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Opportunity: Historic Environment Internship

Opportunity: Historic Environment Internship


Just over a year ago I posted about an exciting opportunity to gain paid work experience AND gain a heritage management qualification, all courtesy of the Prescot THI.
I’m back again to offer this same opportunity for another person who is looking to start a career in heritage management. The post is ‘Historic Environment Intern’ and the contract is a one-year paid training post at Knowsley Council. The Historic Environment Intern will work closely with me, the THI Officer, and the Principal Conservation Officer on all things heritage-related. The advert is here.

Our present Intern, Chris, is six months into his post with us (how time flies!) and is a good way through his course at the University of Central Lancashire: an MSc in Building Conservation and Regeneration.

He has also been a massive help with the Council’s conservation area appraisal and management plan programme, compiling the Borough’s first-ever ‘Local List’ of Buildings of Historic or Architectural Interest and on planning enforcement issues. There is still plenty of work for the next Intern to take on for 2015/16.

For the next internship we are looking for someone starting out in the field of conservation who would really benefit from both the work experience and gaining a qualification in the heritage field, and can manage their time to undertake both. We’re looking for the person who would benefit most from the training and experience to kick-start a career in conservation.

We feel that the qualification and work experience will provide a big boost to finding employment in the field of conservation. After about 3-4 years of there being hardly any heritage jobs advertised – public or private – outside of London and the Southeast, there has been a recent surge in heritage jobs being advertised across the country. The whole heritage sector seems to be getting back on its feet and there could well be exciting career opportunities on the horizon again. Our Internship is the third heritage job in Merseyside to be advertised this year!

The job advert doesn’t give a starting date, but that’s because we are quite flexible and can fit the start date to follow on from any full-time course or similar that you might already be committed to. Ideally you would start in August with your course starting in mid-September.

So what are you waiting for?! Get applying! Closing date: FRIDAY 6TH FEBRUARY

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Help shape the heritage initiative by taking part in consultations, or celebrate Prescot's history at events taking place throughout the project. Schools and colleges can also get hands-on with the past through activities and workshops for groups.

Heritage skills training

Historic buildings need people with the right knowledge to look after them. The THI will give people in and entering the local construction industry the opportunity to gain new skills and experience.

The THI will also help people find out more about careers in heritage.

Get in touch

Keep up-to-date by following us on twitter or find out more at 'Space to Create', the THI information centre on Eccleston Street.

You can also contact Owen Barton, THI Officer, by phone on 0151 443 2757 or by emailing

Apply for grants

Owners of certain buildings in the Prescot Conservation Area can apply for grants to repair, restore and re-use their property.

Eligible properties are marked in red and orange.

Read the guide to applying for grants (PDF) and eligibility criteria (PDF) documents for detailed information about grants.

Conservation area appraisals

The conservation area appraisal (PDF) is a detailed assessment of Prescot's most historic areas.

The appraisal appendices (PDF) contain more detailed information and the management plan (PDF) outlines how the area will be managed.

Heritage Lottery Funded

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