Posts Tagged ‘UK’

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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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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Finally, the 99% – or 99.67% – of people who cannot get a job in cultural heritage have something to look forward to. They cannot get part-time, entry-level work; they cannot even get school-leaver-level cultural heritage apprenticeships, ‘restoring historical sites and war memorials‘; but if they’re unemployed for long enough – thirty-six months (and, at this rate, they will be) – they will be able to be forced to do it (or other non-‘voluntary work’) full-time unpaid for six months at a time.
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The Sherlock Holmes Museum has jobs, but don’t all rush at once! Really, don’t rush. They have a rather idiosyncratic curator-director, Andrea von Ehrenstein…
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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 socially and economically harmful austerity measures cut deeper and deeper into culture budgets, they are at least highlighting what can be done to prevent the complete disbandment of archaeological services.
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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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The government is going to split up English Heritage (EH). The rump non-departmental public body, Historic England, will provide ‘impartial advice, expert research…, grants to support heritage at risk and co-ordinating delivery of The National Heritage Protection Plan’. While English Heritage’s (the National Heritage Collection’s 400/420/440) cultural heritage sites will remain in public ownership, the site management operation will become a charitable organisation.
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Ignoring its legal advice and contradicting its own policy, Croydon Borough Council auctioned off the Riesco Collection of Chinese antiquities in order to raise the money to refurbish the Fairfield Halls arts centre. They’d already sold off two lots of the originally-650-piece collection (180 in 1970 and 112 in 1984), while 39 had been stolen and another 89 couldn’t be accounted for. However, having suffered 31% cuts to their budget and awaiting another 10%, they felt they had no choice.

The unsurprisingly incompetent ‘cultural vandal[s]’ and ‘asset-strip[pers]’ estimated that they would raise £13m+, but managed to raise £8.1m. The Museums Association was forced to expel Croydon Council for its unethical behaviour, which has left the Museum of Croydon professionally isolated and financially vulnerable.

Funding is only going to get cut, so labour problems are only going to grow. In parallel, due to geographical inequity in cultural funding and the economy, the cultural as well as economic north-south divide (or south-east-elsewhere chasm) is only going to grow. Here’s the first of four examples in a run-down (or perhaps grind-down) of the latest bad news for the cultural heritage industry in the UK.
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