Are you looking to gain some work experience in a museum or art gallery? Do you want to find out more about how cultural institutions operate? Would you like to develop skills to help prepare you for work in the arts sector?

We offer one-week work experience opportunities for those aged 14-19 during school term time. These involve a range of activities and provide a general overview of the workings of a museum and art gallery.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the career paths available in a museum or gallery, gaining hands-on experience in different roles over the course of the week.

Work experience is run from the Tuesday to Friday of your chosen week, from 10am to 4pm each day. We can only take on 4 placements per year so please do book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Applications for 2019/2020 are now closed. Applications for 2020/2021 will open in September 2020.


For Kids in Museums Takeover Day on 22 November 2019, we opened our doors to a group of young people to come and "take over" The Lightbox for one day only.

Seven young people from the local area were able to take control of our social media channels, respond to our artwork on display and hunted down some new exciting products to sell in our Shop.

We are looking forward to 2020 and taking part again, so please do check back here for further information in Spring 2020.


If you are over 16 years old, you could also volunteer with us as part of our Visitors Experience team. Volunteers play a vital role within The Lightbox and are fundamental to our success and sustainability.