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“My work experience at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Museum of Classical Archaeology has been a fantastic week" 

“I have massively enjoyed my week at the Fitzwilliam Museum and have gained a new understanding as to what goes on in a museum”


Opportunities for ages 13 to 18 years and 16 to 18 years

Are you aged between 13 and 18 years old and ever wondered what it is like to work in a museum?

The University of Cambridge Museums has created two Work Experience programmes, specifically designed for young students who would like to know more about working in a museum environment.


Work Experience Taster Days

When – 3 times a year in the school holidays.

Who is this for – There are 30 places available for students aged between 13 and 18 years.

What is it - For those who aren’t sure, we run three Work Experience Taster Days in the school half term holidays. These are for those who are aged between 13 and 18 years old and involve a whole day at the Fitzwilliam Museum with special hands on sessions and behind the scenes activities for 30 students. This interactive day will give the students an idea if they are interested in taking part on our Work Experience Weeks programme.

How do I get involved – The next Work Experience Taster Day will take place on 25 October from 10am until 3.30pm. These sessions are for students aged between 13 and 18 years old.  For more details and to book a space, please contact the Opening Doors Project Coordinator, Spaces do fill up quickly so do get in touch soon.

The next Work Experience Taster Day will take place in October 2018.

View an example timetable for the day here.


Work Experience Weeks

Who is it for – Those aged between 14 and 18. Four students are chosen for each week.


Week 1 - Tuesday 29 May - Friday 1 June 2018

Week 2 - Monday 2 - Friday 6 July 2018

Week 3 - Monday 9 - Friday 13 July 2018

What is it - The purpose of these week long sessions is to give the participants an experience of what it is like to work at a museum or collection and how the different localities compare. The subject matter at the host museums is secondary to the actual experience. Each week will be split between the Fitzwilliam Museum and one other museum in Cambridge, which are yet to be confirmed.

Please note that the 2018 Work Experience Week Programme is now full. Dates for 2019 will be released in December 2018.