Museum Pathways

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

Museum Pathways was an 18-month Skills for the Future programme providing entry-level vocational training in museums across Greater London.

A cohort of seven trainees worked in a London museum and the British Museum, where they gained skills in practical collections management, care and access. In this time they also worked towards gaining a vocational qualification in Cultural Heritage.

The programme was designed for people with little or no experience of working in a museum or archive, with the aim of providing them with the necessary skills to start a heritage career and make an informed decision about their future career direction.

The programme has given me opportunities to become involved in areas of the cultural heritage sector in which I never thought I'd work, such as curating and collections management.
I had a very positive experience and am very appreciative of being on the programme.”

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the traineeship, and have no doubt that without the help, support and training I have received I wouldn't have been able to secure my new position as Assistant Collections Manager at the British Museum. It is testament to the numerous museum professionals I have had the pleasure of working with, that their willingness to share their skills and knowledge has had a direct impact on me finding employment in the heritage sector.”

Museum Pathways trainees, 2014-16