Training the future

29th April 2022

A quick scan through the recruitment pages of the trade press for the auction industry gives an immediate indication as to the difficulties in finding staff with the relevant training and experience.

Whilst History of Art degrees still flourish, there is nowhere offering the broader training in valuations that many existing valuers and specialists benefitted from in previous years. To try and redress this balance, therefore, Woolley and Wallis is launching its own internship programme to start in September 2022, for which applications are now invited.

The aim of the programme is to give the successful candidate both education and experience in the Antiques and Fine Art auction world, working across a number of different specialist fields. The prestigious saleroom hopes that the final result will be a full-time position in one of its specialist departments at the completion of the internship.

The salaried internship will run for a period of 18 months and will be based between Woolley and Wallis’s offices in Salisbury city centre and at Old Sarum. The candidate will spend a period of three months in each of the following departments:

  • Furniture and Works of Art
  • Paintings and Fine Art
  • General Valuations

And will then have a choice of three from the following:

  • European Ceramics OR Design
  • Jewellery OR Silver
  • Asian Art OR African and Oceanic Art

The ideal candidate will already hold an arts or humanities degree. Some experience in the auction, antiques or fine art world would be an advantage, as would language skills. A UK driving licence is essential.

Interested applicants should send a current CV and covering letter to John Axford at

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