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Black and white photograph of two young people practising taking photosHeritage Trainee

£20,061 to £20,753 per annum – (pro rata for part time)

Fixed Term for 6 months up to 31 March 2022

37 hours per week

  • Do you like working with the public?
  • Are you curious about your community and its past?
  • Would you like a 6 month opportunity to build new skills?
  • Could you inspire others to enjoy museums and their collections?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, this opportunity might be for you.

Oxford City Council’s Museum of Oxford is a local social history museum that tells the story of Oxford & its people with a busy outreach programme for schools, community groups and the wider public.

We are seeking to appoint a Heritage Trainee at an exciting time in the Museum’s development. The Museum of Oxford is working on a £3m, National Heritage Lottery Funded (NHLF) supported project Oxford’s Hidden Histories. This project will open up and share the heritage of the city’s communities through stories that radiate out from the historic Town Hall building at its centre. The project will make accessible objects currently in store; uncover archival records mapping the City’s development; and explore Oxford’s intangible heritage through the memories of local people. The project will enable the museum to develop as a community hub; for people to engage in exploring the heritage to inform their lives today, taking pride in sharing and celebrating their city’s story.

We have been working with a team of advisors and consultants to help us develop our plans and we will reopen in Autumn 2021.
The Heritage Trainee (HT) is a new NLHF funded 6 month trainee placement and has been created to support the delivery of exhibitions programmes and activities for the Oxford’s Hidden Histories project (and as detailed in the Oxford’s Hidden Histories NLHF Activity Plan – available on request).
The purpose of this programme is to support trainees to gain skills and knowledge to work in the museum sector so we don’t expect you to have any previous experience. The programme will also enable them to gain real experience to refer to in future job applications.

We are looking for people:

  • with passion and enthusiasm for engaging with the public
  • who are curious about objects and the stories they can tell
  • who are open to new experiences and keen to learn
  • who are willing to commit to a year-long programme of self-development and learning

The Trainee will be based in the Learning Team at the Museum of Oxford and will also work across the wider museum team to focus on front of house and visitor services, volunteer engagement, collections management, interpretation and marketing.

Search ‘Heritage Trainee’ on Oxford City Council’s website to apply

Please read the person specification thoroughly before completing the application form.

The Museum of Oxford is unable to accept speculative CVs and calls from agencies. Any paid internships will be advertised on this page.