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‘History at Work’ is an innovative new placement scheme, offering students from the Department of History precious industry-standard experience.

The History at Work scheme will see students paired with some of the UK's most well-respected historical institutes to give them a taste of working with the raw materials of history, held in museums, archives and libraries, in a fully accredited half year module.

As part of the scheme, Goldsmiths has teamed up with an array of partners, including the Wellcome Library, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, London Transport Museum, V&A Museum of Childhood, Cinema Museum, Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre and our very own Library Special Collections, to offer students the opportunity to apply their academic skills within the workplace.

This module is open to second and third year students taking History single and joint honours programmes. Students are invited to apply for places on the scheme each February with the first intake in Autumn 2012. The development of this programme was supported by an HEA teaching development grant and by a Goldsmiths learning enhancement fellowship.

Sarah Lambert

Sarah Lambert

Course convener for "History at Work"

“The course is great in proving that history isn’t something that’s confined to books, but that it’s a subject that provides a variety of career paths and a huge range of options for those who study it.”

I am responsible for History at Work which is a single term course which gives students 1 day a week work experience in a London cultural institution. We’ve had students who have completed placements at the London Metropolitan Archive and the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, among others. Students have been inspired to take up museum and archive work after graduation.

The course is great in showing how the raw material of history is translated into practice and proving that history isn’t something that’s confined to books, but that it’s a subject that provides a variety of career paths and a huge range of options for those who study it.