This optional module allows you to gain valuable on-the-job experience to complement your academic studies.
The Heritage pathway builds on the presence of the Regional Heritage Centre and Ruskin Research Centre within the department and the Department’s strong relationships with regional and national heritage organisations. The project undertaken as part of the placement can take a variety of forms, and previous projects have included:
- Curating virtual exhibitions
- Repurposing, cataloguing, and contextualising existing resources
- Creating and running public workshops, including for schools or families
- Producing informative literature
- Checking historic inventories
- Working with oral history resources including transcription
- Setting up activity trails
- Rebuilding the online profile of the organisation
Typically each placement runs within one term, and is assessed via a portfolio of work relating to the placement and a short reflective essay.
In 2018/19, placements were held with Lancashire Archives (Preston) working on the papers of the Dalton Family of Thurnham Hall near Lancaster; with the National Trust in the Lake District (Grasmere, Cumbria); the North Craven Heritage Trust (Settle, North Yorkshire); The Regional Heritage Centre (Lancaster University) working on the digitisation of the Elizabeth Roberts Working Class Oral History Archive; and with the Settle Carlisle Railway Trust (Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria) on the construction of the railway.