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Nov 13th 2020

Trainee Curator

Job Title:  Trainee Curator (three posts)

Based at:  Falmouth Art Gallery (Falmouth), Royal Cornwall Museum (Truro) or Wheal Martyn Clay Works (St. Austell).

Salary:  £17,000 plus pension, pro rata and essential travel allowance (Pension and holiday allowance is specific to each organisation)

Hours:  37.5 per week (to include some weekends, evening and bank holidays)

Term:  9 months (11 January – 12 October 2021)


Falmouth Art Gallery, Royal Cornwall Museum and Wheal Martyn Clay Works are offering three exciting opportunities for individuals aspiring to develop a career in museums and galleries, as part of a wider programme led by Cornwall Museums Partnership.  Our Trainee/Intern Curator roles offer a range of experiences aimed at developing the collections management and public engagement skills required of a 21st century curator.  Each successful candidate will be employed by one of the three organisations above, where they will fulfil the majority of the role but also have the opportunity to work at all three locations during the contract, gaining experience in three very different regional heritage organisations.

You will work alongside small, friendly teams of experienced museum professionals and volunteers and experience all aspects of museum work.  The roles will focus on assisting with a range of collections projects including collections documentation, exhibitions, digital and community engagement as well as involvement in the periodic Museum Accreditation process.

You 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.

These posts are funded with the support of Arts Council England through their National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) Programme, the John Ellerman Foundation and by the European Social Fund and Cornwall Council through Cultivator Cornwall.



Closing Date:  29 November (5pm) 2020

Interview:  Week commencing 13 December 2020

Start Date:  Monday 11 January 2021

Apply:  Email Ernie Shepherd ( with your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the Personal Specification, what interests you about the Trainee Curator opportunities and which organisation you would prefer to be based in and why.  Please also complete our equal opportunities monitoring form found at the link on the bottom of the job description.


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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.