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Trainee Heritage Officer Job Opportunity

TRAINEE HERITAGE OFFICER

Paddington Development Trust (PDT) is recruiting a Trainee Heritage Officer to join a friendly and growing team delivering its prestigious community and cultural regeneration project at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Paddington.

St Mary Magdalene’s Church is Grade 1 listed and an outstanding example of neo-Gothic architecture, but is on the Historic England ‘Buildings At Risk’ register. The ‘Mary Mags’ redevelopment project involves repair and conservation of the church, and the building of a new Heritage and Community Wing alongside it. Whilst remaining a place of worship, St Mary Magdalene’s will become a new place in Paddington for community, heritage, and arts.
The Paddington’s Living Heritage at St Mary Magdalene’s Project will celebrate local people’s heritage and culture alongside the broader stories of Paddington’s development and the heritage of St Mary Magdalene’s Church. The process of conservation, research, and the creation of new interpretation is being shared with volunteers and local people to foster a greater understanding of heritage stewardship. When the building opens heritage interpretation, volunteering, learning programmes and training will animate the church, once again placing it at the heart of the community.

The Trainee Heritage Officer position offers invaluable experience of working on a community-focused heritage project. The trainee will have the opportunity to learn about community co-creation projects, engaging the community with local history, conservation, interpretation, community archives and cultural programming. The Trainee Officer will have the opportunity to gain skills, knowledge, and work experience in the following areas:

• Oral history collection, transcribing and using oral history interpretatively
• Developing community archives
• Working with community partners to co-produce interpretative outputs
• Community engagement techniques
• Developing heritage activities and events programmes
• Evaluating heritage activities

Applicants should be educated to graduate level or equivalent. They should be able to illustrate a clear interest in heritage and the arts. Some work or voluntary experience in a heritage setting and/or on a community project would be an advantage. The role requires good problem-solving skills and the basic ability to carry out tasks efficiently and effectively.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate good learning skills with a strong motivation to develop a career in heritage with the ability to work effectively both alone and as part of a team.

IMPORTANT: To apply please use the application form and supporting documents below. CVs will NOT be accepted. Please use the supporting statement in the application form to address the Person Specification in no more than two sides of A4. Please return applications by email to lucy@pdt.org.uk

PDT Trainee Heritage Officer Job Description

PDT Application Form – Trainee Heritage Officer

Trainee Heritage Officer Background Information

Trainee Heritage Officer Person Specification

PDT Equal opps Monitoring Form

Please use the supporting statement in the application form to address the Person Specification in no more than two sides of A4.

• The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 19th February.
• Those candidates invited to interview will be asked to attend on Thursday 22nd February.

If you have any questions about this job please contact Lucy Foster, Community Heritage Programme Manager at lucy@pdt.org.uk or phone 07775 901 963.

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