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Applications for the 2014 Traineeship scheme have now closed. Details of future schemes will be posted here in due course.

The Wordsworth Trust has been providing training opportunities for people starting careers in museums, libraries and literature for over 30 years, and has a high reputation across the sector for the standard of training it provides.

Trainees will receive a unique, all-round experience (five out of seven days a week) of both an historic house and a working museum that receives over 50,000 visitors a year. The Wordsworth Trust is currently one of three partners in the Cumbria Museum Consortium, an Arts Council-funded three-year initiative. For the Wordsworth Trust this has led to a particular emphasis on education, outreach and work with young people.

Alongside visitor services, such as delivering guided tours of the cottage, selling tickets and merchandise in the gift shop, and welcoming visitors to the museum and the collections centre, trainees will gain experience of caring for, maintaining and developing a Designated collection of approximately 63,500 catalogued items. The curatorial team will equip trainees with a knowledge and experience of museum practice and procedures, preventative conservation methods, updating and maintaining the collections records (using Modes Complete), and researching potential and recent acquisitions and deposits. Trainees may also be offered the opportunity to undertake the EDI Level 2 Certificate in Cultural Heritage (QCF).

There are also opportunities to work on projects and gain experience in education, outreach and work with young people, as well as custodianship, fundraising and marketing.

Alongside the Museum, the Wordsworth Trust runs an extensive contemporary literature programme, which receives National Portfolio funding from the Arts Council. It includes an internationally renowned series of poetry readings, a Residency, and Writer and Reader Development programmes. There will be an opportunity for one trainee to work closely with the Literature Officer on this programme, alongside their general duties.

Applicants should demonstrate an enthusiasm for heritage and learning, and are expected to develop a knowledge of British Romanticism during the traineeship.  Previous experience of museum work is not essential.

The Traineeship is unpaid, though financial assistance is available to those living away from home.  On-site accommodation is also available.

Please contact Jane Sparkes ( or 015394 35544) for more information and an application form.

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