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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???

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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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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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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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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There are going to be further redundancies at the Museum of London (MoL). In order to balance its slashed budget, the museum’s getting rid of its entire oral history and community workforce (via @lornarichardson).
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Following on from the past two posts, here, I want to highlight how difficult the situation was (or could be) before the crisis. Still, in this post, I also want to consider how the industry is coping now and how established cultural heritage workers advise new (would-be) entrants to the profession.
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Following on from the previous post on the prospects of new (would-be) museum workers, I cannot not respond to some museum workers’ arguments for perseverance and positivity.
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