Future of Museums: Curation

25 March 2020, Wellcome Collection, London
Museums Association One-Day Conference

This one-day conference, part of the Museums Association’s Future of Museum’s series, explores how curation is changing and discusses what tomorrow’s museum curators might look like or do.

The past few decades have seen a huge shift in our understanding of who or what a curator can be.

Derived from Latin word curare, meaning to take care, the traditional ideal of the curator as an esteemed academic is slowly dissolving, making space for a more inclusive approach that values lived experience, different perceptions and innovative new approaches.

Modern museums also require different skills for their curators, such as understanding of digital technologies, working with varied stakeholders including diverse audiences, fundraising, marketing and lots more.

With artworks and museum objects increasingly being digitised and made available as high quality images online, what role does the curator play in our understanding of the work?

And what can museums learn from the new generation of online curators, who craft social media feeds, blog and share online?

You will hear from a diverse range of speakers and have the chance to take part in discussions exploring:
  • different approaches to curating
  • how curators can stay relevant and meet the needs of contemporary audiences
  • what it means to be a curator outside traditional curatorial discourse 
  • what museums can learn from theatre companies, bloggers and social media gurus
A full timetable will be available in due course.

The day runs approximately 1030 - 1630, with registration from 0930.

Museums Association members
Individual member: full or essential - £125
Individual member: student, retired, volunteer or unwaged - £55
Individual member: prospective AMA member - £95
Corporate or Institutional member - £125   

Non-members - £195

Book online

The Benevolent Fund will provide 10 free places to this event to individual members who face barriers due to ethnicity, disability, socio-economic background, and gender identity or sexual orientation (LGBTQ). 

These free places are part of our wider work towards creating a more inclusive sector. We will also support any accessibility requests such as provision of British Sign Language (BSL) or a support-worker.

Click here to complete the Events Inclusive Place Request Form

Deadline for applications is 12noon on Wednesday 26 February 2020.

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