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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


Every other year, Chichester Cathedral  organises the Flower Festival.

Heritage careers in cathedrals

With thousand-year histories, British cathedrals are standing records of social and religious history. They are spectacular architectural assets, repositories of famous treasures and burials, and living places of art, education and worship.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


“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.


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.


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?


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