A group attend a Museum Futures session

Museum Futures

Museum Futures is a training programme, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Museum Futures is the fourth offering in the Skills for the Future training programme. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the Museum Futures programme will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals to equip them with a dynamic understanding of digital data management, preservation and access practices relating to museum collections.

About the programme

Three cohorts of trainees, based in museums across the UK, will form a proactive network through which essential digital skills, tools and workflows are developed and shared between trainees, host museums and the wider sector. Trainees will tackle key challenges of digital management, from securing at-risk legacy data to maximising the value of digital assets such as photographs.

Positive action recruitment will seek to appoint trainees who show a natural digital talent and benefit the diversity profiles of their host museum. Trainees will be paid a bursary of £13,350 (£15,350 for London-based trainees) and work towards a Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage. After a year of on-the-job training, trainees will be able to harness essential skills and act as champions in the sector, placing digital best practice at the heart of all areas of museum work.

Our partners

Trainees will be recruited locally by each host museum, and year two placements will start January 2020. The host partners for the 2020 cohort are:

• Birmingham Museums Trust
• Bristol Culture/ South West Museum Development
• Derby Museums
• Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
• Horniman Museum and Gardens
• Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
• Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery
• Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
• The British Museum

The host partners for the 2019 cohort are:

• Museum of East Anglian Life
• National Museums Liverpool
• Norfolk Museums Service
• Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove
• South West Heritage Trust
• York Museums Trust
• Garden Museum
• The British Museum

For more information on the Museum Futures network and trainee recruitment, visit museumfutures.co.uk.

Current and previous programmes

Recruiting for diversity

The Skills for the Future programme aims to increase the number of applicants from diverse backgrounds that are currently under-represented in the museum sector. The British Museum, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has worked with the Audience Agency to draw together our experience of recruiting for diversity.

To support other museums and organisations interested in learning from this approach please see the Learning Museum Roadmap 2018 and introductory films.