Heritage Training Placements for BAME students with Historic England

Historic England are offering a number of training placements for current undergraduates and recent graduates from a BAME background with a range of national heritage organisations. See below or their website for details.

  • Are you interested in heritage but not sure if it’s the career for you?
  • Do you want to learn new skills while being paid?

We’re excited to offer a number of training placements for undergraduates or recent graduates (graduated within the last 18 months). If you’re interested in gaining skills and experience for a career in heritage and identify as having Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage or mixed heritage (jump to Background to find out why), please see how to apply below.
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Opportunity with the National Trust – Bodiam Castle

The management team of the National Trust at Bodiam Castle in East Susses has advertised a unique opportunity for one or two students to enrich their knowledge and understanding of how museums or heritage bodies work.

They are looking for students to become members of the Bodiam Advisory Committee, taking a role in decision-making about the Castle and experiencing first hand how the National Trust works with inherited bodies.

Any student interested in a future within museums or heritage will gain enormous insights into the way heritage charities work with trustees and similar bodies. For example, they will gain first-hand understanding of the pressures to conserve and protect the built and landscape environments, whilst also raising necessary funds to carry out such work.

The committee helps the National Trust protect the castle, given to the nation by Lord Curzon. Bodiam is a fascinating site, which, as well as being a fourteenth-century moated castle, includes within its landscape evidence of a key Neolithic, then Roman, then Medieval, cross roads; a Roman Fort; and evidence of medieval fish and Mill ponds. Its wharf area was once a thriving port and it is still possible to travel by boat to Bodiam Castle.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr Michele Moatt at Michele.Moatt@nationaltrust.org.uk with your CV and a statement of interest.

Volunteering: Roles at PWRR and Queen’s Museum

The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and the Queen’s Regiment Museum – based inside Dover Castle – have several volunteering opportunities available, to work with their staff as a Collections Assistant or a Museum Assistant.

These roles are excellent opportunities for any students interested in a career in the museums and heritage sector to gain some invaluable experience of working in a busy museum. Training will be provided, and travel costs to and from Dover Castle will be provided by the museum (applicants may also be eligible to receive funding from the University’s Experience of Work bursary scheme).

For more information, download the role descriptions below. To apply, email the Assistant Curator, Catherine Holt, at pwrrqueensmuseum@btconnect.com.

Museum Assistant

Collections Assistant

Volunteers Wanted – Age of Revolutions Project

Dr Ben Marsh is currently looking for volunteers who are interested in taking part in the Age of Revolutions Project that will be running between 2017 and 2020.

The University of Kent scheme will match student volunteers up with appropriate projects for their interests, skills, time availability, and ambitions, with the possibility of student placements (e.g. travelling to work in museums or archives for short periods), project work (e.g. writing descriptive content or designing artwork for digital resources), and other activities supporting research or work with schools.

We will be running a range of trips and workshops, including a discounted visit to Waterloo in February, and the first placements are expected to begin in Spring 2018 but opportunities will run through 2019.

Attached is a call for volunteers, containing more information about the project, and a short application form which anyone interested should complete and return to Dr Marsh by Monday 13th November 2017.

For more information, download this call for volunteers. To apply, complete application form and send it to Dr Marsh (either hand it in to the History Reception or scan and email it to B.J.Marsh@kent.ac.uk.

Access Advisory Group at Walmer Castle

The English Heritage team at Walmer Castle are interested in setting up a Community Access Advisory Group to support a new project called ‘Rediscovering the Pleasure Grounds.’ They are looking for individuals who have mobility, learning, or sensory impairments to be involved to ensure that the adaptations, activities, intern and volunteering opportunities that will come out of this project are accessible to everyone. If you would be interested in joining this group, please get in touch with Dr Alix Slater at alix@alixslater.com.


Walmer Castle, an English Heritage property in Deal, are seeking to form a Community Access Advisory Group. The purpose of the group is to obtain feedback on an exciting project called ‘Rediscovering the Pleasure Grounds’ which will start in 2018 (subject to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund). The team has been working with an access advisor during the development of the plans to restore the gardens but English Heritage would also like to create their own Community Access Advisory Group.

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Graduate position – Documentation Officer, Maidstone Museum

Maidstone Museums are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious person to work with collections across Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, Tyrwhitt Drake Museum of Carriages and the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regimental Museum in order to support the overall service purpose of enabling and broadening access to engage communities, inspire learning, and to disseminate knowledge.

