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Work Experience Programme

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Durham University Library and Collections offer two opportunities for work experience across the academic year. We invite applications from post-16 (sixth form and college students) who are interested in learning more about the heritage sector. Please note, at this time we are unable to offer work experience placements to Year 11 students and below. During your time with us, you may spend time with staff from a variety of departments such as: 

  • Archives and Special Collections
  • Conservation
  • Curatorial
  • Learning and Engagement
  • Visitor Services  

We are a multi-site team, so your work experience will be too! You could be based at: 

  • Durham Castle 
  • Palace Green Library 
  • the Oriental Museum 

The aim of the work experience is to offer an insight into the careers and opportunities available within the heritage sector, while giving you the chance to contribute to the delivery and development of our services. 

Just like a job, we also ask you to complete an online application form to join one of our programmes. If we have more applications than we have places, we use them to select who to make offers of places to. 

There are two work experience offers available: 

  • Online: Three-day online work experience. Open to post-16 pupils across the UK. 
  • On-site: Five-day on-site work experience. Open to post-16 pupils local to Durham University. Successful applicants must be able to travel to Durham University for each of the five days. 

For more information, please contact the Learning and Engagement Team. Please note, we do not accept applications by email, only via the online application form. 

Application process 

If you wish to take part in one of our work experience programmes, please complete an online application form – these will be available below when applications open.  

Please note, you will need permission from your school to take part. If you are under 18, you will also need your parent’s or guardian’s permission.  

Once completed, a member of the Learning and Engagement Team will be in touch with you to let you know if you have been successful or not. 

On-site Work Experience 

July 2023 

There will be a maximum of 12 places. 

Applications will open: Date to be confirmed 


Online Work Experience 

21 - 23 February 2023 

There will be a maximum of 30 places. 

Applications will open:  December 2022 


If you wish to be notified when applications open for either of these work experience programmes, please contact the Learning and Engagement Team. 

Quotes from previous participants: 

“I’d just like to say how friendly the members of the learning and engagement team were, and also the other departments. I felt as though I always had the confidence to ask questions about anything and everyone I worked with was extremely helpful.” 

“It has given me further knowledge on careers I may be interested in pursuing in the future.” 

“Overall the work experience was brilliant and I would definitely recommend taking it to any student considering History or English.”

Session costs

Activity Cost
On-site session Free
Outreach session (in your school) £20 fuel charge
Assembly (30 minutes) £35
Online one hour session £35 per class
Online two hour session £45 per class
Widening Participation Free
Research and Library Skills Free

Book with us

The Learning and Engagement team offer hybrid, interactive taught programmes and events for schools, community groups, families and lifelong learners through Collections Outreach.

Learn more

Booking form

Fill out our form to book a session with us. If you wish to discuss any details of your session with us, please feel free to get in touch via email or telephone.
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