Heritage


49 Industry insights in total for Heritage


Diane Lees is the Director-General of the Imperial War Museum.

Diane Lees, museum director

Diane Lees is the Director-General of the Imperial War Museum. Before that, she was the director of the V&A Museum of Childhood. She spoke about her diverse working days, exhibition ideas, and leadership challenges.


Metalwork requires an advanced level of practical knowledge. Photo courtesy of Lorna Yabsley.

Mastering crafts

Momtaz Begum-Hossain reveals what it was like to be a trainee on the BBC series Mastercrafts.


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?


Alvin Hickling runs family history workshops at his local library in Wath Library, Rotherham.

Volunteering in a library

People all over country volunteer in public libraries. They support the work of library staff, helping to extend the range of services available in libraries within their local community.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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