The Museum Placement Award: past winners

Now renamed the Museum Work Experience Grant, this award is intended to fund a student volunteer working on a clothing/ fashion/dress/costume-related project in a public museum collection in the United Kingdom.

It is intended to support students seeking museum work experience with a clothing/fashion/ dress/costume collection and to help UK museums accomplish projects essential to the care, knowledge and interpretation of these types of collections.

The museum project/work experience should at least one of the following activities: documentation, numbering objects, preparing mannequins, mounting garments for display or photography, improving storage. Other appropriate object-related museum activities will be considered.

The placement must be for a minimum of two months, either full or part-time.

In each year an award of up to £1000 will be offered to a student applying jointly with an appropriate museum.

For further information please contact Ben Whyman, Co-ordinator of the Museum Placement Award at awards@CostumeSociety.org.uk

 

THE COSTUME SOCIETY MUSEUM PLACEMENT AWARD

Guidelines

The purpose of this award is to fund a student volunteer working on a dress-related project in a public museum collection in the United Kingdom. It is intended to support students seeking museum work experience with a dress collection and to help UK museums accomplish projects essential to the care, knowledge and interpretation of collections. The museum project/work experience should include at least one of the following activities: documentation, numbering objects, preparing mannequins, mounting garments for display or photography, improving storage, research in support of collections, developing educational or interpretive programmes. Other appropriate, object-related museum activities will be considered. The placement must be for a minimum of two months, either full or part-time.

In each year an award of up to £1000 will be offered to the student volunteer applying jointly with an appropriate museum.

For 2019, two awards of £1000 are been offered.

Applications should be made by the curator/administrator of a publicly funded UK museum who will supervise the volunteer. Applicant museums must be accredited with the Arts Council England or equivalent for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

1. The volunteer should be a student (minimum 2nd year) or graduate of an appropriate UK university course, such as dress/fashion history, museum studies, fashion design, theatre costume design, history, social history, art history.

2. The curator/administrator shall submit the name of the proposed volunteer and his/her CV and a proposal of not more than 500 words detailing the work the volunteer will be engaged in, its benefits to the museum and to the volunteer.

3. The co-ordinator of the award will receive applications and each year select a sub-committee consisting of three members of the Executive Committee, who are not currently employed by any applicant museums. The sub-committee will review the applications and recommend an award recipient. The award co-ordinator will communicate with applicant museums, receive progress and final reports from the winning volunteer and museum, and arrange payments to the volunteer.

4. The award will be paid to the volunteer in two instalments. The first payment will be made two weeks after the start of the project, upon notification from the supervisor that the work is progressing as planned. The second payment will be made one month later, upon receipt of a progress report from the supervisor.

5. The application deadline is 30 April with the expectation that the work will be carried out sometime during the following summer between June and September. However, the project can be carried out at any time of the year so long as the grant is used within 12 months of being awarded. Notification of the winner will be on 31 May or before.

6. The supervising museum curator/administrator and the volunteer shall each submit a report of between 250 and 500 words when the work is completed and these may be included in the Society’s publications if appropriate.

For further information please contact Ben Whyman, Co-ordinator of the Museum Placement Award at awards@CostumeSociety.org.uk

 

The Costume Society Museum Placement Award Application Form

Name of museum or collection (must be accredited):

Address:

Name of supervising curator or manager:

Telephone number:

E-mail:

Name of volunteer: Address:

Telephone number: E-mail:

Volunteer is/was a student at:

Institution:

Degree course including start and end dates

Department:

Address:

Project will start:

Project will finish:

Project is full-time / part-time (delete as necessary)

Please submit this form with:

1. A project proposal (up to 250 words) by the supervising curator covering:

• the work the volunteer will be engaged in

• the benefits to the museum

2. A statement (up to 250 words) from the volunteer covering briefly:

• why they want to work with dress collections in museums

• how they will benefit particularly from this placement

3. The volunteer’s CV Applications will only be accepted from curators sending proposals by email on behalf of the volunteer. The award is paid directly to the successful volunteer applicant.

E-mail to: : MPaward@CostumeSociety.org.uk. Deadline for applications:  30 April

Notification of the winner will be on 31 May or before.

 

Award winners

Gemma Walters, Museum Placement Award 2014

After doing some research last year at The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum for my degree, focusing on traditional embroidery and reticules, I discovered my passion and enjoyment for research and for working with fascinating, historical pieces.

Georgina Sheward, Museum Placement Award 2012

I was fortunate enough to be granted the Museum Placement Award by the Costume Society. I spent my summer working with the staff at the Burrell collection.

Kirsty Hassard, Museum Placement Award 2011

I am a Museum and Gallery Studies student at the University of St Andrews, and I have been working at the McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, cataloguing embroidery and quilting in its costume collection.

  • Kirsty Hassard with embroidered Chinese Lotus shoe