Traineeships on offer at Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion

Published2nd October 2020

If you want to become a trainee at one of five Partner Museums across Essex and Suffolk, then it is nearly time to apply.

Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion, along with museums partners at Colchester, the Long Shop in Leiston, Palace House in Newmarket and the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, are seeking applicants for one-year posts thanks to a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.

Transforming People to Transform Museums welcomes applications from local people aged 18- 55. Trainees will gain an NVQ Level 3 Diploma and in-work training and experiences to build their CV, so we encourage people aged 18-55 that have not completed an undergraduate degree to apply.

We do require any applicants to have a GCSE grade 4/5 in English or equivalent.

No previous museum experience is necessary. Candidates with an undergraduate and/or a postgraduate qualification are not eligible to apply.

Nine, one-year placements are available from October across a number of sites – in Ipswich they will cover Digital Collections, Exhibitions & Displays.

Other posts, including marketing, retail, community engagement, events and collections, are available at Colchester Museums, Palace House: National Centre for Horseracing, the Museum of East Anglian Life and the Long Shop Museum in Leiston.

Successful trainees will receive a bursary of £14,400 per year (paid monthly), visit all other partner museums through the extensive training and partner day events and will be expected to complete a NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage.

Ipswich Museums Manager, James Steward has said “Transforming People to Transform Museums is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working in our museums. We have already had some brilliant trainees over the last two years, and I am looking forward to seeing what next year’s trainees can achieve.”

Applications are open from Thursday 1st October 2020 until Saturday 31st October 2020.

To apply, please complete the online application form on the Association for Suffolk Museums website at

Each Museum is hosting a taster day where you can meet the current trainees, supervisors, and get to know more about the project. The taster days and times will be listed on the website given above.

Please note:

The taster days at The National Horse Racing Museum and The Long Shop Museum are drop in events. The Taster days at Ipswich, Colchester and The Museum of East Anglian Life your space needs to be booked in advance to safely manage the flow of applicants. To book a appointment to meet the supervisors and current trainees please email:

For further information, please contact Project Officer, Matthew Jones: / 07966370695


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