture and Creative Industries, and hear about the volunteering opportunities we have available.


What will I be doing on the day?

You will be able to:

• Explore what it is like to work in a museum

• Learn what does digital mean in the museum environment

• Hear more about Museum Futures traineeship and volunteering opportunities with Bristol Culture and Creative Industries

• Get hands on with activities that you could do

• Learn about the potential projects you could work or volunteer on

• Meet the staff


Who are the digital team?

The digital team at Bristol Culture plays a vital role in the management of museum information and multimedia to support the busy marketing, exhibitions and collections teams. They aim to be user focussed in all we do to improve the visitor experience online and in our museums. They also develop and manage digitisation technology, advising on digital preservation, photography and cataloguing.

The Digital Team also works closely with South West Museum Development sharing their expertise with the region’s museum sector.


What is Museum Futures?

The Museum Futures programme is a year-long paid traineeship for 18-24 year olds that are new to the cultural heritage sector and interested in growing their professional and digital skills. Trainees will be paid a bursary of £13,350 (tax free) and work towards a Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage. The 2020 cohort of trainees will start in January 2020.


Who should apply?

Because trainees will complete Level 3 diploma and gain in-work skills training and experiences to build their CV, Bristol Culture encourage young people aged 18-24 that have not completed an undergraduate degree to apply. Candidates with over 6 months paid or unpaid experience of working in a museum and/or a postgraduate qualification are not eligible to apply.

Museum Futures is positive action traineeship. Applications from candidates that are under-represented in the museum sector, including black and minority ethnic candidates, candidates from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and/or candidates with disability are particularly welcomed.


How to apply?

If you plan on attending the taster day just register here and show up. You will be given all the information you need to apply and even give you tips for filling out the application.

If you are unable to attend the taster day, you can apply by downloading the application pack here:

If you have any questions, please get in touch at

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