Museum Registrar traineeship opportunity in Leeds

The Royal Armouries, Leeds Museums and Galleries, and the University of Leeds are offering a unique opportunity for an exceptional candidate interested in developing a career as a museum registrar.

Registrars Training for the Future offers practical hands-on experience in two museum organisations, plus a programme of academic study at the University of Leeds as part of the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies (culminating in a Postgraduate Certificate in Art Gallery and Museum Studies).

The role is a funded, fixed term traineeship working 25 hours a week, running from September 2021 to August 2022. It is mainly office-based in Leeds, split between Royal Armouries and Leeds Museums and Galleries. Some remote and off-site work may be required.

Abigail Harrison Moore, Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, said of this opportunity:

“This will be our 11th year of the trainee scheme, supported by Arts Council England, and run via a unique partnership between Leeds Museums and Galleries, the Royal Armouries and the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. Each of our previous trainees have secured posts in the field.

“The traineeship sees the successful candidate working across the two museum services with the Collections Teams and reflecting critically on their practice as part of a PG Certificate in Art Gallery and Museum Studies. They are expected to act as an advocate for registrar and collections work amongst other students.”

The closing date for applications is 18 July 2021 and interviews will take place on 4 August.

Read full information about this exciting opportunity, including how to apply.

More details of the programme and stories of past trainees.


‘Hall of Steel’ in the Royal Armouries Museum. Image copyright: Royal Armouries.