Linda conserving the collections

The Bowes Museum is pleased to announce that it is looking for two enthusiastic and well-organised individuals to work within its Exhibitions team as Creative Apprentices. The roles will involve administrative and technical work associated with delivering the Museum’s varied and exciting exhibitions programme.  Secondments to other areas of operation in the Museum, providing experience and in  catering, retail, customer services, events management and marketing will give the successful applicants a wide range of experience in a cultural environment. In-house training and the chance to work with Museum professionals will provide post holders with a high quality training experience.

The Bowes Museum opened to the public in 1892 and is the creation of John and Joséphine Bowes. Built in the style of a French château and sitting in the English countryside of County Durham, it is the result of Victorian enterprise, taste and philanthropic imagination.

The Museum is home to collections of European fine and decorative art, textiles, ceramics, silver and metals and archaeology. Highlights include works by Goya, El Greco, van Dyck and Turner, and the Museum’s iconic Silver Swan automaton. To complement these collections, The Bowes Museum offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions and education, often bringing objects of national and international significance to North East England.   The Museum is an Accredited Museum designated as being of International Importance and is one of only 16 Major Portfolio Museums receiving funding from Arts Council England as part of a consortium with Beamish Open Air Museum.  

Apprentices will also study for a Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Cultural Venue Operations at Sage Gateshead, operating in partnership with Gateshead College, the regional provider for Creative Apprenticeships in the North East.   

Hours: 37 hours per week Mon-Fri, to include attendance at monthly Certificate training sessions in Gateshead, provided by Sage Gateshead and Gateshead College.

Salary:  Minimum Apprenticeship wage, with paid study leave and support for travel expenses.

Closing date: 5pm Wednesday 17 September 2014.

Applications:  Applications online.  To apply please visit the Gateshead College website, apprenticeship vacancies and follow the directions:

The vacancies can also be found on The Apprenticeship website: 

If you have any queries please contact Mary Mickle, HR Administrator, The Bowes Museum by email or by telephone 01833 690 606 who will assist you in the first instance.