Internships and Placements at the Society

The Society hosts a number of internship programmes, utilising its prestigious library and museum collections to support students in the study of material culture, and in building practical skills to help them take their first steps into a career in the heritage sector.

The Society currently hosts partnership programmes with the University of Oxford, the University of Aberystwyth and the University of Sussex. Our placement opportunities give students the chance to gain hands-on experience working with collections, and to develop their confidence and knowledge working with historic objects. Skills covered may include object handling and assessment, basic conservation cleaning and an understanding of conservation materials, documentation and research, photography, object packing and an overview of basic collections management skills. Training is delivered in the form of presentations and practical demonstrations.

If you are an academic placement coordinator or university lecturer who is interested in learning more about working with the Society and running a student placement or internship programme, please email for more information.


“…[It was] such a wonderful learning experience and a whole lot of fun!”

“My time at the Society was interesting, satisfying and thoroughly rewarding. I feel that I have contributed to a worthwhile project whilst gaining useful insights, contacts and experience…”

“Not only did I have the opportunity to chat with staff and fellows (including one whose works I have used during my studies) but I also got to attend interesting lectures…”


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