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49 Industry insights in total for Heritage


Ben Giles is a Creative Apprentice at the Royal West England Academy of Art.

Getting ahead in heritage

Ben Giles, a Creative Apprentice at the Royal West England Academy of Art, describes how he learns on the job while doing a qualification in Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations.


Emily Ward has just finished her in-house training to become a reading room advisor.

A career in archives

Emily Ward is an archive assistant at the National Archives in Kew. She is the first point of contact for people who want to use the archives, which hold over 1,000 years of the nation’s records.


Local authorities archivist

Ruth MacLeod is the Heritage Officer for the London Borough of Wandsworth. Based at Battersea Library, she looks after the Borough’s archives and local history library. The Heritage Service holds records dating back to 1489.


The records profession is changing, becoming more aligned to technical systems.

Managing records in a charity

Mark Thompson is the records manager at the British Red Cross. He is responsible for all records that need to be retained for legal or business reasons.


Running heritage tours by bike

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.


4 tips for a career in museums

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.


Ruth Macdonald, artist

What is a curator?

To succeed in curating you have to be highly committed to working with art and artists, be driven and motivated, but also flexible to new ideas and opportunities.


Stonemasonry requires a high level of practical artistic skill. Image © Briony Campbell

Working as a stonemason

Trevor Hardy is Master Mason at Hardwick Hall, a National Trust property in Derbyshire. He spoke about his career journey as a stonemason, and the skills needed to start out in stonemasonry.


The National Maritime Museum in Cornwall currently has 175 volunteers, managed by HR Manager Linda Frost.

9 tips for good volunteering

If you’re considering a route into a cultural heritage career, or are looking to recruit volunteers, here are nine things you should know about volunteering in the sector.


The Blue Plaques scheme put up around nine plaques a year. Photograph copyright Charles Walker

Being a Blue Plaques historian

Esther Godfrey works for English Heritage, and spent part of her career there as a Blue Plaques Historian. She explains what the job involves and the impact the blue plaques team make in celebrating London’s past.


6 tips for being a gallery curator

Héloïse Parke is the curator of The Aram Gallery, one of London’s only non-commercial contemporary design galleries. She offers six pieces of advice for working as a gallery curator.


The National Trust run the Museum of Childhood, Sudbury Hall.

From volunteering to a career

Rosanna Daubney, assistant project conservator at the Museum of Childhood, Sudbury Hall, explains how volunteering for the National Trust helped her get her dream job.


A central part of Caroline’s job involves curating exhibitions.

Being an art gallery curator

The Courtauld Gallery houses an internationally important collection of paintings from early Renaissance to modernist works of the twentieth century. We spoke to Dr Caroline Campbell, Curator of Paintings, about her creative career.


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

Working in a stately home

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.


Claire Fower is Chatsworth's Education Officer.

Education officer, Chatsworth

Claire Fowler is Education Officer at Chatsworth, a historic estate in the Peak District, and the Bolton Abbey estate in North Yorkshire. The landscapes vary greatly: from the stately home collection, to a garden, park, moorland, river and farmyard.


Claire's voluntary work, study of relevant subjects, and commitment enabled her to build a career as a conservator.

3 tips for conservation work

After a period of volunteering, Claire Armstrong secured a paid internship at a gallery and was able to build a career as a conservator. She spoke about her work and shared three tips for getting into conservation.


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

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.


Sarah wrote the historical biographies Bird Of Paradise: The Colourful Career of the First Mrs Robinson and Elizabeth & Leicester.

Writing historical biographies

Sarah Gristwood is an acclaimed biographer whose books include Arbella: England’s Lost Queen, Bird of Paradise: the Colourful Career of the First Mrs Robinson; and Elizabeth and Leicester.


Joanna Terry started with a Saturday job at Wolverhampton Central library. Image by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage.

Head of an archives service

Joanna Terry has strategic management of the Joint Archive Service for Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.


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

Running art workshops

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.


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