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Future Curators Opportunity

Future Curators Opportunity

26th January 2011


The British Museum and five partner museums across the UK (including BMAG) are looking for five creative individuals to take part in this work-based training initiative. Positions are available in Egyptology, Oceania, Classical archaeology, Asian coins, and British archaeology.

Future curators is a unique and exciting project which will offer trainees the opportunity to spend a total of 18 months at two UK museums where they will gain in-depth knowledge of the museum sector as well as an accredited diploma in curatorship.

Trainees will spend six months on placement at the British Museum and a further 12 months at a partner museum, working as a valuable addition and active member of both organisations’ collections teams. Through formal training and gaining on-the-job experience, the trainee will acquire specific collections knowledge, an extensive range of curatorial and transferable skills, and a large network of valuable professional contacts enabling them to lay the foundations for a successful future career in the heritage sector.

The British Museum and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) are looking for a trainee candidate to work in the British Museum Prehistory and Europe department, and then go on to work with the Anglo-Saxon collection at BMAG . At the British Museum the trainee will work under the supervision of a curator, and gain formal training in all aspects of curatorial practice focusing on the Bronze Age and Anglo Saxon collections. The trainee will then go on to play a key role in the development of a new major exhibition at BMAG. Applicants with knowledge of Anglo Saxon archaeology, and related fields would be desirable.

Participants will achieve a British Museum Curatorial Diploma. This is a full-time accredited training programme. Participants will receive a bursary fee (tax exempt): £15,000 pro rata in London, £12,000 pro rata outside London. 

Other British Museum partners in the future curators project include Bristol Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Museum Service, Manchester Museum and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

The closing date for application is 12pm on 4th February 2011. To find out how to apply and to download an application form please visit the British Museum website.

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