Exhibition designers help visitors interact with collections at heritage sites by creating hands-on displays.
Exhibition designers control aspects of an environment to engage the visitor with a story or message.
Exhibition guides and demonstrators help to educate visitors about a particular place or object. It is their role to bring to life a certain scenario or item, and to put it into the relevant context.
Exhibition researchers come up with content and storylines for exhibitions.
Exhibition staff plan, organise and show exhibitions of artefacts, paintings or other objects. They work closely with curatorial staff. Exhibition staff have to consider the venue, lighting and heating and humidity conditions for a collection. They also have to take account of the security details for a show. They will work with a catalogue to label items and describe them. This ensures that the exhibition is as clear as possible to the public.
Facility managers ensure that the building is ready to be used by the staff who work there and the public who might visit.
Finance staff provide administrative support to organisations in the cultural heritage sector. In a large organisation finance staff are often placed in a specific section. They may also work as part of a central administration or finance team. In a smaller organisation, they may be the only person working in the accounts department.
Engaging school groups with a heritage organisation through workshops, courses and events.
Fundraisers find ways of raising money for non-profit organisations, such as museums, charities or arts organisations.
Gallery staff attendants work in a customer-facing role in galleries and museums. They are responsible for ensuring that visitors are safely regulated and that artefacts are safe and secure.
Heritage and historical workers are involved in many functions of cultural heritage sites.
Heritage curators may work in a variety of settings and are responsible for the heritage of:
Heritage managers are responsible for keeping or managing historic places. They can also be responsible for buildings and their contents or other historic assets in good condition. Heritage managers need to promote access and understanding. However, they also need to balance the use of the place with its conservation.
Historians use sources to study the past. Their work in heritage sites may overlap with that of researchers.
Informal learning staff create and lead learning for adults and families, through activities including workshops and tours.
Inspectors of ancient monuments provide advice about specific objects of historical interest. They make sure that regulations are observed for ancient monuments. They also ensure that monuments are appropriately secured and in some cases open to the public.
Inspectors of historic buildings provide advice and information on buildings of national importance. They usually work in central government to carry out their role.
Interactors and enablers help visitors understand and enjoy the site through interactive activities.
Nowadays many libraries and archives rely on teams of volunteers who work alongside the regular, employed staff.
Loans registrars set conditions for the loan of historic items and art pieces. These may be a collections’ general conditions or special conditions for particular items.
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