We are offering an exciting opportunity to join our friendly and dedicated team as Trainee Curator. Working with a small staff team (Director, Community Engagement Curator, Customer Service Apprentice and Finds Liaison Officer) and a large team of volunteers you will get to experience all aspects of museum work. The focus of the role will be assisting with a range of collections projects including collections documentation, exhibitions, digital and community engagement.
The Trainee Curator role is part of a programme that is produced and delivered by Claire English with Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP). Offering mentoring and training through a series of 121s, meetings, tasks and study trips, Claire regularly brings together the cohort of Trainees from across the participating museums (Museum of Cornish Life, Falmouth Art Gallery, Wheal Martyn Clay Works, Bodmin Keep and Royal Cornwall Museum) to meet and support each other through peer network meetings. Together the trainees visit museums across Cornwall and the UK getting to meet a range of museum professionals. A series of assignments and training will support your experience and the help with the delivery of an exhibition or project at the Museum of Cornish Life. Each Trainee receives a significant training budget to develop your individual needs and interests.
The Trainee Curator Programme is for emerging professionals. Together, participants, CMP, and the museums shape the programme. We aim to offer supportive, empowering and relevant work experience. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We will shortlist applications anonymously and make fair decisions. We are committed to accessibility; please alert us to any needs you have for the interviews or Traineeship in general. One of our 2018 cohort wrote about her experience as a disabled Trainee Curator, which you can read here.
Job Title: Trainee Curator
Based at: Museum of Cornish Life, Market Place, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8TH
Salary: £18,525 +4% pension, essential travel allowance and training budget
Hours: 37.5 per week (the post holder must be able to work Saturdays)
Leave: 25 days leave + statutory bank holidays pro rata
Term: 12 months
Reporting to: Annette MacTavish, Director
Closing Date: 30 October 2021
Interview: 24 November 2021
Start Date: 17 January 2022
Please focus on showing how you meet the Personal Specification and what interests you about the opportunity to be a Trainee Curator at the Museum of Cornish Life.
|Experience & Knowledge|
|Working/volunteering in a museum, gallery, cultural or historic venue or in a customer service role|
|Experience of volunteering or working with volunteers|
|Interest in the Museum of Cornish Life|
|Skills & Ability|
|Strong IT skills including use of Word, Excel, etc|
|Experience of using or interest in creating social media content|
|Ability to multi-task with strong organisational skills|
|Commitment to learning and attending training|
|Good communication skills|
|Flexible working and ability to adapt to changing situations|
The Trainee Curator programme is generously funded by Arts Council England via its National Portfolio Organisation Programme and the John Ellerman Foundation.