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 Work Experience placements are now open.

For further information or to apply, please email [email protected] with your name, your school/college attended (if appropriate) and a sentence or two on why you would like to gain work experience with us.


For Kids in Museums Takeover Day on 22 November 2019, we’ll be opening our doors to a group of young people (up to 21 years old) to come and "take over" The Lightbox for one day only.

Whether you want to take control of our social media channels, design an exhibition or plan a workshop – or even hunt down some new exciting products to sell in our Shop, we want you to come and give it a go!

Applications to take part in our Takeover Day will open on 2 September and close on 30 September 2019. We have space for up to 6 young people who will be selected to come along to The Lightbox for the whole day on 22 November and really take over.

If you would like to register your interest to take part in this project, please fill in the form here.


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.