The successful candidate will contribute to delivery of a high quality customer focused museum service by undertaking documentation and registration duties by being responsible for managing the effective administration of all records relating the museums’ collections in line with best practice Spectrum and Accreditation Standards.

They will be an effective communicator and should be able to communicate clearly and concisely, be well-organised, professional and flexible, with the ability to work as part of a team as well as on their own initiative.

Click here for more information: http://southeastmuseums.org/news-and-opportunities?item=2810

Closing Date: Sunday, 1st October 2017

Volunteering at Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral have announced some new volunteer opportunities, to work with their team on a range of projects:

  • Community Engagement Ambassadors
  • Oral history volunteers for The Memories Project
  • Black Prince Conference Registration and Welcome volunteers and Conference Assistant and Engagement volunteers

To find out more and to apply, click here . Details of each opportunity are below.

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Volunteering: Exhibition Guide at the Royal Engineers Museum

Are you out-going and love meeting people? You could be just the person we are looking for to greet and offer visitors further information about the temporary exhibition at the Museum this summer.

‘The Mechanicals’ temporary exhibition will be at the Museum from 25th July – 3rd September. Your role would involve meeting and greeting visitors to the exhibition, explaining about the exhibits and assisting the Learning Team with the activities for the duration of the exhibition. The exhibition consists of hand-crafted automata that are displayed alongside hands-on exhibits that show the basic mechanisms involved in making the automata work, simplifying the principles behind drives, pulleys, ratchets and levers. The exhibition is accompanies by family friendly activities, creating simple machines inspired by the Mechanicals.

For more details about the role and for how to apply, download the role description: Royal Engineers Museum – Mechanics Exhibition Guide 2017

Volunteering Opportunity: Picture Margate Project Assistant

thanetmargate-museumThe Margate Museum is looking for a volunteer to work as a Project Assistant to help them with their Heritage Lottery funded project to create a catalogue and digitised record of their collection of prints, drawings, and watercolour paintings. The volunteer will also be carrying out preventative conservation measures, and would be involved in organising events to showcase and celebrate the museum’s collection.

This volunteer would be asked to give a few hours each week to the project. Training will be provided by the Museum’s staff. This would be an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working in a key role on a valuable local history project.

For more information, and for how to apply, see this link: Margate Museum: Picture Margate Project Assistant

As this role is on a voluntary basis, do bear in mind that you can have your expenses reimbursed through the Kent Experience of Work bursary. However, the role description notes that Margate Museum is also able to help with travel expenses.

Internship: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Centenary Internships

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is looking for applicants for its new internship programme, starting this year.

The CWGC Centenary Interns will join the Commission for four months, based in France and Belgium, to welcome visitors to some of the CWGC’s most well-known sites. These will include the CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ieper (Ypres), which will be the focus of the UK Government commemorations of the Centenary of Passchendaele: Third Battle of Ypres in July 2017.

Applications must be received by 10pm on Friday 20th January. Applicants must be fully available between June & late September/early October to travel to France and Belgium. Some French language skills would be beneficial but are not essential.

For more information and to apply, to head: http://blog.cwgc.org/interns2017/

Opportunities in heritage through EP

EP scheme

The University’s Employability Points scheme is designed to encourage and reward those who undertake activities which help your employability development, giving you points for these activities which can be exchanged for further employability activities, such as work experience placements and one-to-one careers advice, providing by local and national employers.

Below is a guest blog from the EP team, on the opportunities available through the scheme for those interested in going into the museums and heritage sector.


If you are interested in pursuing a career in Museums, Archives or another aspect of the Heritage Sector, hands on work experience is often invaluable!

The Employability Points Scheme offer a diverse range of opportunities for students to undertake work experience placements and training. We are pleased to say that we have a range of rewards specifically tailored to Kent History students.

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Volunteering Opportunity: Collections Assistant at the PWRR and Queens Museum, Dover

pwrrThe Prince of Wales Royal Regiment and Queen’s Royal Regiment Museum at Dover Castle is looking for a voluntary Collections Assistant, to play a key role in caring for their collection and to help develop and deliver their programme of exhibitions.

The Collections Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Object cataloguing
  • Condition checking
  • Photography of museum objects
  • General research
  • Preventative conservation

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