Course studied: MA Heritage Management
Graduating year: 2018
I moved from my home country of New Zealand to the UK after completing my Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Since arriving in the UK in June 2016, I have found inspiration in the UK heritage sector – even joining the National Trust within 24 hours of arriving in England!
In my initial placement, I began the accreditation process for the Bath Medical Museum and have since stayed on as a volunteer helping with the strategic direction of the museum. For my extended project, I am examining the digital offering of the City of Bath World Heritage Site and preparing recommendations to enhance their online presence.
"Bath Spa helped me to figure out areas where I would like to grow my skills, as well as helping me to find volunteering opportunities or placements that gave me the agency to build on my personal development."
How did the course support your steps into industry?
Coming from an economics background, I never considered that I could work in heritage and museums with my skill-set. The course has been immensely helpful in showing the wide range of roles and disciplines that fall with the sector and allowing me to pursue opportunities to gain practical experience.
"The best thing about the course..."
Is the amount of exposure to the heritage sector. From having a range of heritage professionals come in and teach sessions, to working directly with museums whilst on placement, and visiting sites on class trips.
"I am most proud of..."
How through my academic papers, I have been able to cover key issues for the heritage sector in New Zealand, as well as gaining practical experience that benefits my understanding of the UK's challenges.
"I recommend Bath Spa because..."
The course has been developed in conjunction with the sector thus it recognises gaining experience that illustrates the challenges of the sector is the most important aspect of our education.