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“The client is after value and experience, so show them you can offer both” Image: Emma Metcalfe

10 myths about illustration

 31 May 2013

Emma is a freelance heritage illustrator, who works on trails, guidebooks and maps for stately homes and castles. She uses her own experiences to discuss ten myths about illustration.

Running heritage tours by bike

 17 May 2013

John Warland started Mind The Gap Tours, a tour company that guides visitors by bike to London heritage attractions. He shares how the idea began and his top 3 insights for running heritage tours.

Gallery Attendant, Sean Halliman, provides customer service to all museum visitors - including the Duchess of Cornwall. Image: Sean Halliman

Sean Halliman, gallery attendant

 22 April 2013

Sean Halliman entered heritage on a work placement and learnt skills on the job. He's now a gallery attendant, working closely with visitors – even greeting royal guests.

Lindsey Breaks works with exhibition objects and ensures that the right artefacts get to the right place on time.

Lindsey Breaks, international exhibitions

 9 April 2013

International museum loans are important for making money for the heritage industry. Lindsey Breaks explains the work that goes into organising international exhibitions and how she got started.

Tanya's work mixes heritage conservation with technical skill and artistic creativity.

An archaeological illustrator

 4 April 2013

As a specialist archaeological illustrator, Tanya Berks creates artistic reconstructions of archaeological sites, but also assists with land surveying, technical drawing, and conservation. She spoke about her career journey. workers need to be good at liaising with community groups to set up working


 26 March 2013

Outreach workers help people engage with a heritage site who may not normally visit. They encourage diversity and ensure accessibility.

Enablers may run handling sessions to allow visitors to explore museum objects. Image: The Imperial War Museum.

Interactor/gallery enabler

 26 March 2013

Interactors and enablers help visitors understand and enjoy the site through interactive activities.

You could create resources such as gallery trails or content for a museum audio tour. Image: Birmingham Museums Trust.

Informal learning

 26 March 2013

Informal learning staff create and lead learning for adults and families, through activities including workshops and tours.

You could specialise in working with early years and primary pupils, secondary pupils or post-16. Image: Geffrye Museum.

Formal learning

 26 March 2013

Engaging school groups with a heritage organisation through workshops, courses and events.

Technicians need a wide range of skills and may come into this work as a second job. Image: The Imperial War Museum.


 26 March 2013

Technicians use practical skills to maintain exhibition spaces at heritage sites.

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