Alice Houghton

Art and Object Handler
National Maritime Museum

During my studies at university I reinforced my belief in the importance of access to culture and knew that I wanted to pursue a career path which would allow me to be involved in the preservation of objects and stories of cultural significance. After university I began volunteering at my local museum before being offered the SOCL traineeship and moving to Windsor.  

My time as a Collections Information Trainee at Royal Collection Trust (RCT) allowed me to gain experience in a multitude of work areas and as a result, choose the right career path for myself. I realised that I enjoy practical, hands-on work and as such have since moved into a more physical job role as an Art and Object Handler at the National Maritime Museum. The nature of the traineeships broad grounding has proved invaluable and I feel heavily indebted to my institution for the opportunities awarded to myself which enabled me to secure the current role I am in. 

My key work at the RCT included a range of tasks, including packing and preparing objects for display at the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening exhibition, Royal Giftsdigitising RCT’s historic painting records, installing an in-house display, Royal Travel, at Buckingham Palace, researching material for the upcoming exhibition, Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs. 

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