We are proud to be a part of the University of Reading and we offer a range of exciting opportunities for students at all levels.


Do you thrive in a busy, customer-focused and creative environment? Are you interested in a career in heritage and the arts?

We are looking to recruit a enthusiastic and committed group to join a visitor-focused museum team as Invigilators, based in Reading Museum’s John Madejski Art Gallery for the duration of the exhibition, Rubens to Sickert: The Study of Drawing (6 May – 22 August 2020).

Applications close 21st March 2020. Please click here to find out more.


Our Museum Studies programme is a unique chance to combine a heritage qualification with Archaeology or Classics at undergraduate level. You will take on challenging projects with real collections in working museums with professional staff. Additionally you can benefit from placements and engage in a third year exhibition module. We also support dissertations on museum and public heritage topics. Please contact us to find out more.

Collections Based Research

Interested in using the collections within your studies? Search our databases for useful information or check out our Collections Based Research page for various opportunities available to students.


We offer placements for University of Reading students as part of their course. Interested? Talk to the appropriate person within your department regarding a placement at the University Art Collection.


We can offer up to a week of work experience to pupils from surrounding schools and colleges. Work experience usually involves a series of taster sessions throughout the art collection, museum and archives.


We have a variety of exciting and flexible volunteer projects, which you can get involved in whilst you study. At the University of Reading your volunteer work is recognised via the RED Award.


Additionally there is a thriving Student Panel who advise museum staff and run exciting events. The student panel is made up of students aged 18-25. They meet regularly during term time to work on a variety of exciting projects which are great for developing a range of transferable skills.

Recent projects include:

  • designing ‘The Nook’, the new social learning space as part of The MERL’s Our Country Lives redevelopment project. Students worked with museum staff and designers to create a new, relaxing space where students and the public are welcome to study, relax and reflect.