Sally Munday's reply:
Thanks for getting in touch.
You’re right, getting into those areas for work experience can be really tough, but keep going!
I manage volunteering at the Science Museum. I’m not sure whether you were looking for volunteer placements or paid experiences, and I understand that not everyone can find time to set aside for volunteering.
Volunteering in the heritage sector is one of the best ways to get into it, and to start networking and building your skills etc for your CV.
Volunteering in Heritage is really well managed as most museums have a volunteer coordinator or manager, who will be managing all the volunteers and their placements.
The Science Museum have roles in behind the scenes departments quite regularly – and often the volunteers go on to getting paid work either, here or, at another museum or heritage site.
If you don’t think you can give up your time to volunteering, then it may be worth getting in touch with volunteer departments anyway – sometimes internships or paid placements do become available.
There are sometimes local schemes that will help people find paid internships or sponsor people while they volunteer, so you could also get in touch with your local job centre or council to see if they offer this sort of scheme.