A photograph of a colourful musical parade.
Hi-Street Fest, 2023. © Historic England Archive.
Hi-Street Fest, 2023. © Historic England Archive.

Meet Public Relations and Communications Apprentice, Liberty Brownlow

Here we interview Liberty about her apprenticeship. Read Liberty's first interview here. 

Name: Liberty Brownlow (She/Her) 

Apprenticeship: Level 4 Public Relations & Communications

Team: Public Engagement (Media Team)

Location: London

What attracted you to an apprenticeship with Historic England?

After finishing my A-Levels, I knew that I wanted to work but also to continue learning, so an apprenticeship seemed like the perfect fit for me. When I saw this job opening and the word ‘Historic’, I was immediately interested as I love history.

I spent some time researching Historic England and the work they do, before realising that this is somewhere that does incredible work and something that I would like to be a part of.

What kind of things do you do in your apprenticeship?

I do a variety of different tasks in my apprenticeship, but I mostly work on creating press releases and pitching these to regional, national and broadcast media. I have also had the opportunity to write blog posts, create posts for Historic England’s social media channels, go on-site visits, lead on projects and much more!

Tell us about your favourite project that you have worked on so far?

My favourite project has to be the Ghost Signs Mapping, which is the project I chose to do for my apprenticeship EPA (end point assessment). This project involved a public call-out, inviting the public to submit images and information about ghost signs across England to an interactive map. I was fortunate enough to lead on this project and work with so many colleagues across Historic England.

What does an average day in the life in your apprenticeship look like?

I spend some time reading the news, catching up on emails, and looking at my day ahead to figure out how to prioritise my time. My days can vary depending on my workload, sometimes I will be doing lots of research for my next press release or blog, and others I may be pitching said releases to journalists.

What was the application process like?

Sometimes job applications can be incredibly daunting and long winded, my application at Historic England was nothing like this. I didn’t apply for this role with a CV, rather the application consisted of detailed questions. The process was really smooth, and I was updated at each stage of my application.

Has the apprenticeship lived up to your expectations so far?

It definitely has, the quality of my external trainers has been brilliant, and they have provided me with support throughout my apprenticeship. The amount of opportunities I have had during my apprenticeship has exceed my expectations.

How has this apprenticeship so far influenced your career goals and aspirations for your future?

Before starting this apprenticeship, I didn’t have any career goals and was unsure of what I wanted to do in the future, this apprenticeship has helped me to narrow down what I would like to do following this. I’ve had the opportunity to work with and shadow several teams at Historic England which has given me some insight into multiple roles, allowing me to consider more options when seeking future employment. I’ve enjoyed my time working as PR & Comms apprentice that

What has been the highlight of your apprenticeship so far?

There has been so many highlights of my apprenticeship, too many to name! One of the highlights has been the amount of different opportunities I have been given, from working on national media campaigns to working on various different events, including a summer reception on the gorgeous roof garden of Cannon Bridge House.