Seven members of the British Museum's Youth Collective for 2021 sitting on the steps of the Museum's Great Court.

British Museum Young People's Programme

Supported by

The Greengross family

Join the Youth Collective

Deadline for applications

Applications closed on Monday 6 February 2023 at 09.00.

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The Youth Collective is a group of 18–24 year olds working to inspire other young people to engage with the British Museum.

Through events, workshops and creative online content, the Youth Collective aim to spark conversations and influence change at the British Museum.

In 2022, the Youth Collective worked on a variety of events including Celebrating Pride as part of the celebrations for Pride month, (No) sex please, we’re the British Museum exploring sex and our current and ancient attitudes to it, and Careers outside Curation showcasing some of the many careers in the museum and heritage sector.

In spring 2021, the Youth Collective hosted Unlocking the Museum, a series of events looking at museum careers, how to break into the sector and what these institutions can do to better engage with young people. Watch the Unlocking the Museum videos to catch up on what they learned.

Recruitment for the 2023 Youth Collective has now concluded. Please check back later in the year to find out how to apply for the 2024 Youth Collective.

Apply to join the Youth Collective

Watch Unlocking the Museum events

If you're a young person interested in getting a job in a museum, or want to know how museums can work with young people; then join the Youth Collective and watch Unlocking the Museum - a series of videos exploring careers and opportunities in the museum sector.

Watch highlights from the 2020 programme

In 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a different three-day programme was delivered by the Youth Collective. Made up of 15 diverse young people, the Collective produced a series of video conversations and lectures based around the theme of 'change'.

Visit our Instagram @bmyoungpeople and the British Museum Events YouTube channel to see some of the posts and videos created as part of the event.