Curatorial Internship – Cornwall’s Regimental Museum (Bodmin)

This is an entry-level position designed to provide hands-on work experience.  Working alongside the museum’s experienced management team, the Curatorial Intern will assist with;  

  1. The care, management and documentation of the museum collection 
  2. Making the collection more relevant and interesting for a wider audience through on-site displays, exhibitions and digital content. The intern will benefit from a training programme and will be part of a peer network of curatorial interns based at other Cornwall Museums Partnership museums. 

The intern training programme will build skills and confidence in exhibition-making, interpretation, conservation, collections management, learning programmes and marketing.

Salary: £17,000 pro rata (= £12,750 for 9 months) + 4% employer’s pension contribution

Hours: 37.5 per week includes some flexible working evenings / weekends

Leave: 20 days pro rata plus statutory bank holidays

Term: 9 months fixed term

Full details of the role and how to apply can be found at this link: cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/job-opportunity-curatorial-intern-paid/

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 13th November when full details of the interview will be provided. Interviews will be held on 21st or 22nd November. These may be carried out via video link if you are unable to attend in person due to distance or financial constraints – Start date is Monday 13th January

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.

Cultural Democracy and Cultural Rights in Cornwall

What are our museums doing to respond to calls for greater cultural democracy and cultural rights in Cornwall? One of our major cultural democracy programmes is Citizen Curators. In partnership with the Curatorial Research Centre and funded by the Museums Association’s Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, the programme has two clear aims.

The first, to begin to democratise our museum collections by narrowing the gap between Cornish collections and communities; the second, to provide the start of an alternative pathway into museum work. We first piloted Citizen Curators at Royal Cornwall Museum as part of our Arts Council-supported Change Makers programme in 2017/18. Currently, seven NPO funded museums are taking part in the current three-year programme which offers 35 free places on this free curatorial training course.

Tehmina Goskar, Programme Leader, has recently written about how Citizen Curators was developed for Museum-iD magazine, and showcases some of the results and impact so far.

Read: Citizen Curators. An Experiment in Cultural Democracy.