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Museum curator

Museum curators manage collections of objects of artistic, scientific, historical and general interest.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £40,000

Employment by 2024

+3.25%

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

  • knowledge of English language
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • an interest and knowledge of history
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • selecting, buying or borrowing items
  • organising records, catalogues and indexes
  • making sure exhibits are stored under the right conditions
  • arranging conservation and restoration
  • helping visitors to interpret and enjoy exhibits and collections
  • organising publicity and fundraising
  • giving talks

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in a museum.

With experience you could progress to senior curator.

You can find out more about becoming a museum curator from the Museums Association.

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