"Hello everyone! My name is Natalie and I’m on a seven month traineeship as Graduate Museum Learning Trainee which is sponsored by the University of Winchester. I graduated from the University of Winchester in 2017 with first class honours in Classical Studies. I’m now nearing the end of my traineeship so I thought it a good time to tell you what I do here!
"As Graduate Museum Learning Trainee at the Mary Rose, I support the Learning Department with the day-to-day running of the learning programme. I help to support school groups from the moment they initially contact us to book to when they leave the museum at the end of the day. Over the months, I have delivered fun and educational workshops to primary and secondary students and have even contributed to A-Level, IB, and University experience days. I have also helped to promote the museum and Learning Department through creating flyers and handouts, attending careers events, and helping to manage the departmental twitter account (@MaryRoseLearn). Working at the Mary Rose has not only been interesting and fun, but has also helped me to develop “real-world” skills such as database management, or answering the telephone which a degree doesn’t equip you with.
While I have been here, I have been offered incredible opportunities such as going into the ship hall, visiting the chain test house, and hearing from leading experts about the ship and her artefacts. I have also had opportunities to broaden my experience by working with different departments such as with the Events Team and with Front of House. It has been amazing to have these once in a life time opportunities, but it has also been amazing to work with such dedicated staff and volunteers who really bring the collection to life with their knowledge and enthusiasm.
This traineeship has helped me to gain the invaluable experience that I need to launch my career into Museum and Heritage Education. I am incredibly grateful to the University of Winchester for sponsoring this post and also to the Mary Rose and the staff and volunteers for being so warm and supportive. I would not only stress the importance of this traineeship, but of internships and traineeships in general as they act as springboards into the career of your choice as a graduate.
The Graduate Museum Learning Trainee role at the Mary Rose is currently advertised on the University of Winchester Intranet and is open to third year undergraduate students."