Step 1: Apply

First of all please make sure you have read through all the information on the relevant pages and that you are certain which programme is best for you and that you meet all the criteria. Make sure that you have read through the Terms and Conditions and all of the Frequently Asked Questions and you are satisfied you understand and accept them.

If you have any doubts about either your eligibility or have any questions at all about the programme then do contact us by email at We will respond within 24 hours and are also happy to phone you at a convenient time or provide a number for you to phone us on. We find this initial contact before you apply provides you with considerable re-assurance.

Next you need to decide whether you are applying for the English or Scottish programme because you will be asked to indicate which on the application form. You may not apply for both however if we approve your application but cannot offer you a place on your chosen programme because it is full we will offer you a place on any relevant programme which does have vacancies.

Then please download the application form and complete it on your computer using Word.

If you are unable to fill in the form online for any reason please print it, complete it and then send a scan or a photo of it to:

Please do not apply unless you really intend to take up the place if you are successful.

Please declare all known existing medical conditions on the application form. If you do not declare all known existing medical conditions it may invalidate your place on the programme. 

If our Applications Panel awards you a place you will need to to pay your deposit within the next 14 days in order to secure that place. 

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Step 2: Submit application and picture of yourself

Please send the following documents all at once by e-mail to Catherine Walsh at

  • Your completed application

  • One picture of yourself

Please note that we will only consider your application after receiving both the documents. Please send them by email as Word, PDF or JPEG formats only.

The application should be completed in English. Terms and Conditions apply.

If you have any problem emailing your application to us then please let us know at this email address:

Step 3: Selection


After we have received the documents listed above we will consider your application using the following criteria:

A. Are you one of the following:

  • An emergent professional (paid or voluntary) working in a heritage field or environment?

  • A post graduate student of a heritage related discipline e.g. Museum Studies, Building Conservation, Conservation, Architectural History, British History, Archaeology, Archives and Information Studies, Art and design History, Cultural Tourism or Cultural Administration?

  • A final year undergraduate of a heritage related degree e.g. Museum Studies, Building Conservation, Conservation, Architectural History, Archaeology. Art and Design History, Cultural Tourism, History or Cultural Administration ?

B. Do you explain the value of this experience for your academic progress and career development in your personal statement in your application?

C. Are you a fluent English speaker?

We prefer applicants who have already undertaken some form of practical experience in a heritage setting such as a placement, an internship or a period of volunteering, however brief. We favour candidates who have demonstrated a serious intention to have a career in heritage.



 If we are able to offer you a place we will then ask you to pay your deposit within 14 days although we will always try to respond to individual circumstances. If the programme is already full we will let you know and offer to place you on our application waiting list. We will also provide you with the email address of one of our specialist participants who is happy to provide an endorsement of the programme should you require it.

 Payment of the invoice will constitute your full agreement to our terms and conditions.

The remainder of the fee must be paid in two instalments of £1100 each.

English Programme 1: Sunday 28th June 2020 - Wednesday 15th July 2020

Instalment 1: by January 2nd 2020

Instalment 2: by April 2nd 2020

Scottish Programme: Sunday 3rd May 2020 - Wednesday 20th May 2020

Instalment 1: by November 30th 2019

Instalment 2: by February 1st 2020

Irish Programme: Sunday 6th September 2020 - Thursday 24th September 2020

Instalment 1: by February 2nd 2020

Instalment 2: by May 1st 2020

If for any reason you are unable to pay the remainder you will lose your deposit unless we are able to re-sell your place.

If we are able to re-sell your place you will receive your deposit back minus an administration fee of £300.  

If, for any reason you are unable to take up your place having paid the full amount or the first instalment you will not be reimbursed.

The Open Palace Programme Secretariat’s decision will be final and they will not enter into any discussion or correspondence about that decision.