From national museums to archaeological trusts, Prospect members are at the heart of our heritage sector.

Prospect represents a growing membership of over 10,000 members across the UK’s heritage, culture and arts sector.

Representing such as large number of workers in the area, we have a strong voice with a proven record in supporting members collectively and individually. We represent professional and specialist members working in areas such as curatorial, conservation, archaeology and visitor services.

We understand that many choose heritage careers because of a strong sense of community and shared understanding of the importance of their work.

The sector faces continuous challenges, such as austerity, the impact of Brexit on EU nationals, loss of specialist skills, increased workload and use of volunteers. More recently the pandemic has made it a tough time for workers in the sector.

At Prospect, we tackle these challenges with public campaigns and a constructive approach with employers and the government. We see the importance of a healthy heritage sector both internally and externally, promoting the direct link to positive mental health and wellbeing on the economy.

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What we’re fighting for

Why heritage matters to Prospect is the same as why it matters to our members. We know that:

  • pay is relatively low compared to jobs requiring similar skills outside the sector
  • cuts have an adverse impact on academic/historical research
  • loss of skills and specialist roles is an issue
  • work done by our members is of high intrinsic worth
  • investing into heritage brings back money into the economy
  • working together we are better equipped to tackle challenges

We understand your role, the importance of heritage organisations and how protecting cultural and heritage institutions is essential for shaping our future.

News and analysis

16 March 2022
Prospect has agreed a pay deal with National Trust worth an average of 5.5% for the…
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1 April 2021
Prospect, the FDA, and PCS, as unions representing staff at the V&A museum, have…
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22 February 2021
Trade union Prospect, has responded to a proposal by Labour to extend business rates…
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