Work Experience

National Waterways Museum Gloucester Work Placement

The National Waterways Museum Gloucester is housed in Llanthony Warehouse situated in the heart of Gloucester Docks. It has recently re-opened after a £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant which saw the displays and the warehouse building itself refurbished, a new entrance added and the Sabrina 5 barge, part of the National Historic Fleet just like the Cutty Sark and HMS Victory) refurbished to offer temporary exhibition space and a venue for education and hires. Now we have got the infrastructure sorted we need to bring our museum to life and make sure that all our visitors have the warmest welcome and most informative and enjoyable visit possible. Our work placements are an important part of helping us achieve this.

Work Placements usually undertake a mixture of genuine front of house and behind the scenes tasks. Placements are usually Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm, for the period that your course requires. We only commit to one work placement at any one time so you will be fully supported throughout your placement. Please note we are only able to take placements aged 18 or above.


What's involved?

Our placements undertake a range of the genuine front of house and behind the scenes tasks that are happening in the Museum that week. To reflect the reality of museum work some tasks placements undertake as part of a team, working closely with other members of staff, other tasks they will need to work on independently, but with support and guidance as required.  Typically this will involve a selection of tasks from:


• Cleaning & preparing the Museum for opening to the public


• Reception Duties (visitor services – dealing with a wide range of people)


  Helping with school parties, talks groups and other group visitors


  Helping to answer enquiries


• Helping to prepare and run activities such as arts and crafts / object handling sessions


  Inputting information on to the computer


  Inventory work linked to Museum objects


  Exhibition work (research, practical preparation, dismantling, upkeep)


  Preparation for external and internal events


  Helping with the storage / packing of reserve collections


  Preparing, cleaning and tidying of stores and behind the scenes areas to receive more items, stock, supplies or collections.


  Shop work


  Waitressing, table clearing and cleaning duties in the café


Why get involved?

Work placements at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester are excellent opportunities to experience genuine work in a museum and see the many tasks and skills that a career in this area involves. You’ll have chances to practice and build your customer service, team working and independent working skills. We only commit to one work placement at any one time so you will be fully supported throughout your placement.

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge
  3. Await a response from the National Waterways Museum Gloucester with more information 

Ideal Skills

  • Archiving
  • Conservation
  • Customer Service
  • Event Stewarding
  • Money Handling
  • Photography
  • Research
  • Social Media
  • Working independently
  • Working with Children 0-5yrs
  • Working with Children 6 - 12yrs
  • Working with Databases
  • Working with Young People

Ideal Interests

  • Archiving
  • Computers and Technology
  • Conservation
  • Creative and Arts
  • Food & Beverage
  • Learning and Education
  • Marketing and communications
  • Retail
  • Visitor Service/ Front of House
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum Collection

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