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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.

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 trainee roles are funded by Arts Council England, and trainees will be paid the National Minimum Wage. On-site accommodation is also available to rent.

Applications will close on Thursday 20th November. Interviews will take place between Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th December.

Please contact Melissa Mitchell (melissa.mitchell@wordsworth.org.uk or 015394 35544) for more information and an application form.

Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH
T:015394 35544

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