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University of Birmingham Cultural Intern Scheme: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

University of Birmingham Cultural Intern Scheme: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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The University of Birmingham is currently open for applications to a six-month paid internship placement at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

The opportunity is open to University of Birmingham graduates only, and the application deadline is Monday 21 July, 9am.

For application details and more information, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/culture/cultural-internship-scheme.aspx
The University of Birmingham is currently open for applications to a six-month paid internship placement at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

The opportunity is open to University of Birmingham graduates only, and the application deadline is Monday 21 July, 9am.

For application details and more information, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/culture/cultural-internship-scheme.aspx

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In association with the
Cultural Intern Scheme Placement Proposal // 2014 - 15
SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST Proposed placement period
(six month duration) From: 06 October 2014 To: 27 March 2015
Address where placement would be carried out
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon Warwickshire. CV37 6QW
 
Department responsible for the placement
Collections and Interpretation
Placement supervisor
Nic Fulcher, Interpretation Manager
Description of the project/s to be undertaken
(Please do not describe the organisation)
Specific details of the project/s to be delivered, with any associated milestones and targets.
The intern will be based within the Shakespeare Birthplace
Trust’s
 (SBT) Interpretation team, a part of the wider Collections and Interpretation department, for the duration of the placement. The placement will see the intern make a significant contribution to the development and delivery of
SBT’s s
pring 2015 exhibition programme with a particular focus on a new exhibition at
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.
 
Key milestones:
November 2014: Completion of induction and site orientation programme involving all members of the collections team and other relevant SBT departments. December 2014: Complete concept development work
for exhibition at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
 January 2014: Assist with install of
Shakespeare’s
Treasures
exhibition at the Shakespeare’s
Birthplace. March 2014: Deliver new exhibition (concept still currently
to be finalised) at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
 
 
 
In association with the
Intern’s role within the main
placement project
Specific details of the role to be undertaken by the intern and details of the activities that the individual will undertake.
The intern will be involved in and support all aspects of
the development and implementation of the Trust’s
spring exhibition programme for 2015, as well as the development and delivery of interpretation at the five Shakespeare houses managed by the SBT. The exhibition programme includes the refresh of the
Shakespeare’s
Treasures
 exhibition at the Shakespeare Centre Exhibition at the Birthplace for January 2015 and also a new exhibition at Anne
Hathaway’s Cottage
. The intern will also have the opportunity to join the New Place interpretation project team for the delivery of a £4.9m project to represent New Place in time for the 400
th
 
anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. This is a
major project for the Trust which will see significant work in the area of interpretation, audience development and stakeholder consultation during the period from October 2014
 –
 March 2015. During the placement the intern will also work with the learning department to
 develop accompanying formal and informal education activities
 Key activities to be carried out by the intern include: 1.
 
Exhibition/interpretation planning and design 2.
 
Object based research 3.
 
Text and script writing 4.
 
Curating a series of blogs to accompany the exhibition programme 5.
 
Digitisation of artefacts 6.
 
Audience research 7.
 
Exhibition evaluation In addition the intern will get the opportunity to shadow roles across the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and in particular to assist with various events and activities that the Trust organises across the year.
 
 
In association with the
Purpose of the placement
What will the intern gain from the placement, to be described in terms of skills, knowledge, experience , competencies and networks to be developed.
During their placement, the intern will not only gain an insight into all aspects of museum interpretation work but will also have the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the wider Trust and the work of delivering excellent visitor experiences at one of the
country’s leading cultural destinations
. During the course of the 6 months the intern will also have very close contact with other specialist staff at SBT including: Curators, Interpretation Officers, a Museum Curator, Librarian and Archivist, Learning Support Officers, Museum Technicians, as well as Visitor Assistants. The intern will not only develop an understanding of working with a Designated collection of national and international significance, but will also gain direct experience of the care and management of museum collections, developing knowledge about best practice. The intern will also gain skills in interpreting collections, exhibition planning, audience development, project management and practical hands-on experience of developing and installing museum exhibitions on a range of different scales. Through the different activities, our intern will be gain knowledge and skills in the following areas: 1.
 
Project management 2.
 
Exhibition research, planning and design 3.
 
Working with Designated and diverse collection of national and international significance 4.
 
Object research 5.
 
Written and oral communication skills
 –
 text and script writing 6.
 
An awareness of the creative use of digital technology to interpret historic collections
 –
 especially blogging. 7.
 
Object handling and basic conservation 8.
 
Knowledge of collection’s databases
 9.
 
Digital capture of museum collections 10.
 
Interpreting historical/cultural/collections

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