The Barber offers unrivalled opportunities for training in three fascinating areas of gallery work.

Every academic year, we offer a part-time, paid internships in each of three fields: Collections; Communications and Marketing; and Learning and Engagement. These 19-week posts offer a great first step into careers in museums and the arts generally, and many of our alumni have found them useful stepping stones into jobs with some of the most famous galleries, museums and collections in the UK, including the National Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Turner Contemporary and the British Museum – to name but four.

We are now recruiting for the first two of these internships, to start in autumn 2021.


This is an exciting opportunity to work with our small but dynamic collections team and help look after one of the best fine art collections of its size in Europe. You’ll also get the rare chance to research and curate your own display of works from the collection, as well as deliver a public gallery talk about it.

CLOSING DATE: 16 May 2021


Help spread the word about our collection, exhibitions and activities in a fast-paced communications environment. You’ll take part in everything from social media to audience evaluation, press work to back-of-house admin, staffing private views to updating our website, and helping us reach all our audiences – current and future.

CLOSING DATE: 16 May 2021

Work experience

Our work experience programme has been temporarily suspended due to the impact of Covid-19.

This will be reviewed in 2021 – please check for updates on our Barber Schools page.


Due to the impact of Covid-19 we have temporarily suspended our volunteering programme.

To protect the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff we are not currently recruiting any new volunteers.

We will review this in 2021 so please check back then for updates.

The Barber Collective’s Peer Panel

After changes we’ve had to make to our programme due to the impact of Covid-19, our Barber Collective youth programme will not run for the foreseeable future.

We hope to continue to bring you safe ways to learn and engage with our collection. Thank you for understanding and find our current work on our Learning page.

If you have any questions, please contact

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