About

WebCurators and curating are at the heart of what makes us museums, yet the word curator is freely used in many contexts and with many meanings.  Is a curator a source of specialist expertise, a custodian, a content manager, a cultural programmer, a digital archivist, an editor? All these, or none of them?

What does the curator of a fossil collection have in common with a contemporary art curator, or the curator of a music festival?
Where does community curation, co-curation, digital curation and crowd curation fit?

With input from many different curators across the museums and cultural sector we are investigating and exploring ideas around the definition of curation and the role of the curator, identifying common ground and exploring areas of difference. Our aim is to increase understanding of this vital activity, to inform, illuminate and stimulate debate amongs curators themselves, , museum colleagues, partners and stakeholders, within museums and across the wider cultural sector.  

Liz HideJoin the conversation by sharing your thoughts and comments at the bottom of the Contributions pages, and visit the Have your say page to submit your ideas on what Curating Is.  If you’d like to contribute a short essay to the project, whatever your understanding and experience of curation, we’d also like to hear from you; please contact the project lead Liz Hide.

This project is part of Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff, which takes place from 20 October to 23 November, 2014.

2 thoughts on “About”

  1. In my 30 years experience as a curator I have found that the role varies with the size of the museum. When you are small the curator is all things to all people. As you grow and prosper so the role specialises to a point where curatorship can be carried out as it should. Before that point a curator needs to be a business man, a designer, a wordsmith, toilet cleaner,historian,teacher,archivist,journalist,marketeer,events manager, statistician,accountant,politician and after dinner speaker but above all he must have passion for both his subject nad his museum, without that you will not succeed.

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