Flower Cart

Flower Cart

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Sustainability Award

Sustainability Award

Sustainability Award


The Museum is proud to support a number of innovative traineeships designed to boost sector skills.

Horticultural Traineeship

Our most recent Horticultural Trainee Aoife Power is consolidating her existing knowldge of the care, development and maintainence of the museum gardens, working with our team of garden volunteers and supported by our Horticultural Consultant, Matt Collins.

Sustainability Traineeship 2011 - 2014

The aim of this project was to equip young people (four over four years) passionate about both heritage and the environment with the knowledge, skills and advocacy required for a career which will enrich both the individual and the museum sector through developing sustainability in museum practice.

Our vision of sustainability is as defined by the Museums Association : 'economic, social and environmental responsibility [and] quality and depth of relationships.'  We wish to show that sustainability should be integral to the team-thinking of a successful museum and are inspired by the precedent of audience development: ten years ago this was a consultant-led process but is now in the sector’s bloodstream.

Ours was the first traineeship of its kind in museums, and we are excited at the thought that four trained individuals are now applying skills and sharing ideas across the country.

This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund 'Skills for the Future' programme.

The Garden Museum Sustainability in Heritage Traineeship won the Museums + Heritage Sustainability Award 2012. 

Our most recent trainee, Sara Manzanares worked on a range of projects from managing the Saturday Gardening Group at St Mary's Garden, to co-coordinating our eco-design fair, Summer Tumblr.

Events and AV traineeships

In 2013, the Museum won a grant from the Arts Council to develop its popular events programme and create a digital programme of films and podcasts. The grant supported two traineeships. Our Events trainee, Hannah Lister, learnt about managing both public and private events, and was second-in-command at our 2014 Literary Festival. Our AV trainee Itziar Coteral was trained in camera work and digital editing, and helped the Museum launch a web-based channel of digital events.

SOCL Traineeship

From 2011-2013, the Garden Museum participatecd in the second round of ‘Strengthening Our Common Life’ (SOCL).

The project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s 'Skills for the Future' programme and is devised and managed by London-based arts and heritage charity, Cultural Co-operation.

SOCL aims to provide opportunities for people in sections of the UK population historically under-represented at decision-making levels in the nation’s heritage sector, particularly those of BAME origin and 18-25 year olds, to enter into the UK heritage workforce.

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