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Don’t Settle - Development Programme For Curators

History is a collection of stories. We want to change who tells these stories. Do you want to tell these stories?  


Don’t Settle is a three year project that empowers 16-25 year olds from minoritised communities in Birmingham and the Black Country to change the voice of heritage through the arts, research and governance. The project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

We are looking for 18 young people who are enthusiastic about telling stories and have a strong desire to change the narrative of local histories. Curators will produce two events in collaboration with either Birmingham Museums Trust and Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust. The first season will be part of the Festival of Audacity, and who knows what exciting things the second season holds; from the refurbishment of Soho House to art trails around the city! The possibilities are endless.


  • You must be aged 16-25 at the time of application and based in either Birmingham or the Black Country.

  • You must be able to attend weekly workshops on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm, and occasional Saturday sessions.

  • You should be passionate about unearthing hidden histories and have a desire to collect and present a multitude of stories.

  • You should be a team player with a willingness to be hands-on and motivated to see a project through to its end.


  • We encourage applications from individuals from minoritised communities, in particular Black, Asian and minority ethnicities.

  • Assistance available for any access needs, including travel costs.

  • You will receive an Arts Award Qualification upon completion.

  • You will either work with Birmingham Museums Trust or Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust. Please state which site you would prefer to work with in your application.

  • Just to note, you do not need to have any creative experience for this role, just a desire to want to share local histories in compelling and innovative ways.

This is a voluntary role. Please see information pack for more details.

Deadline: 12pm on 14th March 2019 *extended*

Selection process: Interviews to be held in March 2019. If you are successful, you will be invited to a welcome party on in March 2019.

Start date: 20th March 2019 6.30pm - 8.30pm