Wordsworth Trust 2020 Traineeships

We are looking for two Collections Trainees and one Education Trainee to join us for an 11 month Traineeship, beginning in January 2020.

Our Traineeship programme provides an all-round experience of working in an historic house (Dove Cottage) and museum in a full time role, and aims to equip you with the skills you need to take the next step in your career. You don’t need prior experience or specific qualifications to apply – you do need to be enthusiastic, ready to learn and willing to make the most of this opportunity.

Trainees will be joining us at a very exciting time, as we are undertaking a major redevelopment project, ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’ (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund). We are making profound and exciting changes to our site and activities in time to celebrate the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth in April 2020.


Collections Trainee (x2)

Are you curious about archives and the objects they hold? Are you interested in the stories museum collections can tell? Are you open to new experiences?  As part of our curatorial team, you will help manage a collection of 68,000 items, including manuscripts, books and artworks. You will gain experience in cataloguing, collections care, working with researchers, interpretation and much more.

Click here to download an application pack.

Education Trainee

Are you enthusiastic about heritage and learning? Do you enjoy working with children and young people? Are you interested in museum collections and the stories they can tell? Are you open to new experiences?  As part of our Education Team, you will be given the support and training needed to deliver our inspiring, dynamic and wide-ranging education programme to children and young people of all ages.

Click here to download an application pack.

Duration:  The Traineeship will run for 11 months from January 2020 (start date TBC). This is a full time role (5 out of 7 days per week) and will involve working on weekends.

Salary: National Minimum Wage, or National Living Wage for those aged 25 and over.  


Applications:  The deadline for applications is Monday 4 November at 9am. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 2 December in Grasmere, and will include an overnight stay in Grasmere.

For more information, please download an application pack using the links above.