Careers & Opportunities > Transforming People to Transform Museums traineeships

Are you an excellent communicator? Are you naturally curious and keen to develop and share your skills and knowledge as part of a wider team?

The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket is entering an exciting time of change and development. Supported by public funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future Programme, we are opening up new ways for people to participate in museum activity through the Transforming People to Transform Museums project.

The Transforming People to Transform Museums trainee placements are aimed at people with no previous paid museum employment to gain new perspectives on how museum collections connect with communities. Trainees will gain focused experience of museum practice, together with transferable business skills, by training alongside team members based in Visitor Services, Marketing or Collections and Learning, depending on the placement. Please note that those with voluntary experience will be considered.

Successful candidates will be part of a full-time training programme that covers a 7-day rota that may include evenings, weekends and bank holidays. Trainees will receive a bursary of £14,400 per annum and will be expected to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage.

Overview for trainees

Marketing and Communications- Role Description

Events Management- Role Description

Heritage Managment- Role Description


Trainee Application Form

Recruitment Monitoring Form

The second stage of recruitment will ask long-listed candidates to participate in a short filmed interview via an online link. At the final stage short-listed candidates will be invited to an assessment day at the Museum of East Anglian Life on Monday 17th September.

Museum of East Anglian Life trainees will form part of a wider cohort of trainees from Colchester and Ipswich Museums, The Long Shop Museum and National Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art (Palace House), who will meet regularly for training opportunities. To find out how to apply for the Transforming People to Transform Museums trainee opportunities at these other sites, please call 01473 433568 or email

For further information, please contact 01449 612229 or Taryn Dennis: / 01473 433568.

To apply, please submit the completed trainee application form and recruitment monitoring form to Lisa Harris via email or post by midnight on Sunday 26th August
Email: or post: Lisa Harris, Museum of East Anglian Life, Illiffe Way, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1DL