Heritage


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


Tanya's work mixes heritage conservation with technical skill and artistic creativity.

An archaeological illustrator

As a specialist archaeological illustrator, Tanya Berks creates artistic reconstructions of archaeological sites, but also assists with land surveying, technical drawing, and conservation. She spoke about her career journey.


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.


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.


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.


Hannah provides full administrative support to the team at Tyntesfield.

Property administrator

Hannah Seward-Thompson has a busy role as property administrator at Tyntesfield, a Grade 1 listed National Trust property in Somerset.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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