Heritage Horizons

Congratulations to Bragela Hornal - the first trainee from Heritage Horizons to be employed in the sector. Bragela will join City of Edinburgh in October 2015 working at Lauriston Castle.

Trainees will be with host museums 2nd Feb 2015 - 29th Jan 2016

Our Hosts in the Heritage Horizons Traineeship programme are:

  • Orkney Islands Council - Orkney Museum
  • Scottish Borders Council Museum & Gallery Service in partnership withTrimontium Museum Trust, and the Tim Stead Trust
  • City of Edinburgh Council - Edinburgh Museums and Galleries
  • Dundee Heritage Trust
  • Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust Ltd
  • Aberdeen City Council - Aberdeen Maritime Museum
  • St Andrews Preservation Trust
  • Groam House Museum Trust
  • Glencoe Folk Museum
  • Grampian Transport Museum
  • National Museums of Scotland - National Museum of Scotland
  • Glasgow Life - Glasgow Museums
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar - Museum nan Eilean
  • Scottish Maritime Museum

Programme Information

Funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, The Heritage Horizons Traineeship Programme will provide the opportunity for non-graduates from a range of backgrounds to attain an SVQ level 3 vocational qualification in Museums and Galleries Practice alongside workplace learning during a 12 month paid placement in a host museum. The trainees will have the combination of a qualification and the confidence of work-readiness on completion of the programme.

At the heart of the programme are the non-graduate trainees individually learning core museum skills from existing practitioners in the workplace, framing that learning within the parameters of the vocational qualification. All trainees will collectively take part in a learning programme focusing on knowledge and skills for their career enhancement and the sector’s sustainability.

The SVQ 3 in Museums and Galleries Practice has been created by extracting the most relevant elements from existing National Occupational Standards and further shaped to provide a vocational route specifically for the Scottish museums sector. Further information on the qalification can be found on the SQA website.


Enquiries regarding Heritage Horizons should be directed to Ailsa Macfarlane

Enquiries regarding the SVQ3 Museums & Galleries Practice should be directed to Wendy West or Catherine Cartmell



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