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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 an excellent 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 and researching potential and recent acquisitions and deposits. There are also opportunities to work on projects and gain experience in education, delivering the Wordsworth Trust’s core schools offer; outreach; work with young people and custodianship.
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.
Applications for 2016 are now closed, but if you wish to be considered for the 2017 scheme, please contact us.