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Heritage Trainee

  • Employer: Oxford City Council
  • Reference: OCC/21/148511
  • Published: Mon 19/04/2021, 12:15 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 14/06/2021, 11:55 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: G3: £20,061 to £20,753 per annum - (pro rata for part time)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers, Oxfordshire

Job Title: Heritage Trainee
Job reference: 001885
Service Area / Directorate: Community Services
Salary and Grade: G3: £20,061 to £20,753 per annum - (pro rata for part time)
Contract: Fixed Term for 6 months up to 31 March 2022
Hours per week: 37
Location: Oxford - Town Hall

The role
Do you like working with the public?
• Are you curious about your community and its past?
• Would you like a 6 month opportunity to build new skills?
• Could you inspire others to enjoy museums and their collections?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, this opportunity might be for you.

Oxford City Council’s Museum of Oxford is a local social history museum that tells the story of Oxford & its people with a busy outreach programme for schools, community groups and the wider public.

We are seeking to appoint a Heritage Trainee at an exciting time in the Museum’s development. The Museum of Oxford is working on a £3m, National Heritage Lottery Funded (NHLF) supported project Oxford’s Hidden Histories. This project will open up and share the heritage of the city’s communities through stories that radiate out from the historic Town Hall building at its centre. The project will make accessible objects currently in store; uncover archival records mapping the City’s development; and explore Oxford's intangible heritage through the memories of local people. The project will enable the museum to develop as a community hub; for people to engage in exploring the heritage to inform their lives today, taking pride in sharing and celebrating their city’s story.

We have been working with a team of advisors and consultants to help us develop our plans and we will reopen in Autumn 2021.

The Heritage Trainee (HT) is a new NLHF funded 6 month trainee placement and has been created to support the delivery of exhibitions programmes and activities for the Oxford’s Hidden Histories project (and as detailed in the Oxford’s Hidden Histories NLHF Activity Plan - available on request).

The purpose of this programme is to support trainees to gain skills and knowledge to work in the museum sector so we don’t expect you to have any previous experience. The programme will also enable them to gain real experience to refer to in future job applications.

We are looking for people:
• with passion and enthusiasm for engaging with the public
• who are curious about objects and the stories they can tell
• who are open to new experiences and keen to learn
• who are willing to commit to a year-long programme of self-development and learning

The Trainee will be based in the Learning Team at the Museum of Oxford and will also work across the wider museum team to focus on front of house and visitor services, volunteer engagement, collections management, interpretation and marketing.

If you are shortlisted for the traineeship you will be invited to a group engagement day at the Museum of Oxford. This is not a formal interview but is an opportunity for you to visit the museum, meet the museum team, see behind the scenes and ask questions about the role. There will be an informal interview as a later part of the process.

About us
Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi-award winning Council and in May 2017 we were re-accredited at Gold level for Champion IiP status. Our other awards include the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation (IRRV) ‘Excellence in Innovation (General)’ winners 2017, Oxfordshire Environment Partnership (OEP) ‘Best Food Waste Reduction and Collection System’, and several ‘Team of the Year’ national and regional awards across our Service Areas. This builds on our previous success in achieving ‘Council of the Year’ in 2015. We are accredited with the Customer Service Excellence Quality Mark which helps us to ensure that the customer is always placed at the heart of everything we do.

With over 700 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities this is an exciting time to be working in Local Government. We focus on improving outcomes for local people and you might be surprised at the range and quality of the services we provide.

We offer a fantastic range of staff benefits that include generous holiday (from 28 days a year plus bank holidays), local government pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and flexible working in many roles. We offer well-defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also have an employee wellbeing programme, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.

How to apply
More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.

Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).
For further information and how to apply online, please visit www.oxford.gov.uk
If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848.
Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history. Coronavirus information: It is intended to conduct interviews via a video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Jitsi; please contact us if this is not an option for you. For most roles the successful applicant will be expected to work from home for the immediate future. They should ensure that they have reliable and secure wifi access; a suitable workspace and are prepared to undertake distance learning and training.

Closing Date: 14 June 2021
Late applications will not be processed
Interview Date(s): 29 June 2021/ 01 July 2021

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Kate Toomey on 01865 252819 or email ktoomey@oxford.gov.uk

We are an equal opportunity employer:
We value the diversity of our people and actively seek to have a workforce that represents the rich diversity of the community we support. We have policies in place to ensure that every applicant and employee can flourish and succeed. Currently we are underrepresented in some areas, and would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities. All applicants will be given fair consideration for work and will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of any protected characteristic.


  • Heritage Trainee - role profile

How to Apply

Please apply online via the link provided.


Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.

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  • Employer: Oxford City Council
  • Reference: OCC/21/148511
  • Published: Mon 19/04/2021, 12:15 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 14/06/2021, 11:55 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: G3: £20,061 to £20,753 per annum - (pro rata for part time)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Oxford - St Aldate's Chambers, Oxfordshire

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