We look forward to welcoming you to our finest historic royal palaces, sharing their extraordinary stories and engaging you in expert professional practice.
— Tracy Borman, Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces

The Open Palace Programme  is a unique 20 day hands-on experience for students and emergent professionals behind the scenes in some of England's finest palaces and heritage sites, working with and learning from the consummate professionals who care for them.

The Open Palace Programme will give you a new perspective on heritage specialisms and how they are actually practiced on site. 

The Open Palace Programme is endorsed by key organisations in the UK heritage sector including the Historic Royal Palaces


Engaging directly with heritage alongside experts in their field, the programme will allow you to build your own knowledge and skills from direct experience at the heart of England's heritage.  

The Open Palace Programme provides a marvellous way of extending your career opportunities. During the programme you will benefit from careers advice to help you to understand your particular career experience options within the UK heritage sector. 

The programme offers a richness and diversity that few individual placements or internships can compare with.

This year we are delighted to have 2 new sponsored bursaries to add to our list to support applicants for the 2017 programme. These new bursaries are:

The Museums Australia Bursary


The Museums Aotearoa Bursary

Details can be found under 'How to Apply'.  

Please note we are now full for Summer 2017 however we would encourage you to contact us if you would like to be placed on our waiting list and for early notification of our 2018 programme.