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Someone has heard an anonymous would-be museum worker’s plea to colleagues to ‘stop pretending there are jobs when there aren’t’ and asked,

Can someone who has either worked or who is working in the Heritage sector give me some advice and a straight answer – I have just been accepted to start my MA in Sept for Heritage Management and secured a part time voluntary position with National Trust but despite this – I feel there isn’t enough or any at all full time positions available in this sector???

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I’ve got better things to do with my time than deal with this ridiculous bullshit (with which Doug Rocks-Macqueen @OpenAccessArch kindly infuriated me), so I’m going to be blunt. As Doug says, it is a new low – and that’s for the National Trust, which invented the Assistant Manager Intern.

There is no such thing as a “Cider and Apple Intern”, National Trust. That is manual labour, outdoors, in winter. Even the farms that exploit migrant seasonal workers pay them – but, of course, this ‘role is purely voluntary and this arrangement is not meant to be a legally binding one or an employment contract’.
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Maney Archaeology (@ManeyArchaeo) has advertised Maney’s (general) Leeds Graduate Internship Programme (ideally, in humanities publishing) and London Graduate Internship Programme (ideally, in science publishing).(1) I couldn’t immediately find Maney’s profit margin; but, for example, Elsevier makes 36% pure profit; and academic publishers in general are estimated to make about 20-30%; yet Maney’s interns are unpaid.
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One of the museum’s success stories, BP has given millions of pounds to the BM since 1996, but apparently neither of them can afford to cover the cost of the national minimum wage for the BM’s conservation interns.
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The Police Department of Denizli Province has run an archaeological programme for unemployed youths. Unfortunately, it may be a model for professionals’ exclusion from work rather than youths’ experience of work…
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Yesterday, I submitted a proposal for an article about unpaid internships in cultural industries. My initial screed thoughts were about the system as a whole, so I thought I might as well post them here.
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As archaeologist Alessandro d’Amore notes, there has been ‘another collapse at Pompeii [un altro crollo a Pompei]’; and there is ‘growing indignation [crescente indignazione]’ in the profession/the country that the technocratic/austerity administrations are allowing – and, ultimately, causing – this to happen. Putting cultural heritage, workers’ livelihoods and the profession’s sustainability at further risk, the current administration is now trying to consolidate a poor, insecure workforce in order to disguise the cultural workforce’s inadequate funding, staffing and activity.
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Lorna Richardson (@lornarichardson) summarised the Malvern Gazette‘s news, ‘62% funding cut to archaeology service, increased use of volunteers to fill gaps [and Worcestershire County Council explicitly ‘wants to recruit a team of volunteers to make up for scrapping some paid positions‘]. When do we protest?
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As we (students and workers) have discussed, the cultural heritage profession’s labour problem is an international one. One of our Italian compagni, Alessandro d’Amore (@Alex_OLove), thought up some questions about free archaeology, to introduce the British situation to our Italian colleagues. He’s managed to translate my angry rambling into a chiacchierata [chat].
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Le parole in Archeologia

Ciao Sam e grazie mille per aver accettato di fare questa chiacchierata. Sono molto contento di questa opportunità.

Ciao Alessandro, grazie a te per quest’intervista. Noi attivisti (anti)#freearchaeology siamo d’accordo con voi attivisti di #no18maggio sulla necessità di costruire una consapevolezza ed una solidarietà internazionale per portare avanti le nostre battaglie, perciò quest’occasione è ottima per tutti noi.

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