Oct 18th 2019

Curatorial Internship – Wheal Martyn Clay Works (St. Austell)

Wheal Martyn is an accredited independent museum on the edge of St. Austell in Cornwall. The museum which is set within two former Victorian clay works preserves and shares the heritage of Cornwall’s significant china clay mining industry and is actively working to broaden its audiences and increase access to its collection. 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.

Working alongside an experienced member of staff, this post will assist with the care and management of the museum collection and share aspects of the collection and the stories they hold with a wider audience through on site displays and digital media.

Based at the museum on a day-to-day basis, the intern will be assisting with a number of collections projects including collections documentation, display, interpretation, digital and community engagement. The intern will support the museum to implement its Conservation and Documentation plans.

The post holder will also benefit from an individual training plan and budget, including trips to galleries and museums and specialist talks. Through Cornwall Museums Partnership the intern will be able to contribute to and benefit from a peer network of other curatorial interns in Cornwall. The internship will have responsibility for developing a project based on their own career aims, to be agreed with the museum team.

This role is an entry-level position designed to provide hands on work experience in a range of museum activities and events, often working with the general public. Although this post does not require a degree the candidate should be prepared to research and write in different formats, this could also suit a graduate wishing to gain experience. However, we welcome all backgrounds and are interested in your potential to develop as a curator or museum practitioner within the cultural sector in Cornwall.


Job Title: Curatorial Intern

Based at: Wheal Martyn Clay Works

Salary: £17,000 + 3% pension (eligible after three months) pro rata and essential travel allowance

Hours: 37.5 per week

Leave: 23 days leave + statutory bank holidays pro rata

Term: 9 months


For a detailed job description and application form visit www.wheal-martyn.com/about-us/vacancies/

Closing date for applications: 12 midnight Friday 8 November 2019

Applications can be emailed to Ernie Shepherd at recruitment@swlakestrust.org.uk

Interviews will be held week commencing 18 November 2019

Start date: Monday 13 January 2020

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