HIST491: Heritage and Public History Placement

This module offers you the chance to benefit from the Department’s established and expanding network of heritage partners by completing a professional placement.

Our partners include a variety of local and regional organisations, such as the Duchy of Lancaster, Hoghton Tower (nr Preston), the Museum of Lancashire (Preston), the Lancaster Library, the Lancaster Medical History Society, the National Trust, Norton Priory Trust (Runcorn, Cheshire), the North Craven Trust (Settle, North Yorkshire), the Senhouse Museum Trust (Maryport, Cumbria) and the Wordsworth Trust (Grasmere, Cumbria).

The placement is centred on a project, which is agreed between the Department and the partner organisation, and completed under the supervision of that organisation. The work undertaken as part of the placement project can take a variety of different forms, ranging from cataloguing objects to assisting in arrangement for exhibitions to undertaking research work on a corpus of visual, audio or textual sources.

A list of current placement opportunities, some of which offer bursaries, can be found below. Placements can also be organised with another public body (for example, an archive, library or museum) upon special request.

For 2017/18, projects include:

  • Cumbria County Records Offices are seeking one or more MA students to undertake placements to assist with the ongoing cataloguing of the Percy Kelly collection. This placement will involve working on site at the Whitehaven Records Office with the support of Senior Archivist, Robert Baxter. This opportunity will be of particular interest to students with interests in any of the following areas: art history, literary history, social history, transgender issues, or the regional history of northwest England. Other opportunities are also available. Read more ...
  • North Craven Heritage Trust (Settle, North Yorkshire) is seeking one or more MA students to undertake a placement on four local history projects. The Trust is able to offer a bursary of £1,000 (plus agreed travel costs) to an MA student undertaking one of these projects in connection with their dissertation, or £200 (plus agreed travel costs) to a student undertaking a project with the Trust as a placement for HIST491. Read more ...
  • Duchy of Lancaster is offering three placement opportunities to support its work in interpreting the history and the modern significance of Lancaster Castle. These opportunities will allow you to apply and enhance your research skills by working either individually or in a small group in consultation with members of the Duchy’s staff. These opportunities will be of particular interest to students with interests in any of the following areas: penal history, architectural history, oral history, or the regional history of northwest England. Read more ...
  • National Trust, Cumbria is seeking one or more MA students to undertake placements which will contribute to the Trust’s work in the Lake District National Park. These opportunities will allow you to apply and enhance your research skills by working either individually or in a small group with the Trust’s regional curator, Harvey Wilkinson. These opportunities will be of particular interest to students with interests in cultural, environmental, and institutional history. Read more ...
  • English Heritage English Heritage is seeking an MA student to undertake a placement focused on enhancing family visitor experiences at Birdoswald Roman Fort as part of the EH’s Family Strategy initiative. This placement will support the delivery of the innovative interpretation programmes initiated by the English Heritage at Play project. Read more here: MA Placement English Heritage
  • Lancaster University's Regional Heritage Centre is seeking one or more MA students to undertake placements that will contribute to the RHC’s web resources. More details about these opportunities will be made available soon.
  • Lancaster University's Library is seeking one or more MA students to undertake placements that will contribute to the Library’s digitisation of the Satterthwaite Letter Books: a set of 18th century letter books written by a local trader based in the West Indies. This placement opportunity will give you the chance to learn about digitisation practices, including encoding, whilst working alongside a small team of librarians, archivists and developers. The placement will especially suit students who have research interests in digital history as well as Transatlantic history and the regional history of North West England. Read more ... 
  • Lakeland Arts is seeking one or more MA students to undertake placements in connection with the ongoing cataloguing of the Arthur Ransome Archive and the opening of the new Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. These opportunities will be of particular interest to students with interests in museum studies, regional history, literary history, and social history. Other opportunities may also be available.  Read more ...

Please consult Chris Donaldson if you are interested in any of these placements. 

The Department is grateful for the generous support our professional placements module has received from the Friends Programme