Careers & Opportunities > Museum Futures- Traineeship

The Museum of East Anglian Life (MEAL) is pleased to offer a one-year traineeship with bursary, aimed at new entrants to the museum and heritage sector and delivered in partnership with the British Museum.

The traineeship is part of Museum Futures, the British Museum’s latest Skills for the Future training programme, supported by the National Lottery. The Museum Futures programme will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals and equip them with skills to take forward into their careers, with a particular focus on digital work with collections.

The one-year traineeship offered by MEAL will run from January to December 2019. It has an associated tax-exempt bursary of £13,350. The chosen candidate will work with the Collections Team, supporting on the creation of an online catalogue of the museum’s object collection. The creation of the online catalogue will make our entire collection freely accessible online, providing a valuable research resource and enabling those who cannot visit the museum to enjoy the objects we hold.

The trainee will undertake the transfer of object records from index cards onto our online system and identify interesting items to become MEAL’s ‘star objects’. They will also perform hands-on work with the collection, supporting a large-scale object photography exercise and checking physical object data such as measurements. The trainee will provide administrative and coordination support for the project.

There will also be opportunities for the trainee to get involved in other areas of MEAL’s work, ranging from event delivery to volunteer coordination.

Trainees will complete an accredited Level 3 diploma in Cultural Heritage and gain in-work skills training and experiences to add to their CV and further their career opportunities.

The aim of this programme is to seek out young people who may not have considered a career in museums before. For these reasons, we encourage young people aged 18-24 that have not completed an undergraduate degree to apply. We welcome candidates whose highest level of qualification is at GCSE or equivalent (Level 2) and those from rural areas of Suffolk. Candidates with over 6 months’ paid or unpaid experience of working in a museum and/or a postgraduate qualification are not eligible to apply.


How to apply

To apply, please complete the application and monitoring forms and return to by 11pm on Sunday 28th October 2018.

The Museum of East Anglian Life will be hosting two volunteer days to give potential applicants a flavour of collections work. These will be held on 13th and 20th September 11am-4pm (exact timings can be flexible – please enquire). Attendees will get ‘hands on’ with the objects, working alongside our welcoming team of collection volunteers.

A taster session will be held for this role on Saturday 13th October, 10am-12.30pm. Potential applicants will be able to explore what it is like working at the museum, sample some tasks and activities based around our collection of objects and speak with staff.

To register to attend a volunteering day or the taster session, please email at least 24 hours before the event. It is not essential for applicants to attend either a volunteer day or the taster session. However, attendance is strongly encouraged as it will help you understand the role and ask questions before you apply.

MEAL Trainee Specification – Museum Futures

MEAL Application Form – Museum Futures

MEAL Monitoring Form – Museum Futures