Museum and Heritage studies careers
Who are our students?
Our students come from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, including those who have experience and those seeking a career in the museum and heritage sector. The contents of the programme are designed to allow students to pursue topics of personal interest and apply theory to practice through work placements in their chosen fields. Small classes and a stimulating range of guest speakers give the opportunity for vigorous discussion and interaction on topical issues.
Where do museum and heritage studies graduates work?
Museum and Heritage Studies Graduates have worked and are working in diverse field within the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector, including:
Curator, Pacific Cultures, Te Papa Curator, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth Collection Manager, Maori Te Papa Exhibitions Office Pataka Art + Museum Public Programmes, National Library of New Zealand Heritage New Zealand Te Ara, Ministry for Culture and Heritage City Arts, Wellington City Council Wellington City Archives Fiona Reid Associates Curatorial Intern, Auckland Art Gallery Whakatane Museum and Gallery Visitor and Market Research, Te Papa Environmental Planning, OPUS International Puke Ariki, New Plymouth Registrar, Te Manawa, Palmerston North Museums of Wellington Curator, Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, Alexandra Intern, Nelson Provincial Museum Director, Coalfields Museum, Huntly Policy Manager, National Library Freelance Curator and Researcher Te Papa National Services Te Paerangi Archives New Zealand Napier City Council Interpreter, Eklektus Curator, Te Tuhi Gallery Manager, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CoCA) Collections Assistant Photography, MTG Hawkes Bay Registrar, National Army Museum Te Mata Toa Curator of Human History, Canterbury Museum Resources Researcher Te Ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand Exhibitions Curator, New Zealand Maritime Museum Curator, North Otago Museum Senior Historian, Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage Content Officer, web group, Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage Public Programmes Manager, Rotorua Museum Heritage Consultant Heritage Preservation, Chairman Augusta Historic Preservation Commission USA Exhibitions Developer, Auckland Museum Collection Manager, The Kauri Museum Researcher, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Director, New Zealand Cricket Museum Heritage Projects Officer, Gore District Council Curator, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Singapore Doreen Blumhard Internship, The Dowse Art Museum Collection Technician, Canterbury Museum Registrar, New Zealand Police Museum Executive Officer, Australian Convict Sites Documentation and Training Consultant, Vernon Systems
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student profile page to read about some of our Museum and Heritage Studies Graduates. Recent students
This is a sample of the practical placements that students have been working on recently.
Practical placements Selecting, moving and cataloguing a collection at Petone Settlers Museum Research on Governance for Museums Aotearoa. Researching copyright and contacting artists, Te Papa Tongarewa Archive project, Te Papa Tongarewa Curatorial placement, Pataka Art + Museum Policy Resource Management Act Interpretation for Children's education Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve Collection, catologuing, handling and conservation storage, NZ Police Museum Archive research project, New Zealand Portrait Gallery Research on the History of Porirua and collection project on toys Pataka Art + Museum rehouse and catalogue sewing machine collection Te Papa Tongarewa Issues around seismic strengthening of Heritage Buildings Wellington City Council Stories for Web App Stqry for NZ Cricket Museum Collection care and storage project with paper conservator, National Library of New Zealand researched and wrote interpretation plan for Heritage Building, Department of Conservation Condition report and treatment of an art work with conservator Carolina Izzo for Adam Art Gallery Inventory and storage project, Katherine Mansfield Birthplace researched and wrote entry on WWI medal, Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage Public Programmes, MTG Hawkes Bay Collections and Curatorial Research, Heritage New Zealand Arrangement and Description, Alexander Turnbull Library Research, Heritage Unit, Auckland City Council