Curator (level 7)
Research, understand, develop and interpret collections, themes or subjects.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s degree.
- Typical duration
- 36 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Creative and design
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Assistant Curator
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Lead on the application and/or development of collections management processes including cataloguing whilst ensuring suitable handling,storage provision and audits
- Deliver new exhibitions, projects and collections displays as appropriate and with authenticity, e.g. research, development, organisation, administration, installation
- Refresh and/or re-present permanent, temporary and online displays/ exhibitions, determining and using appropriate interpretation methodologies
- Lead on and/or manage collections development which may include acquisition, disposal and loans, including national/international inter-organisation loans as appropriate. Ability to evaluate the long-term implications of collections development decisions.
- Commission, undertake and/or disseminate collections-related research
- Interpret and respond to research, intelligence and analysis of audience feedback and preferences
- Work with subject experts to develop creative interpretation/story telling approaches and content for exhibitions, displays and digital content
- Build subject specialist and sector networks internally and/or externally to keep abreast of emerging trends and developments that may impact medium and long-term plans
- Relate collections to a wider historical or contemporary understanding
- Recruit and select, as required by their organisation, subject experts, internal/external agencies, contractors and other organisations to work with collaboratively
- Work with others to achieve projects from inception to completion meeting agreed outcomes
- Develop exhibitions and display through internal/external designers as appropriate for their organisation
- Analyse and respond to visitor research when planning exhibitions, displays and digital content
- Manage teams, which may include some/all volunteers as required
- Set/agree milestones, deadlines and workflow for colleagues (in other departments or members of project/programme teams) to ensure delivery, as required by the organisation.
- Contribute/signpost to fundraising/income generation through grant applications, sponsorship and charging activities as appropriate for the role
- Interrogate, interpret and evaluate data sets on audience engagement
- Negotiate with stakeholders in order to achieve desired outcomes and to align with institutional objectives
- Communicate, both in writing and verbally, to a range of stakeholders to achieve shared goals, objectives and solve problems
- Write reports, for a range of internal/external audiences, regarding activities
- Act as an Ambassador for the organisation to raise its profile and communicate the importance of its work. This may mean representing the organisation including attending and/or presenting at conferences and workshops as well as developing/contributing to publications for the organisation
- Share best practice and/or deliver training to internal staff and external organisations e.g. Museum Association regarding accession activities.
- Deliver talks/tours/presentations/events to continue to engage existing audiences e.g. members and supporters as well as to broaden the participation base
- Contribute to the institution’s on-line and social media presence, and digital content in accordance with the organisation’s objectives