Where can I work?

There are four broad types of museums and galleries in the UK. Most, but not all, are publicly funded.

National museums

E.g. Natural History Museum, British Museum, National Museums Liverpool

National museums and galleries that receive funding directly from central government. They tend to be larger museum; for example, the Tate employs around 1,000 people. Posts at these museums tend to be more specialised.
Regional and local museums

E.g. Reading Museum, Bedford Museum, Roman Baths and Pump Room in Bath

Local authority funded, ranging from large regional services like Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums (10 museums attracting 1.5m visitors a year) to smaller institutions like Guildford Museum (27,000 visitors a year).

University Museums

E.g. Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, Barlow Collection in Brighton, Petrie Museum in London

Museums and collections overseen by universities, from the Ashmolean Museum, a major tourist attraction in the University of Oxford, to the Scott Polar Museum, which occupies a couple of rooms in the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge.

Independent museums

E.g. Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere, the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham

Self-funded institutions ranging from small volunteer-run museums to company-sponsored museums, art spaces like the Arnolfini in Bristol, and larger organisations such as Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in Telford.