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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


Claire's voluntary work, study of relevant subjects, and commitment enabled her to build a career as a conservator.

3 tips for conservation work

After a period of volunteering, Claire Armstrong secured a paid internship at a gallery and was able to build a career as a conservator. She spoke about her work and shared three tips for getting into conservation.


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.


A researcher working with delicate resource at The National Archives.

Starting out as an archivist

Jenni Orme is a Diverse Histories Records Specialist at The National Archives. She spoke about how she got into the industry and what the role actually involves.


Brian Mitchell is genealogist for Derry City Council Museum.

Careers in museums

Four people at the Derry City Council Museum Service discuss their careers in management, education, archives and genealogy.


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.


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.


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