Strengthening Our Common Life

Our innovative, accredited heritage skills training programme offers bursary-supported, work-based traineeships at leading museums, galleries, historic homes and arts organisations.


Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future initiative, SOCL aims to meet one of HLF’s core objectives: to increase workforce diversity across the heritage sector by providing work-based training for young people from sections of the population historically under-represented. We are aiming to diversify the decision-making levels in the UK heritage sector by providing paid training placements within a broad range of institutions.

Participation and positive engagement with heritage is an important early factor in encouraging individuals to consider, and apply for, heritage roles later in life. Therefore, SOCL host partners also embed community engagement and reinterpretation activities into all trainee work programmes, as a means of diversifying audiences.

To date, 70 young people, the majority of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and Faith heritage, have received training through the programme (SOCL1, SOCL2 and SOCL3 Year One). A further 17 are currently in post for SOCL3 Year Three.

SOCL 3, Year 3 Trainees:

Samuel Ali – Heritage Trainee, Museum of Croydon

Charlotte Anderton – Festival Programming, Southbank Centre

Stacey Bagdi – Programming & Learning Trainee, Forty Hall Estate

Tanaya Basu De Sarkar – Collections Information Trainee, Royal Collection Trust

Natasha Cambridge – Trainee Curator, London Transport Museum

Jetmire Dvorani – Study Centre Assistant, National Army Museum

Layla Gatens – Media & Communications Trainee, Culture&

Carine Harmand – Public Programmes Assistant, National Army Museum

Alice Houghton – Collections Information Trainee, Royal Collection Trust

Donate Miller – Trainee Curator, London Transport Museum

Freya Monk-McGowan – Collections Management Trainee, Norfolk Museums Service

Shereen Hunte – Junior Learning Producer, 11-19, Historic Royal Palaces

Jatinder Kailey – Junior Learning Producer (Adult Learning), Historic Royal Palaces

Emma MacNicol – Collections Support Trainee, Birmingham Museums Trust

Mica Mannix – Interpretation Trainee, English Heritage Trust 

Amber Perrier – Community Engagement in Somers Town, British Library

Camella Veena Ramjet – Community Partnerships Trainee, British Museum

Henrik Yau – Collections Assistant Trainee, Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove