The Training Museum


“Being a Training Museum Trainee is an incredible experience and has opened my eyes to a world of opportunities.”

Scott Collins

Training Museum Trainee 2015 - 16

We want to open up routes into the museum sector and one way we have been doing this is through year-long, full-time traineeships. Our Trainees came from a variety of backgrounds, but shared the fact that they hadn’t previously been employed at a museum.

In the autumn of 2015, we welcomed Alex, Elisha, Em, Joe, Sammi and Scott. The group were joined by Anton, a Trainee from the British Museum’s Learning Museum programme. The following year Esme, Mark, Michael and Tim became part of our team.

During their time at Colchester + Ipswich Museums, all our Trainees gained hands on experience, working alongside our various teams and receiving vocational training in a range of areas. As well as the practical experience of working for a local authority museum, they visited other organisations, attended external training courses and built links with museum sector networks. Along the way they shared their experiences via a blog.



We do not currently have any vacancies, but if you would like to be notified of future traineeship or apprenticeship opportunities, simply email and ask to join our mailing list.

“The Training Museum has been fantastic. It has allowed me to gain hands on experience in a variety of museum roles.  I have particularly enjoyed planning for a Vintage event that the Colchester trainees are running.”

Elisha Mason

Training Museum Trainee 2015 - 16

Trainees Ben and Scott photographing objects
Marking and labelling objects training

Vocational Training Received

  • Collections documentation
  • Database management
  • Packing, storing and labelling objects
  • Conservation
  • Object photography
  • Exhibition design and installation
  • Museum audiences and evaluation
  • The Museum Code of Ethics and Accreditation
  • Emergency planning
  • Marketing and text writing
  • Access
  • Devising trails and learning from objects
  • Finds and the Treasure Act
  • Networking, presentation skills, interview techniques and CV writing

The Training Museum is an exciting workforce transformation programme for Colchester + Ipswich Museums, generously supported by Arts Council England.

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We have been involved in several projects. Read descriptions of these projects and links to further information.


We run a variety of outreach projects, working with community groups and young people as well as offering reminiscence sessions for older people.

We offer a range of services to the public. From a free identification service to the portable antiquities scheme, we have skills to help you.

There are many ways to be more actively involved with the museum service.

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