What does the future hold for curators?
- 17 November 2017
Today we publish research exploring the challenges and opportunities present in the current environment for curatorship.
Talk with Curator of Fashion and Textiles, National Museums Scotland, Glasgow School of Art, 2017
© Chris Close 2017
We're pleased to publish The 21st-Century Curator, our report into the evolving role of the UK curator and their needs for the future – presented today at the Museums Association Conference 2017 in Manchester and now available to download.
The last 15 years have seen huge changes in the operating landscape for UK museums and galleries. From fluctuating budgets to advances in technology and evolving audience expectations, today’s curators face a number of changes and challenges – as well as opportunities that didn’t exist previously.
In 2016 we commissioned The Museums Consultancy to conduct research into this changing environment in order to offer an authoritative overview of the state of museum curatorship, to understand the current responsibilities of those working in curatorial roles and how these may evolve, and to explore ways to strengthen curatorial practice in the future.
We hope our report deriving from this research will be useful in planning support for the curators of the future.