Historic Royal Palaces launches curatorial student internship programme

Historic Royal Palaces launches curatorial student internship programme

Curatorial internships 2010

Historic Royal Palaces funds three MA students as their first ever curatorial interns

Press release

30 November 2010

Historic Royal Palaces creates curatorial student internship programme

Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace and Banqueting House, has appointed their first ever curatorial interns. The three MA students, who’s posts have been fully-funded by Historic Royal Palaces, will work on a series of projects across the palaces alongside, and gaining experience from, the Historic Royal Palaces’ expert in-house curators..

Applications for the internships were invited from students enrolled on one of six highly-regarded London MA courses at Kingston University, Royal Holloway University, and University College London. The three chosen candidates are studying part-time MA courses over two years  and will be actively involved with research at all the palaces including Kensington Palace (assisting with the £12 million ‘Welcome to Kensington: a palace for everyone’ project), the Tower of London, and  Hampton Court Palace. 

Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator Historic Royal Palaces said: “In challenging economic times when we are seeing many cuts in the cultural and heritage sector it is lovely to have some good news for a change.  The interns will provide vital support behind the scenes to Historic Royal Palace’s team of curators, while building their own CVs, cutting their teeth on research projects, and spending two years surrounded by some amazing buildings and collections. We’re thrilled to have them. "

Mary Gilliespie, Bruce Simpson, and Emily Fildes have just taken up their posts and will be working on various projects:

Mary Gillespie (UCL MA in Principles of Conservation) will intern with the three buildings curators at Historic Royal Palaces, cataloguing and researching sixteenth century architectural terracotta excavated at Hampton Court.

Bruce Simpson (UCL MA in Museum Studies) will intern at Kensington Palace which includes examining the love letters of Queen Victoria for the new displays that will feature at Kensington Palace in 2012. 

Emily Fildes (UCL MA in Museum Studies) will intern at The Tower of London with her work including devising a better system for the management of archaeological records.

Mary, Bruce and Emily have all taken up their posts and  will receive a living allowance of £10,000 per annum, the same amount received by full-time postgraduate students funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 


Notes to editors

For further information please contact Cat Steventon in the Historic Royal Palaces press office on 020 3166 6302 or email catherine.steventon@hrp.org.uk

For images of the palaces, please register on http://hrp.newsteam.co.uk/ which holds our gallery of images. You can browse and download hi-res images from this site. Usage is free for editorial purposes. Images of the interns are also available on request.

Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

We receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.

These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

We believe in four principles.  Guardianship: giving these palaces a future as long and valuable as their past. Discovery: encouraging people to make links with their own lives and today’s world.  Showmanship: doing everything with panache. Independence: having our own point of view and finding new ways to do our work.

www.hrp.org.uk      registered charity number 1068852

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