Work Experience

Work Experience at Bury St. Edmunds - Suffolk Archives 2020

Suffolk Archives has three bases through out Suffolk: Bury St. Edmunds, Lowestoft and Ipswich. Our Bury branch is a few minutes walk from the centre of town, a stones throw away from the Abbey Gardens.

We offer a 5 day placement (Monday to Friday) which may be a mix of front of house tasks and behind the scenes to give you a well rounded experince of what it is like to work in an archive.

What's involved?

Our work experience offer is currently undergoing a revamp, however, tasks you might expect to undertake are:

  • Assisting in the searchroom 
  • Conducting your own research with original documents
  • Helping with the storage of new collections 
  • Answering inquiries from the public

A plan for your week will be given to you before you start your placement.

Why get involved?

Suffolk Archives offers genuine experience of working in an archive and heritage attraction. Having a placement here will give you an insight into the type of work you can expect from working in an archive and prepares you to see which skills you may need to develop if you are considering a career in this area. 

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge.
  3. Await a response from Suffolk Archives with more information. This will include an informal interview before you are accepted onto the placement. 

Ideal Interests

  • Archive cataloguing
  • Community Work
  • Computers and Technology
  • Conservation
  • Events and Programming
  • Learning and Education
  • Marketing and communications
  • Teaching and Training
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum or Archive Collection

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