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Museum curator

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

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £40,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: weekends; on a rota

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Museum curator jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

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

Working environment

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in a museum.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
University

You'll usually need a degree and a postgraduate or professional qualification relevant to your area of interest to become a curator. Subjects include:

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

Paid or unpaid work experience in a museum, gallery or heritage property is usually essential to apply for courses and jobs.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
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Apprenticeship

You may be able to start by doing an advanced apprenticeship in heritage and cultural operations.

This could lead into museum assistant jobs. With further training and several years' experience, you could apply for curator roles.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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Work

You could work as an assistant curator, conservator or education manager before becoming a museum curator.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Museums Association for professional development and to make industry contacts.

Further information

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

With experience you could progress to senior curator.

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • 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
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