S10E02: Working with Curators

We’re joined by special guest host Helen Antrobus as we unpack what it means to be a collections curator and how we can (and do) work together to deliver some amazing things. Tune in for discussions around job titles, working with community curators, and why we should pay for expertise.

01:39 What even is a curator?
14:34 Our experiences of working with curators
23:23 Can we change attitudes to curation?
31:16 Community curation and collaborations
38:48 The curator-conservator symbiosis
44:59 Helen’s path to curatorhood
50:59 How we can help one another

Show Notes:
– S07E04 Working with Techs: https://thecword.show/2020/05/27/s07e04-working-with-techs/
– S09E01 Working with Front of House: https://thecword.show/2021/03/24/s09e01-working-with-front-of-house/
– S03E01 Taking a Stand: https://thecword.show/2018/03/21/s03e01-taking-a-stand/
– Follow Helen Antrobus on Twitter: https://twitter.com/helenantrobus
– Lexico definition: https://www.lexico.com/definition/curator
– Tate definition: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/c/curator
– Macmillan definition: https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/curator
– Cambridge definition: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/curator
– Wikipedia definition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curator
– #AskACurator Day: https://twitter.com/askacurator
– S05E06 Touchy Feely: https://thecword.show/2019/05/29/s05e06-touchy-feely/
– Salford Museum & Art Gallery: https://salfordmuseum.com/
– People’s History Museum: https://phm.org.uk/
– The Royal Oak Conservation Studio: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-royal-oak-foundation-conservation-studio

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Hosted by Jenny Mathiasson, Kloe Rumsey, and Helen Antrobus.

Intro and outro music by DDmyzik, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

A Wooden Dice production, 2021.

One comment

  1. That was great guys! I always felt like a curator is someone who authenticates the items in a museum
    and then organizes them into the subject or theme or nationality or period of time and making sure items don’t get stuck in a tiny drawer and noone ever sees them! Seems like a curator’s job can totally vary.

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