Exhibition designers need skills in drawing and model making, and an interest in 3D design. Image: Birmingham Museums and Trust.

Exhibition design

Exhibition designers help visitors interact with collections at heritage sites by creating hands-on displays.

Most exhibition designers are employed by consultancies. Image: University of the Creative Arts

Exhibition designer

Exhibition designers control aspects of an environment to engage the visitor with a story or message.

Exhibition guide

Exhibition guides and demonstrators help to educate visitors about a particular place or object. It is their role to bring to life a certain scenario or item, and to put it into the relevant context.

Exhibition researchers select objects to feature in the exhibition. Image: RBG Kew.

Exhibition researcher

Exhibition researchers come up with content and storylines for exhibitions.

Exhibitions staff

Exhibition staff plan, organise and show exhibitions of artefacts, paintings or other objects. They work closely with curatorial staff. Exhibition staff have to consider the venue, lighting and heating and humidity conditions for a collection. They also have to take account of the security details for a show. They will work with a catalogue to label items and describe them. This ensures that the exhibition is as clear as possible to the public.

Facility Property Managers keep spaces maintained and ready to use. Image: The Old Operating Theatre Museum.

Facility/property manager

Facility managers ensure that the building is ready to be used by the staff who work there and the public who might visit.

Finance staff (cultural heritage)

Finance staff provide administrative support to organisations in the cultural heritage sector. In a large organisation finance staff are often placed in a specific section. They may also work as part of a central administration or finance team. In a smaller organisation, they may be the only person working in the accounts department.

You could specialise in working with early years and primary pupils, secondary pupils or post-16. Image: Geffrye Museum.

Formal learning

Engaging school groups with a heritage organisation through workshops, courses and events.

Fundraisers perform the essential job of finding funding for an organisation’s activities.


Fundraisers find ways of raising money for non-profit organisations, such as museums, charities or arts organisations.

Gallery staff

Gallery staff attendants work in a customer-facing role in galleries and museums. They are responsible for ensuring that visitors are safely regulated and that artefacts are safe and secure.

Heritage and historical worker

Heritage and historical workers are involved in many functions of cultural heritage sites.

Meriel Jeater, curator at the Museum of London.

Heritage curator

Heritage curators may work in a variety of settings and are responsible for the heritage of:

Heritage manager

Heritage managers are responsible for keeping or managing historic places. They can also be responsible for buildings and their contents or other historic assets in good condition. Heritage managers need to promote access and understanding. However, they also need to balance the use of the place with its conservation.

An historian's work may overlap with the work of researchers, archivists and archaeologists.


Historians use sources to study the past. Their work in heritage sites may overlap with that of researchers.

You could create resources such as gallery trails or content for a museum audio tour. Image: Birmingham Museums Trust.

Informal learning

Informal learning staff create and lead learning for adults and families, through activities including workshops and tours.

Inspector of ancient monuments

Inspectors of ancient monuments provide advice about specific objects of historical interest. They make sure that regulations are observed for ancient monuments. They also ensure that monuments are appropriately secured and in some cases open to the public.

Inspector of historic buildings

Inspectors of historic buildings provide advice and information on buildings of national importance. They usually work in central government to carry out their role.

Enablers may run handling sessions to allow visitors to explore museum objects. Image: The Imperial War Museum.

Interactor/gallery enabler

Interactors and enablers help visitors understand and enjoy the site through interactive activities.

The work done by library volunteers varies from library to library.

Library Volunteer

Nowadays many libraries and archives rely on teams of volunteers who work alongside the regular, employed staff.

The loaning of precious artwork encourages wider study and visitor engagement. Image: Birmingham Museums and Trust.

Loans registrar

Loans registrars set conditions for the loan of historic items and art pieces. These may be a collections’ general conditions or special conditions for particular items.

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