The Training Museum is a three year project for Colchester + Ipswich Museums that started in 2015. Generously supported by Arts Council England, we want to open up routes into the museum sector and one way we are doing this is through year-long, full-time traineeships. Our Trainees come from a variety of backgrounds, but share the fact that they haven’t previously been employed at a museum.

In the autumn of 2015, we welcomed Alex, Elisha, Em, Joe, Sammi and Scott. The group were joined by Anton, a Trainee from the British Museum’s Learning Museum programme. The following year, Esme, Mark, Michael and Tim became part of our team.

During their time at Colchester + Ipswich Museums, all our Trainees gain hands on experience, working alongside our various teams and receiving vocational training in a range of areas, including:

  • collections documentation and database management
  • packing, storing and labelling objects
  • conservation
  • object photography
  • exhibition design and installation
  • museum audiences and evaluation
  • the Museum Code of Ethics
  • emergency planning
  • finds and the Treasure Act
  • networking and presentation skills
  • writing funding applications
  • and many more….

As well as the practical experience they gain from working at CIMS, our Trainees visit and support other arts and heritage organisations, attend external training courses and conferences, and meet a wide range of professionals. Along the way they share their experiences via this blog.

For more information, you can also watch our short film:

To learn more about The Training Museum traineeship you can always email training.museum@colchester.gov.uk or call 01206 282931.

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