Collections and Exhibitions Trainee with St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum

Location: St Andrews

The Museum
The St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum is a small, independent museum situated in the heart of the town’s old fisher quarter, a stone’s throw from St Andrews Castle and the Cathedral. Founded in 1962, the Museum was the first public Museum in St Andrews. It was established to promote the key aim of the Trust: to preserve for future generations the buildings, character and history of St Andrews and its immediate surroundings.

Focusing on the social history of St Andrews, the Museum contains a wealth of information and objects pertaining to the history of the Town and its people from c1800 to the present day. As an old fisher home, the Museum tells the story of the fisherfolk of St Andrews who once lived here through permanent displays on the history of the house and on the daily lives of this lost community. As well as comprising of social history artifacts, the collections include fine art, costume and furniture, and there is an important photographic archive of over 11,000 images.

The Role
The traineeship will provide an understanding of working in the Museum sector through ‘on the job’ experience, and an opportunity for a trainee to tailor their own learning and develop valuable skills within a creative and cultural environment.

The traineeship will specifically provide comprehensive training in collections care and exhibitions. Working closely with the Museum Curator and Museum Convener, the trainee will be supported in the following projects:
• Delivering a permanent exhibition
• Documenting the Museum’s collection
• Conducting research in a cultural environment
• Assisting with the installation of temporary exhibitions
• Monitoring and improving the environmental conditions of the Museum’s collections.

In addition, the trainee will be able to gain experience in other aspects of Museum work that will be beneficial to their overall learning in the sector. This will include, working with and managing volunteers and volunteer projects, planning and managing Museum events and marketing in a cultural environment. The trainee will be encouraged to draw on their own experiences and creativity throughout their learning journey, combined with guidance from the Museum Curator and Museum Convener in the planning of their learning, workload and self-evaluation.

One of the trainee’s tasks will be to develop interpretation and assist the Curator in designing a new permanent display in the Museum. Under the supervision of the Curator, the Trainee will work with the Volunteer Oral Archivist, members of the Volunteer Research Group and the Volunteer Photographic Archivist in carrying out research for this display. The trainee will produce a research report that brings together objects, photographs and oral archive material held by the Museum in the wider context of the history of the exhibition theme. In order to put their research into context, the trainee will go on a research visit to another Museum that has an exhibition similar to that being developed (for example, Fife Folk Museum).

The trainee will be responsible for developing a guided tour of the Museum and Garden that visitors will be able to book during the close season. Supported by the Museum Convener, the Trainee will undertake research into the history of the Museum building and the individual displays, and interpret this information

Throughout the course of the traineeship, the Trainee will be responsible for conducting monthly checks of the environmental conditions of the Museum and store, producing monthly reports on each area that outline any recommendations. Although the focus of the Traineeship is on Collections and Exhibitions, the Trainee will have the option to undertake other activities within the Museum to develop their learning.

The Details
The successful trainee will be a member of the Curatorial team. The traineeship will be supervised by the Museum Curator. The trainee will be based in the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum but will be required to visit other museums for research purposes. Some weekend and evening work will be required to cover events outwith normal office hours.

The trainee will work shadow the supervisor for the first four weeks of the programme in order to gain an insight into the daily routine at the Museum. The trainee will be encouraged to update a learning log at the end of each week to record the duties they have undertaken.

The Trainee will be required to visit other local Museums with the Museum Curator to develop knowledge of the local area, local collections and to network with other Museum professionals in St Andrews and the North east of Fife. The Trainee will also attend Fife Museum Forum meetings with the Supervisor throughout the course of the Traineeship.


The Modules

As part of the SVQ Level 3 in Museums Practice all traineeships will cover mandatory units in background and workplace skills which will focus on:
• CCSCCS30: Understanding the sector in which you work and the wider creative and cultural context
• CCSCCS32: Taking responsibility for your work in a creative and cultural organisation and self-evaluation
• CCSCCS33: Planning and implementing your professional development in the creative and cultural industries
• CCSCV9: Cataloguing objects and collections within a cultural venue
• CCSCV15: Contributing to the care of items within a cultural venue

Within the Collections and Exhibitions Traineeship with St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum you will also have the opportunity to complete 4 of the following modules: (Trainees must complete 2 from their chosen stream plus an additional 2 from any other stream or optional modules)

Learning and Engagement
• CCSCCS70: Assisting with learning for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCV17 / CCSCCS71: Supporting the organisation of events and exhibitions / Delivering an event or programme of events for learning and interpretation for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS22: Assisting customers, visitors or audiences in getting the best from their experience of a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS73: Delivering community engagement for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS76: Evaluating the customer, audience or visitor experience of a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCV16: Preparing for and deliver guided tours for visitors to cultural venues

Collections and Interpretation
• CCSCCS72: Delivering interpretation for exhibitions or displays for a creative or cultural organisation
• CCSCH54: Providing specific information on a collection for a creative or cultural organisation
• CCSCH56: Contributing to the design of exhibitions and displays in a cultural heritage organisation
• CCSCH57: Contributing to the build of exhibitions and displays in a cultural heritage organisation
• CCSCH64: Protecting cultural heritage through conservation
• CCSCH70: Inspecting and monitoring conservation needs of cultural heritage

Digital Skills
• CCSCV8: Photographing items for records
• SKSIM29: Managing online engagement
• CCSCCS81: Conducting marketing for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS74: Developing learning resources for a creative and cultural organisation

Volunteer Management
• CCSCCS28: Working with volunteers in a creative and cultural organisation
• SFTMVC3: Recruiting and placing volunteers
• SFTMVD1: Planning, organising and monitoring volunteering activities
• SFMVD3: Supporting the development of volunteers’ knowledge, skills and competence
• SFTA5: Evaluating volunteers’ contribution to strategic goals

Optional Modules
• CCSCA16: Embracing diversity in your service provision
• CCSCCS1: Providing effective customer service
• CCSCCS2: Assisting with daily financial issues within your organisation
• CCSCCS8: Assisting with emergency procedures
• CCSCCS80: Assisting with marketing for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCCS90: Assisting in securing funding for a creative and cultural organisation
• CCSCV7: Contributing to the care of the premises
• CCSCV14: Monitoring the security and environment of items within a cultural venue



Closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 24 November.

Interviews will take place at the hosting organisations during the week of 10-17 December, 2014.

In order to apply for an MGS traineeship you must be able to demonstrate that you have a right to work legally in the UK and that you have not already studied at graduate level.