Category: Placements

Supporting Museums join the Kickstart Scheme

The Museums Association (MA) and the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) are working together to help museums take part in the UK-wide Kickstart Scheme.

Introduced in response to the Covid situation, the Scheme provides six-month funded placements for young people on Universal Credit or at risk of unemployment, with the government providing funding for 25 hours per week at the minimum wage.

The complication is that any organisation seeking to join the Scheme must provide a minimum of 30 placements in order to participate.

The MA and AIM will host a virtual networking session on 30 September to enable museums to explore their options and to broker partnerships.

Email by 24 September to register your interest.

Recognising that many museums may not be able to offer this number of placements on their own, the MA and AIM have come together to help museums that are interested in participating to find a partner or form a group of museums in order to access the scheme.

The Kickstart networking session will take place on 30 September from 10.30am to 12.00pm.

Knowledge Exchange Call for Partners

From The British Museum:

Knowledge Exchange is a programme developed by the British Museum to support professional exchanges between the British Museum and museums, galleries and heritage organisations across the UK, enabling staff to share knowledge, skills and best practice and support their individual professional development.

Please see attached document for information about how to apply.

Generously supported by the Vivmar Foundation, the Knowledge Exchange programme offers the opportunity of a fully funded and co-ordinated five-day professional exchange between paid staff, in any role, at five selected partner museums and the British Museum.

The aims of the Knowledge Exchange placements are:

  • To develop individual and organisational knowledge and/or skills
  • To help build relationships between organisations
  • To provide insight into and gain exposure to specific areas of museum work
  • To shape sustainable methods for sharing knowledge and skills across the sector

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North West Museums University Placement Programme

Museum Development North West and Curious Minds are working together to deliver a number of paid university placements and are looking for museums to participate.

Using Curious Minds’ Trailblaze model the programme will create six six-month placements for university students in museums across the North West.  This is an opportunity to engage students from non-arts courses in the museums sector, to develop their understanding of the range of job opportunities available and to diversify the workforce.  It will allow you to develop relationships with local universities that can extend beyond this programme.  This is a great opportunity to showcase the wider arts and cultural sector that there are opportunities beyond national initiatives such as the Creative Employment Programme, and encourage others to be creative in their approach to workforce development, and not rely on the next reinvention of the work-based learning wheel. 

All financial aspects such as the wage will be covered by Museum Development North West and all that we ask from museums is to dedicate the time required to deliver a meaningful and worthwhile placement.

The placements will take place from January 2018 onwards and will be one day a week for 26 weeks.

Due to the nature of the programme the deadline is quite soon so if you are interested in participating in the programme please complete the application form and send to us by 5pm on Tuesday 3rd October –

For more info please contact Alex Bird – or Holly Ball –

Call for Student Placements in Regional Museums

The University of Manchester are looking to expand their placement offer for Art Galleries and Museum Studies MA students and have asked us to circulate their Placement Form.

From the University of Manchester Art Galleries and Museum Studies team:

Student work placements play an integral role in postgraduate study at the University of Manchester School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, especially the Institute for Cultural Practices programmes, so we thank you for considering hosting one or more of our MA students for the upcoming academic year. We hope that a placement provides a useful resource for you/your team, a contribution towards professional development in the cultural sector as well as a valuable experience for our students. If you are among the many institutions that have offered placements in the past, we are grateful for your continued support. If you are considering it for the first time thank you for your interest and please do contact us if you would like to discuss any aspect of the programme.

It has been our experience that focused, directed projects often are the most successful, although successful placements can take a variety of forms. Please talk to us if you are unsure about an idea. If you are offering more than one role, please fill in a form for each role; please make sure you indicate what kinds of activities will be involved so we can allocate students properly by matching their interests.

If you are interested in hosting a placement please complete the form and return to Maria Calderhead, Work Placement Coordinator ( by 4th September 2015