Heritage curator

 22 March 2011

Heritage curators may work in a variety of settings and are responsible for the heritage of:

Meriel Jeater, curator at the Museum of London.
Meriel Jeater, curator at the Museum of London.
  • Historical buildings and places - including stately homes and estates, castles and cathedrals
  • Community or industrial heritage sites
  • Landscapes – including coast and countryside
  • Reminiscence centre or museum
  • Collections in galleries, libraries or archives, including digital collections

An important part of the job can include interpretation of historical or other assets and ensuring that the site or collection is accessible to as many people as possible.

Heritage curators aim to help people understand their heritage and develop a positive attitude towards conservation.

The job can vary widely according to the post and organisation but may include:

  • Organising a programme of education for the public – children, adults and those with disabilities
  • Communication and marketing –including web development/ design and writing
  • Human resource and site management – supervising the work of other staff, including housekeepers and technicians, where appropriate
  • Dealing with planning, grants and applications
  • Financial planning and management
  • Maintaining and improving collections
  • Arranging exhibitions and preparing materials for publication
  • Using databases to catalogue collections
  • Project management
  • Undertaking research into the site or collection, and acquisition of new assets
  • Organising displays and storage
  • Working with volunteers
  • Liaising with external groups and bodies
  • Undertaking reports and surveys as well as a wide range of administrative tasks

There may be some overlap with the work of museum or art curator.

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