£510,200 for curatorial training programme

Patrick Steel, 08.06.2010
HLF funds programme run by partnership of the British Museum, the MA, MLA and regional museums
As part of a £17m investment in skills by the Heritage Lottery Fund, announced this morning at the British Museum, £510,200 has been earmarked for the Training The Curator scheme, to train a diverse future generation of heritage curators and collections managers.

Trainees will learn how to handle and display objects as well as how to best communicate with the public. The programme will offer 15 people, at least half of them from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, an 18 month traineeship with six months based at the British Museum and 12 months at a partner museum.

As well as on-the-job training and support, participants will also take part in a centralised training programme to provide targeted support in more generic areas of collections management.

Maurice Davies, the MA’s head of policy and communication, said: “We welcome this initiative and applaud HLF’s decision to put so much extra money into it.

“This addresses many of the issues in my report on entry to the sector, Tomorrow People, and in the Cultural Heritage Blueprint. It is a very inclusive programme.”

The work-based scheme will be run by a partnership between the Museums Association, the Museums Libraries and Archives Council, the British Museum, Birmingham Art Gallery and Museums, Bristol Art Gallery and Museums, Glasgow Museum Service, The Manchester Museum and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

Film about the £17m project funding by Heritage Lottery Fund

John Penrose, the minister for tourism and heritage, speaking at the launch of the scheme this morning, said: "This investment is a great way of giving people access to practical on-the-job training, at a time when we need to do all we can to give people a helping hand to follow their careers.

”Making sure we have a skilled workforce for the future will also help to protect the very best heritage from our past, and I’m pleased this scheme will benefit projects in all corners of the UK.”

Other projects which will benefit from the HLF funding include IT management training at Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service, curatorial training with Herefordshire District Council, and collections care training at Tate.

The Training The Curator scheme will launch in early 2011, with trainees starting in March 2011.

For a full list of HLF funded projects, click here

For the Tomorrow People report, please click here 

To download the Cultural Heritage Blueprint, click here (pdf)