Museum & Gallery Skills
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Cultural heritage describes the physical objects that relate to groups or societies, that are maintained for the benefit of present and future generations. The College adopts a very ‘hands on’ approach to learning in order to develop students’ necessary knowledge and skills. They will be given an occupational role within Kendal Museum and assessed practically. The team of professional teaching staff work closely with students to inspire and educate them about the value of heritage. There is also an emphasis on self- reflection, team working, and personal development within the requirements of the course. Working in a museum is always a journey of discovery – finding out something new about current and new collections.
“I have had lots of opportunities on this course, which is both practical and occupational. College is definitely what I expected. It is much more direct and I really enjoy the hands on approach of work experience. This course gives you unique opportunities within Kendal Museum to restore and handle objects and artefacts as well as speaking to visitors. I’ve really enjoyed working with and learning from the curator and, although the course has been challenging, the experience is worth it. After finishing the course, I am now really hoping to find work in a museum.”
Level 3 Museum & Gallery Skills (Cultural Heritage)
Kendal College manages Kendal Museum as part of a partnership agreement with South Lakeland District Council and as well as being open to the public, the Museum is also a teaching department within the College. The College is therefore able to deliver vocational skills-based education in a unique learning environment, supporting the necessary skills development for a career in museum curatorship, galleries, and cultural heritage – those physical objects that relate to groups or societies that are maintained and preserved for the benefit of current and future generations. Cumbria has a rich tapestry of cultural heritage, punctuated by the find of the Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet in the Eden Valley, the most significant of its type found in England for over a hundred years.
Kendal College is unique amongst a small number of organisations in the UK in offering an occupational museum and gallery skills qualification. The museum also offers apprenticeships and internships including cultural heritage, customer service, and social media marketing. The fantastic facility that is the Museum provides an exceptional learning environment for students to gain valuable practical, hands-on experience of nationally and internationally important collections, including one of the largest taxidermy collections in Europe.
Many of our students’ progress into employment, university and Higher Level Apprenticeships and our courses provide the best preparation for a career in this sector. University choices could include degrees and then a postgraduate qualification in Museum or Heritage Studies or a foundation degree in Cultural Heritage Operations, which would be necessary for a career as a curator. For those who want to go straight into employment and/or an apprenticeship, these courses open up specific job opportunities with many museums offering apprenticeships and internships to learn and develop on the job incorporating a range of key museum skills.
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