Culture&’s New Museum School provides a pipeline of fresh, diverse talent to the arts and heritage sector. Over the past 7 years, New Museum School has provided accessible and flexible training to 134 young people from diverse backgrounds with around 74% finding full-time employment in the sector within six months of graduating. Whilst we are proud of this achievement, we realise that this is only the start of our commitment. Having supported these young professionals to gain entry level access to employment we followed them up to see how their careers were progressing. A survey conducted with them tells of their encounter with a ‘glass ceiling’ and the barriers that impede their career progression, experiences that reflect the findings of broader surveys into diversity in the museum workforce (Arts Council England 2019).
The New Museum School Advanced Programme addresses Culture&’s core strategic objective to open up who makes and enjoys arts and heritage. The Programme will be looking for the most promising diverse talent with leadership potential within the Arts and Heritage workforce. The course will allow professionals to continue full-time employment while attending distance learning. The course has a flexible and modular structure leading to post-graduate qualifications from PGDip to MA level. There will be an accessible recruitment process for for applicants with a wide-range of experiences and budget to diversify the Arts and Heritage workforce.