What does a Curator do?
A curator, museum worker, or conservationist performs a variety of duties in a museum, library, or other facility, each according to his or her title. A conservationist may restore and appraise objects and assemble the collections for exhibit, storage or even research.
They may be required to record, identify and/or install pieces for showcasing. This might include papers, books, or document conservators. A curator may give tours and educate the public or train students while a conservationist may handle the artifacts and see to their condition and preservation and a museum worker would maintain and edit records that are historically valuable.
How to Become a Curator
Most employer’s want a bachelor’s degree and some want a master’s degree (especially for a conservationist) in a related field. They usually require on-the-job training with several years of work experience in a similar field or even a vocational school.
Job Description of a Curator
A curator, museum worker, and conservationist would do different tasks for a museum or other facility. A curator would oversee collections of artwork and/or historic items. They are involved in the preparation of artifacts for storage and shipping.
They would assemble, install, and arrange the artifacts for a museum’s exhibitions and secure the safety and condition of the artifact.
They also have the important role of carrying out educational tours to the general public and oversee technical, curatorial and training to students. A curator should be aware of any potential problems that may occur and find ways to correct them. They can be found working in places other than a museum, such as a zoo, historical sites, botanical gardens, and even aquariums.
A museum worker would appraise, edit and maintain records in libraries or museums that are historically valuable. This would include photographing, and documenting an artifact’s condition and status in order to correctly appraise it for value and historical accuracy or other requirement.
A conservationist would conduct examinations and tests on an artifact to establish requirements for storage and conservation. They would handle and clean objects of many varieties such as rock, paper, pottery, wood, steel, and other items. The conservationist would know the requirements, policies, and procedures to preserve artifacts for the museum.
Several skills and knowledge would be expected in any one of these employee’s, depending on his or her job, such as, a knowledge of chemistry, fine arts, history and archeology. The skill of writing, complex problem solving, reading comprehension, and speaking would be needed. The knowledge and use of computers and electronics like circuit boards, hardware, and software and processors. A mechanical knowledge of tools or machines are used as well for repairs, maintenance, and examinations of artifacts.