South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Curatorial Internship - Museum of Cornish Life

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 gain valuable experience.

This Internship will provide experience in a wide range of curatorial tasks, typical of those carried out by museum professionals in smaller, regional museums, including for example the following key tasks:
  • Supporting museum staff and volunteers with collections management in line with Museum Accreditation standards, including collections care, practical conservation work and documentation tasks such as cataloging objects and updating museum records
  • Completing gallery inspections, environmental monitoring and reporting maintenance issues
  • Researching and developing exhibition content relating to the museums audience development plan
  • Assisting in delivering a programme of temporary and permanent exhibitions and displays, working collaboratively with volunteers and members of the community
  • Sharing research and stories from collections digitally to provide greater access to collections
  • Assisting the Community Engagement Curator with development and delivery of learning activities
  • Supporting the museums programme of events and activities
  • Respond to research enquires from the general public
  • Creating content for the museums social media and website
  • Hosting at least 1 curatorial intern peer network meeting and attending training and peer support networks led by Cornwall Museums Partnership
  • Maintaining records of work to inform funding reports and evaluation
  • Taking responsibility for health and safety of yourself, colleagues, customers and contractors

Personal Specification:

  • Degree or relevant experience in a museum/gallery/heritage/cultural setting
  • 3 A Levels (or equivalent) GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or 4 (or equivalent)
  • Experience of working/volunteering in a museum, gallery, cultural or historic venue or in a customer service role
  • Experience of volunteering or working with volunteers
  • Research Skills
  • Interest in the Museum of Cornish Life
  • Excellent IT skills including use of Word, Excel and Social Media
  • Good at multi-tasking with strong organisational skills
  • Team player
  • Commitment to learning and attending training
  • Good communication skills

The internship will also have responsibility for developing a project based on their own career aims, to be agreed with the museum Director. 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.

Email Annette MacTavish ( with your CV and a cover letter 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.

Organisation name: Museum of Cornish Life

Contact name: Annette MacTavish

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01326564027

Contact website:

Type: Full-time (fixed term)

Salary: £17,000 +4% pension and essential travel allowance pro rata (9 month Contract))

Location: Helston

Deadline for completed applications: Friday 15 November 2019

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