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Taster day to experience working in medical museums

The two medical museums in Worcester are hosting a taster day from 10am to 2pm on Friday 12 June.

Eighteen to 24-year-olds are invited along to the Infirmary Museum, at the University of Worcester’s City Campus, to discover more about life in the museums and a traineeship on offer from August this year.

From 10am to 2pm attendees will learn how to handle old artefacts, compose engaging tours and experience the corridors and store of the collection currently based in the former Worcester Royal Infirmary.

The medical museums have a new partnership with The British Museum on the Learning Museum project funded by Skills for the Future from Heritage Lottery Fund. A trainee position for an 18 to 24 year old will be advertised in the summer to join the medical museums. The 12 month position will allow the successful candidate to learn about cultural heritage and working in museums, it also includes a tax free bursary.

Louise Price, Museum Curator said “The aim of the project is to diversify the workforce. We are looking for local residents who may not have even considered working in heritage. Applicants are not expected to have a degree, however we are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and intrigued by the world around them.

“This open day is a great opportunity to discover what goes on behind the scenes in a museum, come along and you might find your new career.”

The trainee will have the opportunity to visit the nine other partners throughout the UK and also the British Museum for training and to learn more about different collections and sizes of museums.

Mark Macleod, Head of The Infirmary said “We have held a couple of taster days already and many of those who came had not visited a museum in years, if at all. They were full of energy and ideas and left thinking museums were fun places to work.”

Participants from the first event said “excellent building, excellent day” and the second Taster Day at the George Marshall Medical Museum was “very thought provoking and engaging”.

If you are interested in finding out what happens at the medical museums behind the scenes, then visit the Taster Day on Friday 12 June from 10am to 2pm to find out.

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