Heritage experts give career advice

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Moyse’s Hall Museum, in Bury St Edmunds, is to host a unique evening offering a glimpse into the ‘Future of History’.

Museums At Night: Future of History, on May 15, is aimed at people hoping to forge a career in the heritage industry. However, anyone with an interest in heritage is welcome to attend.

Cllr Robert Everitt, Mayor of St Edmundsbury, will join visitors along with staff from West Suffolk College and University Campus Suffolk.

Senior heritage experts including museum staff, archaeologists and archivists will be on hand at the event, organised by the museum’s three trainees,

Dan Clarke, Jack Everett and Ben Donnelly-Symes.

Dan said: “West Suffolk is one of the best places to train in heritage in the country, with a wealth of history in every town and village and an unsurpassed level of expertise and experience in the heritage sector.

“From Moyse’s Hall and beyond, we have been privileged to be able to learn first-hand how this heritage is preserved and interpreted for all generations.

“Heritage careers are notably one of the most difficult to come by, and with this in mind, we hope to have organised an evening offering valuable insight to the next generation of museum employees, archaeologists and even exhibitors, and for anyone else who wants to learn more about heritage work.”

The event is free to attend, with all proceeds from a licensed bar helping to found a new young people’s Museum and Archaeology Club, offering access to collections, professionals, workshops and have-a-go activities.

Dan, 34, Jack, 18, and Ben, 24, began work with St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Heritage Service and Suffolk County Council’s Archaeology Service last year.

Their work at the Moyse’s Hall, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Bury Records Office and Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service has included school visits, museum stalls, workshops, collection and archaeological test-pitting.