Georgina’s curating a career at museum

FUTURE CURATOR ... Georgina Ascroft at Bede's World.
FUTURE CURATOR ... Georgina Ascroft at Bede's World.

A YOUNG academic has come full circle to work in her native South Tyneside after winning a place on a prestigious scheme backed by the British Museum.

Georgina Ascroft has been selected to work as a trainee curator at Bede’s World, Jarrow, as part of the Future Curators project.

Demand was high for just a handful of places on the programme, which will see the Oxford-educated trainee curate exhibitions and highlight the life and work of the Venerable Bede and the great Northern saints.

Miss Ascroft, 25, from Jarrow, said: “My speciality is early medieval archaeology, and I will work to highlight aspects of that period.

“In July, I will help organise an exhibition at Bede’s World, which will feature some rare exhibits on loan from the British Museum in London.

“This will feature 10 medieval objects, some with strong Northern links, including the pilgrim badge of Henry VI or Oswald, plus items from Durham and York, most of which have never been shown in the North East before.

“The aim is to highlight the links with Bede, as the Father of English History, and the history of this area.”

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Future Curators project will provide a select band of trainees with 18 months’ work experience at several UK museums, where they will gain an in-depth knowledge of the museum sector, and later obtain an accredited diploma in curatorship.

Miss Ascroft said she was “thrilled” to be working at Bede’s World, adding: “Even though I’ve been involved with the British Museum, I’m from the North East and hope to stay in the area.

“I will be working at Bede’s World and at the Great North Museum in Newcastle as part of Future Curators, and then hope to get a permanent job after the placement ends in Easter next year.”

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