Work Experience

Next Generation – Onsite Programme

Work experience students at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum.

Museums Worcestershire is offering 2 unpaid work experience placements this summer to Year 12 and Year 13 students to give them the opportunity to understand the different roles within the industry. The placement lasts one week and offers students a range of experiences across our different departments including Learning & Engagement, Marketing & Communications, Visitor Services, and Collections & Exhibitions. Please read below carefully to make sure you are following the right route in your enquiry.

We are offering 1 placement at our Hartlebury Castle venue and 1 placement at our city venues, placing you at the Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum and The Commandery during your week.

The museum and heritage industry is a competitive one which means we receive a high volume of applications and are unfortunately unable to provide placements for everyone. Applications will be assessed on their merit and only applications made using the Next Generation Application Form will be considered. Please ensure you name which location you wish to have your work experience at – our Hartlebury venue or Worcester venues.

How do I apply?

Please complete the Next Generation Application Form and send it to Megan Keary, Learning and Outreach Coordinator, at

22 January 2024 – applications open for summer term
8 April 2024 – deadline for applications for summer term
19 April 2024 – successful candidates will be informed of their work experience

Application tips

We receive a lot of applications, so how do you make yours stand out from the rest?

  • Be concise and ensure your information has an impact.
  • Read the application questions carefully – take time to think about each question and add your personality to your answer.
  • Check your application before submitting. Check spelling and get a friend or family member to read through if it helps.

If you have any questions please email Megan Keary our Learning and Outreach Coordinator at

Next Generation – Online Programme

We have developed an online work experience programme for students to take part in from home!

You will be introduced to the work museums do and the role of Museum Curators through films and written material. Challenges will guide you to reflect on what makes a museum meaningful and learn how museum collections are managed.

The course is made up of five modules and will take about ten hours to complete. It can be undertaken using a smart phone, tablet or computer and you may also want to use a pen and paper for some of the challenges. Worcestershire Libraries have bookable slots to use their computers if you do not have access to wifi at home – Book a computer | Worcestershire County Council.

The online work experience is suitable for students in years 10 to 13 and above who are interested in a career in museums. For students studying at Worcestershire schools or colleges, Museums Worcestershire can verify your participation and issue you with a certificate. All other students are also welcome to take part in the programme.

Online Programme Modules

Next steps? Access free resources for kick-starting your heritage career

Museums Worcestershire developed a series of free toolkits and training videos alongside Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service. These are perfect for students looking to enter the heritage sector, volunteers and trainees, or existing staff looking to boost their skills.

Topics are wide-ranging including guidance on fundraising, learning, marketing, volunteering, events and collections.

Visit the No One Left Behind page.