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Jean MacIntyre explores the rich education that a heritage studies degree can offer.

Some people are just so fascinated by history that they want to tell the world about it. If you’re one of those people then you should study for a degree in Heritage Studies. Heritage studies is all about preserving our past and communicating it to others. It's hands-on history. Some people are also keen to pursue a career exploring and sharing our history. If you can see yourself working somewhere like a stately home, a museum or an archaeology centre then this is definitely the degree for you.

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“If you want a really hands-on experience of heritage, working alongside heritage professionals, then choose a programme that is rich in first hand experiences”

The UK is a fantastic place to choose to do your heritage studies degree because it is steeped in history. Many UK universities offer related courses in conservation, archaeology or local history and some can give you a taster of all kinds of heritage environments from castles to country houses in bespoke heritage studies degree programmes.

If you want a really hands-on experience of heritage, working alongside heritage professionals, then choose a programme that is rich in first hand experiences.

Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, for example, is set in a Roman city with a splendid Medieval cathedral. Its Heritage Studies degree offers field visits and special placements so you can discover for yourself what goes on behind the scenes in sumptuous Elizabethan palaces or ghostly ancient castles. You can take part in a live excavation of a Roman site or dress as a Victorian and serve authentic food at a live event.

Many heritage studies programmes offer you the opportunity to learn key skills to support your future career in the sector. These include learning how to conserve a piece of furniture, how to design an exhibition and how to retrieve and transcribe significant historical documents. Some, like Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln also teach you how to explore your own family history. All these skills and experiences will form the foundation of a really exciting future set in the past.

Written by Jean MacIntyre
Head of the Department of Culture and the Environment
Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln (2010)

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