An MA in Museum Studies: The Leicester Course

In the third year of my undergrad degree, everyone in my year group seemed to be struck with the same realisation – our student days were coming to an end and it was probably a good idea to start thinking about what we were actually going to do with our lives. I suppose I had…

Life as an Assistant Curator: Developing Five New Galleries

Almost four months ago now, I started my new position as Assistant Curator of Medicine at the Science Museum! To be honest, I still can’t believe my luck. This is a job that is completely up my street, giving me experience of working within a curatorial team, whilst combining my interests in  medical, disability, social,…

My Foot in the Door: One Year of Working in the Museum Sector

In March last year, I started my first paid museum job at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. I was thrilled, excited, relieved and petrified all at once. Finally, my spell of unemployment was over and I could really get going and develop the skills I needed to move forward in the sector. As with…

Collections Work

I have to admit that I am somewhat biased in favour of collections work – in my own humble opinion, collections are at least one of the two most (if not the most) important aspects of museum work. Years of indoctrination while studying history,  museum studies, and then a year of working in two seperate…

Careers in the Museum World

So far I have encouraged you in very vague terms to think about ‘where you want to go’, but I haven’t actually gone into much detail about kinds of work you can actually find in the museum sector. If I’m completely honest, this hasn’t been by accident. I am a little wary of talking about…

Finding Work: Voluntary or Paid

It is all very well and good for me to talk about how brilliant volunteering and internships are, but after my last post, I realized that it would probably be a bit more helpful to give a little advice about how to find these kinds of positions, as well as fully paid work. So this…

Experience, Experience, Experience: Internships

Volunteering is an amazing way of getting a taste for the world of museum work and developing your skills and experience. It can also be relatively easy to fit into your life as you can decide how regularly and for how long you want to work for. However, this can mean that the experience you can gain…

Experience, Experience, Experience: Volunteering

In my last post, I mentioned some of the reasons why I decided to pursue a career in the museum world, but I also ‘hinted’ at some of the problems that I encountered in my job hunt. When I left University, I was unable to find a museum job for around six months, which is…

Finding a Job in the Museum World – Why Bother?

I decided that working in museums was for me when I was about 17, but when I told my classmates, their main question was…why? And over the years, I’ve asked myself the the same question time and time again. To what seemed like everyone else my age, museums were dull ‘mausoleum’-type places, visited for educational…