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Museums and Art Galleries

There are over 200 museums in Yorkshire. 8 of these are nationally funded museums including the National Railway Museum in York and the National Coal Mining Museum for England in Wakefield.

Other landmark museums in the region include The National Media Museum in Bradford for all things television, photography, film, radio and the web complete with a 5 storey IMAX cinema screen. The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, opened in 1996, was purpose built to house the Royal Armouries' national collection of arms and armour. Magna in Rotherham, housed in an old steelworks, charts the history of steel making in South Yorkshire while integrating it with hands-on science learning, while the Millennium Galleries in Sheffield often hosts exhibitions from London.

Visits to museums and art galleries account for approximately 30% of all visits to attractions in Yorkshire and visitors to attractions in the larger cities of Leeds, Bradford and York have remained reasonably consistent, in contrast to the heritage sector as a whole, which has seen falling visitor numbers to rural venues.

The regions museums are popular with school parties and the national museums and other larger museums in the region have dedicated education departments which provide services to schools and other groups and often provide good opportunities for graduate employment.

Some university museum courses include a museum education module which can be studied separately to gain some experience in the field and many of the larger galleries or museums have developed in-house training programmes for educators. The 'Engage' website listed below has a database of training opportunities.

Museum management is often open to graduates who have studied any discipline but a keen interest in the type of museum you are looking to work is often a must. Many institutions such as Sheffield Hallam offer modules on Art's Management which can run alongside degrees in various disciplines such as the Arts, Media and Business.


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Museums, Libraries and Archives Yorkshire

MLA Yorkshire is the lead strategic agency for museums, libraries and archives in the region.


Engage is the name of the National Association of Gallery Education which promotes access to, enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts through 'gallery education'. It is a leading international association for gallery educators and other arts and education professionals. The organisation also promotes professional development for gallery educators, artist-educators and visual arts professionals. There is a jobs section of the website which is available to members only - see their pages for subscription rates. There is also a gallery finder which can be searched for the Yorkshire region.

York Museums Trust

York Museums Trust is an independent charitable trust which manages York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, York Art Gallery and York St Mary's.

York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery's internationally renowned collection spans seven centuries of painting in western Europe and has works representing the most important art movements of that time.

Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust

Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust manages the non-industrial museums and art galleries in Sheffield. It is responsible for Weston Park Museum, the Bishops' House, Graves Art Gallery, The Ruskin Gallery and the Millennium Galleries.

Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust

Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust manages the museums which chronicle Sheffield's industrial past. These are Kelham Island Museum, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Shepherd Wheel.

Leeds City Art Gallery

Some of the most outstanding works of British Art outside of London can be found at Leeds City Art Gallery.