Heritage


49 Industry insights in total for Heritage


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 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.


Jimmy Milliken is the volunteer co-ordinator at the National Trust.

Working at Giant’s Causeway

National Trust volunteer co-ordinator Jimmy Milliken talks about his job, and reveals the mythical origin of a heritage site in Northern Ireland.


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

10 myths about illustration

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.


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.


Alison is the author of 'How to Get a Job in a Museum or Gallery' and co-author of 'How to Get a Job in Publishing'.

10 tips for a creative career

Alison Baverstock has written books on being a writer and how to find a job in both publishing and heritage. Having worked in a variety of creative jobs, she shared 10 pieces of advice for any 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.


The legal profession relies on up-to-date and accurate information to research and prepare cases.

Working as a legal librarian

Helen Marshall works in the knowledge and information team at the law firm Harvey Ingram LLP. 400 staff are spread across the head office in Leicester and the four other offices in the Midlands.


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.


Louise King is an archivist at The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

How to become an archivist

The world of archives has shaken off its image of dusty old manuscripts and embraced digital technology for the ancient practice of record preservation. As an archivist you could well find yourself at the cutting edge of new developments.


Sook-Kyung Lee, Curator at Tate Liverpool. Photography by Roger Sinek.

Curator at Tate Liverpool

Sook-Kyung Lee is a curator at Tate Liverpool. She combines the academic approach of a traditional museum curator with a remit to bring what is often quite demanding work to a wide audience.


Not everyone enters libraries, archives, information and records with a degree.

Get qualified for library work

Not everyone enters libraries, archives, information and records with a degree. Some take their qualifications once they’re in the profession.


Bradford's Industrial Museum has permanent displays of steam power.

Running a museum

Since the age of 15, Maggie Pedley has wanted to work in a museum. She worked at a number of local authority museums before becoming manager of the Bradford Industrial Museum.


Take every opportunity to learn or try something new.

Get the most from volunteering

A volunteer placement in an arts or heritage venue gives you the opportunity to build contacts and gain experience. But what should you do to make the most of the experience?


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.


Working as a records assistant

David Johnstone, based in Edinburgh, is one of four records assistants in the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) group records management team.


John Birds is a joiner and cabinet maker at Chatsworth House.

A career in woodwork

John Birds is a joiner and cabinet maker at the Chatsworth House stately home. His job is anything to do with anything to do with woodwork, joinery and cabinet making.


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.


Communication skills are vital for education work.

Working in arts education

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.


Competition for volunteering places can be tough – around 49,000 people volunteer to work with the National Trust each year.

How to volunteer in heritage

In the creative and cultural sectors, volunteers are often the very life-blood of organisations. Without volunteers, many organisations simply could not function.


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