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Apprenticeship training course

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
  • 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

Full information on Curator (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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