Trainees

Trainees 2011 – 2012:

Sarah Baker, Elgar Birthplace Museum

Sarah Baker, Elgar Birthplace Museum

“Meeting so many different people and gaining so many different contacts within the heritage sector has been a really important part of the traineeship”.

Traineeship focus: developing the family and events offer at the Museum as well as working on the collection.

Went on to: work for the Malvern Hills AONB and the Hive

Sarah Stretton, Hurd Library and University of Worcester Research Collections

Sarah Stretton, University of Worcester

“Developing a blog for the Hurd Library was inspired by the fascinating details I was discovering daily, which I wanted to share with more people and record for future reference.”

Traineeship focus: making material from the collections more widely available through educational resources and social media.

Went on to: travel and teach English as a foreign language

Tamsin Rowe, Worcester Cathedral Library and Archive

Tamsin Rowe, Worcester Cathedral Library and Archive

Traineeship focus:  Working on the collection and widening access through creating exhibitions and blog posts.

Went on to: work for Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust

“Tamsin came to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust with an excellent all round knowledge of the sector. Since working at the Trust she has built on this knowledge and developed a set of skills which mean that she is a respected and valued member of the curatorial team.” Dr. Matt Thompson, Senior Curator, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust

Laura Butland, Infirmary Museum and the George Marshall Medical Museum

Laura Butland, City Campus

“Getting to grips with all aspects of conservation work has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the traineeship for me. We have a wide variety of objects in the collection, all with different handling and storage needs, and I’ve learnt so much by working with these artefacts on a daily basis.”

Traineeship focus: assisting with all museum activities, including tours, social media and educational activities.

Went on to: work for Thinktank, Birmingham

Shabeena Anait, Museum of Royal Worcester

“Handling exquisite pieces of Royal Worcester Porcelain has been a definite highlight of my work placement. I have picked up new skills by taking items of varied types and styles through the full process of museum documentation, care, display and interpretation.”

Traineeship focus: working with the collection and audience development.

Went on to: work for the Arts Council

Trainees 2013 – 2014

Lucy Maycock, Elgar Birthplace Museum

“The traineeship has made a huge difference to both my career prospects and confidence levels. The opportunities that my position at Elgar’s presented mean that I have gained a lot of the experience needed to begin a career as a Learning Officer.”

Traineeship focus: developing family and educational events and resources

Went on to: work for the National Maritime Museum

Dee McKeown, Worcester Cathedral Library Archive

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Traineeship focus: Working on the collection and widening access through creating exhibitions and blog posts.

Went on to: work in PR

Anneka Muller, Museum of Royal Worcester

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“The role has provided valuable working knowledge of a small museum – providing me with practical skills in a wide range of museum processes, from digitising records to archive work.”

Traineeship focus: working with the collection including the oral history archives.

Went on to: work for the Heritage Lottery Fund

Alison Winston, Hurd Library and University of Worcester Research Collections

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Traineeship focus: making material from the collections more widely available through educational resources and social media.

Went on to: further study

Kerry Whitehouse, Infirmary Museum and the George Marshall Medical Museum

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“Kerry has been such an asset to us – the skills she learned from her traineeship and her previous experience mean she is able to work on a wide variety of museum tasks and we have made optimum use of all her skills!” Philippa Tinsley, Senior Curator Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum

Traineeship focus: assisting with all museum activities, including tours, social media and educational activities.

Went on to: work for Museums Worcestershire

Trainees 2014 – 2015:

Rachel Murphy, Museum of Royal Worcester

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“Mixing theory with practical implementation has been a real bonus. The
traineeship has shown me how the sector can be hugely enriched by
collaboration. I look forward to putting all my new skills and training in to
practice.”

Traineeship focus: planning and delivery of events, audience development

Went on to: travel and work at the University of Leeds

Etta Griffiths, George Marshall Medical Museum and The Infirmary

Etta Griffiths

“The human connection has been a reoccurring theme and as heritage
professionals our job is to enable others to make connections and engage
with the past in whichever way they wish. Through the traineeship I have
been developing the tools to bring objects, documents and buildings to
life and the human connection is more often than not the ‘life’ that we are
looking for.”

Traineeship focus: developing a schools workshop, social media, assisting with events and general museum duties

Went on to: work in catering

Tom Hopkins, Worcester Cathedral Library and Archive

Tom Hopkins

“The highlight of my traineeship has been the opportunity to work with the internationally significant collection held at Worcester Cathedral Library. With over 6500 books dating from the 7th to the 19th century, there was something new and fascinating every single day!”

Traineeship focus: conservation care, volunteer management, social media as well as developing Latin and research skills

Went on to: work for Guildford Museum

Danielle Joyce, University of Worcester Research Collections

 

Danielle Joyce

“I have learnt a huge amount about how to manage archives, which has
increased my employability. I’ve taken stories from the collections to
a wider audience online through blogging and tweeting, and through
collaborating with my fellow trainees we created joint projects bringing
additional profile to Worcester’s heritage sector.”

Traineeship focus: cataloguing and promotion of the collections

Went on to: work at Cheltenham College library and archive

Lily Dean, Elgar Birthplace Museum

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“Time management is essential when running a project and combining full
time employment with a course was definitely a test in managing your time effectively.”

Traineeship focus: developing family events and audiences

Went on to: work at RAF Museum Cosford

Emalee Beddoes, City of Worcester Art Gallery and Museum

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“My knowledge of collections care and exhibitions has massively increased, but in addition the mentoring, supportive peers, and the management focus of the PGCert have all helped to make me more confident and competent in my work.”

Traineeship focus: all aspects of planning and delivery of a major exhibition, other art curatorial activities

Went on to: work for Museums Worcestershire

Sarah Ganderton, Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service

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“Working with the Archive has enabled me to make links between real life
events, such as the Tour of Britain Cycling and other items in the collection, bringing these out into the public spaces for visitors to enjoy. Developing and delivering educational workshops has also been a fantastic learning opportunity for me.”

Traineeship focus: development of user guides/promotional literature and assisting with public enquiries

Went on to: work at the Hive and the Ashmolean Museum at Broadway

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