Common roles of the (Museum) Curator

Following on from my search on the LinkedIn website for Curator jobs, I went through a number of them to find common roles required by the Curator. The majority of the jobs that I found were for the museum and heritage sector.
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  • Work in a team
  • Contribute to research
  • Contribute to public programmes
  • Contribute to public exhibitions
  • Undertake research
  • Write project proposals
  • Publish literature
  • Deliver lectures
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  • Propose exhibitions
  • Research exhibitions
  • Organise exhibitions
  • Organise exhibition rotations
  • Conduct research on acquisitions
  • Conduct research
  • Publish articles
  • Cultivate donors
  • Assist in fundraising for acquisitions,, exhibitions and projects
  • Oversee use of collections management software
  • Networking
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  • Day-to-day running of the museum
  • Deliver guided tours
  • Care of the artefacts/collection
  • Manage (gift) shop
  • Supervise prisoners (staff)
  • Keep the museum clean
  • Stock taking
  • Administration
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  • Advise on acquisitions
  • Curate exhibitions
  • Develop public programmes
  • Manage social media
  • Conduct research
  • Work with and supervise employees and volunteers in collections, curatorial and public programme projects
  • Networking
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  • Care of the collection
  • Mange/organise exhibitions
  • Manage acquisitions
  • Oversee programme development
  • Supervise and train staff
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  • Record and catalogue all artwork and items in collections
  • Coordinate rotation of collection
  • Conservation of the collection
  • Write copy for catalogues
  • Write acquisitions proposals
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  • Develop programmes, particularly for young people and public.
  • Manual handling
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  • Work as part of a Curatorial team – You will work alongside visitor engagement, object and building conservation/development teams, collections management, specialist and academic partners and operational property colleagues.
  • Collections management
  • Oversee Property development
  • Visual presentation
  • Programming of spaces
  • Exhibition interpretation
  • Commission research
  • Undertake research
  • Disseminate research
  • Best practices in collections management
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  • Conduct research
  • Collections management
  • Exhibition development
  • Conduct research about things in the collection
  • Manage collection
  • Acquisitions
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  • Lead a team
  • Curate exhibitions
  • Collection Acquisitions
  • Research
  • Plan public programmes
  • Publish articles

From this highly scientific research it would appear that most Curator jobs within the heritage and museum sector require you to:

  • Work as part of a team of exhibition staff
  • Develop exhibitions
  • Initiate and oversee acquisitions
  • Conduct further research into the institutions collections
  • Manage the collections

Some jobs made mention of staffing a museum, but it seemed most of them involved behind-the-scenes work.

I’ll do the same for contemporary art sector shortly.


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