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Job Vacancy: Museum Intern for Disability: Past and Present Project

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Job Vacancy
Museum Intern for Disability: Past and Present Project
 

Contract type: Fixed term, for 21 weeks, from 4th July to 25th November.  

Hours: 22.5 hours per week  

Salary: £10.00 per hour  

Recruitment process: The applicant for this position must identify as chronically ill and/or disabled and be keen to seek a career within the heritage and museums sector. To be considered for this role, please submit your CV and a covering letter outlining your reasons for applying to laura@devilsporridge.org.uk  

Deadline: Tuesday 31st May 2022 

Interview date: TBC 

 

Outline of Role 

The Devil’s Porridge Museum is appointing a paid intern to work on the Disability: Past and Present Project for 21 weeks, from 4th July to the 25th November. This role will centre around the exploration and sharing of the disability history of HM Factory Gretna during World War One. Many staff at the factory came to work there because their disability rendered them unfit for active service, or, due to their wartime work at Gretna, were left with lifelong disabilities.  

 

The successful intern will be working within a close-knit museum team, assisting with the facilitation of the Disability: Past and Present Project aims of creating an exciting new temporary exhibition and a programme of events and activities to mark UK Disability History Month in November 2022. This role will offer valuable experience within the museum profession, and dependant on the appointee’s interests, can be tailored to being focused on exhibition development and research, event planning, or education and community outreach, or a mix of all three.  

 

The applicant for this position must identify as chronically ill and/or disabled and be keen to seek a career within the heritage and museums sector.   

 

This internship is intended to be as accessible as possible and will be tailored for the successful applicant. Whilst we are advertising the role at 22.5 hours per week, this can be adapted. Work can be a mixture of in-person and remote.  

Person Specification 

  • Interest in history and desire to develop career in the museum sector 
  • Good team player  
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Willing to learn new tasks 

 

About The Devil’s Porridge Museum 

The Devil’s Porridge Museum tells the story of HM Factory Gretna, the greatest munitions factory on earth in World War One, where the devil’s porridge (or cordite, an explosive) was mixed. There were 30,000 workers: 12,000 of them were women. Their contribution to the war effort helped women to achieve the vote. Established nearly 25 years ago, it is a volunteer-led organisation with a small team of dedicated staff. Our organisation has young people at its heart and does all it can to serve its local community. In 2018, the Museum achieved Accreditation and houses over 4000 objects relating to World War One and the Solway Military Coast. We are one of Dumfries and Galloway’s top tourist attractions and were shortlisted for Kids in Museum’s 2019 ‘Most Family Friendly Museum in the UK’ award.  

 

To apply, please send a CV to laura@devilsporridge.org.uk by 31st May.  For more information, or to have an informal chat about this role, please email Laura or phone the museum on 01461 700021. Interviews will take place in the first week of June.  

 

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