Worcestershire’s Treasures was a heritage traineeship scheme funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme, which ran between April 2011 and November 2015.

A total of 17 trainees went through our training scheme, based at the following library, archive and museum settings in and around the historic city of Worcester:

Worcestershire County Council was the lead partner for the project, supported by the University of Worcester which provided funding, employment for the trainees and the qualification element for the final tranche of trainees.

Sarah Baker, Elgar Cottage


The opportunity to take advantage of the Skills for the Future offer: a mix of academia, training sessions and on the job training, has been invaluable” Sarah Baker, Graduate Trainee Elgar Birthplace Museum 2011 – 2012.

The project offered opportunities to develop skills in a variety of specific areas including collection management, education and outreach and marketing. Each trainee was based with one placement provider for the majority of their time on the scheme, with a variety of off-site sessions including visits to other heritage venues, training sessions and a group project providing additional learning opportunities.