Work Experience and Academic Placements

Are you looking to experience working in a museum? Or hoping to get some behind the scenes knowledge? Or maybe you just want to find out about the working world.

Birmingham Museum’s Trust is the largest independent charitable trust of museums in the UK and we offer a range of opportunities for work experience and academic placements. 

Please read the below carefully to make sure you are following the right route in your enquiry. 

Work Experience

Birmingham Museums Trust offers a number of work experience placements throughout the year. 

Our work experience programme is open to anyone over the age of fifteen who is not currently in employment. Each placement is one or two weeks long and is a great chance to gain some experience of the sector, develop your skills and knowledge, as well as getting a general awareness of the working world.

To apply to any of the placements below simply download our application form and send it to: workexperience@birminghammuseums.org.uk before the closing date stated below. If you are under 18 remember you need to submit a parent or guardian permission letter with your application.

Please note that we are unable to offer work experience opportunities in addition to the ones available below. 

Placements at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 

Work experience placements at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in the Visitor Services Team are ideal for anyone who is interested in gaining experience of working life within a busy museum and art gallery. 

These placements run from 9.15am-15:30pm on weekdays.

Start date End date Length of placement Closing date
19/02/2018 23/02/2018 1 week Closed
12/03/2018 16/03/2018 1 week Closed
02/04/2018 06/04/2018 1 week Closed
09/04/2018 13/04/2018 1 week Closed
07/05/2018 11/05/2018 1 week Closed
28/05/2018 01/06/2018 1 week Closed
11/06/2018 15/06/2018 1 week Closed
25/06/2018 29/06/2018 1 week Closed
02/07/2018 06/07/2018 1 week Closed
16/07/2018 20/07/2018 1 week Closed
17/09/2018 21/09/2018 1 week 25/06/2018
08/10/2018 12/10/2018 1 week 25/06/2018
29/10/2018 02/11/2018 1 week 20/08/2018
12/11/2018 16/11/2018 1 week 10/09/2018

Placements at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum 

Work experience placements at Thinktank in the Visitor Services Team are ideal for anyone who is interested in gaining experience of working life within a busy science museum. 

These placements run from 9.15am-15:30pm on weekdays.

Start date Finish date Length of placement Closing date
19/02/2018 23/02/2018 1 week Closed
05/03/2018 16/03/2018 2 weeks Closed
02/04/2018 06/04/2018 1 week Closed
09/04/2018 13/04/2018 1 week Closed
23/04/2018 04/05/2018 2 weeks Closed
14/05/2018 25/05/2018 2 weeks Closed
28/05/2018 01/06/2018 1 week Closed
11/06/2018 22/06/2018 2 weeks Closed
25/06/2018 06/07/2018 2 weeks Closed
09/07/2018 20/07/2018 2 weeks Closed
10/09/2018 21/09/2018 2 weeks 25/06/2018
01/10/2018 12/10/2018 2 weeks 25/06/2018
15/10/2018 26/10/2018 2 weeks 25/06/2018
29/10/2018 02/11/2018 1 week 20/08/2018
05/11/2018 16/11/2018 2 weeks 20/08/2018
19/11/2018 30/11/2018 2 weeks 10/09/2018

Placements at Blakesley Hall 

This work experience placement at Blakesley Hall is ideal for anyone who is interested in gaining experience of working life within a heritage site with our Learning Officer. 

This placement runs from 9.15am-15:30pm for four days.

Start date Finish date Length of placement Closing date
03/07/2018 06/07/2018 1 week Closed

Academic Placements

Birmingham Museums Trust is keen to support academic placements where possible which connect to an individual’s studies. We are currently reviewing our policy and procedure as well as working with academic institutions directly to set up placements.

Going forward academic placements will be advertised within academic institutions with which we have linked and confirmed the process with. If you are interested in completing an academic placement with us, please speak with your academic placement coordinator who can get in contact with the HR team directly to arrange it.