Museum Placement Award

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.

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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