NTU graduates build successful heritage enterprise

MA Museum and Heritage Management graduate Charlotte Pratley and fellow NTU graduate, Jessica Tarver, have built a successful enterprise which provides specialist advice and assistance to heritage organisations.

MA Museum and Heritage Management graduate Charlotte Pratley and fellow NTU graduate, Jessica Tarver, have built a successful enterprise which provides specialist advice and assistance to heritage organisations regarding collections, marketing and access projects.

Culture Syndicates was founded in 2011 and became a Community Interest Company in 2014. Since then it has worked with a range of organisations including National Trust, Nottingham City Council, Museum Development East Midlands, The Galleries of Justice Museum and the Framework Knitter’s Museum.

Based in the Hive, Culture Syndicates provides paid opportunities for students and graduates. Their unique business model seeks to counteract trends in the heritage industry which make it hard for sector entrants to gain their first job.

Culture Syndicates have recently hired a trainee project manager, Sacha Springthorpe, who graduated from NTU in November. The new post will develop Sacha’s skills within the company for a minimum of 18 months and allow more graduates to gain paid roles.

Charlotte said: “The Hive has been invaluable in developing our business, through access to advice and office space. By developing Culture Syndicates, we can now support more graduates and continue promoting fairer entry routes in the heritage sector. As the company grows, we plan to initiate larger graduate schemes and alternative entry routes, such as apprenticeships, in partnership with museums.”

If you would like to find out more about their work or the opportunities available please visit the Culture Syndicates website.

NTU graduates build successful heritage enterprise

Published on 17 March 2016
  • Category: Press office; School of Arts and Humanities

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