Future Curators

Museum traineeships

The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

A unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the museum sector.

Future Curators was a unique and exciting work-based training initiative at the British Museum and at partner museums across the UK. From 2011-2015 a total of 15 trainees undertook an 18-month placement, gaining in-depth knowledge of the museum sector and an accredited diploma in curatorship.

Future Curator programme has now come to an end and there are no further opportunities to apply.

However, as part of the legacy of Future Curators, the British Museum will be hosting a free one day conference to explore the different paths trainees take once a programme has ended. Museums and Heritage Traineeships – What Next? will be taking place on Monday 18 July 2016.

Future Curators was generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future programme.

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About the programme

Trainees spent six months on placement at the British Museum and a further 12 months at a partner museum, working as a valuable addition and active member of both organisations’ collections teams.

Through formal training and gaining on-the-job experience, the trainee acquired specific collections knowledge, an extensive range of curatorial and transferable skills, and a large network of valuable professional contacts enabling them to lay the foundations for a successful future career in the heritage sector.

Further information 

Free one day conference

Museums and Heritage Traineeships – What Next?
Monday 18 July, 9.30 – 16.00

The British Museum is holding a free one-day conference on 18 July 2016 to explore what paths trainees take once a programme has ended. The conference is open to colleagues from across the UK: training programme managers and supervisors, current and former trainees, and anyone considering starting a traineeship.

Further information