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We’re recruiting for the Teaching Museum!

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We’re pleased to be able to offer 6 Traineeships as part of our nationally recognised Teaching Museum Traineeship Programme.

A range of traineeships are on offer providing the opportunity to work with museums and their collections: handling, documenting, interpreting and caring for objects/artefacts and to bring them to life for visitors, through displays, events and social media.

The Norfolk Teaching Museum Traineeship combines a paid job with a training and development programme delivered by museum professionals who are experts in their field.

No museum experience is required but we want to appoint a cohort of trainees who will never stop learning, people with inquisitive minds and lots of ideas, who can act with integrity and demonstrate their excellent communication skills.  Ultimately, we are looking for people with a passion for museums and the enthusiasm and understanding to make every visitor feel valued.

Does this sound like you? If so you can find out more about this opportunity by attending a briefing session for potential applicants at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery on 11 or 12 December 2015, to book on to one of these briefing sessions please click here.

And the winner is… Ancient House!

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Ancient House Museum in Thetford was recently named the winner of the EDP Visit Norfolk Tourism Awards’ ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ in the under 50,000 category – huge congratulations to the whole team.

If you haven’t visited the museum before you can find out all about it here including their new exhibition ‘Flint Rocks!’

Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing: 3 October 2015 – 3 January 2016

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Come and see how we can repair our cities, how your home could become a workshop, or your garden controlled by robots and watch as prosthetics limbs made with 3D printers are distributed across the globe.

Many craft traditions were developed by communities working with local materials, sharing skills, creating tools and improving their environment. Build Your Own highlights how the same ideas are developing with new technology.

This innovative exhibition features newly commissioned work by leading makers, creative technologists and collectives including Rachel Rayns with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Will Shannon and Assemble and Linda Brothwell.

A Crafts Council and FACT exhibition, in association with Norfolk Museums Service

For opening times and admission prices click here to book tickets to Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery please click here

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What’s on at the Norwich museums

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There’s plenty happening at the Norwich museums in the coming months!

Whatever you’re into there’s a talk, tour, workshop or event for you.

Don’t miss Norwich Castle’s exciting exhibition ‘Build Your Own’ (3 October 2015 – 3 January 2016) and discover gardening robots, 3D printing and more.

Click here to download the ‘What's On’ guide.

#ILoveMuseums – do you?

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I Love Museums is a new campaign led by the National Museum Director’s Council to demonstrate the depth of support for UK museums – last year alone there were 66.8 million visits to the national and major regional museums within NMDC’s membership!

Museums are facing challenging times, I Love Museums will show funders and policymakers how much museums matter by celebrating the UK public’s support.

Get involved by sharing your ‘#ILoveMuseums because…’ story on social media * following I Love Museums on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and registering your support on their website.

Olive Edis archive – funding confirmed

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We're extremely happy to announce this news!

Thanks to generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund the work of a true photography pioneer will be available to view as never before.

Olive Edis was appointed an official war artist in 1918 with a special focus on the roles of women.

She photographed famous (including royalty) and non-famous alike, with some of her most striking images those of local Norfolk fishermen

This support will go towards realising an exciting plan at the site of the biggest collection of her work, Cromer Museum.

A digital archive will be created bringing together her work from various collections including the National Portrait Gallery, as well as giving visitors the chance to try out her techniques for themselves, you can read more about it here.

Keep up to date with the latest news for the plans at Cromer Museum on Facebook or Twitter

Voices from the Workhouse

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There are big changes happening at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.

“Voices from the Workhouse” is a three-year Heritage Lottery Fund project which will transform the museum displays telling the real stories of the people who lived and worked in the workhouse.

Using original accounts, amazing collections and the beautiful building, this project will explore these stories and find out why they are still important today. For the first time it will also examine life at Gressenhall in the 20th century when it became an old people’s home.

For all the latest news and project updates, please visit the Voices from the Workhouse webpage.

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…I would say that Norfolk Museums Service is one of the best county museum services in the country and it’s doing a great service to the people and visitors of Norfolk.

I am absolutely thrilled. I could never in a thousand years imagine that I could be fortunate enough to find a fossil and have it identified.