Is a decline in specialist curators bad for museums?

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Rebecca Atkinson
Are specialist curators a dying breed? And, if they are, does it matter?

A recent survey carried out for Museums Journal found that the number of natural history curators has declined by more than 35% in the past decade.

The number of art curators has also fallen by over 23%, while “human history” (archaeology, world cultures and social history) curator decreased by over 5% in the same period.

This loss of expertise has implications for specialist knowledge and collections care, but to what extent does this matter to the wider role of museums and the public they serve?

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