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Any History "work experience" ideas please?

Discussion in 'History' started by Pip-pop, Nov 24, 2006.

  1. Son plans to apply for History at Oxbridge/Durham and similar Unis. My other son did relevant unpaid work experience for his Engineering degree but there are no "History companies".

    Obviously he can apply to museums but can anyone point him in the direction of somewhere that their pupils have actually been granted work experience? He's thinking about the summer hols in 2007. I can't see big Museums wanting an annoying kid for a week somehow.

    He's 15 and currently in year 10. Obviously he's doing History GCSE and is also taking Latin GCSE and has done one year of Ancient Greek too, if that helps.

    He likes all History periods but is keen on the 19th century.

    We live in East London but he could travel anywhere on the tube or by rail.
     
  2. Son plans to apply for History at Oxbridge/Durham and similar Unis. My other son did relevant unpaid work experience for his Engineering degree but there are no "History companies".

    Obviously he can apply to museums but can anyone point him in the direction of somewhere that their pupils have actually been granted work experience? He's thinking about the summer hols in 2007. I can't see big Museums wanting an annoying kid for a week somehow.

    He's 15 and currently in year 10. Obviously he's doing History GCSE and is also taking Latin GCSE and has done one year of Ancient Greek too, if that helps.

    He likes all History periods but is keen on the 19th century.

    We live in East London but he could travel anywhere on the tube or by rail.
     
  3. The British Museum do actually do work experience. But you do have to get in there quickly as there is a lot of demand. I think the Museum of London do too sometimes, their later galleries will be closed by then though. Hope this helps!
     
  4. gmf

    gmf

    I've no specific knowledge of this type of work experience, but the National Army Museum (Chelsea) have always been very accommodating re: educational visits
     
  5. I used to teach in South London and many of the big museums were very willing to take on work experience students - it's certainly worth getting your son to fire off a few polite enquiries. He could also think about getting experience elsewhere, with a specialist publisher or an archaeological service for example. I've found most outfits can be very accommodating, especially over the summer months when staff go on their hols and they need an extra pair of hands about the place.
     
  6. Prior to my degree, I worked for a National Trust. They are always on the outlook for volunteers. If he is applying to Oxbridge, they look at reading, specific interests, grades and strong critical awareness - languages also help. They are not as interested in work experience.
     
  7. Oh, and incredible that he has his eyes set on Oxbridge when he's only in year ten. Oxbridge is really for the most independent thinkers and he should only go there if it's what he wants - not what his parents want.
     
  8. Thank you all so much for those helpful suggestions.

    The only reason he's thinking about Universities now is because he has an elder brother in year 13 and it's been a very hot topic around here for a few months (Thank goodness the UCAS form has gone off now).

    Younger brother said "and what about me?" so I suggested he looked on the internet at various Uni's and different courses and this is what he came up with! He knows is v v diff to get in.
     
  9. How about local history associations (maybe city council will have info) libraries - local history things may be happening which they are involved in or perhaps he could offer to produce info for people doing historical research (what the library has etc)?
    Dont know how relevant these are but its another idea!
     
  10. what about in school, you can study the facts but the proof seems to be in the teaching. I will admit I have learnt more from teaching the topics than I ever did in school or in Uni.
     
  11. That's an interesting idea.

    So far he has written to the Imperial War Museum, who sent a very polite "no".

    He's just sent a letter off to the National Army Museum in Chelsea. If nothing else it's good for letter writing practice and realising that not everything falls into your lap!
     
  12. How about he joins the local branch of the Historical Association?

    They should have lectures etc which he could attend, also it'll be run by proper historians who may / may not be useful to him in time....

    Gorbash
     
  13. Just thought you'd like to know that the National Army Museum have made my son very happy by agreeing that he can do a week's work experience in August. I reckon that it helped to write to a specific person, named on the website.
     
  14. To be honest, work experience won't get him far. What is more important is showing a deeper interest in the subject, rather than a potential career. Spend time reading works that aren't textbooks and try to develop an academic interest in a particular area that isn't Nazi Germany or something he is likely to study at school! This shows depth of reading and understanding, and also iniative and strong academic interest. Also, it might be worth going to lectures at the IHR in London. I think they are on a Friday afternoon now, and cover some interesting topics. Failing that, through the summer places like the IWM do public lectures, but these are quite mainstream. Hope that's of help!
     
  15. I had a student a few years ago who did her official school work experience in an archaeological dig. Don't know how she discovered it, though!
     
  16. Thanks all of you. I will pass the messages on.
     
  17. A few years ago I did an evening course on Archaeology at my local college. Although the academic content of the course was low, it enabled me to me a local group, and particpate on digs. Thru this I met more people involved in other projects etc. Perhaps if he contacts local colleges, they might be able to point him the in right direction. Good Luck to him!
     

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