Case studies

Curator

This is an all-embracing term for someone with responsibility for a collection of objects, be it paintings, rocks, stuffed animals, tools, or anything else.

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Conservator

Conservators are the people that preserve and sometimes restore cultural collections. They have to be expert at understanding why and how artefacts deteriorate, as well as knowing how to give them a new lease of life.

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Education worker

Museum educators work with all ages - primary and secondary school groups plus adult learners and teachers - using a mix of formal and informal teaching.

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Outreach worker

Many museums are employing outreach workers to work outside the museum with local groups and communities.

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Collections manager

Collections managers ensure that objects are properly cared for, often managing storage, conservation and recording keeping associated with objects.

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Visitor services

Visitor services staff are often expected to take guided tours of the museum, staff the information desk, answer general inquiries, run the shop and the café.

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Registrar

Registrars tend only to exist in national and larger regional museums. Their job is to record information about objects.

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Documentation officer

Keeping accurate information about the objects in their care - their function and provenance - is a basic function of all museums, and the job of documentation officers.

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Exhibitions officer

Exhibition specialists organise, set up and sometimes buy in exhibitions to the museum or gallery.

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Museum/gallery assistant

Assistants help maintain gallery security and they answer visitor queries and generally help out with events and exhibitions.

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Photographer

Photographers can have a range of roles, from documenting collections to manipulating digital images and managing digitisation projects.

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Fundraiser

To be a fundraiser for a museum you will need to demonstrate an interest in and understanding of the way the museums sector is funded.

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