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Museum or Art Gallery Curator

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Museum or art gallery curators manage collections of historical, archaeological, artistic and scientific items. This includes identifying, interpreting and caring for all exhibits. They are also responsible for the day-to-day management of the museum or gallery and its staff.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates vary, depending on:

Salaries for assistant museum or art gallery curators are around £18,000 to £20,000 a year. Curators' salaries can range from £22,000 to £30,000 a year. Senior curators can earn from around £30,000 to £35,000 a year, depending on level of responsibility.

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

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2019
1023
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SAME
2024
1023
  United Kingdom
2019
11054
1.2 %
RISE
2024
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What Does it Take?

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Training

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More Information

According to the Museums Galleries Scotland website, there are over 400 museums and galleries in Scotland. They vary in size from the National Museum of Scotland, with many employees, to small local museums and galleries.

Many museums and galleries offer curatorial internships, work experience placements and voluntary work placements for undergraduate and graduate students. Placements vary in length and may be full time or part time. International internships are also possible.

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which covers careers information, jobs and opportunities in the heritage and culture sector.

The following recruitment websites may be useful when looking for employment.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES)
Tel: 0131 668 8600
Website: http://www.historicenvironment.scot
Twitter: @HistEnvScot
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historicenvscotland

Historic Environment Scotland is the new lead public body for the country's historic environment. It brings together Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monumnents of Scotland.

Museum Jobs: cultural sector recruitment
Website: http://www.museumjobs.com

Museums Association
Tel: 020 7566 7800
E-mail: info@museumsassociation.org
Website: http://www.museumsassociation.org/
Twitter: @MuseumsAssoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MuseumsAssoc

Museums Galleries Scotland
Tel: 0131 550 4100
E-mail: admin@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk
Website: http://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/
Twitter: @MuseumsGalScot

National Trust for Scotland (NTS)
Tel: 0131 458 0200
Website: http://www.nts.org.uk
Twitter: @N_T_S
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalTrustforScotland

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