The Roman Society

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

Museum & Heritage Summer Placements


The Roman Society is pleased to invite applications for its 2024 Museum & Heritage Summer Placement Scheme.  The placements may be held at the following museums / heritage organisations listed below.

The successful candidate will work with Andrew Parkin, Keeper of Archaeology, on the collections and gain an insight into the varied tasks of working in a museum.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to complete work on three different tasks to enable the completion of museum or virtual exhibitions on Roman Britain: 1) historical and/or archaeological  research on Roman Britain; 2) the preparation of the interpretation materials for the public, for example, graphic display panels, web articles or reconstruction drawings; 3) shadowing a historian at project meetings and help prepare internal project documents. These examples are indicative and the location, format and expected outputs of the placement programme will be determined by project timings and requirements, and a discussion with the candidate about their interests and skills.

This placement offers the opportunity to gain experience in digital classics research. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to implement a small, supervised but independent piece of work involving the photography, 3D imaging and cataloguing of antiquities in the ICS's Ehrenberg Collection. Advanced digital skills are not a requirement, but familiarity with basic tools such as spreadsheets, database tables and/or digital photography would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will work on a small gallery project. There will be plenty of opportunity to work with curators, collections managers, and of course, with the artefacts.

Corinium Museum is an award winning museum managing archaeological collections of national importance. It holds large internationally significant collections of archaeology, social and rural history. The Service also runs a Visitor Information Centre. Corinium Museum has arguably the finest and most extensive Romano-British collection relating to a town and its hinterland in the world. It forms the major part of the only museum service in the Cotswold District and is the focus for advice, training, and scholarship. A recent NLHF project saw the prehistory and early Roman collections come to the fore in stunning new galleries celebrating the wealth of archaeology across the Cotswold district. The Museum Service is fully accredited. The key mission of the museum is to be a leading archaeology museum that continues to evolve.

This year we will invite the successful candidate to help raise the public profile of a special collection of two Roman 'spatha' swords destined for display which may be through a blog, vlog, or interview with a specialise - all creative ideas are weclome.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for the Roman period and enthusiasm for engaging people with museum collections. A background or interest in Latin, Classics, or Archaeology would be beneficial to the role. You will be a creative person who is keen to maximise immersive opportunities for museum visitors and sees value in providing online learning to complement the museum visit and promote museum collections to digital audiences. You will have some knowledge of the role museums play in engaging and educating a wide range of people. Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills are required alongside proficient IT skills. You will be an excellent communicator working within a team and also independently at times.

The placement will provide an exciting opportunity to be involved in the ongoing cataloguing and care of the Roman Baths Collection with a focus on Festival of Archaeology activities and our Communicating Curse Tablets Project. This project aims to fully catalogue, repack, digitise and share online the curse tablets from Bath over the 2024-2025 period.

The Roman Baths is an internationally renowned Accredited Museum and archaeological site, with a Designated collection of mainly archaeological material dating from the Palaeolithic through to early modern, as well as local history objects and archival material. The Roman collection includes items from the Roman Baths and Temple complex on which the museum is based, including the bronze head of the goddess Sulis Minerva, and votive offerings from the Sacred Spring. You will be working with the Collections department, a small team responsible for the cataloguing, conservation, and care of the objects in the collection. This Placement will provide experience in all areas of collections care and management, opportunities to engage with visitors and participate in learning activities, and the chance to work with archaeological objects. All training and guidance will be provided. During your placement, you will contribute to our online content by producing a blog and social media posts about the Collections at the Roman Baths.We welcome all levels of skills and knowledge in applying for this placement, but interest in the Roman archaeology, digitisation, and working in museum collections is encouraged.

How to Apply

  • The dates of the placements may be determined by consultation between the successful candidates and institutions but are usually for 2-3 weeks during the summer vacation.
  • All Undergraduate and Masters students are eligible to apply.

  • Bursaries of £300 will be offered as a contribution towards travel or living expenses.

  • Candidates should apply by letter setting out their reasons for wishing to undertake a placement and outlining any previous experience.You should also provide the name and email address of a referee.You may specify the Museum or organisation you would prefer to be based at, or submit an open application.

  • Queries and letters of application should be addressed to the Secretary, Dr Fiona Haarer, and sent by email by 20 May, 2024 to:


Read reports from previous bursary holders here.

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