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

Closing date for applications: 12 midnight Friday 8 November 2019

Applications can be emailed to Ernie Shepherd at

Interviews will be held week commencing 18 November 2019

Start date: Monday 13 January 2020

Freelance Early Years Facilitator – Minnows Explorers

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National Maritime Museum Cornwall

We wish to appoint a suitable individual to work as a Freelance Early Years Facilitator to help the Museum expand our successful early years ‘Minnows’ programme.

With funding and support from Nesta and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, together in partnership with the Eden Project, we will be launching a new exciting session, Minnows Explorers. Working with the NMMC Learning Team, the Early Years Facilitator will help to develop, plan and deliver a pioneering new programme of activities aimed at grandparents and their grandchildren.

This new session is due to start at the beginning of October 2019 and will run until mid-July 2020. It will therefore be important for the appointee to be able to commit to the entire duration of the programme and work flexibly in order to meet external deadlines.

The new sessions will be designed to help grandparents who regularly look after their under-fives to play and learn together by exploring the Museum involving storytelling, games and craft activities.

There will be a total of 33 Minnows Explorers sessions, delivered every Thursday afternoon from 1.00pm-2.30pm. The Facilitator will be expected to organise the setting up and taking down of these sessions, covering a four hour period incorporating the delivery of the session, for which you will be paid £80.00.

In addition we anticipate there will be 12 days for development and training, for which you will be paid £140.00 per day. Travel expenses for off-site training will be paid.

The Facilitator will contribute to the development and planning of high-quality weekly activity sessions and resources designed to engage a diverse intergenerational audience, working in consultation with the NMMC Learning Team.

Ideally you will have at least an NVQ3 or NNEB qualification (or equivalent) in Early Years and Childcare, with a good understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage. You will have previous experience of working with children aged 18 months to 5 years of age and the ability to develop activities and resources which are fun and enjoyable for the under-fives. A DBS certificate will be required for this role (the cost of which will be covered by the Museum if you do not have one).

A full brief for this freelance position can be found here.

If you are interested in applying for this freelance position, please send your current CV, detailing your skills and experience, to or send to Linda Frost, Human Resources Manager, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, TR11 3QY

The closing date: Monday, 9 September 2019 at 9.00am
Interviews: Thursday, 12 September 2019