Career outlook for museum curator
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would create displays of historic objects, pieces of art and all sorts of other items to help people understand more about the past and different cultures.
You would make sure that the collections of objects of artistic, scientific, historical and general interest are looked after properly.
You’d find ways to display the collections so that visitors can enjoy them. The exhibitions will help visitors learn more about how people lived in the past, and its impact on how they live today.
- Select, buy or borrow items
- Organise records, catalogues and indexes, usually on computer
- Make sure exhibits are stored in the right conditions
- Arrange conservation and restoration
- Set up displays and exhibitions
- Help visitors to understand and enjoy exhibits and collections
- Manage budgets
- Organise publicity and fundraising
- Liaise with staff in other museum
- Give talks to groups
- Supervise staff
In large museums you might specialise in one area. In a small general museum you would have wider responsibilities.
You’d need to be good at planning and organising. You’d need to be able to build strong relationships with other organisations and businesses so you can work together on projects.
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