The role of freelancers in the museum sector

Rebecca Atkinson, 15.09.2014
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There are an estimated 4.5 million self-employed people in the UK, accounting for 15% of the labour force.

In the museum sector, the past few years have seen a rise in the number of freelance conservators and educators, subject specialists and curators, as well as consultants advising museums on everything from exhibition design and audience research to organisational change.

This edition of Museum Practice looks at the role freelancers in the sector and some of the challenges they face. The articles offers practical advice for anyone looking to set up their own business, from financial considerations to work/life balance, and examines professional and business development for the self-employed.

May Redfern shares some key advice for freelancers just starting out and Colin Mulberg examines how museums can ensure good working relations with freelancers.

There is also a selection of case studies from freelancers sharing their experiences of working in the sector.

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