Curator apprenticeship

Research, understand, develop and interpret collections, themes or subjects

Working at an accredited museum, gallery or an organisation such as a local authority, university or historic trust, with art, natural history or cultural collections accessible to the public, you’ll research, understand, develop and interpret collections, themes or subjects to make these accessible to wide ranging and diverse public or private audiences. Your activities will support the audiences’ development of knowledge by captivating their interest in collections or places. As such, you’ll communicate information to them in a wide variety of ways, including developing narratives through displays, exhibitions, public events, digital media and publications, to bring to life collections both modern and/or ancient across a variety of subjects on a scale from paintings and sculpture to large-scale vehicles and taxidermy. Following the curator apprenticeship you may become a subject, collection or cultural asset specialist and you’ll use this specialist knowledge and expertise to oversee the care of collections and ensure their long-term preservation.


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Art and history

Entry requirements for the curator apprenticeship: A degree or the equivalent level of knowledge and thinking ability gained through experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Degree)—equivalent to a master’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000

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