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Job Description

A Museum or Gallery Curator acquires, cares for, develops, displays and interprets a collection of artefacts or works of art in order to inform, educate and inspire the public.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need a degree and a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject like:

  • museum or heritage studies
  • archaeology or ancient history
  • classics
  • natural sciences
  • anthropology
  • education

You could also start out as an assistant curator. 

Paid or unpaid work experience will also be essential.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Museums Association and Creative Choices have more information about this job.

Career Path and Progression

With experience you could progress to senior curator.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Museum assistant
  • Archivist
  • Indexer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • A strong interest
  • knowledge of artefacts
  • art or your relevant subject area
  • creative flair
  • good organisation and planning skills
  • attention to detail
  • able to work well in a team
  • a flexible approach to work
  • good research skills
  • project management skills
  • self motivated
  • excellent communication skills.

Starting Salary

£16,000 to £26,000

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