Museum curators look after, manage, organise, display and develop museum collections, and conduct related research.
Duties & Tasks
Museum curators may perform the following tasks:acquire items for the collections in their careexamine items to determine condition and authenticityidentify and classify specimens, and arrange conservation and restoration workmaintain records about all items in the collectionorganise and participate in display teams, which may involve travelling or arranging for loan exhibitions, or overseeing the organisation of in-house temporary exhibitions or displaysinitiate and maintain research and publication programmesestablish networks and assist other professionals on requestlecture and write about collections and answer public enquiriessupervise support staff and organise administrative duties associated with the use and care of collections.
They generally work indoors in museums and art galleries, but they may be required to travel extensively on field study. In small museums, one curator may be responsible for the management of the entire institution and its collections.
- appreciation of the history of science, the environment or the arts patient able to pay attention to detail an objective, methodical approach to work good oral and written communication skills a good imagination aptitude for research.