Internship at the River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames

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The River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, currently have a vacancy for an intern. This would be a great opportunity for anyone considering a career in the museum and heritage sector.  To apply, see the details and link below. The closing date is Friday 5 May.


Apply with a CV and cover letter to before Friday 5th May. The leap link is here (you will need to login to view):



Company description:
The River & Rowing Museum is a leading independent museum with an award-winning education programme. The Museum has a unique permanent collection exploring the River Thames, the international sport of Rowing, the historic town of Henley on Thames, the diverse work of artist John Piper and the world famous tale of the Wind in the Willows. Put simply, our mission is to bring to life the river, rowing, history & the arts, sharing our passion with as many people as possible.
Role of the intern:
The River & Rowing Museum would like to take on an intern who has an interest in a career in museums, in particular working in education and with the public. The intern would gain skills and experience in public engagement and event delivery, an awareness of the education sector and an understanding of how to make museum collections accessible and engaging.

We have hosted interns for the last 3 years and value the fresh perspective, ideas and enthusiasm they bring to the organisation. It is of great benefit to have an intern as they contribute to the team and make possible specific projects that enhance the education programme.

The main project for the internship will be reviewing and enhancing the learning resources for schools and families available in the Museum:

  • For schools: the Museum has a small handling collection that needs auditing and upgrading.
  • For families: the Museum is committed to enhancing the experience of families and was named in 2016 as one of the top ten most family friendly museums in the UK. Family provision is under review with the aim of increasing the level and range of family activities in the galleries
Day-to-day activities:
  • Contributing to research and development of new formal learning programmes, particularly with an arts and literacy focus to support upcoming exhibitions.
  • Assisting with creation of family learning activities
  • Supporting children’s workshops and family events
  • Contributing to the Museum’s website and social media content for education
  • Analysing school visit patterns and evaluation feedback
The intern will gain an understanding of the breadth of museum learning provision, an insight into the national curriculum and an appreciation of how museums tailor their work to meet visitor needs.

This internship would suit students with Arts and Humanities focus ie Museum Studies, History, Geography, Archaeology, History of Art and/or Education.

Essential criteria:
  • Good communication skills
  • Interest in heritage and museums
  • Interest in learning outside the classroom
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to show initiative and work flexibly
  • Highly computer literate with good attention to detail
Desirable Criteria:
  • Experience of customer service and public engagement (professional or voluntary)
  • Experience of using social media
  • Knowledge and experience of Adobe Creative Suite


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Career Events, Summer Term 2017

History students at all stages of their degrees might be interested on some (or even all) of the events which Careers are offering this term.

The full list can be found below, but we particularly like the look of:

  • Graduating…what next? – 18th April (1–2pm)
  • No plans for summer? – 20th April (1–2pm), and 7th June (1–2pm)
  • CV workshop – 24th April (1–2pm), and 6th June (1–2pm)
  • LinkedIn for beginners – 21st April (1–2pm), and 24th May (1–2pm)


For further information and to book a place on one of the events visit My Jobs Online.

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You are invited to the launch of the Monroe Group

The newly established Monroe Group is an interdisciplinary research network for the study of politics in the Americas.

The network is designed to encourage dialogue between scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences working on all aspects of politics in the American continent. It has been developed in response to recent expansion of staff and student recruitment working in the field of US and Latin American politics at the University of Reading.

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Registration now open for ‘Trump’s First 100 Days’ 2nd May, 2017

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the forthcoming conference ‘Trump’s First 100 Days’, 2nd May 2017.

A copy of the conference programme is available below.  Registrations should be made via the University of Reading’s Conferences and Events pages.

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Co-living: Utopia 2.0?

by Dr Andy Willimott [1]

Utopia 2.0, 1

Eight months on from its opening, in May 2016, the London-based co-living enterprise known as The Collective Old Oak is still going strong. The residential concept, situated between North Acton and Wilesden Junction, now boasts 546 residents. The project has piqued the interest of locals and the media alike. Aimed predominantly at a generation of millennials locked into the notoriously prohibitive and uninspiring rental market, The Collective seeks to change the way people live in urban centres. Residents pay rent on small private bedrooms, but gain access to a range of spaces and facilities, including kitchens, dining rooms, and lounges. There is also a communal library, cinema, sports bar, restaurant, games room, laundrette, gym, spa, and rooftop terrace, as well as regular community events. As much as anything, residents are offered a “fulfilling lifestyle” and a sense of community.

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