During 2015-2016, the medical museums had a new partnership with The British Museum on the Learning Museum project funded by Skills for the Future from The Heritage Lottery Fund. The aim of the project is to diversify the museum workforce and the project was specifically looking for local residents who may not have even considered working in heritage. Applicants were not expected to have a degree, but were required to be enthusiastic and intrigued by the world around them and the stories which museum artefacts can tell.
The purpose of the programme is to equip trainees with necessary skills and knowledge to work in the museum sector. The programme also supports trainees to think about longer-term career opportunities, and enable them to gain real experience to refer to in future job applications. The aim for the medical museums was to recruit someone with passion and enthusiasm for engaging with the public, and for them to be curious about objects and the stories they can tell.
Meet Lewis Jones! Lewis has now left the teams at Worcester's Medical Museums, but you can read his weekly log, which includes the interesting tasks he was involved with over the year, by clicking here.
His final update for our supporters was included in the museums' Autumn Newsletter. Take a look.
With the medical museums until late 2016, Lewis will be working with the teams at both sites whilst working towards his BIIAB Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage (QCF). He will also visit each of the partner museums as part of his training:
- Beamish Museum, County Durham
- Museum of Oxford, Oxford
- Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service, Ipswich
- Galleries of Justice, Nottingham
- Imperial War Museum North, Manchester
- National Museums Northern Ireland, Belfast
- National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
- Port Sunlight Museum, Wirral
- Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Worthing
The recruitment process was lots of fun, as the medical museums hosted three taster days in the Spring and Summer of 2015 to attract as many applicants for the role as possible. Activities included mystery object games, tours, creating exhibitions and object handling.
Photos from the Taster Days: