Monday, 20 March 2017
Roman Society Museum Internship Bursaries
Applications are now open for the Roman Society's 2017 Museum Internship Bursary Scheme. There are up to eight bursaries of £250 available, which are to be put towards living or travel expenses for students wishing to undertake placements at the following institutions:
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: http://www.ashmolean.org/
British Museum (Department of Greece and Rome), London: http://www.britishmuseum.org/
British Museum (Department of Coins and Medals), London: http://www.britishmuseum.org/
Corbridge Roman Site, Corbridge: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/corbridge-roman-town-hadrians-wall/
This placement will involve supporting the curatorial team in their collections research for the upcoming re-interpretation project at Corbridge museum. The exact nature of the work will depend on the applicant's interests and experience, and the stage of current work at the time of the placement.
English Heritage (Properties Historian Team), London: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to complete three different tasks: 1) historical research on an aspect of Roman history, including life in a Roman town, the history of Roman military installations, and early-modern/modern literary responses to Roman sites; 2) the interpretation of historical material to the public, including preparation of display panels, trails and reconstruction drawings; 3) shadowing a historian at project meetings and helping to prepare project documents.
Note: these examples are indicative, and the exact nature of the placement programme will be determined by its timing, project requirements, and a discussion with the candidate.
Great North Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/
Institute of Classical Studies, London: http://ics.sas.ac.uk/
This placement offers the opportunity to gain experience in Digital Classics research. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to design and implement a small, independent piece of work related to one of the Institute's projects, for example: a database of persons or names related to a historical source or area; annotating geographical information in visual or textual resources; or library catalogue data related to digital publication. Advanced digital skills are not a requirement, but familiarity with basic tools such as spreadsheets and database tables would be an advantage
Roman Baths, Bath: http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/
All Undergraduate and MA students are eligible to apply for these bursaries, and may either make an open application, or specify the museum/organisation they wish to work at. The deadline for applications is 30th April 2017. Candidates should send a letter of application to Dr. Fiona Haarer (Roman Society Secretary), outlining why they wish to undertake the internship, and any relevant experience that they have. These should be sent to the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, as should any queries about the bursary scheme. Dates of the placements can be set through consultation between the successful candidate and the organisation in question, but are usually for 2-3 weeks during the summer holiday.
Click here to read the reports of what previous students did on their museum internships.