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 is a unique and exciting project which offers trainees the opportunity to spend a total of 18 months with UK museums where they gain in-depth knowledge of the museum sector and an accredited diploma in curatorship.

Five creative individuals will take part in this work-based training initiative at the British Museum and at least two partner museums.

Future curators is generously funded by the HLF Skills for the Future programme.

Recruitment is now closed for
2013 traineeships

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About the programme

Trainees spend 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 will acquire 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.

The programme is open to all and we encourage applications from a diverse range of people and backgrounds.

More information about the programme 

The British Museum curatorial diploma

Full-time accredited training programme

Grade: Bursary fee (tax exempt)

£15,000 pro rata in London
£13,000 pro rata outside London

Apply for the programme 

Programme starts

14 October 2013

Find out more

Email: futurecurators@britishmuseum.org