Curators and expertise

New collecting awards

Without curators, collections are just things. For collections to become meaningful to audiences, museums need experts and visionary curators. By the end of this year we will have invested £1m in the New Collecting Awards, a major funding initiative which aims to develop the next generation of curatorial leaders across the UK.

Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants

As public funding declines, we know it is more important – and more difficult – than ever for museums to invest in curatorial research. Jonathan Ruffer grants are designed to help meet this challenge by providing funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators with collection and exhibition research projects in the UK and abroad.

Other curatorial projects

We are committed to helping museums and galleries across the UK access the best support, training and knowledge. We have developed partnerships that allow national museums to share their specialist expertise with peers across the country.