Museum curators manage collections of objects of artistic, scientific, historical and general interest.
1. Entry requirements
You’ll usually need a degree and a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject like:
- museum or heritage studies
- archaeology or ancient history
- natural sciences
Paid or unpaid work experience will also be essential.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
The Museums Association and Creative Choices have more information about this job.
2. Skills required
- accuracy for cataloguing objects
- IT skills
- planning, administration and budgeting skills
- creative flair for displays, exhibitions and events
- the ability to build relationships with local, regional and national bodies
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- selecting, buying or borrowing items
- organising records, catalogues and indexes
- making sure exhibits are stored under the right conditions
- arranging conservation and restoration
- helping visitors to interpret and enjoy exhibits and collections
- organising publicity and fundraising
- giving talks
Starter: £20,000 to £25,000
Experienced: £25,000 to £35,000
Highly Experienced: £40,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 37 hours a week on a rota, often including weekends.
You may need to do some lifting and carrying when changing over exhibits.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience you could progress to senior curator.
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Last updated: 07 December 2016