Visitor Experience Trainee & Outreach Trainee

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 an all-round experience in a full time role (five out of seven days a week) of both an historic house and museum that receive 40,000 visitors a year.

 The Wordsworth Trust is currently one of three partners in the Cumbria Museum Consortium (CMC), an Arts Council-funded 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 major building renovations will take place across the site, the Wordsworth Museum will be closed to visitors for the duration of 2019. Dove Cottage will also be closed for parts of the year; however, we are aiming to open the Cottage to visitors over the summer season. The Jerwood Centre, our archive and library, will be open to visitors (including groups and researchers) throughout the year.


Trainees will specialise in one of the following departments:

Visitor Experience:

As a central part of the Visitor Experience Team, you will learn how to manage a busy heritage site and how to engage with visitors of all ages and backgrounds. You will have the opportunity to work with the Visitor Experience Team during a time of great change in the museum, as the Wordsworth Trust moves forward with its ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’ project.


An Outreach Trainee will work with the Community Outreach Officer to help support, develop and deliver engagement and outreach opportunities, working particularly, but not exclusively, with older people and ensuring that the Wordsworth Trust’s collections are at the heart of our approach.

Based on site, the role involves some travel around the county / further afield. The current Outreach Officer is not site-based and works from home so communications between this small team are key to delivering a timely, high quality programme of activities. The Outreach Trainee will be in post during the closure and re-development of the site, including the opening of our new Learning Centre, and will play an important role in keeping the groups we work with actively engaged in our Reimagining Wordsworth project.


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

The Traineeship will run for 11 months from April 2019. 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 Wednesday 27 February at noon. Interviews will take place in Grasmere.

To download the Outreach Trainee application pack, click here.

To download the Visitor Experience Trainee application pack, click here.