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Work experience

Our Creative Careers programmes introduce young people to different careers in heritage.

Our Online Work Experience programme runs weekly. Over six weeks, you will meet a range of museum staff from different departments, find out about their roles, take part in creative heritage-inspired activities and learn new skills for your CV, before creating your own project. So far, we have included a book bench trail leaflet, an online exhibition about Homeless Histories, an exhibition to raise disability awareness, a community textile project about black abolitionist lecturers, and a filmed museum installation about Victorian attitudes to workhouse women. One group commissioned and worked with the videographer to produce our Kick the Dust film!

Our work experience programmes have been successfully delivered online throughout lockdown and we will be offering a mix of online and in-person workshops going forward.

Experience at a higher level

If you want more experience of working at a higher level within the organisation, our Young Ambassador and Young People’s Champion volunteer roles let you work with senior leaders inside Norfolk Museums Service. They'll use your ideas and perspectives to shape how we work and ensure that the voices of young people are represented. Many of our projects can also take on Project Assistants to act as mentors or volunteers supporting our youth projects across the county.

Discover! Creative Careers events

These regular events form part of the National Careers Week programme on offer to schools and colleges across the UK in November each year. Through our Kick the Dust initiative, we have been able to expand this offer to run events at other times of the year for Norfolk-based schools and colleges.

Real jobs and opportunities

Young people who have taken part in our work experience programmes have gone on to find jobs and volunteering roles with Norfolk Museums and other arts and heritage organisations.

Savannah has recently secured a placement with the arts and technology company Collusion. Savannah was part of the work experience team that took on the challenge of creating a book bench trail for the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

Read more about the book bench trail project.

Bethan worked with Time Turners and the SEND Youth Forum to create ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’, an exhibition raising awareness about disability in Norfolk. She was able to use the exhibition booklet she wrote and illustrated for her portfolio of artwork when she successfully applied to study illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, and the exhibition toured libraries in Norfolk

Nyeem, aged 21, said “I found it useful meeting various professionals within the museum and heritage sector and learning their stories, experiences and roles they played, giving me more food for thought in what career path I would like to steer into and in general more appreciation for the work that’s put into what they do. Overall a very a welcoming and supportive experience – everyone has been nothing but kind and respectful.”

Emily was supported to design and lead a community textile project ‘Stitching Moses’ about black abolitionist lecturers as part of a wider exhibition on the subject led by Ancient House, Thetford. She was able to use this experience in her interview for a community arts project worker role. She got the job!

Find out more

For more information email kickthedust@norfolk.gov.uk.

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