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Dove Cottage Tea Towel - Emma Ball
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Applications for the 2017 Wordsworth Trust Traineeship are now open.
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. The Traineeship programme is designed to provide a unique, all-round experience in a full time role (five out of seven days a week) of both an historic house and a working museum that receives 50,000 visitors a year.
The Wordsworth Trust is currently one of three partners in the Cumbria Museum Consortium (CMC), 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.
Trainees will be joining the Wordsworth Trust at a very exciting time. In January 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Wordsworth Trust a development grant towards a new project: ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’. The grant puts the Wordsworth Trust on course to make profound and exciting changes to its site and activities in time to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth in 2020.
As a central part of the Visitor Experience Team, all Trainees will gain experience in public facing roles, through delivering guided tours of Dove Cottage, giving introductory talks to visiting groups, selling tickets and merchandise in the shop, and welcoming visitors to the museum.
Alongside this, Trainees are also given the opportunity to specialise and gain experience in one of the following departments within the Curatorial & Learning Team:
A Collections Trainee will gain experience of managing a Designated collection of approximately 65,000 items, including manuscripts, books and artworks. They will work with the Curatorial Team, and will gain knowledge and experience of museum practice and procedures, the recording and caring of collections, exhibitions, working with researchers, providing opportunities for visitors to access the collection, and much more.
An Education Trainee will work with the Education Development Manager and Education Officer to deliver the Wordsworth Trust’s core schools offer to children from Foundation Stage – KS5. They will develop new school and outreach sessions, both onsite and offsite, including those delivering Arts Award Discover. They will also develop onsite trails and gallery interactive, and will deliver family activities both onsite and in Cumbrian libraries.
An Outreach Trainee will work with the Community Outreach Officer to organise and deliver a county-wide programme of outreach activities and events, engaging with people of all ages (especially older people) and backgrounds. They will have the chance to get involved with local community groups and initiatives, using the Wordsworth Trust’s collection to inspire creative projects.
Applicants should demonstrate an enthusiasm for heritage and learning, and are expected to develop a knowledge of British Romanticism during the Traineeship. Previous experience is not essential.
The Traineeship will run from January 2017 until the end of the year. It is expected that Trainees will commit to the full programme. Trainee roles are funded by Arts Council England, and Trainees will be paid in line with National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage regulations.
The Wordsworth Trust is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this Traineeship. Candidates will be asked to show that they are eligible to work in the UK.
The deadline for applications is Monday 21 November 2016 at 9am. Interviews will take place in Grasmere.
Please contact Melissa Mitchell, Assistant Curator (email@example.com or 015394 35544) for more information.