A history student in front of a museum display case

Heritage Placements

This optional module allows you to gain valuable on-the-job experience to complement your academic studies.

Our heritage placements builds on the presence of the Regional Heritage 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

Placements are usually completed within one term, and they are assessed via a portfolio of work relating to the placement, including a short reflective essay.

Our previous placement sponsors have included nationally prestigious institutions and organisations such as the Duchy of Lancaster, the National Archives, the National Trust, the RAF Museum, as well as esteemed regional institutions and organisations including Lancashire Archives, Lancaster City Museums and the Armitt Museum, in Ambleside.

Darcy Beckett (MA History 2023)

During spring and summer 2023, Darcy Beckett (MA History), has been on placement with Lloyd's of London, exploring the connections of the founders of the New Lloyd's Coffee House to the international slave trade.

"My research on this project will involve a combination of online research using historical databases, as well as in person archival research at the Guildhall, London. This work will join other projects researching Lloyds' connections to slavery in an online exhibition, providing a greater awareness, and education, of the firm's history.

I am really looking forward to applying the skills I have developed throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate education to an important project. I am excited about my upcoming visit to London where I will be able to learn more about the company.

I decided to do a placement module with Lancaster because it gave me the opportunity to apply my skills to real-life situations whilst gaining valuable work experience."

Image of Darcy Beckett and a photo of the plaque marking the location of Lloyds Coffee House

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