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49 Industry insights in total for Heritage


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.


Colour after Klein, The Barbican, 2005

Senior curator at The Barbican

Jane Alison is Senior Curator at The Barbican, where she has worked for 25 years. Her work includes organising exhibitions and events, editing catalogues and managing a core exhibitions team of 12.


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.


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.


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

New technology for libraries

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.


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.


Bridget Nicholls is the Director of Pestival.

Organising Pestival arts event

Bridget Nicholls was awarded the first Zoo Arts Fellowship at ZSL London Zoo. Her large-scale science arts festival, 'Pestival', was recently awarded Conservation Project of the Year by the Observer Ethical Awards.


Some archaeologists stay in university doing research and teaching.

Start a career in archaeology

Archaeology is popular. You see it on television, local societies and heritage groups. But if you want to become a professional archaeologist, where do you start?


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.


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.


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?


Liz Goodman, Archaeological conservator	at the Museum of London

Careers in archaeology

Taryn Nixon, Managing Director of the Museum of London Archaeology, talks about the variety of work done by the 200 archaeologists there, and the best ways to get into the field.


Described as the World Museum, the British Museum shows this diversity in their people. Image: The Trustees of the British Museum.

Working in heritage research

Jeremy Hill is the Research Manager for The British Museum and led the 'History of the World through 100 objects' project. He shares his journey and 7 tips for a being a good recruit.


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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