Learning & Access

32 careers advice results in total for Learning & Access

4 tips for a career in museums

 21 September 2015

For a career in museums you need to have the right approach to professional development, says Charlotte Holmes from the Museums Association. She offers 4 key career tips for surviving and thriving in museums.

Alex Whelan, museum project officer

 19 April 2015

Alex Whelan works as a project officer for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. He talked to us about what this heritage career involves, and why doing a paid internship was such a crucial step in helping him into the cultural sector.

Laurie Lambeth, dry stone waller

 1 April 2015

Laurie Lambeth is a dry stone waller for Lambeth Stonework. He was chosen as the winner of the Cultural Heritage Skills Award, as part of the the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2015.

“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.

Image: A Wiener Library and Camden Council event featuring traditional Rwandan dancers and musicians from Sawston Community College.


 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.

Exhibition researchers select objects to feature in the exhibition. Image: RBG Kew.

Exhibition researcher

 26 March 2013

Exhibition researchers come up with content and storylines for exhibitions.

Helping visitors engage with the galleries is an important part of what a Gallery Learning Programmer does. Copyright: Geffrye Museum, Londo

Sarah Green, gallery learning programmer

 26 March 2013

Sarah mixed her passion for working with children with learning in a gallery. She shares the moment that she knew that heritage learning was the right career for her.

Interesting and cultural objects capture the imagination of children and adults, and help to make learning fun. Image: The Horniman Museum,

Zoe Carmichael, community learning

 26 March 2013

Community Learning Officer, Zoe Carmichael, plans community programmes for families and young people at the Horniman Museum. She gives three ways to help you get involved in community learning.

Providing customer service can make a real difference to visitor's enjoyment and learning. Image: RBG Kew.

Visitor services

 13 March 2013

Visitor service staff at heritage sites work to make visits enjoyable and worthwhile. Customer service is the most important element of the job.

Julia's work as Learning Manager helps Birmingham Museums deliver a programme of learning activities for a range of ages.

4 tips for heritage education

 18 February 2013

What is it like to work in a museum, planning the programme of activities, talks and educational events? Julia Kirby, Learning Manager for Birmingham Museums Trust, shared four pieces of advice for getting into heritage education.

Communication skills are vital for education work.

Working in arts education

 30 January 2013

Three education practitioners from Shakespeare's Globe, Chatsworth House and Derry Tower Museum spoke about their career journeys, and why an arts organisation's education department is a valuable asset.

Brenda's work with children takes her into schools, heritage sites and museums.

Running art workshops

 21 January 2013

Brenda Burgess is an artist and sculptor who runs art workshops for children at Leeds Castle and various schools in Kent. She spoke about her career journey and shared advice for earning an income from art.

On a crowded day, the help front of house staff offer can be a key influence on visitors' experience. Image © Peter Cook.

5 tips for gallery staff

 16 October 2012

Working ‘front of house’ in a gallery covers everything visitors see. Louise Emberson, Visitor Services Manager at Woking's Lightbox gallery, shared five tips for creating great visitor experiences.

One effect of digitisation is to increase access to archive and library collections.

New technology for libraries

 11 May 2012

Increasingly, libraries and archives use technology to change the way we can access and use the material they hold. Technology is also helping behind the scenes to manage library stock efficiently.

A key challenge is to keep audiences engaged and interested and wanting to come. Image © Chatsworth House Trust.

Working in a stately home

 12 April 2012

Employees at the Chatsworth stately home describe the challenges of working at a heritage site, and how their modern art collections brings in new audiences.

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