Royal Engineers Museum
The Royal Engineers Museum is Kent's largest military museum. It holds its own Designated Collection of historical and international importance. The numerous galleries tell the story of Britain's military engineers from the Roman period to the modern Corps of Royal Engineers. Admission to the museum is free for all current University of Kent students and only a short walk for the Medway campus. It is a worth a visit and "it's bigger than you think!"
The Royal Engineers Museum is offering three work experience placements in collections and archives (150 points). The museum is also offering an exclusive tour of the collection, which will include a chance to handle rare and unique items (75 points). Lastly, there will also be an employability session with the Head Curator (50 points).
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The placement will help students learn not only generic workplace skills but also essential museum skills such as handling delicate objects and cataloguing the collection.
Not just a military museum, lots of ethnographic materials to be found!
The EP team recently caught up with Danielle Sellers, Collections Management:
|EP Team: Please tell us something which is unique or peculiar about the museum?|
|Danielle: We are one of only three regimental museums to have a Designated collection of national and international importance, which is far more than standard military objects. Part of our collection is housed on an active army camp and the main museum building is in the Headquarters of the Royal Engineers, which means you may spot a Sapper during your visit. We are free to students!|
|EP Team: Why did you decide to take part in the EP Scheme?|
|Danielle: We feel it is important to create and maintain strong links with the University of Kent. The EP scheme is a fantastic way to enable students to gain necessary work place skills in a unique environment and also raise the profile of the museum amongst the students.|
|EP Team: What are the major challenges facing students, who plan to start a career in this industry?|
|Danielle: The sector is very competitive because there are very few jobs and it is harder to reach prominent positions quickly. The sector currently seems to prefer contract work rather than permanent jobs. Candidates are expected to have experience working within the sector, this includes volunteering.|
|EP team: How will undertaking a work experience placement with the Royal Engieers Musuem benefit a student’s career development?|
|Danielle: The placement will help students learn not only generic workplace skills but also essential museum skills such as handling delicate objects and cataloguing the collection. It will enable students to have a behind the scenes glimpse into the museum sector and understand what museum employees do on a daily basis.|
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2016/17:Work experience opportunity focused on curating, exhibitions and archives, behind the scenes tour and 1-1 employability sessions.
2015/16: Work experience opportunity focused on marketing, in addition to a work shadowing placement providing the 'complete museum' experience and 1-1 employability sessions.
2014/15: Work experience placements covering marketing and curating, in addition to a behind the scenes tour of the collection and 1-1 employability sessions.
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