Oct 18th 2019

Curatorial Internship – Museum of Cornish Life (Helston)

We are offering an exciting opportunity to join our friendly and dedicated team as Curatorial Intern. Working with a small staff team (Director, Community Engagement Curator and Apprentice) and over 80 volunteers you will get to experience all aspects of museum work. The focus of the role will be assisting with a range of collections projects including collections documentation, exhibitions, digital and community engagement.

The intern will be supported by an individual training plan and budget to allow you to attend training and undertake study trips to museums/galleries. Through Cornwall Museums Partnership you will benefit from and contribute to a peer network of other curatorial interns in Cornwall. This role is an entry-level position designed to provide hands on work experience in a range of museum activities. We welcome all backgrounds and are interested in your potential to develop.

This internship is part funded by Cultivator; a project supported by European Structural and Investment Funds, HM Government, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council, as well as the John Ellerman Foundation and Cornwall Council, as part of a Cornwall Museums Partnership programme.


Job Title:         Curatorial Intern

Based at:         Museum of Cornish Life, Market Place, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8TH

Salary:             £17,000 +4% pension and essential travel allowance pro rata

Hours:             37.5 per week (the post holder must be able to work Saturdays)

Leave:             25 days leave + statutory bank holidays pro rata

Term:              9 months (13 January – 12 September 2020)



Closing Date:     15 November (5pm) 2019

Interview:           29 November 2019

Start Date:          13 January 2020

Apply:                  Email Annette MacTavish (director@museumofcornishlife.co.uk) with your CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the Personal Specification and what interests you about the opportunity to be a Curatorial Intern at the Museum of Cornish Life


Personal SpecificationEssential Desirable
Degree or relevant experience in museum/gallery/heritage/cultural setting Yes
3 A Levels (or equivalent)Yes 
GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or 4 (or equivalent)Yes 
Experience & Knowledge   
Working/volunteering in a museum, gallery, cultural or historic venue or in a customer service roleYes 
Experience of volunteering or working with volunteersYes 
Research skillsYes 
Interest in the Museum of Cornish LifeYes 
Skills & Ability  
Excellent IT skills including use of Word, Excel and Social MediaYes 
Ability to multi-task with strong organisational skillsYes 
Team playerYes 
Commitment to learning and attending trainingYes 
Good communication skillsYes 

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