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Student Placement Black British Exhibition 2022

Student Placement Black British Exhibition 2022

This student placement is aimed at Masters and doctoral students studying at Newcastle University who are interested in gaining experience of researching, planning and designing exhibitions and working with unique research collections.

Student Placement Opportunity - Children’s Literature and Black Britain: A City-wide Exhibition

This student placement is aimed at Masters and doctoral students studying at Newcastle University who are interested in gaining experience of researching, planning and designing exhibitions and working with unique research collections.

The placement will be to plan and develop an exhibition in collaboration with Seven Stories, to create an exhibition using material from both Seven Stories and Newcastle University Special Collections and Archives, surrounding the story of Black Britain in Children’s Books and Publishing. The exhibitions will go on display in October 2022, in the Philip Robinson Library, and in the City Library. The successful student must be available during the summer through to November 2022, to work on the exhibitions and associated legacy activities.

The bursary is available due to successful funding from the Catherine Cookson fund, which supports academic initiatives within the University and has been able to make a valuable and distinctive contribution through a wide variety of awards.

 

About the student placement

· The bursary is worth £3,000 paid in 3 instalments.

· Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with unique heritage and research collections from August - November 2022.

· The placement provides opportunities to students to gain an insight into the entire process of exhibition planning, design, and installation.

· Complement your studies, develop your graduate skills, and enhance your employability

What would you be doing during the placement?

· Student will support our multi-disciplinary team covering elements of exhibition planning, designing, install, and assessment.

· Researching collections and assist with selecting relevant items for display.

· Writing and editing captions and narrative content to go alongside material and exhibition display. · Digitisation of relevant material for use online, such as on CollectionsCaptured and use within a digital exhibition.

· Creation of blog posts and digital exhibitions to go alongside the exhibition.

· Assist with the Installation.

· Handling bookings for engagement events to complement the exhibition.

 

Eligibility

· You must be a Masters or doctoral student and be a registered student at Newcastle University.

· You should have an interest in exhibitions and museums and/or Special Collections and Archives.

· You must be able to commit to spend up to 100 hours in the University Library between July-November 2022.

· Due to the tight turnaround for the exhibition, you must be available on a regular basis during this period (hours will be agreed with successful applicants). There is a degree of flexibility, but the expectation will be that agreed hours are honoured.

 

How to apply

You should send your application to Sara Bellwood in the Philip Robinson Library (email: sara.bellwood@ncl.ac.uk) Please ensure that you include:

· A personal statement (no more than 2 sides of A4) detailing how the Library would benefit from your skills and experience and how you think you would benefit from the student placement in the Library. The statement should include a clear interest in exhibitions, museums and/or Special Collections and Archives. Knowledge of children’s literature, the black British experience, and issues and sensitivities related to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion, particularly within heritage collections, are desirable.

· A full curriculum vitae (including your University email address).

· The names and contact details of two referees (at least one of these should be an academic referee).

 

The closing date for applications is midnight 5th August 2022.