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External partners

We work closely with an exciting range of regional, national and international partners to develop placements, specialist training and collaborative projects.

M4C is committed to partnerships that drive cultural engagement and creative skills development in the Midlands region and beyond. Our partners:

  • add crucial value to students' research projects
  • help develop professional and employability skills
  • provide unique opportunities for knowledge exchange.

Placement information for students

Partnership opportunities

If your organisation is interested in being an M4C partner and developing placement and training opportunities that can help you, and your sector, please contact us.



Bird & Gorton

A cultural consultancy specialising in city and sector-wide strategy and programme development, leadership experience design and user research.

Based: UK


Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Museums Trust has extraordinary venues that provide a fascinating glimpse into Birmingham's rich and vibrant past and showcase world class museum collections.

Based: Birmingham


Boots Archives

Boots Archives was established in the mid-1990s to develop, extend and promote the heritage collection of Boots UK.

Based: Nottingham

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Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities, by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools.

Based: London, Birmingham

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British Film Institute

Founded in 1933, the BFI combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX.

Based: London


British Museum

The British Museum is a museum of the world, for the world and has discovered over two million years of human history and culture including some world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone.

Based: London


British School at Rome

The bridge between the intellectual and cultural heart of Rome and Italy, and creative and academic researchers from Britain and the Commonwealth.

Based: Rome

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Broadway Media Centre

Broadway Media Centre is an independent cinema showcasing the best international films, host of Nottingham’s finest digital art and home to the chilled out Mezz Bar.

Based: Nottingham

Broadway cinema

China Cultural Visiting Hub

The China Cultural Visiting Hub is a network of academics with diverse interests in the museums, galleries and heritage sector in China.

Based: Nottingham

Crafts Council

The Crafts Council is the national development agency for contemporary craft and aims to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft.

Based: UK


Creative Leicestershire

Creative Leicestershire supports small arts, design and media businesses in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

Based: Leicester


Culture Coventry

Culture Coventry is the trust that manages three of Coventry’s finest visitor attractions: Coventry Transport Museum; Herbert Art Gallery & Museum; Lunt Roman Fort.

Based: Coventry

Derby Museums

Derby Museums is an independent charitable trust with responsibility for development & management of the city’s collections and three museums, The Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and Derby Silk Mill.

Based: Derby


Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council supports a wide range of arts opportunities for local people. DCC aims to enable everyone who lives in, works in or visits Derbyshire to take part in culture and the arts, from dance and film to writing and live performance.

Based: Derbyshire


Duncan McCauley

Duncan McCauley specialises in museum planning and interpretative design. Based in Berlin the interdisciplinary design studio works on projects including exhibitions and feasibility studies for museum and heritage sites.

Based: Berlin
Duncan McCauley

Historic England

Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage) forms the strategic and regulatory non-departmental public body that advises Government on the protection and enjoyment of the historic environment in England.

Based: UK

Historic England

Journey to Justice

Journey to Justice aims to inspire and empower people to take action for social justice through learning about human rights movements. We are a voluntary organisation with supporters all over the UK.

Based: UK

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Leicester Arts and Museums Service

Leicester’s Arts and Museums Services offers experience in arts, festivals and venue management, museums, galleries, and heritage interpretation, in one of the UK’s most historic and diverse cities.

Based: Leicester

Leicester Arts and Museum Sevice

Leicester Curve

Curve is one of the most popular and unique theatres in Leicester. The building was opened on 4th December 2008 by HRH The Queen.

Based: Leicester


National Archives

The National Archives are the official archive of the UK government. Their vision is to lead and transform information management, guarantee the survival of today's information for tomorrow and bring history to life for everyone.

Based: UK


National Holocaust Centre and Museum

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum promotes an understanding of the roots of discrimination and prejudice, and the development of ethical values, leading to a greater understanding within society. 

Based: UK

National Holocaust Centre

National Theatre

At the National Theatre, we make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring, and we make it for everyone. In 2016-2017, the NT staged 26 productions and gave 2,585 performances at our home on the South Bank.

Based: UK

National Theatre

National Trust

Founded in 1895 the National Trust works to protect the nation’s heritage and open spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Based: UK

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National Videogame Arcade

The National Videogame Arcade exists to celebrate, preserve and interpret videogames for everyone.

Based: UK
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Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary is built on one of Nottingham’s most historic sites and is one of the largest contemporary arts centres in the UK, with a total floor area of 30,000sq metres.

Based: Nottingham

NottinghamContemporary (photo by saturn-stringray via Creative Commons)

Nottingham Museums and Galleries

Nottingham's City Museum services is responsible for a wide portfolio of museums, galleries, parklands and attractions including Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Wollaton Hall and Park, and Newstead Abbey.

Based: Nottingham
Nottingham museums and galleries

Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse puts on a wide variety of drama, music, dance, comedy and of course, the legendary Nottingham Playhouse pantomime.

Based: Nottingham

nottingham playhouse


Set in the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, Phoenix is an independent cinema, digital arts centre and café bar. A charitable organisation, Phoenix aims to bring inspirational film and art to all.

Based: Leicester


Royal Literary Fund

The Royal Literary Fund is a UK charity that has been helping authors since 1790. It provides grants and pensions to writers in financial difficulty; it also places writers in universities to help students develop their writing.

Based: UK

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Royal Shakespeare Company

Our mission is to make the finest theatre productions of Shakespeare's plays, as well as other plays written when Shakespeare was alive or soon after and plays being written right now.

Based: UK

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Sampad's mission is to connect people and communities with British Asian arts and heritage and to play a pro-active role in the creative economy.

Based: Birmingham

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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust was formed in 1847 following the purchase of Shakespeare’s Birthplace as a national memorial.

Based: UK


Vivid Projects

Vivid Projects is a collaborative space supporting media arts practice. Based in Birmingham, we encourage innovation, risk and experimentation in artistic practice and work with artists and producers across disciplines. 

Based: Birmingham

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Warwick Arts Centre

One of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK Warwick Arts Centre delivers a high quality, engaging, diverse programme of cinema, performing and visual arts.

Based: Warwick

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