Founded in 597, Pilgrims and visitors have travelled to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages. Today, it remains one of the most visted places within the United Kingdom.
Canterbury Cathedral has been a place of worship for more than 1,400 years. Pilgrims and visitors have made their way to Canterbury Cathedral since the Middle Ages. It remains one of the most visited places in the country and is a UNESCO World Heritage site based in Canterbury city centre.
If you are a full-time student at the University of Kent at Canterbury you can enter the Cathedral without paying the usual entrance fee by presenting your Student Registration Card.
The Cathedral are also offering 2-weeks work experience placements focused on engaging the community with activities and events both within Canterbury Cathedral and/ or as outreach across East Kent. Students will be invited to generate ideas, plan, promote, deliver and evaluate as part of this exciting role in order to understand community engagement from start to finish.
Canterbury Cathedral are also providing an exciting work experience placement in the Archives and Library - perfect for anyone interested in a career in the heritage sector.
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2016-17 Highest Scoring Student from the Faculty of Sciences with Jane Walker, Canterbury Cathedral
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A major challenge [for graduates wishing to work in this sector] is the shortage of employment openings, and indeed opportunities for gaining work experience.
2016/17: Canterbury Cathedral provided multiple work experience placements in the Canterbury Journey team, in addition to the Archives and Library. The Cathedral also provided an iPad Mini to the highest scoring student from the faculty of Sciences.
2015/16: Two work experience placements in the Canterbury Journey Team, in addition to work experience in the Archives and Collections and a Kindle Fire to the student with the highest points from the faculty of Science.
2014/15: One 2-week work experience in the Archives and Collections was offered to students on the EP Scheme, in addition to a Kindle Fire to the student with the highest points from the faculty of Science.
2013/14: Canterbury Cathedral offered a 2-week work experience placement in the fundraising team. The Cathedral also provided a Kindle Fire to the student with the highest points from the faculty of Science.
2012/2013: Canterbury Cathedral was offering Kindles to the two students with the highest points in Sciences and Humanities and two personal tours of the site.
2011/2012: The Canterbury Cathedral Trust offered an exclusive tour of rafters, private quarters, behind-the-scenes areas, and two internships; the first is a fundraising and marketing internship, the second an IT internship.
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The EP team caught up with Cressida Williams, Cathedral Archivist, who explained the importance of gaining work experience.
|EP Team: What is life like in your particular role?|
|Cressida: Much of our work is the provision of access to the books and manuscripts in our care. Our reading room is open to the public three days a week, and we also receive a high volume of enquiries by email and telephone. We also carry out work on collections, including listing and repackaging.|
|EP team: What are the greatest highlights and challenges of your role?|
|Cressida: The highlight is working on the fantastic collections in our care. Facilitating the research of others is also a privilege. The main challenge is time pressures, particularly for work on collections.|
|EP team: What key duties and responsibilities will the student have as a part of this placement?|
|Cressida: For student placements, we would aim to accommodate particular skills and interests, while providing a range of tasks, including work on collections.|
|EP team: What skills and experiences do you expect students to develop as a result of this?|
|Cressida: Hands-on experience of Archives and Library work; basic skills in handling and caring for rare and fragile paper-based materials.|
|EP team: What are the major challenges facing students, who plan to start a career in this industry?|
|Cressida: A major challenge is the shortage of employment openings, and indeed opportunities for gaining work experience.|
|EP team: What type of students would benefit from this?|
|Cressida: Students with an interest in history, historical research, heritage and curatorial work. Experience of reading old handwriting and of research skills would be useful.|
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