This paid Internship is part of the new Imperial War Museums-led Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme (SWWHPP), funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Additional support for the Internship has been made possible by funding from the European Social Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council through Cultivator.
Alongside the opening of new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries in 2021, IWM’s Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme (SWWHPP) is supporting eight cultural heritage partners across the UK to engage with new audiences and share hidden or lesser-known, local stories related to these histories. Each SWWHPP Partner is hosting a Digital Internship to support the development of digital resources and activities co-produced with local people and creative artists.
We champion diversity and promote inclusion and equality of opportunity. We recognise and value the benefits of a diverse workforce, therefore we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.
- Salary: £18,135 pro rata for 37.5 hour week (equivalent to £9.30 per hour, Real Living Wage)
- Leave: 25 days leave + statutory bank holidays pro rata
- Term: 8 months (11 January – 10 September 2021)
The purpose of the role is to provide experience of working in museums and the cultural sector and of working with community audiences in co-producing digital resources and activities that will explore local stories related to the Second World War and Holocaust. You will be based at the Museum of Cornish Life, Helston, but you will also benefit from working closely with the Imperial War Museums’ team leading the SWWHPP.
This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to showcase their digital skills as part of a dynamic, innovative public engagement project. You will build knowledge of museums and the cultural sector, while gaining real life experience in a creative environment. Training will be provided on how museums work and the role of digital in the cultural sector, as well opportunities to learn from sector leading staff across the Partnership and from the other members of your cohort of Interns. At the start of your role we will develop a plan for the Internship with you, matching your skills to the project.
The focus of the project at the Museum of Cornish Life will be on Disrupted Lives; how a global event affects local lives. The museum will look at the impact in small places of an international war; how did the post-person feel delivering telegrams/awaited news, how did the store-keeper feel about having to administer rationing, British summer time being extended, directional signage removed and the cancellation of key festivities and events. We will be working with the local community, families, people living in a care setting and the Artistic community in Cornwall.
This post requires some travel to other Partner organisations. Travel costs to other Partner organisations will be covered as part of the Internship, including overnight stays as necessary.
The Digital Intern will:
- Support the development of digital content to bring stories to life for existing and new audiences.
- Work with the museum’s Director to research and review existing content held in our collections and by local organisations e.g. Old Cornwall Society, County Archives (Kresen Kernow) and members of the community.
- Research the Imperial War Museum’s photographic and film archives for material relating to Cornwall during the Second World War.
- Work with the museum’s Community Engagement Curator to support and deliver aspects of the public facing programme including digital events.
- Produce diverse digital content for the museum galleries, social media, podcasts, and the museum website.
- Attend training and networking opportunities across the Partnership, including a residency at IWM London and skills workshops, and support digital skills sharing.
- Assist with other SWWHPP project activity and events as required.
The Person We’re Looking For:
The Internship is primarily aimed at applicants with confidence in using digital technologies, who may be preparing for a career in the digital and/or creative industries or are already working in this field and are looking for experience in an area where digital skills are in demand. No previous experience of working in museums is required for this role but a passion for sharing stories is essential.
- Confident in creatively using digital technologies to engage and inspire audiences
- An interest in the role of digital in the cultural heritage sector
- Interested to learn about the cultural heritage sector
- Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
- Able to plan and organise time effectively
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- IT literate with experience of using Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint
- An interest in, and knowledge of twentieth century history and public commemorations
- Experience of working with the public
- Closing Date: 15 November (5pm) 2020
- Interview (by Zoom): 2 December 2020
- Email Annette MacTavish (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your CV and a cover letter explaining how you meet the personal specification and what interests you in the opportunity of being a Digital Intern at the Museum of Cornish Life as part of the Imperial War Museum-led Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme (SWWHPP),