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 26/02/2018
02/04/2018 06/04/2018 1 week 26/02/2018
09/04/2018 13/04/2018 1 week 26/02/2018
07/05/2018 11/05/2018 1 week 12/03/2018
28/05/2018 01/06/2018 1 week 12/03/2018
11/06/2018 15/06/2018 1 week 16/04/2018
25/06/2018 29/06/2018 1 week 16/04/2018
02/07/2018 06/07/2018 1 week 16/04/2018
16/07/2018 20/07/2018 1 week 16/04/2018
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 26/02/2018
02/04/2018 06/04/2018 1 week 26/02/2018
09/04/2018 13/04/2018 1 week 26/02/2018
23/04/2018 04/05/2018 2 weeks 12/03/2018
14/05/2018 25/05/2018 2 weeks 12/03/2018
28/05/2018 01/06/2018 1 week 12/03/2018
11/06/2018 22/06/2018 2 weeks 16/04/2018
25/06/2018 06/07/2018 2 weeks 16/04/2018
09/07/2018 20/07/2018 2 weeks 16/04/2018
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 16/04/2018

Academic Placements

Birmingham Museums Trust wants to support where possible academic placements which connect to an individuals’ studies. 

We offer academic placements to students linked to an educational organisation or to students with external funding for a placement. These placements are usually between 3 and 6 months, or as requested by the education or funding body. 

We receive a large number of enquires for placements so are unable to accommodate all requests. If you are interested in completing a placement with us please send an email to: workplacements@birminghammuseums.org.uk