St Edmundsbury: Lottery grant for budding heritage workers

Jon Vale
Thursday, December 12, 2013
9:40 AM

Budding heritage workers have been given the chance to learn their trade thanks to a £120,000 lottery donation.

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The Heritage Lottery Fund has given the money to a partnership project between West Suffolk Heritage Services and Suffolk County Council’s Archaeology and Archive Services.

The award will enable four people to receive training and work experience in heritage next year, such as learning about tailored IT programmes, and work towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Councillor Sarah Stamp, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s cabinet member for heritage, arts and culture, said: “St Edmundsbury’s special heritage is a tangible and valuable asset.

“We need young people coming into heritage to take on this custodianship and I am delighted that, working with Suffolk County Council, we are creating these opportunities.”

Applicants will not need to have any previous heritage experience, only a passion for it and a basic grasp of IT. The traineeships will soon be promoted through West Suffolk College, Job Centre Plus and community groups.

In the course of the year-long programme, trainees will gain a wide range of experience in archive, archaeology and museum services to prepare them for a future job in the sector.

Plus, towards the end of their training, the trainees will be encouraged to help digitally archive collections for heritage groups and make them available online.